Companion Animal Psychology News April 2021

Myths about dogs, making indoor/outdoor decisions about cats, and providing shade for guinea pigs... this month's Companion Animal Psychology news.By Zazie Todd, PhDThis page contains affiliate links which means I may earn a commission on qualifying purchases at no cost to you.My favourites this month"I know where you read this and it's a myth" Dr. Marc Bekoff on common questions about dogs, and why it's important to recognize dogs as unique individuals.  “Our message to owners…

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Launch of “Regenerative medicine news under the microscope”

Crying organoids, just like real tear glands. From the lab of Dr. Hans Clevers at the Hubrecht Institute. Shared with permission. Regenerative medicine news under the microscope is a new monthly feature highlighting big stories in stem cell research. I will sample the latest and greatest findings in recent press and package them into a single post. You can expect these blogs to be published at the end of each month under regular circumstances; however,…

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Stories worth sharing – Meet the researcher: Dr. Peter Schubert

Stories worth sharing - Meet the researcher: Dr. Peter Schubert Transfusion Blood Thursday, April 15, 2021 Guest Author This is an edited repost of a profile written by Andy An, MD/PhD student in the Hancock Lab and Cecilia H. Kim, CBR-SBME Summer Studentship Program alumna. The original article can be found on the Centre for Blood Research blog here. Dr. Peter Schubert is a principal investigator with the UBC Centre for Blood Research (CBR) and…

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13 Common Dog Training Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The common mistakes many people make when training their dog.Photo: Alexei_tm/ShutterstockBy Zazie Todd, PhDTraining your dog is one of those things that everyone expects to be easy. You ask the dog to do something, give them a treat, simples! But, it’s not always so simple, especially if you are training  a dog for the first time. Here are some common mistakes that many people make when they are training their dog. Sadly, because anyone can call…

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What it is like to be a women-only scientific group?

We had never given it much thought, but when the world was recently celebrating International Women in Science Day, it hit us. The Cetacean Ecology Research Group at Massey University in New Zealand, where we are a research associate and a PhD student, currently consists purely of women. We are led by the great Prof Karen Stockin. Then there are three research associates, a postdoc and research officer, two PhD students, and two MSc students.…

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COVID-19 : on est où, après un an, collectivement ?

Il y a exactement un an, j’écrivais ceci dans ce blogue : « Il y a deux mois à peine, bien peu de gens, en tout cas au Québec, ne se souciaient de ce coronavirus qui sévissait très loin en Asie. Et puis, il y a un mois jour pour jour, le gouvernement annonçait la fermeture de toutes les écoles du Québec pour freiner la propagation de ce qu’on appelait maintenant la COVID-19. Depuis, tout a été…

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Whale Scientists Story: Stefano Bellomo

Stefano Bellomo is a 32-year-old Italian whale scientist currently working as a marine mammal observer and a social media manager for the Jonian Dolphin Conservation. Here is his story. Stefano’s education at the University of Bari I studied both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental biology at the University of Bari, my city. I wanted to discover and explore the science behind life on our planet, explore the world of ecology and acquire the necessary…

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Improving patient safety: preventing a harmful side effect of IVIg treatment

Improving patient safety: preventing a harmful side effect of IVIg treatment Plasma Transfusion Blood Friday, April 09, 2021 Guest Author By Dr. Donald Branch and Dr. Jacob Pendergrast Dr. Donald Branch is Senior Scientist, Canadian Blood Services Centre for Innovation, and Professor in Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. Jacob Pendergrast is Associate Medical Director, Blood Transfusion Laboratory, University Health Network, and Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of…

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BIOCHEMISTRY CARTOON SERIES: BACTERIAL TOXINS AS THE TROJAN HORSE IN BATTLING PANCREATIC CANCER

Written and illustrated by Chloe Mitchell Researcher: Greg BeilhartzGroup: Melnyk Lab Sometimes, even when the main target for treatment of a disease has been identified and there is a known inhibitor, the target is protected behind some sort of barrier. In this case, how do …

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Hector’s dolphins – April 2021

This April, let’s celebrate Hector’s dolphins (Cephalorhynchus hectori). They are the only cetaceans endemic to New Zealand, which means they are only found there. Hector’s dolphins actually include two subspecies: the endangered South Island’s Hector’s dolphins and the critically endangered Maui dolphin. Let’s find out more about Hector’s dolphins in this post. Aerial survey of Hector’s dolphins, Banks Peninsula, New Zealand – Credit: Will Rayment One of the smallest cetaceans Hector’s dolphins are among the…

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