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.

Dr. Brianne Kent, Nygaard Lab, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
For Banting Scholar Dr. Brianne Kent, research is all about rhythm Jun 6, 2017

“The great thing about working with both patients and pre-clinical models is that the research truly is translational,” says Dr. Brianne Kent. “Understanding patients with Alzheimer disease helps me to ask the right questions, better inform study design, and delve into the mechanisms of the disease in a holistic way.”

Is the media landscape changing faster than science communication can keep up? Apr 4, 2017

As information-sharing has become decentralized in our digital age, are traditional approaches to science communication selling research short? A new editorial from Dr. Julie Robillard suggests that new challenges in communicating research discoveries are an opportunity for researchers to take greater initiative in sharing their work with the public, especially online.

Dr. Lynn Raymond
Member news: March 2017 Mar 29, 2017

Links to stories about and by members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health from February/March 2017.

Review of microbiome research in brain disease finds intriguing associations in an emerging field Mar 21, 2017

“Right now, there is exciting and growing evidence to suggest that the microbiota are associated with some diseases of the brain. However, more work is still needed.” says Dr. Tremlett. “One real challenge will be to prove a causative link.” 

Dr. Robin Hsiung, Ralph Fisher and Alzheimer Society of B.C. Professor in Alzheimer Disease
Dr. Robin Hsiung awarded Alzheimer and dementia research professorship Feb 23, 2017

The Alzheimer Society of B.C. and UBC celebrated a decade-long partnership in maintaining the Ralph Fisher and Alzheimer Society of B.C. Professorship in Alzheimer Disease Research earlier this week and welcomed Dr. Robin Hsiung, who was recently awarded the Professorship.