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Identification of the action mechanism of a protein impacting neural circuit development

Research by Dr. Shernaz Bamji, from the University of British Columbia, uncovers the mechanism of action of an enzyme called DHHC9 in the normal development and function of neural networks in the brain. Mutations in DHHC9 have been identified in certain patients suffering from X-linked Intellectual Disability, however the specific role of DHHC9 was not known. Dr. read more

Smartphones Are Giving Us ADHD-Like Symptoms

You may not have ADHD, but your smartphone could certainly be making you feel like you do, according to a study published this month. Researchers took 221 students at the University of British Columbia and split them into two groups. For one week, half the students turned their phones to...

University of British Columbia launches plan to train all faculty in LGBT ‘inclusion’

But the so-called job training may be more like ‘indoctrination,’ according to one constitutional lawyer.

New Control Technology to Improve Prosthetic Arm Movement

At Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada researchers are working on improving the movement of an already highly advanced robotic prosthetic arm. The bebionic arm from RSLSteeper, a UK firm, has five independent fingers,...Show More Summary

Elderly women more likely to be overprescribed prescription drugs: UBC study

Nearly one in three British Columbia women over age 65 received inappropriate prescription medicines in 2013, according to a University of British Columbia study. One in four men of the same age received similar prescriptions. "The effect...Show More Summary

Stickleback fish adapt their vision in the blink of an eye

Stickleback fish are able to adapt their vision to new environments in less than 10,000 years, a blink of the eye in evolutionary terms, according to new research by University of British Columbia biodiversity experts. "This is a very...Show More Summary

Younging on Traditional Knowledge and Intellectual Property

Dr. Gregory Younging, at the University of British Columbia, has an interesting essay in the Pennsylvania Journal of International Law titled “Traditional Knowledge Exists; Intellectual Property is Invented or Created“. From the introduction:...Show More Summary

Canadian Court Rules University Can Shut Down Pro-Life Student’s Group’s Free Speech Rights

Pro-life activists at the University of Victoria in Canada have lost a free-speech battle through British Columbia’s highest court on Monday. The decision was not even close. The Times Colonist reports the British Columbia Court of Appeals unanimously rejected arguments by a pro-life student club that insisted the university consider freedom of expression when restricting […]

A Common Painkiller May Inhibit Your Ability To Detect Mistakes

A drug commonly used to treat pain could also be impeding error-detection in the brain, new research suggests. Researchers at the University of British Columbia conducted a neurological study on how the drug acetaminophen inhibits the brain response associated with making errors. Tylenol tablets, which contain acetaminophen, are shown on April 14, [...]

BC scientists engineer immune cells to protect organs from transplant rejection

(Vancouver - April 1, 2016) - Scientists at BC Children's Hospital and the University of British Columbia have developed a gene therapy that programs a type of immune cell called T regulatory cells (Tregs) to protect transplanted tissues from rejection by the patient's immune system. Show More Summary

O'Brien Presents The Relationship Between Taxation And Investment Agreements Today At British Columbia

Martha O'Brien (University of Victoria, Faculty of Law) presents The Relationship Between Taxation and Investment Agreements at the University of British Columbia today as part of its Tax Law and Policy Workshop Series: Canada has entered into numerous bilateral investment Treaties (BITs), and is in the process of ratifying both...

Aging Diminishes Spinal Cord Regeneration After Injury

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and University of British Columbia (UBC) have determined that, in mice, age diminishes ability to regenerate axons, the brain's communication wires in the spinal cord. The study is published March 31 in Cell Reports.

Trope Troubles: An Exercise in Aporetics with the Help of Professor Levy

Eric P. Levy, an emeritus professor of English at the University of British Columbia, has been much exercised of late by trope theory and other questions in ontology. He has been sharing his enthusiasm with me. He espies.....

Bad News: Moderate Drinking Probably Won't Help You Live Longer

2 months agoLifestyle : xoJane

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you what you probably already knew to be true: moderate drinking probably isn't that "good for you."According to a recent review, conducted by the University of Victoria in British Columbia and published in The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and... Continue reading

Bankman Presents Using The 'Smart Return' To Reduce Tax Evasion Today At British Columbia

Joseph Bankman (Stanford) presents Using the 'Smart Return' to Reduce Tax Evasion (with Clifford Nass (Stanford) & Joel Slemrod (Michigan)) at the University of British Columbia today as part of its Tax Law and Policy Workshop Series: Tax evasion costs federal, state and local governments over 400 billion dollars a...

Cui Presents Information Reporting And State Capacity Today At Toronto

Wei Cui (University of British Columbia, Allard School of Law) presents Information Reporting and State Capacity at Toronto today as part of its James Hausman Tax Law and Policy Workshop Series: A prominent strand of recent economic research hypothesizes that information reporting is essential to the capacity of modern states...

Welfare Recipients Are Seen As 'Immoral' For Buying Organic Food

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

When is a consumer choice not just a consumer choice? Apparently when the shopper is a recipient of welfare, researchers have found. According to a recent study from the University of British Columbia, people on welfare who make ethical...Show More Summary

Without ancestral gene life on Earth might not have evolved beyond slime

Researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a common ancestral gene that enabled the evolution of advanced life over a billion years ago. The gene, found in all complex organisms, including plants and animals, encodes...Show More Summary

Oei, Ring Present The Tax Lives Of Uber Drivers Today At Southern, British Columbia

Shuyi Oei (Tulane) and Diane Ring (Boston College) present The Tax Lives of Uber Drivers: Evidence from Internet Discussion Forums at different law schools today: Shuyi at Southern University (as part of its Law & Society Faculty Forum) and Diane at University of British Columbia (as part of its Tax...

Colonoscopies: America’s gold standard, while Canada says they’re not justified

Alan Cassels, who is a journalist and pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, reflects on the differences between Canadian and US guidelines on colon cancer screening and why that disparity isn’t...Show More Summary

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