Core Area – Research Excellence

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UBC Research Data Management Town Hall: Oct. 19, 2021

UBC is developing a Research Data Management (RDM) strategy to align with the Tri-Agency Policy on RDM, UBC’s strategic plan and the UBC Indigenous Strategic Plan. The strategy will inform the future of RDM at UBC by focusing on the priorities of the research community. Forming an effective strategy requires input from the research community to […]

Innovative Coating for Blood Vessels Reduces Rejection of Transplanted Organs

Innovative Coating for Blood Vessels Reduces Rejection of Transplanted Organs

An exciting research breakthrough has opened new doors to reducing organ rejection after transplant operations.  UBC medicine professor Dr. Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu and his team at the Centre for Blood Research and Life Sciences Institute have developed a special polymer coating, used to coat blood vessels on the organ to be transplanted. The discovery can potentially […]

Call for applications: 2022/23 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters competition

The Offices of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation, and the Provost and Vice-President, Academic, are pleased to announce the 2022/23 Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters (GCRC) competition. This competition is open to emerging and established clusters of research excellence in all disciplines on the Vancouver campus, and we welcome applications from both previously funded and […]

Lhoosk’uz Dené village taps into clean water after a 20-year wait

Lhoosk’uz Dené village taps into clean water after a 20-year wait

A remote Lhoosk’uz Dené First Nation village successfully tapped into clean water after a long 20-year wait, thanks to a new and innovative water treatment plant developed by a team from the UBC Faculty of Applied Science and the RESEAU Centre for Mobilizing Innovation. The water treatment system, developed by a team led by Dr. […]

AI technology enables screening of billions of compounds to identify potential COVID-19 drugs

AI technology enables screening of billions of compounds to identify potential COVID-19 drugs

Ever wonder how Artificial Intelligence can help in the race to develop COVID-19 drugs? An interdisciplinary research team led by Dr. Art Cherkasov, Professor, UBC Department of Urologic Sciences, and Senior Scientist at the Vancouver Prostate Centre, give us an answer. The team used a machine learning drug discovery platform to screen a library of […]

UBC Engineering celebrates students’ creativity and  ingenuity at Design + Innovation Day

UBC Engineering celebrates students’ creativity and ingenuity at Design + Innovation Day

Since 2017, UBC Engineering has celebrated its students’ creativity — and often ingenuity — at an annual event called Design + Innovation Day. The event showcases a dizzying array of research and technology produced by student teams during the previous academic year. Typically presented in the form of posters, design models and working prototypes, the […]

Nature’s weapon against food-borne pathogens

Nature’s weapon against food-borne pathogens

Some superheroes are too small to be seen by the naked eye. Microscopic bacteria-eating viruses, known as bacteriophages or phages, are coming into favour as a way to combat food-borne pathogens. Known as predator of bacteria, phages are less than half a micron in size, and 5-10 times smaller than bacteria itself. Once applied onto […]

UBC Language Sciences Institute ready to tackle society’s pressing problems

UBC Language Sciences Institute ready to tackle society’s pressing problems

Language is a vital system that affects everything around and within us, from public and personal health, to economic wealth, to cultural vitality. By bringing together language researchers from diverse disciplines, UBC Language Sciences is helping to tackle some of the most important and pressing questions of our time. Co-directors Dr. Janet Werker, Professor of […]

UBC Okanagan engineers find innovative solutions to help urban environments address climate change

UBC Okanagan engineers find innovative solutions to help urban environments address climate change

Climate and population growth are important drivers in how cities and communities evolve around the world — and the challenges arising from these factors will only intensify as urbanization increases and global climates change. Historical climate data from the Government of Canada and the US-based National Centers for Environmental Information reveals that 17 of the […]

UBC-grown biotech companies lead global pandemic efforts

UBC-grown biotech companies lead global pandemic efforts

Millions of Canadians have received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, but many may not realize that a key component of the injection was developed right here at UBC. Acuitas Therapeutics, a UBC spin-off company co-founded by Dr. Pieter Cullis, developed the lipid nanoparticle technology that allows the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine to enter human cells. For the […]