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Member news: November 2018
Pictured: Dr. Judy Illes (right) with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada (left), following the Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony on November 20 at Rideau Hall. Image credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2018.
Drs. Lakshmi Yatham, Ian Mackenzie, and Howard Feldman were recognized by Web of Science as Highly Cited Researchers. This list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top one per cent by citations for field and year in Web of Science.
New faculty member Dr. Mark Cembrowski recognized as Next Generation Leader by Allen Institute.
Canadian Open Parkinson Network funding begins collaboration platform to accelerate Parkinson’s disease research and knowledge; at the University of British Columbia, COPN is led by Dr. Martin McKeown and Dr. Jon Stoessl.
Dr. Jehannine Austin was appointed Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC.
Iris Coates McCall and Caitlin Courchesne (PI: Dr. Judy Illes) received awards at the 2018 International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting.
Research cluster update
Blue & Goldcast
The Blue & Goldcast is a podcast about higher education from UBC President Santa Ono and Dr. Jennifer Gardy. Listen to Episode 3: A Knock to the Head.
As the NHL and NFL struggle with an epidemic of concussions, we talk about brain science and sports policy. Santa, Jen and their guest, Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul, discuss mysteries of the brain, the social impact of concussions, and the role that Universities like UBC should play in making sports safer.
Because of the #travelban, @LeiliMortazavi and many others were not allowed to attend #sfn18. Here is the fantastic work she should have been able to show off in person. @SfNtweets, what is your plan to make sure science stays open to all, regardless of your passport cover? pic.twitter.com/joQkoYbbRU— Bimal Lakhani (@BimalLakhani) November 5, 2018
State-of-the-art new technology to treat #depression arrives to @UBC @UBCmedicine (only 4 devices like this around the World). We are pleased to introduce Magnetic Seizure Therapy. @DMCBrainHealth @jonmccomb980 @ubcprez @DarcyJudy pic.twitter.com/d05r9qCKug— NINET Lab (@NinetLab) November 6, 2018
We’re proud to be named one of Canada’s top research hospitals! Kudos to all the dedicated @VCHhealthcare researchers who are working to advance health care in BC: https://t.co/Dr9FiELsJw #HealthResearch— VCH Research (@VCHResearch) November 8, 2018
Our very first pilot PET scan with a gambling task challenge with @cawinstanley as the participant! She is getting scanned as we speak - so excited! A big thanks to the PET team for their support! pic.twitter.com/Z44EykGOzQ— Mariya Cherkasova (@Mashupicchu) November 15, 2018
Really interesting talk at @DMCBrainHealth from Paul Vandonkelaar @ubcokanagan highlighting comparative severity of TBI caused by intimate partner violence vs athletes, yet money to study this vulnerable population is much harder to come by pic.twitter.com/VjqijlvTyj— Catharine Winstanley (@cawinstanley) November 16, 2018
It was an honor to welcome @ubcprez Santa J. Ono this morning at Neuroethics Canada and talk about the research projects we are currently working on! #neuroethics #scicomm #brain #science #research @UBCmedicine @VCHResearch @DMCBrainHealth pic.twitter.com/g55yNXxaZo— Neuroethics Canada (@NeuroethicsUBC) November 21, 2018
- Prime Minister of Canada announces establishment of premier centre for advanced medical isotope research and development at TRIUMF (TRIUMF news, November 1)
- Do you have a baby? UBC looking for participants for study on dogs and infants (Vancouver Sun, November 7)
- ‘I’m just thankful to Canada’: UBC welcomes 60 new Canadians with citizenship ceremony (The Ubyssey, November 7)
- ProMIS Neurosciences: Targeting the root cause of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases (The Canadian Business Quarterly, November 9)
- Keep your head out of the game, suggests new UBC research (UBC News, November 13)
- Heading soccer balls can lead to cell damage: UBC study (Global News, November 13)
- Soccer head shots cause nerve cell damage: UBC study (Vancouver Sun, November 13)
- Whistler hockey mom calls for more education on concussion, stricter penalties for dangerous plays (CBC News, November 13)
- US travel ban blocking students from presenting their research (ArsTechnica, November 14)
- A New Assay Helps Scientists Discover Potential Small Molecule Therapeutics for SOD1 ALS (ALS Research Forum, November 14)
- Reprogrammed cells could tackle brain damage (Science Magazine, November 14)
- Q&A: 5 Questions About Dopamine Release in Parkinson Disease (NeurologyConsultant, November 15)
- UBC involved in pan-Canadian research program on concussions in youth sport (The Indo-Canadian Voice, November 15)
- At risk of getting, or have, multiple sclerosis? Load up on vitamin D: MS Society (Vancouver Sun, November 15)
- Recently uncovered cell could stop cancer in its tracks (VCHRI News, November 16)
- Heading in football damages nerve cells in the brain, according to a new study by Canadian neuroscientist (South China Morning Post, November 16)
- Heading a soccer ball could permanently damage your brain, says UBC study (The Georgia Straight, November 21)
- A step forward in a worldwide effort to create a diagnostic test for FASD (BCCHRI news, November 21)
- Re: David Oliver: Will robotic automation solve social care? (the BMJ Views and Reviews, November 23)
- UBC researchers among several investigating concussion through NFL-funded initiative (The Ubyssey, November 29)
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