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Dr. Helen Tremlett, photo by Paul Joseph/UBC.
New findings suggest existence of multiple sclerosis prodrome Jul 15, 2018

Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

During the five years before people develop the first clinically recognized signs of multiple sclerosis (MS), they are up to four times more likely to be treated for nervous system disorders such as pain or sleep problems, and are 50 per cent more likely to visit a psychiatrist, according to new research from Dr. Helen Tremlett and her team.

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Dr. Catharine Rankin delivers her talk C. elegans Automated Behavior Assays at NeuroFutures 2017
Around the world, worm researchers working together for the collective good Jul 13, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Catharine Rankin delivers her talk C. elegans Automated Behavior Assays at NeuroFutures 2017 at the University of British Columbia. Photo credit: Dr. Jason Snyder.

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Doctor discusses head injury with young child.
Updated Concussion E-Learning Course for Medical Professionals Jul 5, 2018

Medical professionals have a new tool to help them care for patients who have sustained a concussion.

The Concussion Awareness Training Tool for Medical Professionals (CATT MP) launched this June. The updated e-learning course is free-of-charge, available in both English and French, and is eligible for credits with the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Dr. Krebs (centre) with graduate student Parker Holman (left) and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Tamara Bodnar (right).
Untangling the brain’s "wires" in the virtual space Jul 4, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Krebs (centre) with graduate student Parker Holman (left) and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Tamara Bodnar (right). Image source: Kerry Blackadar/UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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MSFHR funding offers opportunity to expand scope of MRI potential Jun 27, 2018

Dr. Kolind recently received a second MSFHR award, this time to fund her work in developing and applying unconventional neuroimaging methods for quantitative assessment of brain tissue health. The award will support her inquiry into the biological mechanism of MRI-visible changes in the brain in multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Rebecca Ko celebrates thesis defense with MacVicar lab.
Member news: June 2018 Jun 26, 2018

Pictured: the MacVicar lab celebrates Dr. Rebcca Ko (front row, second from right) as she successfully completes her thesis defense on June 15, 2018. 

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Older couple using apps on an iPad.
New paper offers smart guidelines for developing tech tools for older adults Jun 21, 2018

“There are a lot of technology solutions that have the potential to help older adults, and people with dementia and their caregivers,” says Dr. Julie Robillard. “The problem is, most of them don’t get used. Technology that stays on the shelf doesn’t benefit anyone.”

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Pair of studies offers new insight into genetic, biochemical mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease Jun 18, 2018

Dr. Weihong Song has recently published two studies in the journal Molecular Psychiatry that provide insight into the genetic and biochemical mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Young boy resting in his bed with a sleeping dog.
Study finds important gaps, new research priorities in pediatric concussion Jun 12, 2018

“We were hoping to assemble neuroimaging data around concussion in kids to inform our research – instead we were surprised to find big gaps,” said Dr. Julia Schmidt, a post-doctoral fellow with Drs. Lara Boyd and Jill Zwicker. “Despite the prevalence and urgency of concussion, there were very few studies that looked at brain differences post-injury in children specifically.”

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Students working together in the library.
Learning by doing is better for retention than learning by watching Jun 5, 2018

Is picking up a new skill as simple as “watch and learn”? A new study from Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul and Dr. Nicola Hodges, published last week in the journal Neural Plasticity, is the first to show what happens when people learn new skills by observation, with findings that have implications for stroke recovery, education, and more.

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