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Shooting the messenger: Glutamate targeted with new research funds Jun 1, 2015

On the path from the eye to the brain, visual information travels between neurons via glutamate. Glutamate levels are crucial to cell communication: too high and neurons die, too low and information cannot be properly understood. In either case, the wrong balance of glutamate in the neurons can contribute to neurological diseases including stroke, glaucoma, and Alzheimer's.

Walking the Walk to end MS May 29, 2015

The MS Walk, an annual fundraising event engaging more than 40,000 Canadians across the country, highlights the cause at the center of everything the UBC Hospital MS Clinic at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health does.

Mobile mood-tracking website helps patients across Canada May 28, 2015

Effective help for depression and anxiety is now just a click away, thanks to a mobile-optimized website developed at the Mood Disorders Clinic at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. MoodFx, accessible by mobile device or computer, uses validated questionnaires to track patients’ mood, cognition and work performance.

Moms' brains really are different May 26, 2015

New research by Dr. Liisa Galea, at the University of British Columbia, suggests the form of estrogens used in hormone therapy and that occur in motherhood could be critical to explaining why hormone therapy has variable effects. 

CAN, DMCBH, and Science World team up
Canadian Association for Neuroscience Meeting: Public Neuroscience Events May 20, 2015

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and Science World have teamed up to present latest neuroscience research to the public.

Dr. Haakon Nygaard
Epilepsy drug could help treat Alzheimer’s disease May 5, 2015

Researchers at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health say a new epilepsy drug holds promise as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Women often left out of neuroscience research around stress and depression Apr 29, 2015

Acknowledging the influence of female physiology is essential to providing effective, individualized treatment. 

Talk Data to Me Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Terrance Snutch and Dr. Brian MacVicar
Researchers halt brain swelling at the source Apr 23, 2015

Pictured: Dr. Terrance Snutch (left) and Dr. Brian MacVicar (right)

A team of researchers has made a significant discovery in the mechanism of brain swelling, paving the way to preventative treatment for severe to fatal brain damage following stroke, head injury or cardiac arrest. Their research, published today in Cell, paves the way for a preventative drug treatment for severe brain damage following stroke, infection, head injury or cardiac arrest.

New research takes a non-invasive look at your brain in action Apr 20, 2015

A collaborative, interdisciplinary project from researchers at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is making it possible to watch brain stimulation in action.