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Janice Eng appointed to UBC’s highest faculty honour Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Janice Eng, a professor in the faculty of medicine’s department of physical therapy and DMCBH associate member, has been awarded with UBC’s highest honour conferred on a faculty member.

MIND and Mediterranean diets associated with later onset of Parkinson’s disease Jan 13, 2021

A new study led by DMCBH researcher Dr. Silke Cresswell in partnership with Dr. Brett Finlay's team at Michael Smith Laboratories suggests a strong correlation between following the MIND and Mediterranean diets and later onset of Parkinson's disease (PD).

Welcome Dr. Manu Madhav! Jan 4, 2021

Dr. Manu Madhav joined the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health this week, in a joint recruitment between the Centre and the School of Biomedical Engineering! Dr. Madhav is originally from Kerala, India and moved to the United States in 2008 to do his Master’s in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He went on to do his Ph.D. in this same field and most recently worked as an Assistant Research Scientist under the mentorship of Drs. James Knierim and Noah Cowan.

Competition for Alzheimer's research funding announced Dec 18, 2020

For the second year in a row, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health held the Dawn Shaw Alzheimer's disease research competition. Below are a list of the successful applicants along with a brief description of their projects. Congratulations to all the winners! 


Student Profile: Dr. Asma Bashir Dec 14, 2020

This story was written as part of the Djavid Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health 2019/2020 annual report. You can read the full report here. 

Dr. Asma Bashir joined the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health in 2015, shortly after completing her undergraduate degree in Boston. She joined Dr. Cheryl Wellington’s lab as a PhD student and studied traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Community News: November 2020 Nov 23, 2020

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A bit of stress might not be so good for us after all Nov 23, 2020

The notion that a bit of stress makes people perform better has been baked into our everyday lives, from taking exams in school to having tight deadlines in the workplace. New research from DMCBH researcher Dr. Adele Diamond suggests we might be taking the wrong approach.

Congratulations Graduates! Nov 21, 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! Seven trainees are graduating this week and to celebrate, we compiled some of their favourite memories as grad students, as well as a special video from some of the faculty! 

Mark Cembrowski named a 2019 Brain Canada Future Leader in Canadian Brain Research Nov 9, 2020

Dr. Mark Cembrowski is among twenty neuroscientists in Canada awarded $100,000 each in research funding, as part of Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program.

Anchored by a $5M gift from the Azrieli Foundation, this novel funding model is intended to enable paradigm-changing brain research with the aim of improving the lives of all Canadians.

COVID-19 Collaboration Saves Lives of ICU Patients Oct 26, 2020

In late March, Zee Rahiman spiked a fever and could barely talk because of non-stop coughing and vomiting. Once admitted to hospital, his condition rapidly deteriorated. Zee tested positive for COVID-19 and was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU), where he was placed on a ventilator.

“I initially thought ‘I’m fit. This is going to be another flu for me,’” says Zee, 32. “But I found out that my immune system was not as talented as I thought.”