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A group of men practice improv games on a stage.
Feeling the feeling and finding the funny on stage Nov 27, 2019

 Pictured: the Improv for Parkinson's troupe practices onstage at Vancouver Theatresports. Image source: Dan Dumsha.

“I found myself going into a place of discomfort and finding comfort there,” said Larry Gifford, National Director of Talk Radio at Corus Entertainment and Global News and host of the podcast When Life Gives You Parkinson’s. On November 24, Gifford and other participants in Improv for Parkinson’s with Dan Dumsha took to the improv stage at Vancouver Theatresports to present skits and games to a packed room.

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Healthy gut bacteria.
Systematic review identifies consistencies and gaps in MS microbiome studies Oct 21, 2019

There is growing evidence across a range of neurological disorders that the gut microbiome has a relationship with inflammation and changes in the brain. The bugs in your gut are beneficial for health including brain health, through—for example—production of beneficial metabolites and regulation of the immune system. Studies have shown differences in the microbial composition in people with diseases and healthy controls, but what are those differences, and how much do we know about what those bacteria are doing for people with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

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A celebration of music by the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Movement Disorders Clinic team.
A hub for brain wellness to launch at UBC this fall Sep 30, 2019

Image source: Dr. Silke Cresswell.

Every so often, piano music fills the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. From students who sit down to spend a musical moment away from the lab, to people who reside in long-term care at UBC Hospital finding a few minutes for a song, the piano has been a bright spot for our community. It is nice on its own, but it serves a larger purpose; a little music here and there has a lot to do with improving the wellbeing of our clinic visitors, staff, students, and researchers.

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Dr. Jacqueline Quandt at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Intranasal protein limits disability in models of MS Aug 27, 2019

Can a protein applied to the inside of the nose reduce inflammation in the central nervous system?

New research from Dr. Jacqueline Quandt’s laboratory suggests that intranasal administration of E-selectin, a type of protein that is expressed by blood vessel cells in an attempt to recruit immune cells, can bolster an immunosuppressive response in the body and calm inflammation in the brain in models of multiple sclerosis (MS).

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A group of older adults in group physical therapy.
FAME for NEUROFITNESS program at UBC clinic merges physical therapy and research Aug 23, 2019

A new UBC Physical Therapy & Research Clinic for people with neurological conditions has opened across the street from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, offering people living with movement disorders, stroke, and multiple sclerosis (MS) access to a group exercise program tailored to their specific needs.

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Dr. Tony Traboulsee counsels a patient.
Better patient engagement, a patient’s perspective Jun 10, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Anthony Trabouslee. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

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Dr. Carles Vilarino-Guell walks through his laboratory at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Researchers find "lighthouse" genes in MS Jun 6, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Carles Vilariño-Güell in his laboratory at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

An international team of researchers led by investigators at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia has made a scientific advance they hope will lead to the development of preventative treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS).

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The new Philips Elition Scanner at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Iron in brain tissue influences myelin measurements with MRI May 30, 2019

Dr. Alex Rauscher and his team are engaged in a long-term project to understand the effects of various tissue properties on the images produced by different magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) applications. His newest work, with postdoctoral fellow Dr. Christoph Birkl and published in the journal NeuroImage, offers a new perspective on the role of iron in myelin water imaging (MWI) and challenges existing interpretations of MWI findings in research literature.

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New MRI study assesses myelin and iron as biomarkers in the brain May 13, 2019

A new computational tissue model from Dr. Alex Rauscher and his team has enabled the researchers to quantify brain myelin and iron from MRI scans, offering new clues as to the role of myelin and iron in tissue damage and disease progression in multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Women laughing together at an exercise class.
Research shows exercise is beneficial at every age and fitness level Apr 18, 2019

A comprehensive review of existing research has found that any amount of exercise is good, but working out in different ways throughout the week is the best prescription for optimal cognitive and body function. The study, published recently in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, also found a relationship between improved physical health and improved overall brain health. Regular aerobic and resistance training also reduces frailty and its associated hazards in older adults.

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