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Last Build Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:07:34 +0000


Bowhead whales come to Cumberland Sound in Nunavut to exfoliate

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:55:35 +0000

Aerial drone footage of bowhead whales in Canada’s Arctic has revealed that the large mammals moult and use rocks to rub off dead skin.

Alzheimer’s disease might be a ‘whole body’ problem

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:25:29 +0000

Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, has long been assumed to originate in the brain but new research indicates that it could be triggered by breakdowns elsewhere in the body.

New wildfire early warning system could prevent spring blazes

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 16:55:03 +0000

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new early warning system to predict when and where human-caused wildfires are most likely to occur in the spring.

Future health professionals receive new training to better care for Indigenous people

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:55:14 +0000

Students from 11 of UBC’s health-related programs will come together for the first time on Thursday for a new learning experience designed to help them better serve Indigenous people.

First Canadian study of gender-affirming surgery highlights a long and frustrating journey for transgender patients

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:55:05 +0000

Access to gender-affirming surgery has improved in British Columbia over the past couple years, but transgender people needing to access surgery still face complex and often unclear pathways.

Herbivores help protect ecosystems from climate change

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 17:55:43 +0000

Plant-eating critters are the key ingredient to helping ecosystems survive global warming, finds new UBC research that offers some hope for a defence strategy against climate change.

UBC researchers develop earthquake-resistant concrete

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:55:27 +0000

A new seismic-resistant, fibre-reinforced concrete developed at the University of British Columbia will see its first real-life application this fall as part of the seismic retrofit of a Vancouver elementary school.

A lesson for Canada: Quebec pharmacare system creates winners and losers

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:55:48 +0000

Quebec spends $200 more per person than the rest of Canada to provide prescription drug coverage to everyone in the province, finds new research that could inform plans for a nationwide universal drug plan.

Lower education and income linked to higher suicide risks for gay and bisexual men

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:55:45 +0000

Gay and bisexual men making less than $30,000 a year and without a university degree have more than five times the odds of attempting suicide compared with their more advantaged peers, according to new research from the University of British Columbia.

Azerbaijani Journalist Khadija Ismayilova Awarded 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 03:25:04 +0000

Last night, Azerbaijani investigative journalist Khadija Ismayilova was awarded the 2017 Allard Prize for International Integrity.

Why fundraising appeals fall flat with some would-be donors

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:55:54 +0000

New research co-authored by UBC Sauder School of Business professor Katherine White has shed light on why some people are – and aren’t – motivated by public appeals, and how fundraisers might better tailor requests.

New tool maps nature across Vancouver to boost mental health

Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:55:17 +0000

With nearly a third of Canadians experiencing mental illness during their lifetimes, researchers and urban planners have been looking at ways to incorporate natural spaces that promote mental wellbeing into designs for healthier cities.

Some marine species more vulnerable to climate change than others

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:55:58 +0000

Certain marine species will fare much worse than others as they become more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new UBC study has found.

Going diving in the tropics? Don’t eat the reef fish!

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:55:50 +0000

Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau’s ocean sustainability, finds a new UBC study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy.

Early guidance can help future moms fight fear of childbirth

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:55:56 +0000

Caesarean deliveries in most developed countries, including Canada, are at least 10 to 20 per cent higher than recommended by the World Health Organization, and many efforts to decrease unnecessary C-sections have failed.

Health care, education key to keeping women out of prison

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:55:36 +0000

Women in provincial prisons require health care to address trauma, addiction and chronic diseases in order to lower reincarceration rates, according to a new study that of women leaving a B.C. correctional centre.

You’re not alone in feeling alone

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:55:05 +0000

Feel like everyone else has more friends than you do? You’re not alone— but merely believing this is true could affect your happiness.

Small-scale fisheries have big impact on oceans

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 15:55:47 +0000

A new UBC study has found that small-scale fisheries may have a much larger impact on ocean ecosystems than previously thought, due to a lack of data on their development over time.

New UBC research suggests bird songs isolate species

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:55:36 +0000

Two birds that look the same, but have songs so different they can't recognize each other, should be considered distinct species, suggests new UBC research.

Running group helps half its graduates quit smoking

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:32:29 +0000

Joining a running group can help you quit smoking. That’s the conclusion of a new UBC study that found that half the people who completed a 10-week program were able to successfully quit smoking.