Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) is proud to name the recipients of the 2015 Top Graduating Doctoral Student Awards and the Rising Star Awards.
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The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology) announced 150 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs, including six members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
A major study that will provide in-depth understanding of aging for decades has received a shot in the arm. The Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) has received a $41.6 million grant through the Government of Canada to continue its work for the next five years.
Dr. Judy Illes' video "Talking about Alternative Therapies for Cerebral Palsy" was awarded special mention in the 2014 CIHR Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (IHDCYH) Talks Video Competition.
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) treatment involves stimulating certain areas of the brain with magnetic field pulses. It is an effective therapy for treatment-resistant Major Depressive Disorder, and was approved by Health Canada in 2002.
Dr. Jacqueline Quandt is the Associate Director of the UBC MS Research Group at UBC and leads the Neuroinflammation Lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the Department of Pathology in the Faculty of Medicine. Her research is focused on understanding the role of the immune system in both damage and repair of the brain and spinal cord as a result of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Multiple Sclerosis. Using cell-based and more complex disease models, researchers in the Quandt Lab study the relationships between inflammation and neuronal death.
Can exercise change the trajectory of Alzheimer’s disease or delay the onset of cognitive decline? According to Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at UBC, and researcher at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, “the emerging evidence would suggest that regular physical activity can indeed maintain your brain health.”