Julio Montaner
April 10, 2012UBC professor Dr. Julio Montaner came to Canada in 1981 fresh out of medical school. Now he is one of the top AIDS researchers in the world. He helped create a triple drug therapy that is now the standard treatment for HIV and he is president of the International AIDS Society. Montaner is calling on […] Read More >

Scientists say genetic map may help in battle against deadly breast cancer
April 5, 2012Scientists say they’ve made an unexpected discovery that will help doctors personalize treatment for one of the deadliest forms of breast cancer. A team of researchers in British Columbia, Alberta, the United States and the U.K. mapped the genetic profile of what’s called triple-negative breast cancer. The 59 scientists involved in the study expected to […] Read More >

UBC scientists reveal a breast cancer’s insidious evolution
April 4, 2012Faculty of Medicine researchers have decoded the genetic make-up of triple negative breast cancer, which could lead to more effective treatment. The study, published online April 4 in the journal Nature, reveals that this form of cancer is not one distinct single entity, but an extremely complex and evolved tumour with an unprecedented range of […] Read More >

Screening study not helpful: societies
April 4, 2012Canadian cancer societies are concerned women are being sent mixed signals by a Harvard study suggesting routine breast cancer screenings can cause more harm than good because women are being overdiagnosed with diseases that will not cause any symptoms or death during their lifetime. Dr. Linda Warren, a clinical professor in the department of radiology […] Read More >

April 2012
April 3, 2012Leadership Opportunities Available   Head, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics Director, International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD) Regional Associate Dean, Northern British Columbia, UBC Faculty of Medicine & Vice Provost, Medicine, University of Northern British Columbia Associate Dean, Admissions Associate Dean, Postgraduate Medical Education Announcements   Appointment Announcements Dr. Pierre Guy was appointed Interim […] Read More >

UBC researcher finds increased risk of heart attack in arthritis patients who quit statins
March 30, 2012Mary De Vera, who completed the study while a PhD candidate in the School of Population and Public Health, found that rheumatoid arthritis patients who discontinue use of statin therapy are at increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease and other causes. “This is very hot news and all doctors treating rheumatoid arthritis need to […] Read More >

Rheumatoid arthritis patients who quit statins may face raised death risk
March 28, 2012People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who stopped taking their cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, raised their chances of dying from cardiovascular disease by 60 percent and dying from any cause by 79 percent during the course of a new study, Canadian researchers report. Since rheumatoid arthritis is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, […] Read More >

March 27, 2012The misuse and overuse of antibiotics in medicine and agriculture has led to the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria. “My major interest in life is to discover new treatments for infection in the face of antibiotic resistance,” says Bob Hancock, a microbiologist at UBC and the Canada Research Chair in Pathogenomics and Antimicrobials. Hancock is […] Read More >

Risks: Older kidneys work fine for transplants
March 27, 2012For most transplant patients, a kidney received from a donor as old as 64 is just as likely to be successful as one from a younger person, according to a new analysis.Using data from more than 50,000 living donor transplants from 1998 through 2003, researchers at UBC concluded that the age of the donor made […] Read More >

Faculty members explore potential of metagenomics to test water quality
March 26, 2012Just over a decade ago, a small Ontario town was the epicenter of Canada’s most significant drinking water related disaster. Close to half of Walkerton’s 5,000 residents fell ill and seven people lost their lives due to the highly dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria found in their drinking water. A research team led by […] Read More >

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