Leading heart researcher to present during UBC Okanagan's Celebrate Research Week

One of B.C.'s leading heart researchers, Dr. Bruce McManus, will deliver the keynote public presentation during UBC Okanagan's first-ever Celebrate Research Week, which runs March 4 to 11.

Presented by Genome British Columbia as part of its Distinguished Speakers' Series, McManus will speak on the topic, "Me and My Transplanted Heart: From a Stormy Love Affair to a State of Bliss," starting at 8 p.m., at the Coast Capri Hotel in Kelowna on March 8. The public is welcome to attend.

McManus is a professor at UBC's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and serves as academic head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Vancouver's St. Paul's Hospital. His research focuses on injury, inflammation and repair in inflammatory and infectious diseases of the heart and blood vessels.

UBC Okanagan's Celebrate Research Week will feature researchers and their work during events planned each day this week, from Monday through Friday at its north Kelowna campus.

"UBC Okanagan is a research-intensive institution -- that has been part of our mandate from the beginning and is firmly entrenched in our Academic Plan," says acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr. Richard Tees.

"From sciences to fine arts, Celebrate Research Week is a showcase of our many researchers and the wide-ranging, important initiatives they are working on. We are pleased to be participating for the first time in this week of celebration that is a long-standing tradition at UBC."

Events this week include the official opening of the new Species at Risk and Habitat Studies (SARAHS) Centre, on the new third floor of the Sciences building at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, and a variety of science, arts, creative and critical studies researchers presenting at various locations around campus from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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