A newly identified genetic variant can cause sudden cardiac arrest (Diane Mar-Nicolle, April 5, 2019) – A research team lead by Glen Tibbits' lab at Simon Fraser University has found that a newly identified genetic variant can cause sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) which may explain certain cases of sudden unexpected death in infants (SUDI). Read more…

Citizen scientists' rare fossil birds shed new light on avian history (Diane Mar-Nicolle, April 4, 2019) – Until now, practically nothing has been known of Northern Hemisphere birds that lived at higher altitudes soon after the extinction of dinosaurs. However, an international team of paleontologists – including Simon Fraser University's Rolf Mathewes and Bruce Archibald – has put together the first picture of avian history in northwestern North America from that long-ago time. Read more…

A genetic temperature switch hints at possible treatment of ciliopathies (Faculty of Science, Feb. 25, 2019) – Simon Fraser University researchers reveal possibility of post-natal treatment of cilia-related disorders. Read more…

As the snow goes, so does the [summer] flow (Faculty of Science, Feb. 20, 2019) – Earth scientists in the Allen group at Simon Fraser University analyzed streamflow records for 63 mountain catchments in western North America to investigate how warm winters affect the summer streamflow. Read more…

A new signature of vortex fluctuations in high temperature superconductors (Faculty of Science, Feb. 15, 2019) – Simon Fraser University physicists have identified vortices outside the superconducting phase that advance our understanding of the mechanisms that currently limit superconducting transition temperatures. Read more…

Cancer fighting compounds with two metals have unique properties (Faculty of Science, Feb. 12, 2019) – The ongoing need for novel anticancer drugs inspires the Walsby group at Simon Fraser University to access new candidates by combining two metal-containing compounds to increase overall effectiveness. Read more…

Less-biased sparse approximation via a partial regularizer (Faculty of Science, Feb. 11, 2019) – Mathematicians at Simon Fraser University develop less-biased models to identify better quality sparse solutions for a wide class of linear systems. Read more

Chemistry team "fixes" cancer-suppressing p53 protein (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Jan 31, 2019) – An international team of chemists, led by SFU graduate student Jessica Miller, has made progress in restoring functionality to a critical protein whose breakdown is responsible for more than 50 per cent of cancers. Read more…

New clues to controlling HIV (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Jan 29, 2019) – The immune system is the body’s best defense in fighting diseases like HIV and cancer. Now, an international team of researchers is harnessing the immune system to reveal new clues that may help in efforts to produce an HIV vaccine. Read more…

A new tool to predict wave driven flooding on mid-ocean atoll islands (Faculty of Science, Jan 3, 2019) – Simon Fraser University’s Paul Kench is leading research that will allow communities on fringing reef shorelines to forecast and prepare for the impacts of future sea level rise. Read more…

Harnessing computational power to illuminate genetic causes in families with disease (Faculty of Science, Jan 3, 2019) – Researchers at Simon Fraser University develop software to simulate pedigrees with multiple rare disease-affected individuals. Read more…

Decline of the different  (Faculty of Science, Dec 12, 2018)  Simon Fraser University biologists find that evolutionarily isolated amphibians are less likely to leave the forest. Read more…

Putting the salmon into salmonberry  (Faculty of Science, Dec 11, 2018) It’s not just the pretty colour – Simon Fraser University researchers investigate the effects of salmonberries growing near salmon runs. Read more…

Muscles know best (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Nov 26, 2018) New research into muscle fibre from SFU’s Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology could eventually help cyclists and other athletes maximize their performance, and inform new treatments for stroke victims and others suffering from motor impairment diseases. Read more…

Revealing links between climate, landslides and volcanic eruptions (SFU News, Nov 9, 2018) Research from the lab of SFU professor Glyn Williams-Jones suggests that global warming is increasing the chances of a major landslide and an eruption at Mount Meager volcano, northwest of Whistler, B.C.  
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Is the present really the key to the past? (Faculty of Science, Oct 4, 2018) Earth scientist Brendan Dyck and collaborators are testing the bounds of uniformitarianism as it pertains to the Earth’s cooling over the last 4.5 billion years. Read more…

Genetic mutation provides potential clue to Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Oct 3, 2018) In their research into mutations leading to diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, Simon Fraser University's Associate Professor Ryan Morin and PhD candidate Sarah Arthur have made an intriguing discovery.  Read more…

Covalent inhibitors for sugar processing enzymes (Faculty of Science, Sep 27, 2018)  Published in Nature Communications, researchers from Canada, Scotland and Spain have developed new carbohydrate mimics as tools for monitoring carbohydrate processing enzymes. Read more…

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