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Mature woman playing a slot machine game in a casino.
Casino lights and sounds encourage risky decision-making Oct 29, 2018

Are the blinking lights and exciting jingles ubiquitous on the casino floor just a little bit of harmless ambience-building razzle dazzle, or could they affect your choices and actions when you gamble with slot machines? New research demonstrates that the sights and sounds of the casino may directly influence decision-making and behaviour, encouraging riskier choices.

Woman looks out window specked with rain.
Collaboration builds resources to heal after leading cause of brain injury in women Oct 15, 2018

When we think of concussion, it’s easy to imagine that traumatic brain injury occurs most often in ice rinks and on playing fields, or that it’s an issue that disproportionately affects professional athletes or rambunctious children. In fact, 25 per cent of traumatic brain injuries occur in women, and intimate partner violence may be one of the leading causes of concussion for women in Canada.

Mother (right) with two young adult daughters.
Motherhood could affect hormone therapy’s ability to prevent memory loss Oct 11, 2018

Researchers have established that the foggy feeling and forgetfulness that many new mothers report during and after pregnancy—known as “mom brain”—is real. But new findings from Dr. Liisa Galea and her team at the University of British Columbia suggest that the effect of motherhood on the brain appears to last much longer after childbirth than previously believed.

Dr. Judy Illes
Neuroethics Canada awarded funds to develop strategy for evaluating new treatment options for pediatric epilepsy Sep 26, 2018

A team led by Neuroethics Canada's Dr. Judy Illes (pictured) and Dr. Patrick McDonald will explore ethical issues confronting families and clinicians when considering new treatment options for drug-resistant epilepsy in children.

Dr. Brianne Kent in the lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
UBC postdoc takes Harvard Medical School appointment to study sleep and Alzheimer’s disease Sep 25, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Brianne Kent. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

As anyone who has ever lain awake in the dark hours after going to bed will attest, sleep is complicated and a lack of it can be disruptive to every aspect of one’s life. Deep sleep is important for a number of brain functions, and essential in clearing the brain of toxic proteins such as beta-amyloid, which can accumulate in the brain over the course of the day. Beta-amyloid proteins contribute to the plaques that form in the brain in disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

Renee Fleming (left), American opera singer and soprano, visited the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on September 19 and is pictured with Dr. Jon Stoessl (centre) and Dr. Vesna Sossi (right).
Member news: September 2018 Sep 24, 2018

Pictured: Renée Fleming (left), American opera singer and soprano, visited the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on September 19; she enjoyed meeting several members of our research community, including Dr. Jon Stoessl (centre) and Dr. Vesna Sossi (right). For information on Ms.

Hockey player on the bench.
New research shows athletes may be returning to the game too soon after concussion Sep 4, 2018

Detailed scans of University of British Columbia hockey players who had suffered concussions found that the protective fatty tissue surrounding brain cell fibers was loosened two weeks after the injury—even though the athletes felt fine and were deemed ready to return to the ice.

Members of the EMBED team chatting informally in Shanghai.
EMBED project using digital tools to assist depression diagnosis and care Aug 30, 2018

Can technology help solve the global burden of mental illness? A five-year project, jointly funded by Canadian Institutes for Health Research and National Natural Science Foundation of China, has brought international researchers, led in Canada by Dr. Raymond Lam, together to study the effectiveness of digital technologies for depression in community mental health centres across Shanghai, China.