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New Initiative Gives Clinicians a Voice Jan 19, 2017

A new physician-engagement initiative is coming to UBC Hospital and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

The initiative’s goal is to involve physicians working in acute care facilities as true partners in the healthcare decision-making process, and help generate improvements that will make our future BC healthcare system sustainable. Without involving physicians, achieving better patient care, and better community health at the lowest cost possible will remain elusive goals.

DMCBH members appointed to BC Leadership Chairs Jan 19, 2017

Two researchers affiliated with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health – Dr. Michael Kobor and Dr. Raymond Lam – have been appointed BC Leadership Chairs, a program aimed at fostering world-class research in British Columbia.

National study paints detailed picture of aging in Canada Jan 18, 2017

On the first floor of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, a massive, two decade-long project has been quietly underway for the past three years. The Vancouver Data Collection Site for the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) is based here, and Dr. Heather Stewart and her team are returning to the Centre to start the first follow-up after 18 months collecting data at SFU Surrey’s CLSA data collection site.

Member news: January 2017 Jan 17, 2017

Links to stories about and by members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health from December 2016/January 2017.

Study finds increased healthcare system use related to infections in people with MS Jan 11, 2017

New research from MSFHR trainee Jose Wijnands (PI: Dr. Helen Tremlett) fills knowledge gaps and establishes a baseline for understanding infection risk for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) relative to those without MS.

Recapping the 2016 Neuroscience Extravaganza Jan 5, 2017

The event was well-attended, with as many as 80 people, including faculty, postdocs and graduate students, participating in the presentations and judging. 

Study of exercise and Parkinson’s disease yields positive results Jan 4, 2017

Habitual exercise may confer an advantage in combating Parkinson’s disease by facilitating the brain’s production of a crucial neurochemical, according to preliminary findings from a UBC study.

Dr. Judy Illes
Member news: December 2016 Dec 16, 2016

Links to stories about and by members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health from November/December 2016.

Dr. Stuart Cain, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
New funding to help find cause of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy Dec 14, 2016

New Taking Flight Award funding from Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) will help Dr. Stuart Cain investigate sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) at the source.

Brain organoids on needle array
A Japanese art leads to a futuristic innovation – brain “organoids” Dec 5, 2016

The ancient Japanese art of flower arranging was the inspiration for a ground-breaking new technique for creating tiny “artificial brains” that could be used to develop personalized cancer treatments.