Abundance of salmon key to feeding 'underdog' stream fishes (Melissa Shaw, Sep 23, 2020) – Researchers from Simon Fraser University’s Salmon Watershed Lab have found when salmon returns are high, smaller and less dominant fishes get a chance to feast on their eggs.  Read more…

Study suggests sea lice on salmon is under-reported at B.C. salmon farms (Faculty of Science, Sep 10, 2020) – A new study, published this week in Ecological Applications, shows striking evidence that counts of parasitic sea lice are under-reported by British Columbia’s salmon farms.  Read more…

SFU study nets new data on head impacts experienced by hockey players (Faculty of Science, Aug 20, 2020) – Watching hockey in the name of science might sound too good to be true, but that’s exactly what a team of SFU researchers did for a five-year study on hockey head impacts, recently published as an award-winning paper in the Journal of Biomechanics.  Read more…

Fast and Loose: nanomachines with floppy connections go faster (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Aug 17, 2020) – Converting energy quickly and efficiently is critical to both human-engineered machinery, and to the microscopic machinery operating in the human body. Now, SFU researchers in the Department of Physics have discovered a key design principle from the human body that could help in the development of faster man-made nanomachines. Read more…

New process critical to treating newly evolved viruses like SARS-CoV-2 (COVID 19) (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Aug 7, 2020) – Discovering antiviral and anticancer drugs will soon be faster and cheaper thanks to new research from SFU chemist Robert Britton and his international team. Read more…

Hot water can sometimes cool faster than warm water (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Aug 6, 2020) – Scientists have long been puzzled about why hot water can sometimes freeze more quickly than warm water. After all, we know that a hot object, left to its own, will cool and eventually reach the temperature of its surroundings.  Read more…

Researchers working to improve quality of life for seniors in long-term care (Faculty of Science, June 17, 2020) – A new study co-led by Simon Fraser University Dean of Science Paul Kench has found that coral reef islands globally may be capable of adapting naturally to sea level rise in the face of global warming.  Read more…

New study finds coral islands may not “drown” amid climate change (Faculty of Science, June 15, 2020) – A new study co-led by Simon Fraser University Dean of Science Paul Kench has found that coral reef islands globally may be capable of adapting naturally to sea level rise in the face of global warming.  Read more…

New fossil discovery shows 50 million-year-old Canada-Australia connection (Faculty of Science, June 15, 2020) – The discovery of a tiny insect fossil is unearthing big questions about the global movement of animals and the connection to changes in climate and shifting continents across deep time. The fossil, estimated to be 50 million years old, was found in rocks near the city of Kamloops, British Columbia, but today its relatives live exclusively in Australia.  Read more…

SFU lab helps patient manage rare disease through programmed exercise (Faculty of Science, May 20, 2020) – A rare mitochondrial disease left SFU alumnus Elizabeth Nadeau exhausted, housebound and on long-term disability. But help from SFU’s Laboratory for Quantitative Exercise Biology has changed her circumstances, leading to recovery through self-management, and a scientific paper about the process.  Read more…

SFU Surrey science labs host COVID-19 hand sanitizer production (Faculty of Science, May 7, 2020) – While science labs at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus have been devoid of the buzz of student experiments and discovery for nearly two months, they recently came to life for another purpose—the production of hand sanitizer to help the community battle COVID-19.  Read more…

SFU epidemiologist’s research informs B.C. health policy on COVID-19 (Faculty of Science, May 5, 2020) – Simon Fraser University professor Caroline Colijn’s research and modelling methods have been helping to inform B.C.’s health policy on COVID-19 since the pandemic’s start. While those efforts continue, new funding will also take her research further to measure how B.C.’s health policy changes are faring. Read more…

SFU professor’s invention approved by FDA to help wean COVID-19 patients from ventilators (Faculty of Science, Apr 30, 2020) – Simon Fraser University professor Andy Hoffer hopes the SFU spinoff company he founded, Lungpacer Medical Inc., will help save the lives of COVID-19 patients using mechanical ventilators—and get them off more quickly, so that more ventilators can be available for all critically ill patients. Read more…

Coronavirus testing kits to be developed using SFU-invented RNA imaging technology (SFU News, Mar 19, 2020) – Simon Fraser University researchers will use their pioneering imaging technology—called Mango, for its bright colour— to develop coronavirus testing kits. They’re among a small set of Canadian researchers who responded to the rapid funding opportunity recently announced by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to help address COVID-19. Read more…

SFU research team helps test potential superbug-killing compound (Faculty of Science, Mar 9, 2020) – Researchers in Simon Fraser University’s Brinkman Laboratory are collaborating with U.S. researchers to test a new drug that can kill a wide range of superbugs – including some bacteria now resistant to all common antibiotics. Read more…

Study reveals hidden risks of estuary development for young salmon (Faculty of Science, Feb 5, 2020) – A Simon Fraser University-led research team has found significant evidence that human activity in estuaries is impacting juvenile Pacific and Atlantic salmon. Read more…

Pioneering SFU research customizes vaccines to reduce bacterial disease (Faculty of Science, Feb 3, 2020) – The invention of vaccines for disease prevention is often cited as one of the miracles of modern medicine. New research from Simon Fraser University suggests that tailoring vaccines based on geography and other factors could substantially reduce overall rates of bacterial disease. Read more…

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