SFU molecular biologist Tim Beischlag has discovered a cellular mechanism that transforms many kinds of primary cancer cells, including those of breast and prostate cancer, into more aggressive cancer cells that can enter the bloodstream and spread to other organs. Beischlag suggests the discovery may lead to new drugs that are not just anti-metastatic but that may even shrink primary tumours.
Responding to the growing global demand for big data experts, the co-op program for SFU’s Professional Master’s Program in Big Data is creating the next wave of data specialists and difference-makers. We asked some of SFU’s Big Data Master’s Program co-op students why they chose a career path in big data.
A world where landfill-bound materials are repurposed and nothing is wasted is the aspiration of former SFU student Kevin Kimoto and fellow co-founders of Uproot, a social change start-up. Uproot is a social venture that makes the circular economy more approachable.
Three Simon Fraser University graduate students have devised an interactive game called AS IF, to help non-patients empathize with chronic pain patients. The trio, who all hail from SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT), will compete in an international gaming contest this spring in San Jose, California.
A Simon Fraser University student venture that is helping to revolutionize the clean technology sector has taken first place in the fifth annual Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition. Prizes of $3,500 and $2,000 cash, courtesy of Coast Capital Savings and SFU Innovates, were awarded to Ionomr and second-place Ophthalight Digital Solutions Inc.
Thirteen high school students took their first steps into entrepreneurship thanks to a group of student mentors at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus. With the help of SFU student mentors and a $100 start-up loan, the high school students created small businesses selling a variety of wares.
What can go anywhere a bicycle can (with less effort), has three wheels, and will keep you dry while zipping around on a wet Vancouver day? The answer is the Veemo™, hitting local streets this year and brought to you by VeloMetro Mobility. Kody Baker, an alumnus of the Beedie School of Business MBA program, is one of the company’s co-founders and discusses this innovative idea for urban transportation.
Simon Fraser University President Andrew Petter and VP Research Joy Johnson visited Hong Kong and India in February to build on the University’s existing relationships with academia and industry, and to explore further opportunities for research collaborations and exchanges.
Using big data to improve healthcare delivery, decision-making and outcomes is the target of a new research partnership between Simon Fraser University and Pacific Blue Cross (PBC). The Pacific Blue Cross Health Informatics Lab, housed at SFU, will advance computational health research and provide a new venue for collaboration between industry and academia.
Former Canadian soldier Trevor Greene, who survived a debilitating brain injury while deployed in Afghanistan in 2006, has recovered his ability to walk again with the help of a customized exoskeleton, his personal determination, and support from researchers at Simon Fraser University.