The Professional Journey of Dr. Tony Reiman

Dr. Reiman didn’t always dream of entering the medical profession. As a student at UNB taking a double major in Biology and Physics, Reiman’s earlier interests were based in technological development and innovation, rather than medicine. Today, Dr. Tony Reiman is nothing short of a hero in our community. In addition to easing the suffering of cancer patients as an oncologist at the Saint John Regional Hospital, he holds various titles such as Canadian Cancer Society Research Chair and Assistant Dean of Research at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) to name a few.”

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Rediscovering New Brunswick: A Story of W.F. Ganong

Given his contributions to New Brunswick, It is difficult to describe W.F Ganong as anything short of a polymath. His work in botany- authoring four widely printed textbooks on the matter, his renowned work as an incisive cartographer (hand drafted maps), his publishing’s on settlement and exploration of the Atlantic coastline and even the remarkable exploits of his son, a pioneering physician in neuroendocrinology, collectively testify to his stature.

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Retrotransposons: a Balancing Act at the Genome Scale

The Human Genome Project (HGP) began in 1990 and remains one of the most major international biological endeavours of our time. Over the span of 13 years, researchers from 20 different centres across 6 countries, came together and successfully mapped nearly all 3 billion base pairs of the human genome with its approximately 30 000 genes [1]. Accompanying these advancements were the development of new DNA analysis technologies that could be used on massive genome-scale projects. The HGP has since fuelled the discovery of more than 1800 disease genes, and allowed for the development of now more than 2000 tests for various genetic conditions [2].

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Using Biomarkers to Detect Vaccine Success

The exploration of Biomarkers is a novel field of research, and potentially offers many answers for health researchers. Biomarkers are biological indicators that help confirm whether or not something of interest occurs, for example, they can act as an early predictor of vaccination success, as opposed to waiting longer periods of time to evaluate whether the disease is completely eliminated. Some of the latest research looking into using biomarkers as indicators of vaccine success is done in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Causes and Consequences of the Miramichi Salmon Decline

Since the 80s, the number of Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar) returning to the Miramichi River have experienced a drastic decrease compared to previous years. According to Department of Fisheries and Oceans from 1992 to 2014 the Miramichi watershed has seen a 93.5% decrease in the number of returning Atlantic Salmon!

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Seek Onward: A Journey delving into Paleoecology

It is common to wonder, how has our environment changed and how have we changed with it? What initiated or facilitated these changes? These intertwined questions are complex and comprehensive answers demand that Paleoecologists utilize all available pieces of ancient environments; only then offering a glimpse into the past. Take a look into Dr. Les Cwynar's research of Paleoecology. 

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