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Research News & Stories

Research-related news and stories from PHSA, from all programs and services.

First systemic therapy patient enrolled in a clinical trial in Prince George

Group of staff members(May 28, 2024)
Prince George celebrated a significant milestone in early 2024: the first time that a systemic therapy clinical trial has been offered in northern B.C. to people with cancer.

Read about the systemic therapy clinical trial

Phase 2 trial finds new drug (cemdisiran) safe, potentially effective for treating IgA nephropathy

Portrait of Sean Barbour(May 13, 2024)
Dr. Sean Barbour, BC Renal Glomerulonephritis Registry's Medical Lead, partnered with international researchers to lead a small, Phase 2 clinical trial of cemdisiran.

Read about the cemdisiran trial

New study suggests Kidney Failure Risk Equation can support timely creation of vascular access points for kidney patients

Diagram showing vascular system and catheter(May 10, 2024)
Dr. Mohammad Atiquzzaman and colleagues from BC Renal found the Kidney Failure Risk Equation could be used to support better timing of vascular access point creation, which could lead to increased patient quality of life and improved outcomes.

Read about the Kidney Failure Risk Equation study

New global analysis finds regional differences in hemoglobin values, points to unseen factors influencing anemia in kidney patients

Chart showing dots representing hemoglobin levels(May 10, 2024)
An international collaboration, including researchers from BC Renal and UBC, found substantial regional differences in hemoglobin values in individuals with chronic kidney disease.

Read about the hemoglobin study

BCCDC and BC Cancer scientist launches study on cancer misinformation

Two portraits of a woman and a man(April 18, 2024)
Dr. Cheryl Peters and team will be speaking with Canadians and conducting research to better understand how online misinformation about cancer can affect people's health.

Read about the cancer misinformation study

New study finds that cancer-causing proteins in Ewing sarcoma and prostate carcinoma prompt tumour cells to release certain RNAs to turn off the immune response

Portrait of Poul Sorensen(March 28, 2024)
Dr. Poul Sorensen found that the environment around a tumour may cause inflammation and suppress the immune system, which can make it challenging to successfully treat solid tumours with immunotherapy.

Read about the immunotherapy study

BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute brings Mini Science Night to Salmon Arm

Girl looking at model of molecules(March 25, 2024)
Mini Science Night is a public lecture that explores the newest discoveries and innovations in health research.

Read about Mini Science Night

BC Renal executive director to be honoured with international research award

Portrait of Adeera Levin(March 1, 2024)
In April, Dr. Adeera Levin will be the recipient of a 2024 International Society of Nephrology (ISN) award that recognizes outstanding research in nephrology with a clinical emphasis.

Read about Dr. Levin's award

Government of Canada invests $20 million to improve health outcomes of children living with rare diseases

Child in a headscarf cuddling a stuffed toy(February 28, 2024)
The federal Minister of Health announced funding for the creation of RareKids-CAN: Pediatric Rare Disease Clinical Trials and Treatment Network, of which BC Children's Hospital Research Institute will be a part.

Read about the funding announcement

New class of biomarker could better predict treatment outcomes for Hodgkin lymphoma

Magnigied biological image(January 29, 2024)
Researchers with BC Cancer have discovered a way to better predict treatment outcomes in patients with relapsed and refractory, or treatment-resistant, classic Hodgkin lymphoma.

Read about the Hodgkin lymphoma study

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