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CIHR Fiasco… What Now?

CIHR Fiasco… What Now?

In order to reduce costs, safeguard from potential reviewer bias and guarantee a larger number of reviewers per grant, Dr. Beaudet, the current CIHR president, eliminated the face-to-face peer review and replaced it with an anonymous online system.

CRISPR Technology: Officially Off-Limits?

CRISPR Technology: Officially Off-Limits?

Some predict that there would be a series of innovation bottlenecks now that CRISPR-Cas9 is patented. Indeed, the CRISPR battle has already altered the direction of several biotechnology companies.

The Student Biotechnology Network (SBN).  Making your Biotech Goals a Reality.

The Student Biotechnology Network (SBN). Making your Biotech Goals a Reality.

Driven entirely by students and volunteers, this not-for-profit organization was founded to act as a helping hand for STEM graduates wanting to explore their career possibilities in industry.

The Quirks and Quarks of Vancouver Biotech

The Quirks and Quarks of Vancouver Biotech

While the arrival of Quark Venture promises new opportunities in the biotechnology industry, will its investments improve the longevity of biotech companies in Vancouver?

Notes from the Conway Chair…. January 2017

Notes from the Conway Chair…. January 2017

In 2017, the CBR looks to further reach out to the community, increasing awareness of the valuable work that is being done, and learning from those whom we aim to serve.

Swimming with Sharks: Predatory Open-Access Publishers

Swimming with Sharks: Predatory Open-Access Publishers

The open-access publishing (OAP) era offers many benefits to the public and scientific community, however, predatory publishers have the potential to destroy the purpose of open-access research.

Host Defense Peptides

Host Defense Peptides

Dr. Hancock’s lab published a review in Nature Reviews establishing that host defense peptides, in addition to having direct antimicrobial effects, also play an important role in immune modulation, wound healing, and diseases, such as cancer and autoimmune disorders.

“Learn by Doing”: Mutual Gains of Mentorship

“Learn by Doing”: Mutual Gains of Mentorship

Abhinav Ajaykumar, a PhD Student in Helene Cote’s Lab, was excited to discuss his experience of serving as a mentor to Sunny Park and Tea Yates, two Grade 10 students from the Prince of Wales Mini School, Vancouver.

UBC 3MT Runner-Up Calls for More Science Communications

UBC 3MT Runner-Up Calls for More Science Communications

Diana Canals never liked public speaking. “I panic, I get really stressed out, and I can’t sleep for days leading up to it.” As the runner-up prize winner of the UBC Three Minute Thesis (3MT) final competition held on March 10, the young researcher has certainly changed for the better.

CBR Members Help Build an Accepting, Empowered and Supportive Community

CBR Members Help Build an Accepting, Empowered and Supportive Community

Deb Chen’s, a PhD Candidate in Dr. Devine’s lab and front-line volunteer with the Vancouver Crisis Centre, is raising funds for her Scotiabank Half Marathon Run, to combat mental illness.