Best of SFU 2008: Health Sciences

New home for Faculty of Health Sciences
Blusson Hall, the greenest building on the Burnaby campus and new home of the Faculty of Health Sciences, officially opened in September.

AIDS Network Nation’s First
Health sciences professor Robert Hogg was chosen to head up Canada’s first nation-wide HIV/AIDS antiretroviral research network to study the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS treatment.

Put down the salt shaker
New research from health sciences professor Michel Joffres revealed that reducing Canadians’ daily salt intake by about half would eliminate hypertension in one million Canadians and save $430 million in related health costs.

Probing childhood asthma, allergies
Health Sciences professors Tim Takaro and Ryan Allen became involved in a $12 million Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) Study. They hope to determine the factors that are increasing the incidence of childhood asthma and allergies.

B.C.’s real homeless count
Health Sciences researchers released a comprehensive new report in 2008 indicating the number of homeless people in B.C. is far greater than previous government figures suggest.