Pictured: Dr. Nick Weilinger (PI: Dr. Brian MacVicar), who won an award for best basic science poster at the Department of Psychiatry’s annual Research Day in June. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

Search for new DMCBH Director begins

The Faculty of Medicine, UBC and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute invite applications for the position of Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. This appointment is for an initial term of (5) years with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory review and is expected to be filled by a candidate internal to the University, at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor with tenure. Read more at med.ubc.ca/careers.


  • CIHR funds innovative brain research projects at UBC.
  • Dr. Deborah Jehu (PI: Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose) was awarded the International Society for Posture & Gait Research Emerging Scientist award.
  • Psychiatry Research Day
    The Department of Psychiatry Research Day took place on June 20, 2019. The following are recipients of prizes for talks and posters; for more information and a complete list of award recipients, visit psychiatry.ubc.ca.

    • Dr. Peng Zhang (PI: Dr. Ann Marie Craig) was awarded the 2019 Necia Laura May Elvin Memorial Prize in Schizophrenia Research.
    • Dr. John-Jose Nunez (PI: Dr. Raymond Lam) received the Tsung-Yi Li Award for Clinical Research.
    • Dr. Yun Zhang (PI: Dr. Weihong Song) received a Department of Psychiatry Research Day Award for best Lightning Talk.
    • Dr. Nick Weilinger (PI: Dr. Brian MacVicar) was awarded a Zeldowicz Basic Science Poster Award at the Department of Psychiatry Research Day.
  • MSFHR Trainee Awards
    MSFHR Trainee Awards support health researchers in the training phase of their research career to enable career development and the long-term success of the BC health research landscape.

    • Dr. Amirah Aly (PI: Dr. Michael Hayden) received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) trainee award for her project, Development Of A Novel Intranasal Oligonucleotide Delivery Approach For Huntington Disease.
    • Dr. Hui Mei Chow (PI: Dr. Miriam Spering) was awarded an MSFHR trainee award for her project, Studying Motion Processing With Eye Movements In Healthy Older Adults And Patients With Ophthalmic Diseases.
    • Dr. Susannah Gagnon (PI: Dr. Filip Van Petegem) received an MSFHR trainee award for her project, Uncovering How Specific “STAC” Proteins Regulate Muscle Contraction.
    • Dr. Huah Shin Ng (PI: Dr. Helen Tremlett) was awarded an MSFHR trainee award for her project, Disease-Modifying Drug Safety And Effectiveness In Multiple Sclerosis [DRUMS].
    • Dr. Sue Peters (PI: Dr. Janice Eng) received an MSFHR trainee award for her project, Driving Brain Recovery And Enhanced Community Walking With Dual-Task Training After Stroke.
    • Dr. Maryam Rahimi-Balaei (PI: Dr. Dan Goldowitz) received an MSFHR trainee award for her project, Investigating The Role Of MicroRNAs On Granule Cell Development During Mouse Cerebellar Development.
    • Dr. Sorabh Sharma (PI: Dr. Craig Brown) was awarded an MSFHR trainee award for his project, New Strategies For Unclogging Microcirculatory Obstructions In The Healthy And Diabetic Brain.
    • Dr. Jonathan Smirl (PI: Dr. Paul van Donkelaar) received an MSHFR trainee award for his project, Characterizing Traumatic Brain Injury In Survivors Of Intimate Partner Violence.
    • Dr. Marine Theret (PI: Dr. Fabio Rossi) was awarded an MSFHR trainee award for her project, Role Of TAK1 In Resident Fibro/Adipogenic Progenitors. A Key Modulator Of The Inflammatory Milieu And A Therapeutic Target In Chronic Diseases.
  • VCHRI Trainee Awards
    • Ryan Falck (PI: Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose) received a Top Graduating Doctoral Student Award from Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute in the area of cognitive health.
    • Dr. Matthias Walter (PI: Dr. Andrei Krassioukov) received a Rising Star Award from Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute in the area of spinal cord injury.

Listen up

Episode 2: Get a Cat, Her Royal Science, is now online. Find out how you can subscribe or listen online at www.herroyalscience.com/podcast. Related: Her Royal Science tells the stories of the scientists behind the science.

Summer reading

Our 2018/19 Year in Review is available on our website; for hard copies, email emily.wight@brain.ubc.ca.

Twitter highlights


Did we miss something? Do you have a story tip? We want to hear from you! Send your research highlights, upcoming publications, trainee successes, and funding and awards news to emily.wight@brain.ubc.ca.