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Legal loophole exposes Canadians to drug advertising banned in US: UBC research

A legal loophole is counteracting Canada's ban on direct-to-consumer drug advertising and has exposed Canadians to more than $90 million worth of ads, including those for drugs with life-threatening risks, according to a study by UBC researchers. Barbara Mintzes, Steve Morgan and James M. Wrigh...

Public transit users 3 times more likely to meet fitness guidelines: UBC research

A new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia suggests taking public transit may help you keep fit. The study, published in the Journal of Public Health Policy , finds that people who take public transit are three times more likely than those who don't to meet the Heart and ...

Women's magazines downplay emotional health risks of cosmetic surgery: UBC study

While the emotional health implications of cosmetic surgery are still up for scientific debate, articles in women's magazines such as The Oprah Magazine and Cosmopolitan portray cosmetic surgery as a physically risky, but overall worthwhile option for enhancing physical appearance and emotiona...

Commonly used ulcer drugs may offer treatment potential in Alzheimer's disease

...ole reduced the secretion from THP-1 cells of the inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha. Dr. Patrick McGeer, senior investigator on the ubc team, commented "Many epidemiological studies have revealed that individuals on long term treatment with ibuprofen are relatively spared from Alzheime...

Spiders, frogs and gecko among exciting discoveries found in Papua New Guinea

...ple and the world at large." The discovery of three entirely novel genera from among the spider species discovered is particularly noteworthy, said ubc scientist Wayne Maddison, Director of the new Beaty Biodiversity Museum. "They are strikingly distinctive evolutionary lineages that had been unknown...

Fish health claims may cause more environmental harm than good: UBC-St. Michael's researchers

...plains Rashid Sumaila, director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at ubc Fisheries Centre and study co-author. "But where do we get these fish? Th...ions, both in terms of a tasty meal, and in terms of a balanced diet," says ubc fisheries researcher Daniel Pauly. "For many people in developing countries...

UBC and CogState Will Not Renew Strategic Relationship

...-bin/prnh/20070910/NEM007LOGO ) CogState and ubc remain committed to supporting cognitive assessmen...ience delivered as a comprehensive solution. ubc will continue to support customers from its multip...ased demand for its own technology solution. ubc is a global pharmaceutical services organization t...

Mortality rates higher for heart disease patients in poorer B.C. neighborhoods

... stress experienced by patients in low socioeconomic areas, the researchers explain in the Jan. 7 issue of the open access science journal. Heslop and ubc Prof. John Hill collaborated with Greg Miller, a researcher in UBC's Department of Psychology, for the study. Full paper: http://dx.plos.org/10.13...

UBC researchers discover gene mutation that causes eye cancer

...ene mutation that can cause the most common eye cancer - uveal melanoma. Catherine Van Raamsdonk, an assistant professor of medical genetics in the ubc Faculty of Medicine and a team of researchers, have discovered a genetic mutation in a gene called GNAQ that could be responsible for 45 per cent of t...

New target discovered to treat epileptic seizures following brain trauma or stroke

...troke also triggers opening of hemichannels," says ubc Psychiatry Prof. Brian MacVicar, who is a member of the Brain Research Centre at ubc and VCH Research Institute. "Therefore both stroke...sy-like discharges," says Roger Thompson, a former ubc Psychiatry post-doctoral Fellow who is now an Assi...
UBC in Biological News

Early-life experience linked to chronic diseases later in life: UBC research

People's early-life experience sticks with them into adulthood and may render them more susceptible to many of the chronic diseases of aging, according to a new UBC study. A team led by UBC researchers Gregory Miller and Michael Kobor performed genome-wide profiling in 103 healthy adults aged 2...

Elevated water temperature and acidity boost growth of key sea star species: UBC researchers

New research by zoologists at the University of British Columbia indicates that elevated water temperatures and heightened concentrations of carbon dioxide can dramatically increase the growth rate of a keystone species of sea star. The study is one of the first to look at the impact of ocean a...

Male flower parts responsible for potent grapevine perfume: UBC research

University of British Columbia scientists have traced the fragrant scent of grapevine flowers to pollen grains stored in the anthers, contrary to common perception that petals alone produce perfume. While studying grapes used to produce Cabernet Sauvignon from the Okanagan region of British Col...

Male flower parts responsible for potent grapevine perfume: UBC research

University of British Columbia scientists have traced the fragrant scent of grapevine flowers to pollen grains stored in the anthers, contrary to common perception that petals alone produce perfume. While studying grapes used to produce Cabernet Sauvignon from the Okanagan region of British Col...

New species of spiders discovered by UBC scientist in Papua New Guinea

A University of British Columbia researcher has discovered dozens of species of jumping spiders that are new to science, giving scientists a peek into a section of the evolutionary tree previously thought to be sparse. Jumping spiders are found in every part of the world except Antarctica. Capa...

Spiders who eat together, stay together: UBC research

The ability to work together and capture larger prey has allowed social spiders to stretch the laws of nature and reach enormous colony sizes, UBC zoologists have found. The findings, published in this week's edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, may also explain why ...

US rush to produce corn-based ethanol will worsen 'dead zone' in Gulf of Mexico: UBC study

The U.S. governments rush to produce corn-based ethanol as a fuel alternative will worsen pollution in the Gulf of Mexico, increasing a Dead Zone that kills fish and aquatic life, according to University of British Columbia researcher Simon Donner. In the first study of its kind, Donner and Chr...

UBC researchers find first-ever 'wanderlust gene' in tiny bony fish

... prohibits growth of armour and is commonly found in freshwater sticklebacks but exists in less than one per cent of their marine counterparts. Now ubc PhD candidate Rowan Barrett and colleagues from UBC's Dept. of Zoology have found that the gene may also be contributing to the fish's tendency to rel...

Hybrid vehicle rebates produce scant environmental benefits, high cost

...taxpayers in the U.S. and Canada, government programs that offer rebates to hybrid vehicle buyers are failing to produce environmental benefits, a new ubc study says. The study finds that hybrid sales have come largely at the expense of small, relatively fuel-efficient, conventional cars, rather than ...

UBC researchers help push for standard DNA barcodes for plants

...ciences . "It's a pragmatic first step in solving a complex issue," says ubc botanist and Associate Professor Sean Graham, who conducted research on the...t there is a need for a core barcoding standard now," says Graham, with the ubc Botanical Garden and Centre for Plant Research, and the Department of Botan...
UBC in Biological Technology

United BioSource Corporation and CogState Ltd. Form Strategic Partnership to Support Cognitive Assessment in Clinical Research

... ubc Makes Strategic Investment in CogState Ltd. to Sup... use of cognitive testing in clinical trials. -- ubc has made a direct investment in CogState to suppor...i-national clinical trials. Within this context, ubc and CogState have partnered to advance the field o...

UBC physicists develop 'impossible' technique to study and develop superconductors

...to new materials altogether." The superconductors Damascelli's team experimented on are the purest samples currently available and were produced at ubc by physicists Doug Bonn, Ruixing Liang and Walter Hardy. Part of the study was carried out at the Advanced Light Source synchrotron in California....

Bionovo Reports First Quarter 2008 Financial Results

...th United Biotechnology Corporation of Taiwan. In October of 2007, we terminated the agreement following notice of material breach of the Agreement by ubc and we recognized the remaining deferred revenue of $91,250 in December 2007. Total operating expenses for the three months ending March 31, 2008 we...

United BioSource Acquires Leading Publication Planning Software and Services Company

....newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070910/NEM007LOGO ) ubc provides evidence-based solutions to support the d...e are thrilled to welcome the Envision team to the ubc family," says Ethan Leder, CEO of UBC. "Like UBC,"...uable to the entire medical community." "Joining ubc helps us achieve our vision of bringing a more rob...

United BioSource Expands Regulatory Affairs Capabilities

...thrilled to welcome Dr. Ammann and Dr. Lang to the ubc team. They give us world-class experience and expe...- approval environment," according to Ethan Leder, ubc CEO and Founder. "Having led many interactions w...panies develop and commercialize medical products. ubc specializes in offering new and innovative ways to...

Bionovo Announces Third Quarter 2007 Financial Results

...of Taiwan. On October 15, 2007, Bionovo, Inc. terminated its Licensing and Technology Transfer Agreement dated November 3, 2003 (the "Agreement") with ubc of Taiwan. Unamortized deferred revenue of $91,250 will be recognized in the next quarter. Total operating expenses for the three months ended Septemb...

United BioSource Acquires Caro Research, Leader in Simulation Modeling

...ablished life science companies develop and commercialize medical products. ubc specializes in new and innovative ways to study drugs and devices by offering expertise in science, strategy and execution. ubc is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, with offices located in the United ...

United BioSource Acquires Interest in Leading Adaptive Design Technology Service Provider

... ubc ClinResearch to Expand Global Reach in Pioneering ...linResearch, which will now operate under the name ubc ClinResearch, will be a centerpiece of UBC's adapt.... "We are thrilled to welcome ClinResearch to the ubc family," said Ethan Leder, CEO of UBC. "Having wor...
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