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Research to challenge standards of care and treatment following concussion.

Is rest the best thing for healing after a brain injury? The standard approach to treatment has emphasized a period of physical and cognitive rest following a concussion. Now, Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is recruiting participants for a study that aims to turn the standard on its head.

DMCBH recruits highest number of participants for international MS study Nov 24, 2015

Study saves B.C. PharmaCare costs and spurs further investment and research.

MS Society of Canada funds new research to explore the role of the gut in pediatric multiple sclerosis.
MS Society of Canada funds new research to explore the role of the gut in pediatric MS Nov 20, 2015

As few as five per cent of new cases of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are diagnosed in children, but to better understand the disease, children may be our brightest source of hope. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation have announced new funding that will propel research into pediatric MS and the gut microbiome’s role in autoimmune and brain diseases.

Light therapy treatment is effective for depression, researchers say.
Researchers find light therapy effective for depression Nov 18, 2015

New research finds that light therapy can treat non-seasonal depression and improve the overall wellbeing of people suffering from the disease.

HeadsUpGuys helps men seek mental wellness on their own terms Oct 20, 2015

Whether they’re conscious of it or not, many men struggle to identify and seek help for symptoms of depression. HeadsUpGuys – an online tool developed by Dr. John Ogrodniczuk and his team of clinicians, researchers, and mental health advocates – was designed to support men on their terms.

Jenna Smith-Forrester
Trainee profile: Jenna Smith-Forrester Oct 9, 2015

“Ultimately, I hope to help unleash the potential in students in healthcare-related programs to serve as change agents. Together we can usher in an era of unparalleled service delivery, while reducing errors, waste, and cost,” she says. “One day I will find my niche, or perhaps I shall create it.”

Dr. Raymond Lam receives CPA award for clinical research excellence Oct 5, 2015

The Canadian Psychiatric Association (CPA) recognized exceptional psychiatrists, psychiatric residents and individuals for their contributions to the mental health of Canadians during their annual meeting in Vancouver on October 2. 

Early findings in rTMS trial give hope to people with depression Oct 2, 2015

A research study that hopes to improve the convenience and reduce the cost of a Health Canada-approved treatment for depression is underway, and the preliminary results are encouraging. Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, director of the Non-Invasive Neurostimulation Therapies (NINET) Lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, presented twice on his work at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting in Vancouver on October 1, 2015.

UBC funds Heart and Stroke partnership
UBC and Heart & Stroke Foundation partner to fast-track research Sep 17, 2015

UBC’s investment of $1.5 million over three years in the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery will accelerate the development of new therapies for people living with stroke disability.