Dr. Shernaz Bamji has been appointed Associate Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. 


Due to the fluid COVID-19 situation, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Neuroscience Research Colloquium talks for the remainder of the season. We are going to replace them with Zoom talks on a variety of emerging areas that highlight local speakers for the remainder of the season, the first of which is on Friday, April 3, 2020. We’re grateful for all of the speakers who were able to present this year, and look forward to welcoming everyone back to UBC for more exciting talks starting in September!

For details and links to Zoom, please visit the NRC website. The first Zoom talk is scheduled for Friday, April 3.


  • Dr. Shernaz Bamji has been appointed Associate Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
  • Dr. Raymond Lam and Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez have both received the BC SUPPORT (Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials) Unit’s 2020 Pathway to Patient-Oriented Research Award
  • Dr. Thalia Field has been nominated for a YWCA Women of Distinction award.
  • Dr. Erin Michalak and Dr. Trisha Chakrabarty (among others), held a successful online event called “Ask Me Anything” in honour of World Bipolar Day.
  • Several of our researchers received funding through the DMCBH Alzheimer’s Disease research competition:
    • Drs. Haakon Nygaard and Stephanie Willerth for their project on modelling Alzheimer’s Disease through 3D human neural tissue
    • Drs. Cheryl Wellington, Haakon Nygaard, and Karen Cheung for looking at microfluidic models of the neurovascular unit for studies of Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Drs. Haakon Nygaard and Brian MacVicar will look at neuronal oxidative stress and microglia interactions in Alzheimer’s Disease models
    • Drs. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Vesna Sossi, Liisa Galea, and Roger Tam will use the funds to study exercise impacts on cognition and Alzheimer’s Disease indicators in perimenopausal women
    • Drs. Donna Lang, Kristina Gicas, Thalia Field, Eduardo Navajas, and Alexandra Talia Vertinsky will look at cardiovascular risk in Alzheimer’s Disease
    • Drs. Liisa Galea, Robin Hsiung, and Sherri Hayden will study the impact of motherhood on cognitive health in aging and Alzheimer’s Disease


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