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Research Looks at New Treatments for Heroin Addiction

Vancouver, October 12, 2011 - A clinical trial to test better treatment options for chronic heroin addiction is expected to begin in Vancouver at the end of this year. Led by researchers from Providence Health Care and the University of British Columbia, it’s the only clinical trial of its kind in North America.

Researchers Map Pathway of Infection for Respiratory Virus

Toronto, August 14, 2011 - Researchers at the University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), St. Paul’s Hospital and the University of British Columbia have identified a new treatment target for a virus that causes severe lung infections and an estimated 10% of common colds.

The virus, called human respiratory syncytial virus or RSV, is the most common reason for hospitalization of infants and children under two years of age; currently there is no effective therapy or vaccine for it.

HIV Therapies Provide a Near Normal Lifespan in Africa

Vancouver, July 18, 2011 - A landmark study by the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) shows that patients in Africa receiving combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) for HIV can expect to live a near normal lifespan.

Dr. Julio Montaner Receives the Prix Galien Research Award

Vancouver, November 17, 2010 - Dr. Julio Montaner, director of the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and past-president of the International AIDS Society, received the award in recognition of his ongoing innovation in the development and delivery of HIV treatment.

Research to Help Those Suffering from Dementia

Vancouver, June 24, 2010 - The results from the first phase of a ground-breaking research pilot project could help improve the dining experience and quality of life for seniors living with dementia.

Researchers at the Centre for Healthy Aging at Providence (CHAP) recently studied how the physical and social redesign of a care home’s dining area influenced the quality of the dining experience for the residents.

Vancouver Research Team Identifies a Key Predictor of Cardiovascular Death

Vancouver, March 15, 2010 - Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) hospitalizes more than 160,000 Canadians every year, and almost one quarter of those patients die from this common form of heart disease. But now a team of Vancouver based researchers has identified a key predictor of mortality in CAD patients, which means that specialists can better determine how to treat and improve outcomes for patients with CAD.

Funding for Canada-Wide Rollout of Revolutionary Biomedical IT Resources

Vancouver, November 19, 2009 - Biomedical researchers face many problems as they try to understand and develop new interventions and treatments for disease.

One of the major challenges is the length of time it takes to find the right data and the right way to analyze it. But researchers across Canada got a boost last week when Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) awarded $927,000 for the C-BRASS (Canadian Bioinformatics Resources As Semantic Services) project.