Member news: June 2018

Rebecca Ko celebrates thesis defense with MacVicar lab.

Pictured: the MacVicar lab celebrates Dr. Rebcca Ko (front row, second from right) as she successfully completes her thesis defense on June 15, 2018. Image source: Twitter.


Dr. Shannon Kolind received an MSFHR Scholar Award for her project, Imaging Repair: Developing And Applying Unconventional Neuroimaging Methods For Quantitative Assessment Of Tissue Health. She also received an Innovation and Translational Research Award for her project, Can we enhance MRIs and personalized care by building a brain atlas?

Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose received funding from the Alzheimer Society Research Program for her project Buying time: Improving sleep and cognitive function in older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. The Buying time study is currently recruiting participants; for more information, email Stephanie Doherty at

Dr. Julie Robillard and Dr. Bill Miller (Occupational Therapy) have received a Catalyst grant from the AGE-WELL NCE entitled End-user Led Evaluation of Assistive Technology (ELEVATE). The project aims to create an entirely user-led tool for the evaluation of a wide range of assistive technologies at all stages of the development process.

Dr. Peter Reiner has received a new three-year operating grant from SSHRC entitled The Mind in Your Pocket. The project investigates the societal implications of smartphones (and other algorithmic devices) becoming bona fide extensions of our minds.

Dr. Liisa Galea has been appointed to the CIHR Institute Advisory Board for the Institute of Gender and Health.

Stefano Catildi (PI: Dr. Matt Farrer) and Seth Tigchelaar (PI: Dr. Brian Kwon) received 2018 top Graduating Student Doctoral awards and Ryan Falk (PI: Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose) and Fabian Garces (PI: Dr. Robert Molday) received Rising Star awards from Vancouver Coastal Health Research Insitute.



From the Society for Neuroscience, watch Dr. Brian MacVicar and collaborator Dr. Clare Howarth on How to Build the Foundation for Strong International Collaborations.

UBC Blue & Gold Campaign for Students highlights former graduate student Dr. Aarthi Gobinath (PI: Dr. Liisa Galea).


Community outreach

Neuroscience through the ages makes neurohistory fun for everyone. Image credit: Armin Mortazavi.

Pictured: a thank-you card from students at Lord Byng Secondary School in Vancouver. The UBC MS & NMO Program hosted grade 10 students from the local high school for a day to learn about careers in science.

Dr. Haakon Nygaard presents at the 2018 Alzheimer Forum.

Pictured: Dr. Haakon Nygaard presents at the 2018 Alzheimer Forum. Image credit: Penelope Slack.

The UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (UBCH CARD) recently hosted their annual Alzheimer Update. The UBC CARD team has posted links to video of the day's talks on their website at

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