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…

SFU research points to unprecedented and worrying rise in sea levels (Faculty of Science, Dec 20, 2019) – A new study led by Simon Fraser University’s Prof. Paul Kench, has discovered new evidence of sea-level variability in the central Indian Ocean. Read more…

Getting more from less: optimal sampling strategies for compressive imaging (Faculty of Science, Dec 11, 2019) – Researchers develop new mathematics for determining the optimal measurements for image reconstruction via compressed sensing. Read more…

SFU global collaboration creates world’s first open-source database of natural microbial products (Braden McMillan - SFU News, Dec 5, 2019) – Despite our extensive knowledge of the chemical compounds found in nature, there has never been a comprehensive, open-source database for researchers to store information on the chemistry produced by bacteria and fungi. Until now. Read more…

SFU researchers discover potential way to manage insects without chemicals (Diane Mar-Nicolle, Nov 28, 2019) – The world’s insects are headed down the path of extinction with more than 40 per cent of insect species in decline. Intensive agriculture is the main driver, particularly the heavy use of pesticides. Read more…

Climate change may impact kelp’s ability to reproduce (SFU News, Nov 21, 2019) – Marine heat waves may be impacting one of the ocean’s major sources of food and shelter for sea life—kelp. Read more…

New genetic features discovered in rare Burkitt Lymphoma cancer (Faculty of Science, Oct 17, 2019) – Working together in an international team of researchers, Simon Fraser University (SFU) scientists and their colleagues have made inroads in our understanding of how Burkitt lymphoma develops. Read more…

Are mixed breed dogs healthier than purebreds? (Faculty of Science, July 11, 2019) – Simon Fraser University researchers help develop the fastest known algorithm for computing the kinship coefficients needed by biologists and other researchers for genetic studies. Read more…

Targeting Alzheimer’s hallmarks (Faculty of Science, June 18, 2019) – A metal complex that limits plaque formation and free radical toxicity provides a starting point for designing Alzheimer’s drugs that operate on multiple targets. Read more…

A wobbling nuclear rotor: from the shape of 105Pd to nucleon-nucleon interactions (Faculty of Science, June 16, 2019) – New evidence of an asymmetric triaxial shape to the nucleus of a palladium isotope advances our understanding of effective nucleon-nucleon interactions in atomic nuclei. Read more…

Tiny fish a big lure for life on coral reefs (Diane Mar-Nicolle, May 23, 2019) – Researchers from Simon Fraser University have discovered how coral reefs support such an abundance and diversity of life. Banting Postdoctoral Fellow Simon Brandl and a team of international researchers revealed that tiny fish species around the world fuel life on coral reefs. Read more...

Big energy savings for tiny machines (Diane Mar-Nicolle, May 21, 2019) – In a ground-breaking study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team led by SFU physics professor David Sivak demonstrated for the first time a strategy for manipulating these machines to maximize efficiency and conserve energy. Read more...

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…

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