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Brain Bytes offers bite-sized neuroscience to a broad audience Nov 16, 2017

A group of neuroscience students are taking science communication into their own hands, and broadcasting their discoveries to the world on YouTube. Brain Bytes, a talk show-style web series, tells the stories of neuroscience discoveries in a way that’s accessible to colleagues and neuroscience neophytes alike.

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National Core for Neuroethics Participates in IHDCYH Talks Competition Nov 1, 2017

The words we use to communicate about disabilities and the people who have them are of critical importance, and a new video project from Dr. Judy Illes and the National Core for Neuroethics aims to engage teachers in a better approach to talking about disabilties.

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Alzheimer's disease may not originate in the brain Oct 31, 2017

Besides the brain, amyloid-beta is produced in blood platelets, blood vessels and muscles, and its precursor protein is found in several other organs. 

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Member news: October 2017 Oct 24, 2017

Dr. Cheryl Wellington, Dr. Vesna Sossi, and Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff received funding for their projects and research infrastructure from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Jehannine Austin and Dr. Todd Woodward were named Difference Makers on a list of 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. 

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New research demonstrates complexity underlying the 'simplest form of learning' Oct 19, 2017

“We thought we were studying the simplest form of learning,” says Dr. Catharine Rankin. “But it turns out the ‘simplest form of learning’ is not so simple after all.” 

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1000 Simple Words to Improve Science Communication Oct 16, 2017

 “A lot of scientific writing can be … dry,” says Dr. James Kryklywy, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Rebecca Todd’s Motivated Cognition Lab. “For most non-scientists, and for a lot of scientists as well, your average research paper isn’t really a fun read.”

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Infrastructure grants from Canadian government fund brain, spinal cord research Oct 13, 2017

The Faculty of Medicine received a total of $31.2 million in the latest round of CFI funding, announced today at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH). The eight projects represent the majority of the 15 grants, totaling $52.2 million, awarded to UBC. Three of these were awarded to DMCBH members.

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Is cardiovascular health the key to protecting the brain against dementia? Oct 10, 2017

Can "good" cholesterol protect against age-related cognitive decline? A trio of papers from researchers in Dr. Cheryl Wellington’s lab illustrate new context for the role of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – commonly described as good cholesterol – in protecting the brain against disease.

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Member news: September 2017 Sep 28, 2017

Dr. Jehannine Austin and Dr. Lara Boyd, along with UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Santa Ono, were recently inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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UBC researchers promote the Fundamental Science Review on Parliament Hill Sep 21, 2017

“Based on data from a survey we produced last year, 80 per cent of Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs) have indicated plans to slow their research programs,” says Dr. Liisa Galea. “They’re worried about how they’re going to support new trainees, and funding is their primary concern.”

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