Daily Media Digest February 8, 2018

Coast Reporter
“The agreement between Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Trellis Seniors Services and the shíshálh Nation would see the facility built on Nation lands, but Dix could not confirm the exact location or any details about whether the shíshálh Nation would lease or sell the land. “It’s our expectation that … “
TAGS: Trellis facility, shíshálh Nation


CTV News
“A record-setting number of organ transplant procedures took place in Alberta in 2017 and health officials confirm a quarter of the transplants involved organs from donors who died from an overdose. Alberta Health Services’ Donation Program saw an eight per cent increase in organ donations last year …”
TAGS: organ donor, opioid crisis


“She has played a pivotal role in the advancement of compliance, ethics and integrity through her leadership in the Canadian Pharmaceutical Code of Ethical Practices, development of multi-stakeholder frameworks as well as with her work with Innovative Medicines Canada, IFPMA and the 21 APEC …”
TAGS: Polaris, Chrisoula Nikidis, Life Sciences


“In a paper published this week in Nature Medicine, Naoto Hirano, a U of T associate professor of immunology in the Faculty of Medicine, working with colleagues at University Health Network (UHN) and Takara Bio in Japan, outlines a novel method for production of these so-called living drugs.”
TAGS: CAR T-cell therapy, cancer therapy


“Montreal-based Element AI has compiled a report and analysis on the global supply of AI researchers in an effort to get a better understanding of an industry in high demand. Overall, the report found that there are 22,064 PhD-educated researchers globally that are capable of working in AI research and …”
TAGS: AI global talent, Canada Researchers


“More than 400,000 Canadians are living with the effects of stroke. “There’s a real potential here to improve people’s quality of life,” Winship said. “People can often live a long time after their stroke and this might then make those days you live after your stroke that much more tolerable.” The research was …”
TAGS: stroke victims, therapy


Lupus News Today
“Platelets, and not white blood cells, are first on the scene during an immune response,” explained study lead author Éric Boilard, PhD, and a professor at the Université Laval Faculty of Medicine, Canada in a press release. Subsequent experiments found that mice entered in shock because platelets …”
TAGS: Platelets, Lupus


U.S. News & World Report-17 hours ago
“That’s not likely, a new Canadian study suggests. The study … The new study was led by Dr. Philip Joseph, assistant professor of medicine at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He said that … The new research received funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and drug maker AstraZeneca.”
TAGS: Heart Patients, blood pressure-lowering medication,


“Cumming School of Medicine professor Katrina Milaney led a research project that provided the background data for Calgary’s recently opened supervised consumption site. Set up at the downtown Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, the site follows the example set by Insite, a similar clinic that has …”
TAGS: safe consumption site, Alberta


Canada NewsWire (press release)
“TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2018 /CNW/ – JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Canada is pleased to announce a partnership with 22-year-old National Hockey League (NHL) player Max Domi. Born in Winnipeg, Max was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 12 years old. Refusing to let …”
TAGS: JDRF Canada, diabetes, Max Domi


iPolitics.ca-19 hours ago
“We need to do all we can to make Canada an attractive place for international talent. Expanding the new Global Talent Stream program, which reduces visa processing time to no more than two weeks, to include researchers would be a start. We also could bolster opportunities for Canadians to interact on a global stage by, …”
TAGS: invest in science, fundamental science review