UBC lab finds connection with Alzheimer’s disease
STORY BY Hermione Wilson

The Townsend Family Laboratories (TFL) at the University of British Columbia was established in July 2008 by founding director Weihong Song and with financial support from the David Townsend family. The main goal is to discover how genetic and non-genetic factors contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and find new targets of Alzheimer’s drug development. The lab also focuses on the link between Alzheimer’s disease and Down’s syndrome.

“We’re basically looking for the molecular and cellular mechanism underlying how people develop Alzheimer’s disease, and also how Alzheimer’s and dementia develop in [people with] Down’s syndrome,” says Song, Canada Research Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease and professor of psychiatry at UBC’s Faculty of Medicine. Almost all people with Down’s syndrome will develop typical Alzheimer’s neuropathology after middle age, Song says. That includes the development of neuritic plaque (also known as senile plaque), neurofibrillary tangles in the brain and Alzheimer’s-related dementia.


We need to work less
to live better

By David Suzuki with contributions from Ian Hanington

Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two. Women have fully integrated into the workforce, albeit often with less-than-equal opportunities, conditions and pay. A lot of our work is unnecessary and often destructive — depleting resources, destroying ecosystems, polluting air, water and soil, and fuelling climate change.

Yet we’re still working the same or more hours later into life within the same outdated and destructive system, furiously producing, consuming and disposing on a wheel of endless growth and conspicuous consumption. The gap between rich and poor is widening and working people — and those who can’t find work — are falling further behind, crushed by growing debt, increased competition for scarce jobs and declining real wages and benefits.


Designing Microfabrication Lab Equipment
with Research Flexibility in Mind

Optimizing R&D labs usually involves vendor collaboration and planning to provide required versatility

Story by Del Williams
Photos by JST Manufacturing Inc.

As research has become more complex, sophisticated cleanrooms have become a virtual necessity for a wide range of cutting edge physical science, material science, and biomedical disciplines.



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Canada. To read reports about medical tourism, one might assume the experimental treatments happening in other parts of the world are the salvation the sick and dying hope for. We might have similar luck dipping a toe into holy water. Both are faith healing.







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