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Dr. Dermot Kelleher and Dr. Yaping Zhang sign a memorandum of understanding at UBC on June 14, 2019.
Partnership unites high-profile scholars at UBC and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Jun 19, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Dermot Kelleher (front, left) and Dr. Jianping Fan (front, right) sign a memorandum of understanding at DMCBH on June 13, 2019. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

Dr. Julie Robillard
New CCNA funding to support UBC researchers Jun 18, 2019

This week, the Government of Canada announced the next phase of funding for the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). From 2019 to 2024, CCNA will receive $46 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and 11 other partner organizations.

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) researchers have received a $540,000 investment from CCNA; there are 13 CCNA-affiliated researchers at DMCBH, five of whom have leadership roles, highlighting the centre’s depth of expertise in dementia:

Construction workers.
New tool helps working adults spot and manage concussions Jun 17, 2019

British Columbians returning to work after a concussion now have access to new online resources and courses that help them navigate their injury and offer guidance for a safe return to work.

Dr. Tony Traboulsee counsels a patient.
Better patient engagement, a patient’s perspective Jun 10, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Anthony Trabouslee. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

Man plays game on iPad after a workout.
Cognitive training tools show benefit in improving cognition after exercise Jun 7, 2019

In 2031, nearly one in four Canadians will be aged 65 or older. As Canada’s population ages, it will be important to establish evidence-based, inexpensive, non-pharmaceutical interventions to slow the effects of aging on cognition and mobility. New research from Lisanne ten Brinke, a PhD candidate in Dr.

Dr. Carles Vilarino-Guell walks through his laboratory at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Researchers find "lighthouse" genes in MS Jun 6, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Carles Vilariño-Güell in his laboratory at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

An international team of researchers led by investigators at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at the University of British Columbia has made a scientific advance they hope will lead to the development of preventative treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS).

Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose in the lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Home exercise program reduces the rate of falling in at-risk seniors Jun 4, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose in her lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. 

Dr. Nick Weilinger (left) with Dr. LP Bernier (right), examining microglia onscreen.
Microglial ‘fingers’ probe dense brain structures in health and disease Jun 4, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Bernier discusses microglia morphology with Dr. Nick Weilinger, a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Brian MacVicar's lab. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

Abstract image of a sequenced genome.
Pavlidis lab: New discoveries towards understanding the genetic causes of the autism spectrum disorder Jun 3, 2019

Written by Daniela Salas from the Foster lab, Michael Smith Laboratories and cross-posted to

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a mental disorder affecting the development of the nervous system, characterized by deficits in social communication and repetitive behaviours. This condition manifests in early childhood and lasts a person's entire lifetime, and the most important risk factor is genetic.

Dr. Erin Michalak.
Member news: May 2019 May 30, 2019

Research from Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose and colleagues has informed the new WHO guidelines for risk reduction of cognitive decline and dementia. Read the guidelines at Related: WHO issues first advice on dementia: exercise and don't smoke (REUTERS).