Take Note: UBC News & Research

Newly identified gene mutation linked to Parkinson’s

Less than two months after publishing findings about a new gene linked to late-onset Parkinson’s disease, the same team of scientists at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have discovered another gene responsible for the neurodegenerative disease – providing yet another target for potential treatments. Read more

UBC launches Canada’s only journalism course to focus on First Nations and the media

The course, Reporting in Indigenous Communities, was created in partnership with several BC Aboriginal communities and will be led by Duncan McCue, an award-winning journalist and regular contributor for CBC’s flagship TV news program The National. Read more

UBC researchers find a new culprit in Alzheimer’s disease: Too many blood vessels

While the death of cells, whether they are in the walls of blood vessels or in brain tissue, has been a major focus of Alzheimer’s disease research, a team led by Wilfred Jefferies, a professor in UBC’s Michael Smith Laboratories, has shown that the neurodegenerative disease might in fact be caused by the propagation of cells in blood vessel walls. Read more

Three research programs win $6M in CIHR grants to promote global health equity

1) Examining the health effects of the global food system through five interconnected projects in Ecuador and Canada.

2) Improving conditions for health workers in low- and middle-income countries.

3) Improving primary health care services for people experiencing the negative health effects of structural inequities and violence, including Aboriginal populations.

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Parents’ stress leaves lasting marks on children’s genes: UBC-CFRI research

Parents’ stress during their children’s early years can leave an imprint on their children’s genes – an imprint that lasts into adolescence and may affect how these genes are expressed later in life.Read more

Single parents and gay couples face rental housing discrimination: UBC study

Overall, the study finds that same-sex male couples are nearly 25 per cent more likely to be rejected by landlords seeking renters, while single parents are approximately 15 per cent more likely to be rejected.Read more

UBC receives Canada’s first ‘gold’ in new university sustainability ratings

Pioneering clean energy projects, an aggressive carbon-reduction strategy and North America’s greenest building have helped the University of British Columbia to garner Canada’s first gold rating in a new international program that assesses sustainability achievements in higher education.Read more



  1. anderson, james d says:

    your website refers to alumni news .ie “long time” box but the issue of Fall Trek does not seem to have any such content… I provided info earlier this year..JDA

    1. mawmack says:

      Hi James,

      Your update is in the upcoming November print issue of Trek. At present, we’re not including Class Acts in the online issues.

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