Weinberg End-of-Summer Lab BBQ

Members of the Weinberg Lab gather together to celebrate the end of summer (and a lot of hard work) on Spanish Bank’s Beach in Vancouver. What a great way to end the summer!

From Left: Amanda Chao, Parker Holman, Samantha Baglot, Phoebe Ng, Linda Ellis, Charlis Raineki, Joanne Weinberg, Wayne Yu, Alexandre Lussier, Ni Lan, Vivian, Lam, Tamara Bodnar, Pushpkirin Ubi, Jen Liu, Srishti Sarkar

New paper accepted in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

Check out our recently published paper in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity by Dr. Charlis Raineki et al. entitled, “Effects of early-life adversity on immune function are mediated by prenatal environment: Role of prenatal alcohol exposure.”

The results of this research demonstrate the differential behavioural and immune response of alcohol exposed animals to early-life adversity.

You can find the article here.

Alex Lussier Receives 2017 Timothy Cudd Award from the FASD Study Group in Denver, CO

Alex Lussier, PhD Candidate in the Weinberg and Kobor labs at UBC, submitted the top-ranked trainee abstract – entitled Epigenetic Signatures of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure – and was selected to receive the Timothy A. Cudd Award. This award was established in 2013 in memory of Dr. Timothy Cudd, a longtime FASD Study Group member who was internationally recognized for his research on FASD. Congratulations Alex!

Linda Ellis honoured for 25 years of service at UBC

Congratulations to lab manager Linda Ellis, who was recently honoured at UBC’s annual “25 Year Club” banquet for her 25 years of service to the university! The UBC 25 Year Club was established in 1971 by President Walter Gage to recognize staff with 25 years of uninterrupted or accumulated service. 

The Weinberg Lab is so grateful for all of Linda’s hard work and dedication these last 25 years! Congratulations Linda!!!

Lab Manager Linda Ellis pictured here with UBC president Santa Ono at the “25 Year Club” celebration banquet.

Weinberg Students Present Research @ UBC Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC)

Jen Liu stands next to her poster presentation, “The impacts of prenatal alcohol exposure and early-life adversity on stress-regulation mechanisms in the developing brain.” Jen was mentored by Dr. Ni Lan.

From left: Dr. Charlis Raineki, Phoebe Ng, and Dr. Tamara Bodnar pose together before Phoebe’s oral presentation, “Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on neuroinflammation and neural activity in the prefrontal cortex.”

From left: Pushpkiran Ubi poses with her mentor, Masters student Samantha Baglot, prior to her presentation, “Hippocampal neurogenesis: Modulation by prenatal alcohol exposure and adolescent stress exposure.”

Jen Liu, Phoebe Ng, and Pushpkiran Ubi – all undergraduate students completing Directed Studies projects in the Weinberg lab – presented their preliminary results at this year’s Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Conference (MURC) at UBC. MURC is one of the largest undergraduate research conferences in North America, and is an opportunity for UBC undergraduate students to showcase their research in front of their fellow UBC students, family, and friends. Congrats you three!