Dr. Jack Taunton, professor in the Department of Family Practice and neurotrauma investigator at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, will be inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame this week. He is being recognized as a Builder, in appreciation for his contributions to sports medicine and research.
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Led by Dr. Raymond Lam, researchers at the Mood Disorders Centre at UBC Hospital and the UBC eHealth Strategy Office have released a new mobile-friendly web tool called MoodFx, which has been designed to help Canadian workers with clinical depression. The site enables users to partner with their mental health care providers to track outcomes before, during, and after treatment.
On September 12, delegates from 60 research sites and 23 countries will converge on the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) as part of the ninth annual Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease (GEO-PD) meeting. Hosted by Dr. Matt Farrer and the Centre for Applied Neurogenetics, this meeting brings together international collaborators and integrates neurology, neuroscience and neurogenetics.
Amyotophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating and fatal neurodegenerative condition that includes symptoms such as paralysis and loss of the ability to walk, talk, eat, and breathe. Although there is no cure for ALS, patients suffering from the disease may find hope in a recent discovery by researchers at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) about how it spreads within the body that could lead to revolutionary new immunotherapies.
Young researchers from the National Core for Neuroethics at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health talked to Science Magazine about challenging ethical questions facing young investigators. Shelly Benjaminy, Karen Jacob, Cody Lo and Nina Di Pietro discussed issues ranging from patient understanding of new medical technologies to the use of drugs to enhance brain performance. Their interviews can be found in the July issue of Science Magazine.
Although most people take for granted their brain’s ability to be learning almost constantly, a team of researchers has discovered the complex molecular cascade of events that happens at brain synapses – across which information from one neuron flows to another – when we learn and remember.
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered that so-called “sticky synapses” in the brain can impair new learning by excessively hard-wiring old memories and inhibiting our ability to adapt to our changing environment.
The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian MacVicar and Dr. Jon Stoessl as Co-Directors of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. They will serve alongside Dr. Max Cynader until June 30, 2014, when Dr. Cynader will leave his position as Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) and the Brain Research Centre.
The human brain appears to be no different than rest of the body when it comes to reaping the benefits of regular exercise. Results from recent Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute studies led by Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience, and researcher at Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and Centre for Hip Health, consistently present a fairly simple notion: exercise does the brain a whole lot of good.
Findings from a recently published Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) study suggest that older adults who are experiencing multiple falls, even non-injurious ones, should report them to health care professionals as multiple falls may indicate subtle brain changes associated with cognitive decline.