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Office of the Vice   President ResearchA Journal of Research and Discovery   >  Issue 03  >  November 2007 CANCELLING CANCERResearch that goes from the lab to the livingFROM INNOVATION  TO ENTERPRISEBridging BC?s commercialization gapHOW SAFE IS  CANADA?S WATER?What every Canadian should knowFighting crime with forensicsNovember 2007 3K cy mDocket no.: 1203Version no: 2client : UBc ResearchDate: 2007 Oct 12Item: Frontier magazineSize: 8.5x11.75 inchesLogos: reproPhotos: hiresLine Screen: 150 lineFonts: DIN, A Garamond Pro, Berthhold Akzidenz Grotesk, Helvetica NeueProofed by:ROS/KB/SD All trapping is the responsibility of the printer/pre-press company outputting final film/plates.It?s the land of majestic mountains, lavish terrain and plentiful waters. For Canadians today, their perception of the natural bounty that surrounds them knows no bounds. But in light of recent water contamination tragedies such as Walkerton and North Battleford, Canada?s most vital resource is proving that it is not as bountiful ?  or safe ? as it seems. Dr. Karen Bakker, Director of UBC Vancouver?s Program on Water Governance, is setting her sights on debunking the myths surrounding the abundance of Canada?s water and hoping to incite the need for change in Canadian water governance on both the provincial and federal level.The Innovation Issue | November 2007 12 Sweet JusticeCSI at UBC: How David Sweet is using dental forensics to pit modern science against criminals 03 Down the DrainIs our water as safe and as abundant as it appears to be?   Karen Bakker aims to uncover the truth behind water   governance in Canada06 Target: The Big CMartin Gleave and the Prostate Centre are focusing on translating prostate cancer research from the lab to directly affect the living10 What lies BeneathWhat lurks preserved beneath lake bottoms is giving Ian R. Walker clues on how climate may change in the future16 Pop Art by the PenFrenzied facts and fictions collide as Maureen Medved takes her unconventional approach to writing from book to big screen18 Evolution RevolutionHis world is full of organisms with no names. Brian Leander is working to discover and characterize the diversity of life on Earth20 Bridging the Commercialization GapBiotechnology in BC is getting a boost through the Centre for Drug Research and Development, a non-profit organization aimed at driving drug developmentFor those familiar with  frontier, the University of British Columbia?s journal of research and discovery, you will know it showcases the many UBC researchers who impact our world and this issue is no exception. But as ?The Innovation Issue? implies, we are showcasing the work of researchers who are doing things differently.Innovation can mean many things. In a traditional sense, it suggests the introduction of new ideas or methods much like the works of Brian Leander, who is actively engaged in the characterization of organisms never before seen by human eyes and Maureen Medved, whose unconventional approach to writing is pushing the boundaries of language.In a translational sense, it means the transfer of research at the university level to the public at large. Ranked number one in Canada for technology transfer according to the Milken Institute, UBC has many such examples including David Sweet?s forensic dentistry techniques, which are employed by forensic experts worldwide to prosecute criminals and Martin Gleave?s work with the Prostate Centre, where research discoveries in the lab are leading to therapeutics that improve outcomes for cancer patients.In whatever form it manifests, one thing is for sure: UBC is leading the way in innovation. Read through this issue and I am sure you will agree.A Message From Dr. John Hepburn,  Vice President ResearchCANADIANS USE   343 LITRES OF   WATER PER PERSON, PER DAY.Down the DrainPublications mail agreement no. 41268533Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:University of British Columbiaoffice of the vice President researchroom 224, 6328 Memorial roadv ancouver, BC  Canada  v6t 1z2subscRIbef or your complimentary subscription   to  frontier, please call 60 .22.1    or email info.frontier@ubc.ca  www.research.ubc.caA Journal of Research and DiscoveryPublished By  office of the   vice President research,   University of British ColumbiaFax  604.822.6295Email  info.frontier@ubc.caWriting and Design  kaldor.comCirculation  5,000All rights reservedPrinted in CanadaThis magazine is printed on 10% post-consumer recycled fibre that is FSC certified.Cert no. SW-COC-1887

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