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National Core for Neuroethics video recognized by CIHR Mar 6, 2015


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.

Psychiatric Genetic Counseling clinic staff
Starting an evolution in mental health Feb 24, 2015

Psychiatric genetic counseling is an approach to mental wellness that helps people to better understand and manage their illness, while also promoting recovery.

What's everyone tweeting about? Feb 16, 2015

Users who tweeted about spinal cord injury talked about clinical trials, while users who tweeted about Parkinson’s disease mostly talked about new tools or methods being developed to conduct research.

Vancouver-based clinical trial testing rTMS therapy for mood disorders
Clinical trial looks to ease depression symptoms in three minutes per day Feb 5, 2015

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.

New member: Dr. Shelina Babul Jan 21, 2015

Dr. Shelina Babul is the Associate Director and Sports Injury Specialist for the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit (BCRIPU) and has been involved in various injury prevention strategies and initiatives over the past 17 years.

Lab profile: Quandt lab Jan 20, 2015

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.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Brains Jan 20, 2015

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.”

Testing your cognition online: What's the harm? Jan 16, 2015

A Google search of your symptoms brings you to an online quiz that promises to assess if you have a cognitive impairment, or to determine your risk for dementia. “What’s the harm?” you might think as you click through the questions, which can range from a checklist of symptoms to tests of your memory and questions about your personal risk factors.

Finding a link between chronic brain injury and cognitive decline Jan 13, 2015

Can a concussion cause Alzheimer’s disease? No, but research suggests that repeated concussions from brain trauma can cause damage leading to memory loss and cognitive decline.

“In the past, we didn’t understand the severity of concussions – now we understand that there is damage, and there can be long-term consequences to traumatic brain injury,” says Dr. Cheryl Wellington, a researcher at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health whose lab studies risk factors for dementia including a history of brain injury.

Feature: Synapse of Discovery Jan 5, 2015

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is highlighted in this Winter 2015 feature on