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  • New research finds slower growth of preterm infants linked to altered brain development

    January 16, 2013
    Preterm infants who grow more slowly as they approached what would have been their due dates also have slower development in an area of the brain called the cerebral cortex, report Canadian researchers in a new study published today in Science Translational Medicine.
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  • 8666 teenage girls needed for new national study

    December 12, 2012
    Evaluation program will determine best dosing schedule for HPV vaccine.
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  • New playground gear promotes risk-taking to boost fitness and brain development

    November 19, 2012
    Risk can be useful training for children, recent scientific articles assert. In a report in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, CFRI researcher and UBC Psychologist Dr. Mariana Brussoni and colleagues suggest risky play ultimately keeps children safer by allowing them to learn how to take and manage risk.
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  • UBC-CFRI effort to save pregnant women awarded additional $17-million

    November 08, 2012
    A project led by Peter von Dadelszen and aimed at finding and treating women at risk of succumbing to pre-eclampsia – the often-fatal onset of high blood pressure during pregnancy – will receive an additional $17 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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  • New drug target found for cystic fibrosis lung disease

    November 07, 2012
    Vancouver researchers have discovered the cellular pathway that causes lung-damaging inflammation in cystic fibrosis (CF), and that reducing the pathway’s activity also decreases inflammation. The finding offers a potential new drug target for treating CF lung disease, which is a major cause of illness and death for people with CF.
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  • Boys reaching puberty younger, study finds

    October 24, 2012
    CFRI researcher Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos is interviewed by The Globe and Mail for comment on a U.S. study that found that puberty among boys is starting six months to two years earlier than previously documented.
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  • Genes and immune system shaped by childhood poverty, stress

    October 18, 2012
    A study led by CFRI investigator Dr. Michael Kobor has revealed that childhood poverty, stress as an adult, and demographics such as age, sex and ethnicity all leave an imprint on a person’s genes, which could play a role in the immune response.
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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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