November / December 2014

Cancer detection

Working with Vancouver-based BioMark Technologies, UVic researchers have developed a non-invasive way to detect lung cancer at the molecular level. “What we came up with is really breakthrough,” says chemist Fraser Hof, whose team is working closely with engineer Reuven Gordon and his research team. “We can detect a particular cancer molecule in a simple urine sample from patients.” More

Funded by NSERC, Genome BC, CFI, BCKDF and Canada Research Chairs

Deep discovery

Using some of the newest technologies in underwater archaeology, UVic researchers may have discovered one of the oldest archaeological finds in Canada. Deploying a 3.5-metre autonomous underwater vehicle equipped with sidescan sonar imaging technology off Haida Gwaii, the team found what may be images of 14,000-year-old stone fish weirs, an ancient way to catch migrating fish in rivers. More
Funded by Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, Ronald Ramsey Trust Fund, CFI, BCKDF and WED

Sea to sea to sea

UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada has expanded its footprint across Canada with the launch of a new partnership with the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) on the Atlantic coast. The partnership provides FORCE with a sophisticated data acquisition, archiving and visualization system to support the Province of Nova Scotia’s R&D on in-stream tidal technology. More

ONC is supported by CFI, BCKDF, NCEC, NSERC, Transport Canada, WED, IBM Canada and CANARIE


Easy riders

Hotspots of safe and dangerous cycling locations in Greater Victoria are being mapped online by a UVic geographer and her research team. “With only 30 to 40 per cent of cycling accident data captured by traditional data sources, represents an important effort to fill in information gaps,” says Trisalyn Nelson. She’s hoping the idea will take hold across Canada and beyond. More

Sponsored by Capital Regional District, Canadian Automobile Association, NSERC, CFI and BCKDF

Funding Agencies:

BC Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF)

Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE)

High beam

This fall, Canada moved one step closer to global leadership in rare isotope research with the activation of ARIEL, a new accelerator facility at Canada’s national lab for particle and nuclear physics (TRIUMF) in Vancouver. Development of the electron accelerator at the heart of ARIEL was led by UVic. ARIEL will triple the capacity for isotope production for science, medicine and industrial applications. More

Supported by BCKDF, CFI, NRC and in-kind contributions 

Citizen science

A UVic oceanographer is leading a new marine monitoring network that involves scientists in Canada and the US, health experts, NGOs and hundreds of citizen scientists along the BC coast. The InFORM network is monitoring low-level radioactivity drifting across the Pacific from the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. More

Funded by the Marine Environmental Observation and Prediction Response Network (MEOPAR), NSERC, CFI and BCKDF


Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR)

National Research Council Canada (NRC)

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Climate 101

What’s causing global warming? How can we slow climate change? And how can we adapt? Answers are just a click away with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions' (PICS) Climate Insights 101 educational series, which tackles climate change causes, mitigation, and as of this fall, adaptation. Hosted and led by UVic, PICS is a consortium of BC’s leading research universities.  More

PICS is supported by funds from the Government of British Columbia


Survey says

Most sex workers in Canada are comfortable in their work, according to the first-ever national report on the Canadian sex industry, led by UVic sociologist Cecilia Benoit. “Most of them don’t feel exploited, they don’t see buyers as oppressors,” says Benoit. The report will inform policies and practices to improve the safety and health of all involved in the sex industry. More

Funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research


Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada (NCEC)

Western Economic Diversification (WED)

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