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International Clinical Trials Day May 20, 2021

Today is International Clinical Trials Day, a day to recognize the hard work and invaluable contributions of study volunteers, clinical investigators, staff and research professionals in the advancement of medical care.

The date May 20 was selected to mark James Lind’s first controlled clinical trial using citrus fruit on a group of sailors suffering from scurvy back in the year 1747.

BC Brain Wellness Program creates comfort mitts for people living with dementia May 12, 2021

Over the past few months, members of the BC Brain Wellness Program “Crafters for a Cause” group created comfort mitts for people living with dementia who are in hospital.

Fardowsa Yusuf awarded CIHR Banting and Best Doctoral Award for Research on MS Prodrome May 3, 2021

Congratulations to Fardowsa Yusuf (pictured left), MSc who has been awarded the CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award for her research on the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) prodrome. Yusuf is jointly supervised by DMCBH member Dr. Helen Tremlett (pictured right) and Dr. Mohammad Ehsanul (Ehsan) Karim in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health.

Researchers unveil first molecular images of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 mutation May 3, 2021

UBC researchers are the first in the world to publish structural images of the N501Y mutation on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein—a change believed to be partly responsible for the highly infectious nature and rapid spread of variant B.1.1.7.

Youth and Families Guide Mental Health Research at UBC Apr 28, 2021

Over the course of the pandemic, more young people than ever have been seeking mental health support, which has been especially challenging with restrictions changing the ways services are accessed.

Throughout the last year many organizations have found ways to adapt and are looking towards new models of service in the future. An important part of doing this successfully is making sure programs, services and research projects are designed and evaluated with the needs of young people and families in mind.

Deepfakes and synthetic mice help neuroscientists understand behaviour Apr 7, 2021

A team of researchers led by DMCBH member Dr. Tim Murphy has created a synthetic animated mouse which can be used to train machine learning algorithms to analyze animal behaviour, the details of which were published this week in Nature Methods.

Neil Cashman
UBC neuroscientist joins investigation of a mysterious new brain disease Mar 29, 2021

When a mysterious neurological disease was recently discovered in New Brunswick, Dr. Neil Cashman, a clinician-scientist in the Faculty of Medicine’s Division of Neurology and member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, was called into action.

Premature baby resting on Calmer in the NICU at BC Children's Hospital. Photo credit: Liisa Holsti
Therapeutic bed can help keep preterm newborns’ brain oxygen levels stable Mar 25, 2021

A medical device that has been shown to manage pain among babies born preterm can also help keep their brain oxygen levels steady during medical procedures, finds new analysis by researchers at UBC.

Students in Irving K Barber Learning Centre during 2020. Credit: Paul H. Joseph/UBC Brand & Marketing
Knowing someone with COVID-19 increased men’s anxiety more than women’s Mar 25, 2021

It started as a research project to track student mental health over an entire term at university.

Then, four weeks into the 13-week study, COVID-19 hit.

Survey uncovers pandemic’s complex impact on people living with dementia and their families Mar 23, 2021

COVID-19 has been especially challenging for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers, confirms a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The study uncovers the complex effects of the pandemic on more than 400 people in this community in B.C., and identifies their unique needs.