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Cancer chemotherapy drug reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice Oct 6, 2021

A drug commonly used to treat cancer can restore memory and cognitive function in mice that display symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, new UBC research has found.

Centre home to new glove recycling program Oct 4, 2021

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health will soon be home to a disposable glove recycling program.

Multifaceted approach in Cembrowski lab provides insight on spatial memory – a key concern in Alzheimer’s patients Sep 21, 2021

Last month, a 91-year old man wandered from his home in West Point Grey on a Sunday night, and was found three days later in Burnaby.

Thomas Goundavas likely lost his way because he has dementia. One in six people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of neurodegeneration will wander at least once. Wandering has been linked to stress, fear, searching for someone or something, and attempts to follow old routines. Men are more likely to wander than women.

Research trainees recognized with VCHRI awards Sep 20, 2021

Congratulations to Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute's (VCHRI) 2021 Top Doctoral Student and Rising Star Award recipients!

VCHRI supports future research leaders with its Top Graduating Doctoral Student Awards and the Rising Star Awards. These awards recognize outstanding efforts by VCHRI research trainees in research excellence, service as role models, and other contributions to the Vancouver Coastal Health research community. 

MSFHR funds next generation of Scholars and Research Trainees Sep 9, 2021

Congratulations to the winners of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) 2021 Scholar & Research Trainee awards. These awards will support BC’s next generation of health researchers in developing their leading-edge research programs to address important health priorities and improve the health of British Columbians.

Two DMCBH researchers awarded Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research grant Sep 2, 2021

Congratulations to DMCBH members Drs. Shannon Kolind and Tamara Vanderwal, who have both been awarded grants in Brain Canada’s 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program.

Backed by the Azrieli Foundation, the Arrell Family Foundation and the Alvin Segal Family Foundation, Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program awards 20 grants to up-and-coming researchers to fund game-changing ideas and push innovation forward.

Caden Poh Wins President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement Aug 31, 2021

Congratulations to Caden Poh, Research Coordinator in the Faculty of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry, on receiving the 2021 President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement. The President's awards recognize staff members who demonstrate outstanding achievement and excellence within the UBC community.

Could inflammation be making you feel ill? Aug 9, 2021

Inflammation is part of the natural aging process, but there are steps you can take to minimize its effects.

People interested in biohacking and other performance- and health-enhancing techniques may want to add evidence-based anti-inflammatory lifestyle approaches to their list. Immunologist and DMCBH researcher, Dr. Jacqueline Quandt, sheds light on the role inflammation plays in the body, and shares lifestyle approaches that can help you keep it under control.

New CIHR project grants will continue to help advance brain research Jul 29, 2021

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced the results of its Spring 2021 project grant competition, with six DMCBH members receiving funding to continue advancing research in multiple sclerosis, stroke, Huntington disease, brain repair and bipolar depression.

Learn more about each project:

Probiotics may aid in relieving Parkinson's-related anxiety Jul 26, 2021

Researchers are investigating whether a multi-strain probiotic could relieve symptoms of anxiety experienced by many people with the condition.

New research led by DMCBH researcher Dr. Silke Appel-Cresswell is the first to examine whether a multi-strain probiotic could help relieve anxiety symptoms among people with Parkinson’s disease. 

A progressive nervous system disorder that over 100,000 Canadians live with, Parkinson’s often causes muscle rigidity linked to reduced dopamine levels, along with tremors or slowed movements.