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Member news: February 2019
Pictured: Dr. Adele Diamond (left) with Bill Gates (right). In February, Dr. Diamond was invited by Bill Gates to attend a private meeting of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with the Global Good Fund at Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, where she provided a researcher’s perspective on executive function and how to improve executive function in kids.
Dr. Julie Robillard has received a 2019 P2P Award for her project, Pediatric pain management: Co-design of a patient experience study. Offered in partnership with MSFHR, the P2P (Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research) Awards provide up to $20,000 to support BC-based teams of researchers and research users as they pilot and test the feasibility of their research to strengthen a major national or international grant application.
Dr. Lily Zhou (Neurology resident, PI: Dr. Thalia Field) will recieve the 2019 Alliance Awards: Founders from the American Academy of Neurology. The Alliance Awards: Founders is being given in recognition of Dr. Zhou's outstanding achievements in Cerebrovascular Disease and Interventional Neurology research.
Drs Jianjia Fan and Jerome Robert (PI: Dr. Cheryl Wellington) have been awarded Rapid Response funding from the Weston Brain Insitute for their project, Targeting ACL signaling for Alzheimer's disease and apolipoprotein E regulation. Dr. Robert has also been awarded Rapid Response funds for his project, Utilizing a transformative model of bioengineered human cerebral vessels toward development of a patient-centered assays of Aβ clearance. The Rapid Response: Canada 2018 program provides seed funding for high-risk, high-reward, translational research projects on neurodegenerative diseases of aging.
DMCBH researchers at the BC Legislature
Researchers including Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose and Dr. Leigh Anne Swayne joined the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research at the BC Legislature on February 27, 2019, to share their research stories and the relevance and impact of their research programs on British Columbians.
We're @BCLegislature today with 6 @msfhr funded-researchers, MLAs & BC Minister of Health @adriandix discussing the innovative research taking place in BC and its impact on British Columbians. #BCresearch pic.twitter.com/Z6yPPM5mP2— MSFHR (@msfhr) February 27, 2019
@BCLegislature visit with fellow @msfhr Scholars incl. @UBCIMP @UVic collaborator Dr Laura Arbour - engaging & dynamic health research discussions with MLAs... and of course, photo ops with the queen #health #neuroscience #cdnsci #PinkShirtDay @UVicResearch @DMCBrainHealth pic.twitter.com/8oT6F7cTxU— Dr. Swayne (@dr_swayne) February 27, 2019
When life gives you Parkinson's
“What makes you excited about the future of MS?” “Poop” - very interesting, amusing and inspiring day at MS Connect @mssocietybcy @MSSocietyCanada @helen_tremlett #msconnect pic.twitter.com/KjlQYthqpy— Anastasia French (@Frenchastasia) February 2, 2019
These days my general sanity at UBC is maintained by those special moments when I get to have a random conversation with one of my amazing colleagues on campus. Recently it was meeting @MarkCembrowski for the first time, with a promise of a real conversation in the near future.— Mark Mac Lean (@marktmaclean) February 6, 2019
Sports organizations, teachers, and health professionals in Uganda will receive #concussion education, in a new partnership with @cattonline @BCIRPU and local organizations. https://t.co/ltelDk5ojV pic.twitter.com/n9hasZAnNC— cattonline (@cattonline) February 13, 2019
Introducing @CPA_APC Canadian Journal of Psychiatry new Editor-in-Chief, Lakshmi Yatham; Editor Emeritus @ScottPatten; and the Associate Editors team, touring @SAGE_News publishers. @DMCBrainHealth @ubcprez @APEC_MHHub pic.twitter.com/eYRmJVQzMu— Raymond Lam (@DrRaymondLam) February 16, 2019
- Can researchers bring a brain-stimulation remedy for depression out of clinics and into the home? (The Globe and Mail, February 3)
- Patient says B.C. still behind in Parkinson's brain surgery after announcement (CTV News, February 5)
- Health funding to support decision-making research at UBC (UBC Psychology News, February 5)
- All the questions and answers from our first #TalkBD event! (CREST.BD News, February 6)
- Parkinson's Gene Therapy Appears to Activate New Brain Network (Neurology Today, February 7)
- Parkinson’s Foundation Will Gather Experts to Study Cannabis as Disease Therapy (Parkinson's News Today, February 13)
- Primum non nocere: a call for balance when reporting on CTE (The Lancet Neurology, February 15)
- Landmark Study Estimates Nearly 1 Million in the U.S. Have Multiple Sclerosis (National Multiple Sclerosis Society, February 15)
- Electrical stimulation technique helps patients with spinal cord injury (The Conversation, February 19)
- State-of-the-art scans show a connection between exposure to anti-depressant before birth and changes in newborn’s brain activity (BCCHRI News, February 19)
- People in Profile: Adam Dvorak (VCHRI News, February 20)
- New protein “switch” could be key to controlling blood-poisoning and preventing death (UBC News, February 25)
- Low Socioeconomic, Education Levels Linked to Higher Disability and Disease Progression in MS, Study Says (MS News Today, February 27)
- UBC NINET lab investigating promising new depression treatment (The Ubyssey, February 27)
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