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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Stem cell-based treatment produces insulin in patients with Type 1 diabetes

Could one day eliminate dependence on insulin injections.
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Innovative coating for blood vessels reduces rejection of transplanted organs

The breakthrough could one day improve quality of life for transplant patients and improve the lifespan of transplanted organs.
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New study to explore potential of magnetic nanoparticles to help treat type 2 diabetes

The two-year project is funded by the Government of Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund.
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A baby’s first poop can help predict risk of developing allergies

The study findings have important implications for at-risk infants.
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Scientists discover key enzyme responsible for skin blistering in the elderly

Research identifies a novel treatment for the most common autoimmune blistering diseases.
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Peanut allergy treatment significantly lowers risk of life-threatening reactions in preschoolers

After one year of treatment, nearly 80 per cent of study participants could eat 15 peanuts without a reaction
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Spinal cord injury research at UBC receives $48M grant

The five-year project will revolutionize spinal cord injury treatments using innovative, implantable technologies.
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Falling childhood asthma rates linked to declining use of unnecessary antibiotics

A new study suggests that careful antibiotic use in children under the age of one is important to help preserve the diversity and abundance of healthy gut bacteria.
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Researchers uncover novel approach for treating eczema

Approximately 15-20 per cent of Canadians live with some form of eczema
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