The Vitamin A Factor
UBC lab finds connection with Alzheimer’s disease

Story by Hermione Wilson

The Townsend Family Laboratories (TFL) at the University of British Columbia was established in July 2008 by founding director Weihong Song and with financial support from the David Townsend family. The main goal is to discover how genetic and non-genetic factors contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease and find new targets of Alzheimer’s drug development. The lab also focuses on the link between Alzheimer’s disease and Down’s syndrome.

We need to work less to live better

By David Suzuki with contributions from Ian Hanington

Since the 1950s, almost everything about work in the developed world has changed dramatically. Rapid technological advances continue to render many jobs obsolete. Globalization has shifted employment to parts of the world with the lowest costs and standards. Most households have gone from one income-earner to at least two. Women have fully integrated into the workforce, albeit often with less-than-equal opportunities, conditions and pay. A lot of our work is unnecessary and often destructive — depleting resources, destroying ecosystems, polluting air, water and soil, and fuelling climate change

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