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Abstract brain suggesting blood vessels.
Inter-cluster collaboration uncovers how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation Feb 21, 2019

Researchers from two Research Excellence Clusters at the University of British Columbia have discovered how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation—a finding that could lead to the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

Young people in New York City.
Trio of papers offers new data on MS prevalence in the US Feb 15, 2019

More than 90,000 Canadians live with multiple sclerosis (MS) a chronic disease affecting the brain and central nervous system. It often affects young adults, with diagnosis generally occurring between 25 and 45 years of age. For those seeking to understand how MS affects individuals and populations, Canadian health data offers a wealth of information for researchers, with findings of relevance to all Canadians. Epidemiological data captured across Canada has, for many years, informed research and care across the country and, sometimes, in the United States (US).

Dr. Judy Illes outside the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Neuroethics to form foundation of multi-pillar Canadian Brain Research Strategy Feb 6, 2019

“The world is mobilizing around a strategic approach to brain research,” says Dr. Judy Illes, “and neuroethics is an anchor point.”

While leaders in brain research around the world have been building toward an international brain research strategy, Canada has been working on a complementary approach that accelerates international efforts but leverages the unique advantages of Canadian researchers and Canada as a neuroscience-driven nation.

Abstract image of active and inactive neurons.
Brain imaging in new SUDEP model reveals map of silenced neural activity after seizure Feb 1, 2019

Until now, there was no clear reason why sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) occurs. In a paper published today in the journal Brainresearchers have identified key aspects of fatal and non-fatal seizures.

Dr. Catharine Winstanley and her lab.
Member news: January 2019 Jan 31, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Catharine Winstanley (centre), surrounded by lab members including research technician Dr. Sukhbir Kaur (top left) and former graduate student Dr. Jacqueline-Marie Ferland (top right). Image source: UBC Department of Psychology.

Allen Yang, new UBC Graduate Program in Neuroscience coordinator, at his desk in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Allen Yang new Graduate Program in Neuroscience Coordinator Jan 30, 2019

Allen Yang is in the thick of it, the busiest time of year for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and he just started. Yang, who will occupy the role of Graduate Program Coordinator for the next 18 months, has been busy processing applications and preparing admissions information for the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and looks forward to putting faces to all the names he’s learned since taking on the Coordinator role for Jennifer Campbell this month.  

Have we been asking the right questions about neurogenesis? Jan 24, 2019

Image: neurons in the infant brain. Image source:

Does neurogenesis occur in human adults? In mature animals? Is it a yes or no question, or should it be? A new editorial published today in the journal Trends in Neurosciences today contextualizes fifty years of controversy and conflicting reports, and invites researchers to consider new perspectives in how the brain changes across the lifespan.

Brain glowing on circuit board.
More oversight needed for consumer brain stimulation devices Jan 24, 2019

As smart watches and fitness trackers explode in popularity, so is a new type of health and wellness tech marketed as being able to monitor and manipulate brain functions. Direct-to-consumer “neurotechnology” is a rapidly growing industry, predicted to top $3 billion by 2020.

Dr. Mark Cembrowski
Cembrowski lab merges mathematical thinking with basic neuroscience Jan 16, 2019

A neuroscientist, mathematician, and expert on the hippocampus, Dr. Mark Cembrowski has a rare combination of skills. Now, at the start of a new year, he begins his career at the University of British Columbia with a newly established lab located in the Life Sciences Centre.

Dr. Jacqueline Quandt outside of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Protein switch identified in connection with disability progression in MS Jan 8, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Jacqueline Quandt. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.