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  • Questions about Juvenile Arthritis?

    October 15, 2012
    BC Almanac will highlight juvenile arthritis on Friday, October 19th. CFRI investigator and pediatric rheumatologist Dr. Lori Tucker will be joined by 19-year-old Andrea, who has lived with arthritis since she was two, and her mother Kathy.
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  • Peter von Dadelszen wins CIHR Knowledge Translation Award

    October 10, 2012
    Dr. Peter von Dadelszen, a Clinician Scientist at CFRI and a world authority on diagnosing and treating pre-eclampsia, has received the 2012 Knowledge Translation Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
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  • Maternal depression affects language development in babies

    October 08, 2012
    Maternal depression and a common class of antidepressants can alter a crucial period of language development in babies, according to a new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Harvard University and the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital.
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  • Government commits $2M for childhood cancer research

    September 29, 2012
    B.C. is committing $2 million in one-time funding to the Michael Cuccione Foundation to support childhood cancer research and treatment. The foundation will direct the money to the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program at the Child & Family Research Institute at BC Children’s Hospital. The research program focuses on better understanding childhood cancers and seeking new therapies with lower side-effects for young patients.
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  • Medical research grants awarded to BC’s top talent

    September 07, 2012
    The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation has awarded funding to six of the province's brightest minds in cancer research. CFRI researcher Dr. Christopher Maxwell was one of the six medical grant recipients. The goal of Dr. Maxwell's research is to develop safer, more specific therapies for breast cancers that develop in young women by understanding and targeting differences in cell division between normal cells and cancer cells.
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  • CFRI researchers honoured with UBC Faculty of Medicine 2012 Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Awards

    August 07, 2012
    Congratulations to Dr. Jan Friedman and Dr. David Speert on receiving the 2012 Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Awards, in clinical sciences and in basic sciences, from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). This award recognizes candidates from the basic or clinical sciences on the basis of a distinguished research career, recognition in the medical community and effective contributions to student educational growth over the past year.
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  • Early puberty and mental health in girls

    August 05, 2012
    A recent Globe and Mail article looks at whether there is a link between early puberty and depression in girls. Two CFRI researchers, Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos and Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, offer their expertise.
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  • Hand washing practices for preschoolers

    August 02, 2012
    CFRI researcher Dr. David Speert gives expert advice to Today's Parent on hand washing practices for preschoolers and the use of hand sanitizer.
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  • Canucks for Kids Fund Diabetes Catalyst Awards Announced

    July 11, 2012
    The Diabetes Research Program recently ran its third internal grant competition for the “Canucks for Kids Fund” Diabetes Catalyst Awards. The committee received 11 excellent innovative research proposals.
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  • Patients who donate samples to the Childhood Cancer & Blood Research BioBank will benefit local research

    July 07, 2012
    A Vancouver Sun article shines a spotlight on how today's research can help tomorrow's patients in an article on the Childhood Cancer & Blood Research BioBank located at CFRI.
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  • Diabetes researcher honoured with new award

    June 28, 2012
    CFRI scientist Dr. Francis Lynn was announced as the first recipient of the new Alan Permutt Career Development Award by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The award honours research in the field of beta cell therapies.
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  • Dads and kids’ safety: Study on injury prevention

    June 20, 2012
    Men can differ greatly from women in how they parent, especially during playtime. Lead investigator Dr. Mariana Brussoni and her team are compiling data about father’s attitudes towards safety and injury prevention during play in an effort to provide recommendations for community and parenting programs.
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  • New $12M Child & Family Research Imaging Facility opens in Vancouver dedicated to child health research

    June 13, 2012
    The new Child & Family Research Imaging Facility was opened today in Vancouver. It is dedicated to research that will increase understanding of brain development as well as to other child health research projects. The $12-million facility features a 3-Tesla MRI scanner along with an imaging analysis and neuro-informatics lab.
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  • Update on CFRI cluster leadership appointments

    May 02, 2012
    Three CFRI cluster directors or co-directors have recently taken on more senior administrative positions at the University (Dr. Geoff Hammond), hospital (Dr. Erik Skarsgard) or CFRI (Dr. Stuart Turvey). We have, therefore, restructured the leadership of these three clusters, and I am pleased to announce the following appointments.
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  • The digital doctor is in...your phone

    April 27, 2012
    Vancouver Sun story describes Dr. Mark Ansermino's research to develop a phone oximeter, which uses a cell phone to measure blood oxygen levels.
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  • $4.3-million grant to CFRI-led national childhood cancer research team

    April 11, 2012
    The federal government announced today $4.3 million in funding to a national childhood cancer research team led by principal investigator Dr. Kirk Schultz. The team will assess biomarkers to identify children at risk of adverse effects of cancer treatments and to predict potential long-term complications. Studies will focus on biomarkers associated with hearing loss, kidney failure, blood clotting problems, and a type of tissue rejection called chronic graft-versus host disease that can occur after bone marrow transplantation.
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  • Two commonly used medications linked to serious eye conditions: studies

    April 04, 2012
    A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) showed that patients taking an osteoporosis drug called bisphosphonate have a higher risk of developing the inflammatory eye conditions uveitis and scleritis.
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  • Fighting to raise awareness of a little known condition

    March 07, 2012
    A young woman in Red Deer, Alberta is counting on the support of the community to help raise much-needed funds for neurofibromatosis (NF) research at the Friedman Lab at the Child & Family Research Institute.
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  • Painful medical procedures associated with slower brain growth in preterm infants

    March 01, 2012
    Preterm babies who've had more skin-breaking medical procedures have slower brain development as they grow to their due dates, shows new research published this week in the Annals of Neurology.
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  • International ranking for infant mortality flawed: Canadian study

    February 17, 2012
    Canada’s ranking in international child health indexes would dramatically improve if measurements were standardized, according to a new study by researchers from the University of British Columbia, Dalhousie University, McGill University, the University of Calgary, and the Public Health Agency of Canada, working with the Canadian Perinatal Surveillance System and funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
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