Counselling session between two women.
Psychiatric conditions may affect disability progression in MS Mar 14, 2018

New research from Dr. Helen Tremlett’s Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis Research Group suggests that for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), the presence of psychiatric comorbidities including depression, anxiety and mood disorders was associated with disability progression.

Wellington lab
Budget 2018 offers hope, opportunity for Canadian research Feb 28, 2018

Pictured: The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould (third from left), Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament, visits Dr. Cheryl Wellington's lab on a tour of DMCBH on October 13, 2017. Image credit: Paul Joseph.

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Brain Bytes offers bite-sized neuroscience to a broad audience Nov 16, 2017

A group of neuroscience students are taking science communication into their own hands, and broadcasting their discoveries to the world on YouTube. Brain Bytes, a talk show-style web series, tells the stories of neuroscience discoveries in a way that’s accessible to colleagues and neuroscience neophytes alike.

Alzheimer's disease may not originate in the brain Oct 31, 2017

Besides the brain, amyloid-beta is produced in blood platelets, blood vessels and muscles, and its precursor protein is found in several other organs. 

Runner tying shoelaces.
Is cardiovascular health the key to protecting the brain against dementia? Oct 10, 2017

Can "good" cholesterol protect against age-related cognitive decline? A trio of papers from researchers in Dr. Cheryl Wellington’s lab illustrate new context for the role of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – commonly described as good cholesterol – in protecting the brain against disease.

Canadian flags at Parliament
UBC researchers promote the Fundamental Science Review on Parliament Hill Sep 21, 2017

“Based on data from a survey we produced last year, 80 per cent of Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs) have indicated plans to slow their research programs,” says Dr. Liisa Galea. “They’re worried about how they’re going to support new trainees, and funding is their primary concern.”

Dr. Julie Robillard appointed Associate Director, National Core for Neuroethics Sep 5, 2017

Effective September 1, Dr. Julie Robillard has been appointed Associate Director of the National Core for Neuroethics. 

Intelligent curation: Improving access to quality health information online Aug 22, 2017

“The biggest problem with technology for older adults, however useful it may be to them, is that it’s not designed with them in mind,” says Dr. Julie Robillard. “If there are too many hurdles to adopting assistive technologies, older adults just won’t and they may miss out on important benefits.”

Dr. Snutch shows off MinION, a new tool for mapping the human genome.
Professor Ono visits DMCBH Aug 10, 2017

Pictured: Dr. Terrance Snutch demonstrates MinION, a sequencing tool that is half the size of a credit card and that can link directly to a laptop and the internet to provide ultra-long DNA sequence reads.  

Researchers, trainees, and the Executive Committee at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health were pleased to welcome Professor Santa Ono, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, on August 9 for an interactive tour.

Amyloid plaques in the brain.
Steering an enzyme’s “scissors” shows potential for stopping Alzheimer’s disease Jul 19, 2017

The old real estate adage about “location, location, location” might also apply to the biochemical genesis of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research.

Scientists at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health have identified a couple of crucial steps in the formation a protein called amyloid beta, which accumulates in clumps, or “plaques,” in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Those discoveries inspired efforts at disrupting the biochemical carving of amyloid beta’s precursor protein into its final, toxic shape.