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DMCBH Scientists among top 100,000 Cited Researchers Worldwide Jan 27, 2020

New research is always exciting, but in order to spread the word about new findings, papers need to be accepted and published in academic journals. The number of citations a researcher has under their belt from these publications is one way they’re judged when it comes to academic opportunities like grant applications. Despite the wide-spread use of citation metrics, they’re often misused and there’s a lot of confusion around how they should be interpreted.

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Dr. Nick Weilinger (left) with Dr. LP Bernier (right), examining microglia onscreen.
Microglial ‘fingers’ probe dense brain structures in health and disease Jun 4, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Bernier discusses microglia morphology with Dr. Nick Weilinger, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Brian MacVicar's lab. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

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Elisa York at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
New cell modelling tool takes the guesswork out of microglia morphology Dec 14, 2018

Pictured: Elisa York at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC. This article originally appeared at centreforbrainhealth.ca.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and Elisa York, a PhD student in Dr. Brian MacVicar’s lab found that in addressing a need in her own research she could solve a larger problem for other researchers studying microglia (the brain’s immune cells).

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Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier
Dr. LP Bernier on CBC Early Edition May 18, 2018

Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier was a guest of CBC's The Early Edition on May 18 to talk about new stroke research highlighted at the Canadian Association for Neuroscience Meeting in Vancouver this week.

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Dr. Liisa Galea and Dr. Lara Boyd.
Member news: March 2018 Mar 26, 2018

Dr. Lara Boyd is recognized as one of BC's Most Influential Women by BC Business for her contributions as a leader in science in BC. Dr. Brian Kwon received a 2018 Apple Award from the American Spinal Injury Association for his publication Spinal cord perfusion pressure predicts neurologic recovery in acute spinal cord injury.

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Counselling session between two women.
Psychiatric conditions may affect disability progression in MS Mar 14, 2018

New research from Dr. Helen Tremlett’s Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis Research Group suggests that for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), the presence of psychiatric comorbidities including depression, anxiety and mood disorders was associated with disability progression.

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Dr. Nick Weilinger receives Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Jun 8, 2017

“In theory, cerebral edema is a very simple issue; it’s the movement of water from the blood into the brain by osmosis, causing brain swelling. When water is drawn into nerve cells, the brain expands in the skull and that’s where you see severe complications from stroke or traumatic brain injury,” explains Dr. Nick Weilinger. “My work in the MacVicar Lab is focused on trying to understand the underlying causes of brain swelling. What are the mechanisms driving the edema?”

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Carles Vilarino-Guell
Researchers find genetic cause of multiple sclerosis Jun 1, 2016

The mutation was found in two Canadian families that had several members diagnosed with a rapidly progressive type of MS, in which a person’s symptoms steadily worsen and for which there is no effective treatment.

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Older man thinking
Newly discovered biomarker offers genetic predictor of dementia in Parkinson disease May 24, 2016

For patients with Parkinson disease (PD), cognitive decline can be one of the most debilitating symptoms of the condition. As many as 80 per cent of people with PD experience some form of cognitive impairment, with up to a quarter of patients presenting symptoms of memory loss or impairment at diagnosis.

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Circle of young children
Gut microbes associated with early onset pediatric MS May 16, 2016

Bacteria in the guts of children who had recently developed multiple sclerosis (MS) differed from healthy control children, finds new research from Dr. Helen Tremlett and her University of California research colleagues, including co-PI Dr. Emmanuelle Waubant. These differences were suggestive of a pro-inflammatory environment within the gut bacterial community of the children with MS.

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DMCBH Scientists among top 100,000 Cited Researchers Worldwide Jan 27, 2020

New research is always exciting, but in order to spread the word about new findings, papers need to be accepted and published in academic journals. The number of citations a researcher has under their belt from these publications is one way they’re judged when it comes to academic opportunities like grant applications. Despite the wide-spread use of citation metrics, they’re often misused and there’s a lot of confusion around how they should be interpreted.

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Dr. Nick Weilinger (left) with Dr. LP Bernier (right), examining microglia onscreen.
Microglial ‘fingers’ probe dense brain structures in health and disease Jun 4, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Bernier discusses microglia morphology with Dr. Nick Weilinger, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Brian MacVicar's lab. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

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Elisa York at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
New cell modelling tool takes the guesswork out of microglia morphology Dec 14, 2018

Pictured: Elisa York at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC. This article originally appeared at centreforbrainhealth.ca.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and Elisa York, a PhD student in Dr. Brian MacVicar’s lab found that in addressing a need in her own research she could solve a larger problem for other researchers studying microglia (the brain’s immune cells).

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Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier
Dr. LP Bernier on CBC Early Edition May 18, 2018

Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier was a guest of CBC's The Early Edition on May 18 to talk about new stroke research highlighted at the Canadian Association for Neuroscience Meeting in Vancouver this week.

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Dr. Nick Weilinger receives Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Jun 8, 2017

“In theory, cerebral edema is a very simple issue; it’s the movement of water from the blood into the brain by osmosis, causing brain swelling. When water is drawn into nerve cells, the brain expands in the skull and that’s where you see severe complications from stroke or traumatic brain injury,” explains Dr. Nick Weilinger. “My work in the MacVicar Lab is focused on trying to understand the underlying causes of brain swelling. What are the mechanisms driving the edema?”

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