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$1.5 million to develop a Canadian brain research strategy Jun 18, 2020

A team of researchers across Canada has received a $1.5 million grant from the Candian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to develop a strategy that will position the advancement of knowledge about the brain as a national research priority and support the creation of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy Network

Congratulations to the class of 2020! Jun 16, 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! 

It's disappointing to not be able to walk across the stage with your fellow graduates, so we hope this video will help a little, to show just how much we appreciate all of your hard work over the years. You've each contributed to advancing the field of neuroscience and we can't wait to see what you'll do next! 


Winners of the DMCBH Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant Announced Jun 10, 2020

The DMCBH Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant is intended to help kick-start new research collaborations, directions, and technological developments. It supports new projects that generate preliminary data for future grant applications to external funding agencies.

The following are DMCBH researchers who have received this year's Grant. Congratulations to all the winners!


Jonathan Doucette Receives UBC Killam Doctoral Scholarship Jun 10, 2020

Jonathan Doucette, a PhD candidate in Dr. Alexander Rauscher's lab, is the receipient of UBC's Killam Doctoral Scholarship

DMCBH Statement on Anti-racism and violence Jun 8, 2020

By now, nearly everyone has seen the horrific video of George Floyd being killed by Minneapolis police, an act that has sparked outrage and despair as we all grapple with the reality of injustice that the Black community faces around the world.  

COVID-19 series: The importance of exercise during a pandemic Jun 3, 2020

In the coming weeks, we will be profiling COVID-19 work and expertise from Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members. Our second story is about the importance of exercise, with expertise from DMCBH researcher Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Director of the Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.

COVID-19 Series: Dr. Stephanie Willerth's Lab Creates Face Shields for Frontline Workers May 25, 2020

In the coming weeks, we will be profiling COVID-19 work and expertise from Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members. Our first profile is DMCBH researcher Dr. Stephanie Willerth, Affiliate Professor at UBC's School of Biomedical Engineering, ICORD member and Acting Director of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Victoria. 

Community News: May 2020 May 22, 2020

Dr. Cheryl Wellington (pictured) is leading a team of researchers in characterizing changes in the immune system of COVID-19 infected patients. Her work has received a lot of media attention this month! 

New Study Shows Microbiome is Associated with Gut Function in Parkinson’s Disease May 6, 2020

Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Seti Boroomand, lead author Mihai Cirstea, co-author Kristen Sundvick, co-author Ella Golz, team lead Dr. Silke Cresswell, and research coordinator Adam Yu. 

Over the past decade, researchers have been studying the human microbiome—an array of microorganisms including bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi—to determine how it might be involved in disease. When it comes to Parkinson’s Disease (PD), most research has focused on defining the PD microbiome and attempting to link these microorganisms to neurological systems.

Supporting the mental health needs of those on front-lines May 6, 2020

Each day, health-care providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak are facing enormous pressure, caring for patients battling the disease, supporting those who have lost loved ones, and coping with the many ways the outbreak has touched their own home and family lives.

UBC’s Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, DMCBH member and head of the department of psychiatry, believes the outbreak could have a far-reaching toll on the mental health of health-care providers and their families.