Dr. Cheryl Wellington is paving the way in Alzheimer’s research Jan 31, 2017

January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Dr. Cheryl Wellington, a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has devoted her career to understanding the genetic and environmental risk factors that affect dementia. Her discovery of the role that apolipoprotein (ApoE) – a cholesterol carrier in the brain – plays in Alzheimer’s is internationally recognized and has offered us a better understanding of the disease.

Roots of Alzheimer’s disease can extend as far back as the womb Jan 27, 2017

The biochemical reactions that cause Alzheimer’s disease could be set in motion in the womb or just after birth if the fetus or newborn does not get enough Vitamin A, according to new research from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia.

Although it has long been known that Alzheimer’s disease unfolds in a person’s brain decades before symptoms appear, this is the first time the roots of the disease have been traced back to infancy or pre-natal development.

New Initiative Gives Clinicians a Voice Jan 19, 2017

A new physician-engagement initiative is coming to UBC Hospital and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

The initiative’s goal is to involve physicians working in acute care facilities as true partners in the healthcare decision-making process, and help generate improvements that will make our future BC healthcare system sustainable. Without involving physicians, achieving better patient care, and better community health at the lowest cost possible will remain elusive goals.

National study paints detailed picture of aging in Canada Jan 18, 2017

On the first floor of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, a massive, two decade-long project has been quietly underway for the past three years. The Vancouver Data Collection Site for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is based here, and Dr. Heather Stewart and her team are returning to the Centre to start the first follow-up after 18 months collecting data at SFU Surrey’s CLSA data collection site.

Member news: January 2017 Jan 17, 2017

Links to stories about and by members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health from December 2016/January 2017.

Antibiotic restores cell communication in brain areas damaged by Alzheimer's disease Nov 11, 2016

New research from Dr. Brian MacVicar’s lab has found a way to partially restore brain cell communication around areas damaged by plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, published this week in Nature Communications, demonstrate a possible target and a potential drug treatment to reduce damage to the brain that occurs in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Walk10Blocks makes it easier for sedentary adults to get moving Nov 3, 2016

Research shows that walking just ten blocks per day can have neuroprotective benefits as many as nine years later – Walk10Blocks makes it easy to take the first steps toward improved cognition and joint and cardiovascular health

Dog ready to walk.
To protect your memory, get your walking shoes on Oct 20, 2016

For those with memory problems, regular walking may do some good finds new research from Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose.

Online advice for preventing Alzheimer disease often problematic Sep 13, 2016

New research from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health finds that many online resources for preventing Alzheimer’s disease are problematic and could be steering people in the wrong direction.

In a survey of online articles about preventing Alzheimer’s disease, Centre researchers found many websites offered poor advice and one in five promoted products for sale—a clear conflict of interest.

Dr. Brian MacVicar in his lab
Centre members receive CIHR funding to further brain health research Aug 5, 2016

The Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) has announced its latest grants, and 14 members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health are among the awardees.

Brian MacVicar, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Centre received the largest grant in the Faculty of Medicine from CIHR’s latest round of awards, with a Foundation Grant of $3.3 million over seven years. Dr. MacVicar’s lab will explore neuron-glia interactions in brain disease.