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UBC awarded funding for cancer research, Arctic Ocean studies

The projects will receive over $490,000 from this year's BC Knowledge Development Fund.

UBC awarded funding for cancer research, Arctic Ocean studies
Photo by Guilhem Vellut via Flickr.

The University of British Columbia has received funding to purchase equipment for five research projects, including a study to develop non-invasive cancer detection and an ocean observation system in the Canadian Arctic, according to a press release.

The projects will receive over $490,000 from this year's BC Knowledge Development Fund. This amount is in addition to $26.9 million previously announced at the end of October toward 70 UBC research projects. In addition to equipment, the funding will go toward renovating and modernizing laboratory space.

“Our government invests millions of dollars in innovation at public post-secondary institutions to build on the growth and diversification of our economy and advance technology,” Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk. “Developing research at UBC will offer students hands-on study opportunities and lead to the jobs and investment that makes B.C.'s technology sector an important contributor to the provincial economy.”

UBC's newly-funded cancer research project aims to create a database of medical imaging information, which will help determine the traits of different cancers. Funding for studies in the Canadian Arctic will help scientists collect data about ocean physics, biology and chemistry in a variety of weather conditions and remote environments.

"The BC Knowledge Development Fund helps keep B.C. at the leading edge of research and technology,” said Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services Minister Andrew Wilkinson. “The work being funded pays dividends in new discoveries and economic growth, fostering greater environmental knowledge and improving health care treatments for British Columbians."

The grants will also go towards updating laboratories for public health and infectious disease studies, the purchase of research equipment to map 3D high-resolution images of the brain's vascular health and providing equipment to study the consequences of poverty.

"The University of British Columbia is a leader in research and development,” said University of British Columbia president Arvind Gupta.” With the help of the government of British Columbia, this funding will help continue our tradition of excellence by engaging students and researchers in cutting edge advances to benefit the future of our province."

The BC Knowledge Development Fund has awarded six public post-secondary institutions in B.C. with over $40 million for more than 100 research infrastructure projects in 2014, with more awards expected in 2015.

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