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New study first to show rerouting patterns in the brain post-concussion Jan 29, 2020

A new study is the first to show how information is rerouted in the brain following concussion in adolescents. It’s known that after a brain injury the number of connections in the brain increases and the flow of information changes. But until now, it was unclear exactly how the information flow was being altered post-concussion.

Dr. Piotr Kozlowski
Dr. Piotr Kozlowski appointed Director, UBC MRI Research Centre Jan 28, 2020

Pictured: Dr. Kozlowski with the Philips Elition 3T-MRI housed in the Charles E. Fipke Integrated Neuroimaging Suite.

Dr. Piotr Kozlowski has been appointed to the role of Director, UBC MRI Research Centre after Dr. Alex MacKay stepped down at the end of 2019. Dr. Kozlowski had been Associate Director since the Centre was established 2005.

Melanie Bertrand and Julia Boyle
Community news: January 2020 Jan 28, 2020

Pictured: Melanie Bertrand (left) and Julia Boyle (right), both Lab Managers and Sustainability Coordinators for the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. 

DMCBH Scientists among top 100,000 Cited Researchers Worldwide Jan 27, 2020

New research is always exciting, but in order to spread the word about new findings, papers need to be accepted and published in academic journals. The number of citations a researcher has under their belt from these publications is one way they’re judged when it comes to academic opportunities like grant applications. Despite the wide-spread use of citation metrics, they’re often misused and there’s a lot of confusion around how they should be interpreted.

Exercise study participants in a group exercise class.
Exercise study seeks older adults who have noticed changes in their memory, cognition Jan 24, 2020

Pictured: participants in an exercise study participate in a group class. Image credit: Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.

Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul.
Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty Jan 17, 2020

Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul (pictured) has been appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty. The announcement was made January 16, 2020, by Dr. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. The role was previously held by Dr. Jennifer Love.

Files containing medical records on a shelf in a medical clinic.
Complications related to disability affect MS-related mortality Jan 13, 2020

A study that analyzed information from death certificates issued in British Columbia over a nearly 30-year period has identified consistencies in records where multiple sclerosis (MS) was listed as a cause of death, offering clinically relevant insight into the reasons why people with MS have a shorter life expectancy on average than people who do not have MS.

Asma Bashir and Cheryl Wellington at UBC.
New function of CHIMERA adds severe impacts to aid researchers in studying traumatic brain injury Dec 18, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Asma Bashir (left) and Dr. Cheryl Wellington (right) following Dr. Bashir's successful PhD defense on December 13, 2019. Image source: Twitter/@her_science.

Students working at a wet lab bench.
Undergraduate neuroscience degree program eyes 2021 start Dec 18, 2019

Students interested in brain research have been eager for an undergraduate neuroscience program at the University of British Columbia, and thanks to the leadership of faculty including Dr. Tim O’Connor, the program inches ever closer to reality.