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Member news: April 2017
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Dr. Lara Boyd and Dr. Judy Illes are nominees for the 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction awards. All YWCA Women of Distinction nominees are eligible to win the Connecting the Community Award, which raises vital funds for women and children across Metro Vancouver. Each Women of Distinction nominee chooses a YWCA cause that is important to her for a chance to donate $10,000, courtesy of Scotiabank, to the cause of her choice. Vote daily to support Drs Boyd and Illes.
Dr. Shannon Kolind has received an MS Society of Canada grant for a study in MS progression called Establishing an imaging biomarker for disease progression in multiple sclerosis. Using a quantitative MRI technique in the brain and spinal cord pioneered at UBC (myelin water imaging), she will look at myelin as a potential biomarker for disease progression in MS. With new potential therapies for progressive MS on the horizon, this project could allow for more efficient clinical trials to establish effective treatment options for the disease.
Dr. Terrance Snutch was recently inducted as a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors, receiving the highest professional distinction accorded to academic inventors in recognition of his work as a “luminary of innovation and invention.”
Dr. Kalina Christoff is a 2017/18 Wall Scholar. The Wall Scholars Research Award is available to UBC Faculty members to spend one year in residence at the Institute in a collaborative, interdisciplinary environment. During her tenure as a Wall Scholar, Dr. Christoff will focus on building a new interdisciplinary field dedicated to the study of human imagination.
Dr. Judith Hall, Professor Emerita within the Department of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from UBC for her substantial contributions to society.
Pauline Luczynski (PI: Dr. Helen Tremlett) has received a Foundation of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers Medical Student Research Scholarship.
As scientists prepare to march to encourage public support, a core message is that funding science is an investment in a better future.— Wyeth Wasserman (@WyWyWa) April 18, 2017
- Key to treating childhood epilepsy is in their genes (Pathways, UBC FoM, Spring 2017)
- Charting an adventurous path forward (Pathways, UBC FoM, Spring 2017)
- Your Brain Remembers Languages You Think You Forgot (Scientific American, May 2017)
- Cocaine, cadherins and synaptic plasticity (Nature Neuroscience: News and Views, March 29)
- Parkinson's discovery at odds with prevalent hypothesis, finds serotonin increase in prodromal PD (DMCBH website, April 3)
- UBC researchers attempt to grow human eye tissue with drugs (CTV News, April 4)
- Andrea Globa Talks Neuroscience and Cocaine Addiction (Science in the City, April 5)
- UBC scientists find more multiple sclerosis-causing mutations (UBC FoM News, April 6)
- Machine Learning in Neuropsychology (UBC Innovation Snapshot, April 7)
- Drawings of Santiago Ramon Y Cajal to be shown at UBC (DMCBH website, April 13)
- Why one B.C. woman uses art and exercise to fight Parkinson's disease (CBC News, April 16)
- Autism, ADHD risk not linked to prenatal exposure to antidepressants (Science News, April 18)
- Multiple sclerosis starts showing signs five years before onset of disease (The Economic Times of India, April 22)
- MSFHR Funded Research Suggests Existence Of Pre-Clinical MS Symptoms (MSFHR News, April 24)
- Video Games Help Model Brain’s Neurons (April 24, The New York Times)
- Evenings with Kirk LaPointe - Helen Tremlett (Roundhouse Radio, April 25)
- MS Patients Seem to Present Earlier Symptoms of Disease Before Diagnosis (Multiple Sclerosis News Today, April 27)
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