Researchers at the University of British Columbia have found a new way to block infection from the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the liver that could lead to new therapies for those affected by this and other infectious diseases. More than 170 million people worldwide suffer from hepatitis C, the disease caused by chronic HCV infection. The disease affects the liver and is one of the leading causes of liver cancer and liver transplant around the world. HCV is spread by blood-to-blood contact and there is no vaccine to prevent it. Current treatments for the disease are only moderately... Read More
Congratulations to Stephanie who has accepted a position at Yale University working with Dr. Craig Roy as a post-doctoral research associate. Stephanie will be working on the obligate intracellular pathogen Coxiella burnetii and its interaction with host cells with a specific focus on the role of type IV effector proteins.
Dr. Julian Davies, professor emeritus in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology has recently received two prestigious awards to honor his many groundbreaking contributions to the field of microbiology. Early in his career, Julian and his colleagues identified how major classes of antibiotics kill bacteria. Subsequently he has focused on isolating antibiotics from a variety of natural sources, understanding the functions of antibiotics in nature, and elucidating the mechanisms underlying the increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics. On May 30, 2011... Read More
Congratulations to Emma-Kate Loveday who won Gold in the CSHRF 2011 National Student Research Poster competion at the University of Manitoba on her exciting research "MicroRNAs-Novel regulators involved in the pathogenesis of influenza A".
Patrick Ho was awarded a President's Staff Award in the area of "Emerging Leadership" at a ceremony held on September 15th 2011. Congratulations to Patrick! http://www.focusonpeople.ubc.ca/blog/2011/president-staff-awards-vancouver/