Strategy 9 – Knowledge Exchange

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 […]

A simple and safe additive could cut agrochemical pollution

A simple and safe additive could cut agrochemical pollution

Adding a simple polymer to fertilizers or pesticides (agrochemicals) could dramatically reduce agricultural pollution, suggests a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia.  When agrochemicals are sprayed onto crops, a large amount typically ends up in the surrounding environment due to droplets splashing, rebounding or rolling off the target plants.  This amount […]

Speeding up COVID-19 testing with artificial intelligence

Speeding up COVID-19 testing with artificial intelligence

A University of British Columbia-led study has identified a computer technique that health facilities can use to screen, diagnose and monitor COVID-19 pneumonia more efficiently.  The researchers found that a pre-trained neural network called DarkNet-19 can rapidly and reliably detect COVID-19 on chest X-rays. The network recognized the disease’s imaging patterns on nearly 6,000 chest X-rays with […]

Greening our world through automation

Greening our world through automation

Research2Reality recently profiled the work of Dr. Curtis Berlinguette, professor of chemistry at UBC’s Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute. Dr. Berlinguette is working on the world’s first self-driving robot to help make new materials for clean technologies. Dr. Berlinguette co-leads Project Ada, short for Autonomous Discovery Accelerator for Materials Innovation, a group with the goal […]

Strengthening communities through learning

Strengthening communities through learning

Inside a newly-renovated gym at UBC’s Vancouver campus, a unique space that combines research and clinical practice is improving health outcomes for patients. The UBC Physical Therapy and Research Clinic is based on a ‘student-led’ practice model and provides an innovative and team-based approach. “This clinic is meant to have higher quality of learning and […]

UBC Okanagan initiative helps youth with developmental disabilities find work

UBC Okanagan initiative helps youth with developmental disabilities find work

Entering the workforce is a rite of passage for most youth, but it can be a considerable challenge for people with developmental disabilities, such as intellectual disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder. In fact, these two groups represent the most unemployed or under-employed category of citizens in Canada. In an effort to improve this scenario, the […]

UBC researchers help find solutions to the overdose crisis

UBC researchers help find solutions to the overdose crisis

In B.C., unintended death due to illicit drug overdose is the leading cause of preventable death. Between 2010 and 2018, the number of overdose deaths increased from 211 to 1,535 – an alarming increase that prompted former Provincial Health Officer Dr. Perry Kendall to declare a state of emergency. To help tackle the crisis, in April 2018, […]

Okanagan water forum promotes compelling conversation and shared solutions

Okanagan water forum promotes compelling conversation and shared solutions

Traditional firekeeping is a specific science, explains Indigenous knowledge keeper Richard Armstrong of the Penticton Indian Band and Syilx First Nation. When a forest fire burns hot and fast, the flames wrap around the trees causing a scarring pattern that marks centuries of prescribed burns by Indigenous caretakers. Elder Armstrong’s opening remarks set the stage […]