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Fall 2019 Innovation Fund Trainee Award Recipients Nov 28, 2019

Congratulations to the first round of Innovation Fund Trainee Award recipients! The Innovation Fund was established to support trainee development and accelerate innovation through the support of basic and clinical biomedical research, infrastructure development, and translational activities.

Please note that the deadline for the Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant is December 13, 2019.

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A group of men practice improv games on a stage.
Feeling the feeling and finding the funny on stage Nov 27, 2019

 Pictured: the Improv for Parkinson's troupe practices onstage at Vancouver Theatresports. Image source: Dan Dumsha.

“I found myself going into a place of discomfort and finding comfort there,” said Larry Gifford, National Director of Talk Radio at Corus Entertainment and Global News and host of the podcast When Life Gives You Parkinson’s. On November 24, Gifford and other participants in Improv for Parkinson’s with Dan Dumsha took to the improv stage at Vancouver Theatresports to present skits and games to a packed room.

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Mega-analysis finds consistency in gene dysfunction in models of Alzheimer’s disease Nov 25, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Paul Pavlidis. Image source: Michael Smith Laboratories/UBC.

By studying the changes in the brain in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers hope to paint a clearer picture of the biological processes leading to neurodegeneration.

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Large-scale analysis of mutant worms reveals functions of Autism Spectrum Disorder risk genes Nov 21, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Catharine Rankin. Image source: Department of Psychology/UBC.

Researchers around the world have recently had tremendous success in identifying genes that increase risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with more than 100 genes associated with ASD to date, many of which are already being used to aid diagnosis. However, despite considerable progress, researchers still don’t know what roles many of these genes play in nervous system development and function.

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Students walking on Main Mall at UBC in the autumn.
Global perspective shapes future of UBC student mental health Nov 14, 2019

Pictured: UBC students on Main Mall. Image credit: Martin Dee/UBC.

A three-year, multi-centre, randomized controlled trial (RCT) with the goal of improving mental health and substance use outcomes through integration of e-mental health with traditional health services is beginning at the University of British Columbia under the leadership of Dr. Daniel Vigo, newly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

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BC Brain Wellness Program Launch Day Volunteers.
Member news: October 2019 Oct 31, 2019

Pictured: The team of staff, student, and faculty volunteers who worked to successfully launch the BC Brain Wellness Program at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) on October 5. The Program has begun running wellness classes at DMCBH - you have likely heard the music classes taking place in the lower level atrium on Wednesdays (10:30 a.m.); feel free to join in! More on the Program at www.bcbrainwellness.ca. Image credit: Seth Book.

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Dr. Stefan Wendt, Dr. LP Bernier, Dr. Brian MacVicar, Alireza Kamyabi, Dr. Nick Weilinger, Heather Gerrie, Dr. Liisa Galea, Daphne Ling, Dr. Tim O'Connor, Tanvi Puri, and Dr. Chris Groten. Image source: Daphne Ling.
Great grad students celebrate their Great Supervisors Oct 30, 2019

Pictured, left to right (back row): Dr. Stefan Wendt, Dr. LP Bernier, Dr. Brian MacVicar, Alireza Kamyabi, Dr. Nick Weilinger; (front row) Heather Gerrie, Dr. Liisa Galea, Daphne Ling, Dr. Tim O'Connor, Tanvi Puri, and Dr. Chris Groten. Image source: Daphne Ling, October 29, 2019.

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Dr. Sophia Frangou, pictured at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health in October 2019.
Dr. Sophia Frangou, new to UBC, finds consistencies in abnormal brain function across mood, anxiety disorders Oct 30, 2019

Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

An analysis of more than 9,000 brain scans shows that abnormalities in brain function in mood and anxiety disorders are localized to the same areas of the brain, offering promise for future prevention and treatment.

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Healthy gut bacteria.
Systematic review identifies consistencies and gaps in MS microbiome studies Oct 21, 2019

There is growing evidence across a range of neurological disorders that the gut microbiome has a relationship with inflammation and changes in the brain. The bugs in your gut are beneficial for health including brain health, through—for example—production of beneficial metabolites and regulation of the immune system. Studies have shown differences in the microbial composition in people with diseases and healthy controls, but what are those differences, and how much do we know about what those bacteria are doing for people with multiple sclerosis (MS)?

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Matt Sacheli with a research participant on a stationary bike.
Exercise “rewires” the brain, may improve motor function and mood in PD Oct 15, 2019

Pictured: graduate student Matthew Sacheli with a research participant. Image credit: Don Erhardt/UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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