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American Society of Pharmacognosy announces Paper of the Year – Sorensen chemistry lab

The Sorensen lab back-to-back papers in the Journal of Natural Products were selected by the editors for the Arthur E. Schwarting Award for Paper of the Year in 2018. The announcement was made public July 2, 2019 in the American Society of Pharmacognosy newsletter. As the American Society of Pharmacognosy newsletter reports: Dr. Sorensen’s award-winning paper represents the first genome sequencing and annotation...

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Introducing Manitoba’s first Fecal Microbiota Transplant Program

Not all poop is the same, at least when it comes to fecal transplants. Typically a topic avoided in polite conversation, Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) is the transfer of one individual’s stool to another. The procedure can be life-saving for Canadians who have battled, or are battling, a Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection. Patients with C. diff...

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New Data Science Centre – NEXUS at the U of M

The Faculty of Science announced today that it has formed, Data Science NEXUS, a new data science research centre. NEXUS will lead innovation and discovery in data science, an emerging field that is quickly shaping and reshaping our world. NEXUS aims to aid the U of M and the province in remaining competitive on the global...

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GlycoNet: Protein engineering enables better treatment for rare inherited metabolic disorders

As GlycoNet reports: One in every 5,000 Canadian newborns develops lysosomal storage disorders (LSD), a type of metabolic diseases caused by genetic mutations. Tay-Sachs and Sandhoff diseases are amongst the most severe LSD. Children suffering from these diseases lack an enzyme that can recycle used lipids (gangliosides) in their neurons. Eventually, the un-recycled gangliosides accumulate...

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UM Today: Research pushing the boundaries

Four early career researchers at the University of Manitoba are among the inaugural recipients of $986,250 in funding from the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF) announced on May 13, 2019, by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The NFRF program launched in 2018 provides funding that supports high-risk, high-reward and interdisciplinary research...

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Understanding the processes that deregulate cancer

For a researcher known for his no-nonsense approach, Professor Peter Pelka is surprisingly sentimental when asked what he feels his greatest achievement has been to date in his career as a microbiologist. “The students that [my lab has] produced. I think I’ve had some good students come through and they’ve done very well for themselves...

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New! Research Chairs in Fundamental Science

The Faculty of Science is pleased to announce new Research Chairs in Fundamental Science.  Three chairs awards are available: one in the physical sciences, one in the life sciences and one in mathematical/computational sciences.  The purpose of the Chairs is to recognize and support researchers in the Faculty of Science that are conducting outstanding fundamental...

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New antibacterial compound to combat cystic fibrosis infections

It’s a concept as old as time: cooperation. Individuals working together to reach a common goal. In the case of Associate Professor of Microbiology/Medical Microbiology Silvia Cardona, it’s a method that comes naturally. “I think I was lucky that I always was inclined to interdisciplinary research. You talk to people from different disciplines, and you...