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Intelligent curation: Improving access to quality health information online Aug 22, 2017

“The biggest problem with technology for older adults, however useful it may be to them, is that it’s not designed with them in mind,” says Dr. Julie Robillard. “If there are too many hurdles to adopting assistive technologies, older adults just won’t and they may miss out on important benefits.”

Dr. Snutch shows off MinION, a new tool for mapping the human genome.
Professor Ono visits DMCBH Aug 10, 2017

Pictured: Dr. Terrance Snutch demonstrates MinION, a sequencing tool that is half the size of a credit card and that can link directly to a laptop and the internet to provide ultra-long DNA sequence reads.  

Researchers, trainees, and the Executive Committee at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health were pleased to welcome Professor Santa Ono, UBC President and Vice-Chancellor, on August 9 for an interactive tour.

Developmental neurons in the hippocampus.
Too much information? New research suggests brain edits memories over time. Jul 25, 2017

Image: Neurons born in infancy (green). Credit: Shaina Cahill.

Why, in an otherwise healthy brain, do some neurons just die? And is apoptosis – controlled, intentional cell death – part of the natural life cycle of a normal neuron? Many of the neurons in the dentate gyrus, part of the hippocampus and responsible for memory, are formed in the perinatal stage of brain development. However, due to intrigue surrounding neuron birth in the adult brain, research has focused less on the neurons born in infancy. As a result, developmental neurons are poorly understood.

Dr. Kurt Haas
Member news: July 2017 Jul 24, 2017

Research highlights, achievements and stories about and by members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health from July 2017.


Amyloid plaques in the brain.
Steering an enzyme’s “scissors” shows potential for stopping Alzheimer’s disease Jul 19, 2017

The old real estate adage about “location, location, location” might also apply to the biochemical genesis of Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research.

Scientists at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health have identified a couple of crucial steps in the formation a protein called amyloid beta, which accumulates in clumps, or “plaques,” in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Those discoveries inspired efforts at disrupting the biochemical carving of amyloid beta’s precursor protein into its final, toxic shape.

Business man faced with decision.
Delineating different decision duties for dopamine in the frontal lobes Jul 6, 2017

“Sometimes you have these big ideas, and then five years pass and it turns out your idea was almost exactly right,” says Dr. Stan Floresco, researcher with UBC’s Department of Psychology and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

Inaugural APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health Conference Draws Global Partners to Vancouver Jun 22, 2017

Delegates from industry and economic and academic institutions around the world will meet in Vancouver next week for the inaugural conference sponsored by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Digital Hub for Mental Health. The conference – APEC Innovation in Action: Building the Digital Hub for Mental Health – will help Canadian researchers led by Dr.

Member news: June 2017 Jun 21, 2017

Links to stories about and by members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health from June 2017.

What artificial intelligence can learn from the human brain
What AI can learn from the brain and vice-versa: An evening with Dr. Gary Marcus Jun 9, 2017

According to Dr. Gary Marcus, world-renowned cognitive neuroscientist, bestselling author, and Founder of Geometric Intelligence, recently acquired by Uber, the future of artificial intelligence (AI) is tied to innovations in neuroscience. As our understanding of the brain evolves over the next decade or more, so will our ability to digitally reverse-engineer the brain.