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Advances in mouse proteomics

Tue, 2014-10-21 17:20

Proteomics—the study of proteins found in human cells and how they regulate their actions—is one of the most promising areas for developing new therapies for human diseases. Mouse models are the mainstay of most biomedical research, but researchers are limited by the small volumes of blood that can be sampled from live animals. Now, using $1.2 million in new funding from Genome BC and Genome Canada, the UVic-Genome BC Proteomics Centre and spinoff company MRM Proteomics Inc. will continue their work to develop new tools to help medical researchers measure the concentration of individual proteins in mouse plasma.

Rutherford Medal for UVic astrophysicist Sara Ellison

Fri, 2014-10-17 16:36

Sara Ellison (physics and astronomy) has been awarded the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics from the Royal Society of Canada for her outstanding work in astrophysics. Ellison leads several international research programs that are using the world’s leading telescopes to understand how galaxies form and evolve. Her research has appeared in more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and includes numerous high-impact discoveries in the field of extragalactic observational astronomy.

McPherson named ATLAS deputy spokesperson

Tue, 2014-10-14 12:23

Rob McPherson (physics and astronomy) has been named deputy spokesperson of the ATLAS experiment, a 3,000-strong international scientific collaboration that built and manages one of two particle detectors at the CERN Large Hadron Collider on the French-Swiss border. The new position effectively makes McPherson the vice-president of ATLAS, working with the spokesperson to oversee detector and computing operations and manage relationships with funding agencies. The UVic ATLAS team designed and built several crucial components of the detector, which made scientific history by discovering the elusive Higgs boson particle in 2012.

Vanier Scholar advancing FASD diagnostics

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:41

Fontaine. Photo: uvic photo services
Fontaine. Photo: uvic photo services

It certainly sounds novel: could a smelling test, easy enough to administer to young children, help diagnose Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)?

That possibility is taking shape, thanks to work done by UVic neuroscience PhD student Christine Fontaine.

In memoriam: Alan Astbury

Mon, 2014-09-15 14:47


Physicist drew UVic into international scientific collaborations that helped put department’s achievements on the world stage

2014 Schulich Leadership Scholarships

Fri, 2014-09-05 16:52

Two recent high school graduates, one from Victoria and one from a rural community in the BC Interior, have been selected to receive this year’s prestigious Schulich Leadership Scholarship for their undergraduate studies at the University of Victoria.

Global recognition for four "highly cited" UVic researchers

Thu, 2014-09-04 11:24

New radioactivity monitoring network seeks volunteers

Wed, 2014-08-06 10:34

Oceanographer Jay Cullen collecting water
Oceanographer Jay Cullen. Photo: Diana Nethercott

Ever since the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan, there’s been widespread concern along the coast of western North America about the potential danger of low-level radioactivity from that event crossing the Pacific Ocean.

International project maps salmon genome

Thu, 2014-07-31 11:14

Dr. Ben Koop at his computer
Dr. Ben Koop. Photo: Diana Nethercott

New genetic database holds huge potential for fisheries science and conservation

Salmon—they’re tasty and nutritious to eat, many livelihoods depend on them and they’re crucial to the health of coastal ecosystems.

Turns out they’re also a goldmine of information for geneticists and molecular biologists.

“Frosty genes” technology awarded US patent

Fri, 2014-07-25 11:18

Duplantis and Nano. Credit: UVic Photo Services
Duplantis and Nano. Credit: UVic Photo Services

The most effective vaccines against disease are those that expose our immune systems to live pathogens. But how do we do that without causing the very disease we’re trying to avoid?