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News Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) - Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development January 20th, 2017

Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) - Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development

BC Children’s Hospital and the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) are pleased to announce that Dr. Michael S. Kobor has been appointed as the Sunny Hill BC Leadership Chair in Child Development. Dr. Kobor is a world-leading expert in the field of social epigenetics, researching how diverse early life experiences affect human development and influence children’s health, learning and behavior.

News October 6, 2016 - Dr. Michael Hayden inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame October 7th, 2016
Vancouver, B.C. [October 6, 2016] Dr. Michael Hayden, Killam Professor of Medical Genetics at the University of British Columbia and Canada Research Chair in Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine, will be inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame. He joins five other outstanding doctors whose outstanding contributions to health have made Canada, and the world, a better place. For more information, please visit http://cdnmedhall.org/induction-ceremony
Event 2016 Gairdner Foundation Symposium- October 24, 2016 August 8th, 2016

The Gairdner Symposium will be held in Vancouver on October 24th, 2016. Two world renowned Gairdner awardees will be presenting.

This FREE event will take place from 4pm to 6pm at the University of British Columbia's Life Sciences Centre, in Lecture Theatre 2 (LSC2).

SPEAKERS

1. Lewis Cantley PhD [Professor of Cancer Biology in Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York]

Recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award, 2015

Event Gairdner High School symposium- October 24, 2016 July 28th, 2016

The 2016 Gairdner High School symposium will be held on October 24, 2016 for Grade 10-12 students who are interested in biomedical sciences. This event will feature a behind-the-scenes tour of the CFRI research facilities, and the opportunity to meet two Gairdner award winners and other health sciences experts.

SPEAKERS

    1. Frank Plummer MD, OC, OM, FRS, LLD, DrSc, FRCPC [Professor of Medicine and Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba]

    Recipient of the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, 2016

News June 22, 2016 - Is Huntington’s Disease More Common than We Thought? June 22nd, 2016

June 22, 2016 - More people may have the potential to develop Huntington’s disease than previously thought, according to a study published in the June 22, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. But the increase comes in the percentage of people who have a lower risk of developing the hereditary disease, which causes uncontrolled movements, loss of intellectual abilities, emotional problems and eventually death.

News TIDEX Study on CTV National News (Breaking News, May 25 2016) May 26th, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's new hope for children stricken by mysterious developmental delays, with a new study showing that extensive genetic analysis may help determine the cause of their disability.

Canadian researchers found a precise genetic cause for seven out of every 10 children suffering from a previously undiagnosed condition that caused developmental delays.

News This is how we will practice medicine in the future, Dr McCabe (March of Dimes Director) says of the TIDEX study May 26th, 2016

WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- There's new hope for children stricken by mysterious developmental delays, with a new study showing that extensive genetic analysis may help determine the cause of their disability.

Canadian researchers found a precise genetic cause for seven out of every 10 children suffering from a previously undiagnosed condition that caused developmental delays.

News A handful of British Columbians are helping test a new “gene silencing” drug designed to halt production of a toxic protein that causes brain wasting in Huntington Disease. October 21st, 2015

A handful of British Columbians are helping test a new “gene silencing” drug designed to halt production of a toxic protein that causes brain wasting in Huntington Disease.

A clinical trial now underway to prove the safety of the experimental drug ISIS-HTT will include 36 patients with very early symptoms of the disease.

“This is a brand new technology that is just now being applied to humans,” said Blair Leavitt, director of the Centre for Huntington Disease (CHD) at the University of British Columbia.

News UBC Scientists Develop Test to Measure Effectiveness of Treatments for Huntington's Disease August 7th, 2015

Huntington’s disease (HD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder caused by a genetic mutation that leads to the generation of a toxic form of a protein called huntingtin. Recent technical advances have enabled Drs. Amber Southwell, Michael Hayden, and Blair Leavitt of the UBC Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics and the Centre for Huntington Disease and their colleagues to develop an ultrasensitive method of measuring mutant huntingtin protein in the cerebrospinal fluid of HD patients1.

Event 2015 Gairdner Foundation Symposium - Oct 26, 2015 July 21st, 2015

Join us on October 26th, 2015 for an inspiring session with two leading scientists and Canada Gairdner Award Recipients.

This FREE event will take place from 4pm to 6pm at the University of British Columbia's Life Sciences Centre, in Lecture Theatre 2 (LSC2).

SPEAKERS

1. Yoshinori Ohsumi DSc [Dept. of Frontier Research Center, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan]

Recipient of the Canada Gairdner International Award, 2015