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Competition for Alzheimer's research funding announced Dec 18, 2020

For the second year in a row, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Alzheimer’s Disease Research Competition was held. Below are a list of the successful applicants along with a brief description of their projects. Congratulations to all the winners! 

 

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Student Profile: Hong Lu Dec 14, 2020

This story was written as part of the Djavid Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health 2019/2020 annual report. You can read the full report here. 

Hong Lu was always interested in studying the brain. After completing his undergraduate degree at UBC, he decided to take a year to explore how he could further his interest. During this time, he began volunteering in Dr. Ann Marie Craig’s lab.

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Student Profile: Dr. Asma Bashir Dec 14, 2020

This story was written as part of the Djavid Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health 2019/2020 annual report. You can read the full report here. 

Dr. Asma Bashir joined the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health in 2015, shortly after completing her undergraduate degree in Boston. She joined Dr. Cheryl Wellington’s lab as a PhD student and studied traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Community News: November 2020 Nov 23, 2020

in the news 

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A bit of stress might not be so good for us after all Nov 23, 2020

The notion that a bit of stress makes people perform better has been baked into our everyday lives, from taking exams in school to having tight deadlines in the workplace. New research from DMCBH researcher Dr. Adele Diamond suggests we might be taking the wrong approach.

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Congratulations Graduates! Nov 21, 2020

All of us at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience class of 2020! Seven trainees are graduating this week and to celebrate, we compiled some of their favourite memories as grad students, as well as a special video from some of the faculty! 

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Mark Cembrowski named a 2019 Brain Canada Future Leader in Canadian Brain Research Nov 9, 2020

Dr. Mark Cembrowski is among twenty neuroscientists in Canada awarded $100,000 each in research funding, as part of Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program.

Anchored by a $5M gift from the Azrieli Foundation, this novel funding model is intended to enable paradigm-changing brain research with the aim of improving the lives of all Canadians.

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COVID-19 Collaboration Saves Lives of ICU Patients Oct 26, 2020

In late March, Zee Rahiman spiked a fever and could barely talk because of non-stop coughing and vomiting. Once admitted to hospital, his condition rapidly deteriorated. Zee tested positive for COVID-19 and was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU), where he was placed on a ventilator.

“I initially thought ‘I’m fit. This is going to be another flu for me,’” says Zee, 32. “But I found out that my immune system was not as talented as I thought.”

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Community News: October 2020 Oct 22, 2020

Congratulations 

  • Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose will lead the UBC team on a national study investigating the burden of COVID-19 infection among aging Canadians 
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New Study Finds Myelin Damage Could be Impacting Cognition in MS Oct 21, 2020

Up to 70 percent of people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) experience cognitive impairment as a result of the disease. This can range from difficulty with memory recall to taking a long time to complete tasks, all of which have a big impact on a person’s day-to-day life. While it’s been known for a long time that cognition can be impaired in MS, the reason behind this particular symptom has remained largely unclear.

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