News Archive

December 15, 2012

Department Report
In the past few years, the MBB Department at SFU has seen notable changes including its partnership with the BC Genome Sciences Centre (operated by the BC Cancer Agency)... read more

December 10, 2012

Poets and scientists fuse creative horns
In a marriage of minds brought about by getting inside each other’s heads, scientists and poets, including a Simon Fraser University cell biologist, will hold a free public poetry reading on Friday, Dec. 14... read more

November 8, 2012

Tapping into the immune system - Nov. 21 Cafe Scientifique Speaker Jonathan Choy
The body’s all-important immune system will be the focus of Simon Fraser University’s next Café Scientifique on Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 7-8:30 pm at Surrey’s City Centre Library... read more

October 31, 2012

Bigger human genome pool uncovers more rare variants - Sahinalp Lab, MBB Associate Faculty
Thanks to powerful computational tools developed at Simon Fraser University, more than 100 scientists from around the world have genetically mapped the largest and most varied number of human genomes to date... read more

October 25, 2012

Scientists deepen genetic understanding of MS - Dr. F, Breden, MBB Associate Faculty
Five scientists, including two from Simon Fraser University, have discovered that 30 per cent of our likelihood of developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can be explained by 475,806 genetic variants in our genome... read more

October 25, 2012

Tracking environmental causes of good and bad health - Dr. M. Hirst, MBB Adjunct Faculty
A Simon Fraser University scientist working at one of Canada’s first epigenomics mapping centres says new federal funding will accelerate researchers’ ability to unravel how we develop some of the most common life threatening cancers... read more

October 19, 2012

Cholera discovery could revolutionize antibiotic delivery - Craig Lab
Three Simon Fraser University scientists are among six researchers who’ve made a discovery that could help revolutionize antibiotic treatment of deadly bacteria... read more

October 11, 2012

Tying our fate to molecular markings - Dr. E. Emberly, MBB Associate Faculty
A Simon Fraser University physicist has helped discover that understanding how a chemical mark on our DNA affects gene expression could be as useful to scientists as fingerprints are to police at a crime scene... read more

February 29, 2012

Four distinct subgroups of medulloblastoma identified - Drs. M. Marra, R. Holt and S. Jones
Medulloblastoma, the most common malignant paediatric brain tumour, is currently treated with nonspecific cytotoxic therapies including surgery, whole-brain radiation, and aggressive chemotherapy... read more

July 27, 2012

SFU duo's protein discovery could aid cancer research
An SFU grad student’s collaboration with her thesis supervisor on how a particular type of protein controls the growth of another protein could advance cancer research... read more

July 4, 2012

SFU mentors winning high school science researchers
Gifted high school students are getting a jump-start on higher education and academic success by engaging in science discoveries under the mentorship of Simon Fraser University researchers in the Faculty of Science... read more

June 10, 2012

SFU researchers contribute to study on HIV control
Simon Fraser University researchers have contributed to an international study on HIV control that found how well infection-killing immune cells work appears to be more significant than how many of these cells an individual has... read more

May 23, 2012

Researchers find new malaria treatment
An international team of researchers including members of Simon Fraser University molecular scientist Fiona Brinkman’s lab has discovered a new class of drugs for treatment of particularly severe malaria... read more

April 19, 2012

Study finds cancer-fighting goodness in cholesterol
A Simon Fraser University researcher is among four scientists who argue that cholesterol may slow or stop cancer cell growth. They describe how cholesterol-binding proteins called ORPs may control cell growth in A Detour for Yeast Oxysterol Binding Proteins, a paper published in the latest issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry... read more

April 16, 2012

SFU scientists help to improve water-quality testing
Simon Fraser University scientists are participating in a new project to transform the way Canadian agencies monitor water quality... read more

April 4, 2012

Scientists uncover multiple faces of deadly breast cancer
An international team of scientists, including four at Simon Fraser University, has made a discovery that will change the way the most deadly form of breast cancer is treated... read more

April 2, 2012

SFU HIV/AIDS vaccine research gets financial boost
Jamie Scott, a Simon Fraser University professor and Canada Research Chair in molecular immunity, and three international collaborators are getting a hefty financial boost in their efforts to develop an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine... read more

March 15, 2012

Researchers testing sugary Alzheimer's solution
Slowing or preventing Alzheimer’s disease may be as simple as maintaining a particular protein’s sugar levels, according to a new study co-authored by SFU chemistry professor David Vocadlo in the latest issue of Nature Chemical Biology... read more

February 10, 2012

Lynne Quarmby to speak at AAAS
Lynne Quarmby, a Simon Fraser University scientist with a passion for promoting the importance of science to life’s sustenance, will have a captive audience during the world’s largest science fair in Vancouver... read more