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Ama Kyeremeh at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health in 2019.
Research Excellence Cluster forms at UBC to shine a spotlight women’s health Mar 13, 2019

Pictured: Ama Kyeremeh, Women's Health Research Cluster Coordinator, pictured at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

The Research Excellence Clusters program at the University of British Columbia continues to support research across disciplines, linking the neuroscience community with experts across campus to ask big questions and solve big problems. 

Young people using smartphones.
Popular smartphone apps may be selling your personal health information Mar 8, 2019

By 2015, more than half of all smartphone users had downloaded at least one-health related app. But how many of those users had read the apps’ privacy policy? How many apps had privacy policies?

MRI of concussion (human brain).
CHIMERA model produces surprising results in concussion study Mar 7, 2019

Pictured: an MRI scan of a human brain after concussion. Image source: iStock.

Rand Eid pictured at work in the Galea lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Motherhood changes the brain, possibly forever Mar 5, 2019

Pictured: Rand Eid (facing forward, left) at work in the Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology (Galea Lab) at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

Dr. Adele Diamond with Bill Gates in Seattle, February 2019.
Member news: February 2019 Feb 27, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Adele Diamond (left) with Bill Gates (right). In February, Dr. Diamond was invited by Bill Gates to attend a private meeting of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative with the Global Good Fund at Gates Foundation headquarters in Seattle, where she provided a researcher’s perspective on executive function and how to improve executive function in kids.  

Dr. Helen Tremlett at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Disability progression in multiple sclerosis linked to income, education Feb 22, 2019

Neighbourhood income and education level is associated with risk of disability progression in patients with multiple sclerosis, suggests new research from Dr. Helen Tremlett and colleagues at the University of British Columbia.

Abstract brain suggesting blood vessels.
Inter-cluster collaboration uncovers how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation Feb 21, 2019

Researchers from two Research Excellence Clusters at the University of British Columbia have discovered how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation—a finding that could lead to the development of new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases such as stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.

Young people in New York City.
Trio of papers offers new data on MS prevalence in the US Feb 15, 2019

More than 90,000 Canadians live with multiple sclerosis (MS) a chronic disease affecting the brain and central nervous system. It often affects young adults, with diagnosis generally occurring between 25 and 45 years of age. For those seeking to understand how MS affects individuals and populations, Canadian health data offers a wealth of information for researchers, with findings of relevance to all Canadians. Epidemiological data captured across Canada has, for many years, informed research and care across the country and, sometimes, in the United States (US).

Dr. Judy Illes outside the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Neuroethics to form foundation of multi-pillar Canadian Brain Research Strategy Feb 6, 2019

“The world is mobilizing around a strategic approach to brain research,” says Dr. Judy Illes, “and neuroethics is an anchor point.”

While leaders in brain research around the world have been building toward an international brain research strategy, Canada has been working on a complementary approach that accelerates international efforts but leverages the unique advantages of Canadian researchers and Canada as a neuroscience-driven nation.

Abstract image of active and inactive neurons.
Brain imaging in new SUDEP model reveals map of silenced neural activity after seizure Feb 1, 2019

Until now, there was no clear reason why sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) occurs. In a paper published today in the journal Brainresearchers have identified key aspects of fatal and non-fatal seizures.