Dr. Helen Tremlett and her team brought together researchers from a variety of disciplines for a half-day event to foster collaborative efforts in gut microbiome research and its relation to brain health on February 5, 2016.
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Rather than improving our mental abilities, smartphones are increasingly blamed for ruining our brains. We replace valuable face-to-face social interactions with a constant virtual connection and complain that it’s harder to concentrate.
New research, published this week in Journal of the Neurological Sciences, shows that a reduced abundance of a particular bacterial phylum in the gut is associated with subsequent relapse risk in pediatric multiple sclerosis (MS). The pilot study, led by Dr. Helen Tremlett and Dr. Emmanuelle Waubant (University of California, San Francisco), may offer a potential drug target to decrease relapse risk in some patients.
Suppressing neural activity of the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) made rats less likely to modify their behaviour in response to negative reinforcement or changes in the probability of receiving rewards, finds new research published this week in The Journal of Neuroscience.
A new University of British Columbia study shows that genetic counselling helps patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and similar conditions understand and cope with their illness.
The paper is published today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
The study is among the first to show the value of genetic counselling for psychiatric illnesses, demonstrating that it can help patients understand the cause of their illness, the genetic component and how they can protect their mental health going forward.
The Concussion Awareness Training Tool (CATT) is an online resource to help athletes, parents, coaches, health practitioners, and now teachers to recognize, treat, and prevent concussions to decrease the risk of lasting damage and long-term health issues. Updated monthly, CATT provides users with the most comprehensive collection of concussion information in British Columbia, and includes video tutorials, printable resources, and online commentary by professionals.
“Diversity is the engine of invention,” Dr. Judy Illes says. “It’s important to talk about diversity now, so that we can move into our brighter future with the better opportunities diversity will provide.”
In a recently published article in the journal Neurology, investigators at the University of British Columbia have demonstrated that build-up of cerebral amyloid, a protein marker of Alzheimer disease, is more common in those with injury to the deep periventricular area of the brain.
For patients with Alzheimer disease, research found that music can have therapeutic benefits that can alleviate some of the anxiety that can accompany the disease.
“Anyone who's ever designed a casino game or played a gambling game will tell you that of course sound and light cues keep you more engaged, but now we can show it scientifically.”