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Hancock lab tackles malaria by modulating innate immunity

Hancock lab tackles malaria by modulating innate immunity

Severe malaria is a blood borne parasitic disease that afflicts more than 200 million individuals annually. Even in the best clinical settings, case fatality rates remain high since anti-malarial drugs are directed against the parasite but do not reduce life-threatening (brain) inflammation. CBR member Dr. Bob Hancock, Director of the Centre for Microbial Diseases and […]

McNagny and colleagues uncover antibiotic link to asthma

McNagny and colleagues uncover antibiotic link to asthma

Asthma is a common, increasingly frequent, chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that affects over 100 million people worldwide. It is associated with shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing, and necessitates the use of puffers by millions of children. This treatment is required to prevent considerable short- and long-term morbidity and mortality. Although the cause […]

Hi-Definition HIV Sequencing in the Harrigan Lab

Hi-Definition HIV Sequencing in the Harrigan Lab

Low levels of drug resistant HIV can emerge when exposed to drugs. Researchers at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS have developed a “deep” sequencing approach that gives an in-depth cross-section of the HIV envelope profile in patients. HIV is extracted from patient blood samples and a portion of the envelope gene (which mediates […]

Multiple PI’s “Platelet Investigators” in the Devine Lab

Multiple PI’s “Platelet Investigators” in the Devine Lab

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) investigators Elena Levin, Craig Jenkins, Brankica Culibrk and Katherine Serrano in the lab of Dr. Dana Devine, and Maria Gyongyossy-Issa from the Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have been studying the quality of platelets, a key blood transfusion component that is essential to prevent bleeding. These CBR scientists designed a […]

Aging in HIV/AIDS: Hélène Côté makes breakthroughs in understanding the risks of HIV therapies

Aging in HIV/AIDS: Hélène Côté makes breakthroughs in understanding the risks of HIV therapies

Approximately 3 million HIV-infected women become pregnant every year and approximately 90% of HIV-infected children acquire HIV through mother-to-child transmission. To prevent transmission and/or for their own health, HIV-infected women can receive highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) during pregnancy. This greatly decreases the risk of mother-to-child transmission, from 20-25% to <2%. Although the benefits of […]

Kizhakkedathu’s polymer lab is on the road to generating universal donor red blood cells

Kizhakkedathu’s polymer lab is on the road to generating universal donor red blood cells

Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are vital for the treatment of a number of acute and chronic medical problems. Identification of donor RBCs that match the prospective recipient who requires transfusion is occasionally difficult, placing the patient at risk if a match is not available. At present no method is available for the generation of […]

Isis Carter

Isis Carter

Q: Why did you decide to study at UBC? A: I decided to study at UBC because Brad and I were moving to Vancouver to be close to family. I had previously worked at the NZ Blood Service  and was very interested in coagulation so when Cedric told me about the CBR it sounded like […]

Jessica Tamura-Wells, Summer Intern 2010

Jessica Tamura-Wells, Summer Intern 2010

Jessica is a second year science student. She worked in the Pryzdial Lab this summer. “I’m learning so much and everyone in the lab is really great,” Jessica said. “I can’t imagine working in the science field without this kind of hands-on experience.

Stephanie Sellers

Stephanie Sellers

My association with the Centre for Blood Research began in 2008, when I started working on my MSc. and was fortunate to receive a two-year studentship. This was a part of the CBR’s Strategic Training Program in Transfusion Science facilitated by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. […]

Dr. Norman Bethune – A leading figure in transfusion medicine

Dr. Norman Bethune – A leading figure in transfusion medicine

CBR Norman Bethune Blood Transfusion Symposium is opening in March 2012. “I have an idea – I think we should organize an ambulant blood transfusion service.” Norman Bethune, 1936. Dr. Norman Bethune (1890-1939) was a Canadian physician who promoted universal access to health care and created the first mobile blood collection and distribution system, the […]