Chronic Diseases

UBC is playing a key role in understanding and preventing chronic diseases like diabetes and arthritis. With a commitment to evidence-based practice, our researchers are generating new knowledge that is reshaping how we treat and manage complex diseases.

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Specialized immune cells could help repair damage from inflammatory bowel disease in children

A type of T cell produces a chemical signal that helps repair the barrier formed by cells lining the gut.
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Too many Canadians live with multiple chronic conditions

Greater efforts to improve lifestyle identified as a solution.
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UBC study holds promise for novel and safe treatment for Type 2 diabetes

Reducing a protein in the fat cells of mice not only prevents onset of Type 2 diabetes but also appears to reverse the disease.
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Kids with harder to manage diabetes improve the most from insulin pumps

New research led by Brenden Hursh suggests clinicians may need to rethink which children are offered this treatment.
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Jacquelyn Cragg receives L’Oréal-UNESCO award for women in science

Dr. Cragg, a neuro-epidemiologist, is only the third Canadian to ever win this prestigious award.
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New protein “switch” could be key to controlling blood-poisoning and preventing death

The discovery opens up the potential for new treatments for chronic and acute inflammatory diseases, as well as auto-immune diseases.
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Scientists grow perfect human blood vessels in a petri dish

Breakthrough technology advances research of vascular diseases like diabetes.
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UBC expands research into healthy aging with $24 million gift

The donation from Edwin S.H. Leong is the largest gift that the Faculty of Medicine has ever received from an individual.
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UBC Medicine receives 40% of national genomics funding

The 10 projects, totaling $101 million, include an effort to reduce the risk of kidney transplant rejection.
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Potential new diabetes treatment gets tryout in Vancouver

Type 1 diabetes patients are being implanted with packets of pancreatic cells derived from stem cells, with the goal of restoring their insulin production.
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