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DMCBH members leading four UBC Research Excellence Clusters Mar 16, 2021

UBC’s Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation recently announced 35 emerging and established research excellence clusters that will be supported with funding in 2021/22. Four of these Research Excellence Clusters are led by DMCBH researchers.

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$3M gift to accelerate UBC Alzheimer’s research Mar 8, 2021

The need for new therapies and state-of-the-art care for Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease has motivated three longtime friends to donate $3 million to the UBC Faculty of Medicine for research to identify ways to protect the brain as Alzheimer’s progresses.

The gift from the McArthur, Aune and Copland families will support a new project to investigate the processes that lead to oxidative stress, an imbalance of pro-oxidants and antioxidants associated with cell damage that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

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$9.6M federal infrastructure investment renews Canada’s largest study of aging Mar 5, 2021

A $9.6-million investment by the Government of Canada in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) will renew the infrastructure of the CLSA research platform, ensuring its progress in generating knowledge that promotes the health and well-being of older adults and informs the development of programs and policies for Canada’s aging population.

DMCBH member Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose (pictured) is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the UBC lead of the CLSA.  

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A familiar face rejoins the Graduate Program in Neuroscience Mar 3, 2021

Dr. Timothy O’Connor has returned as Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, a role he previously held from 2011-2017. He takes over in the interim from Dr. Liisa Galea, who is starting a new role at UBC as Health Research Advisor in the VP Research & Innovation Office.

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New study to examine the impact of exercise on aging and brain health Feb 24, 2021

Bed rest, secondary to surgery, illness, or chronic diseases, is a reality for many older adults and it is associated with a variety of negative health outcomes. Thus, it is important to identify strategies that can minimize the consequences of bed rest.

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Staff highlight: Jeff LeDue Feb 22, 2021

This story was written as part of the Djavid Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health 2019/2020 annual report. You can read the full report here. 

Jeff LeDue wears many “hats” at UBC— he’s a research associate, coordinator of the UBC Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease Research Excellence Cluster and managing director of the NeuroImaging and NeuroComputation Centre (NINC), a shared research platform at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

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NEUROETHICS RISES TO THE CHALLENGE Feb 8, 2021

This story was written as part of the Djavid Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health 2019/2020 annual report. You can read the full report here. 

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Researchers Discover Biological Foundation of Botanical Formulation Used to Prevent Opioid-Related Withdrawal Symptoms Jan 27, 2021

Pictured (clockwise from back): Dr. Anthony Phillips, Dr. Soyon Ahn, Maya Nesbit and Haiyan Zou. 

When a person living with an opioid addiction begins the process of detoxifying, they are met with withdrawal symptoms which are often so painful the person relapses. Illicit drug use is a serious public health concern; in British Columbia alone, more than 1,500 people lost their lives to overdoses in 2020.

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Janice Eng appointed to UBC’s highest faculty honour Jan 15, 2021

Dr. Janice Eng, a professor in the faculty of medicine’s department of physical therapy and DMCBH associate member, has been awarded with UBC’s highest honour conferred on a faculty member.

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MIND and Mediterranean diets associated with later onset of Parkinson’s disease Jan 13, 2021

A new study led by DMCBH researcher Dr. Silke Cresswell in partnership with Dr. Brett Finlay's team at Michael Smith Laboratories suggests a strong correlation between following the MIND and Mediterranean diets and later onset of Parkinson's disease (PD).

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