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New Study Shows Microbiome is Associated with Gut Function in Parkinson’s Disease May 6, 2020

Pictured (left to right) are Dr. Seti Boroomand, lead author Mihai Cirstea, co-author Kristen Sundvick, co-author Ella Golz, team lead Dr. Silke Cresswell, and research coordinator Adam Yu. 

Over the past decade, researchers have been studying the human microbiome—an array of microorganisms including bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi—to determine how it might be involved in disease. When it comes to Parkinson’s Disease (PD), most research has focused on defining the PD microbiome and attempting to link these microorganisms to neurological systems.

Supporting the mental health needs of those on front-lines May 6, 2020

Each day, health-care providers on the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak are facing enormous pressure, caring for patients battling the disease, supporting those who have lost loved ones, and coping with the many ways the outbreak has touched their own home and family lives.

UBC’s Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, DMCBH member and head of the department of psychiatry, believes the outbreak could have a far-reaching toll on the mental health of health-care providers and their families.

Dr. Stan Floresco Receives UBC Killam Teaching Prize Apr 30, 2020

Dr. Stan Floresco has been awarded the UBC Killam Teaching Prize for his excellence in teaching. Dr. Floresco is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and his research program is based at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

Community News: April 2020 Apr 27, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Willerth (pictured) and her lab have joined the fight against COVID-19 by producing face shields for frontline workers using 3D printers. 

Parkinson's Awareness Month: Highlighting Important Research at the DMCBH Apr 27, 2020

April is Parkinson’s awareness month, a time to shed light on a disease that affects more than 100,000 Canadians. At the Movement Disorders Clinic housed in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, neurologists and researchers are working together to develop creative ways of using technology to help Parkinson’s patients.


Pictured are Dr. Matthew Farrar and Hamid Eshghi, President of the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation.

With a generous gift from the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, the UBC Faculty of Medicine has uncovered more gene mutations responsible for epilepsy in children who don’t respond to traditional therapies.

Dr. jacqueline quandt appointed to Academic Director, VCHRI Medical Animal Facilities, PDC/ARU Apr 14, 2020

Dr. Jacqueline Quandt (pictured) has been appointed to the role of Academic Director of the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), Medical Animal Facilities (MAF), Preclinical Discovery Centre/Animal Resource Unit. This announcement was made by Dr. David Granville, Associate Director of VCHRI and Dr. Robert McMaster, Executive Director of VCHRI.

New Findings Suggests Certain Conditions are Prevalent prior to multiple sclerosis symptom onset Apr 14, 2020

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to experience fatigue, sleep disorders, anemia and pain in the five years before they develop the first clinically recognized signs of the disorder, according to a new study published this week. 

Scientists discover gene that increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease Apr 1, 2020

Researchers from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Central South University (CSU) in China have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Competition Winners Announced Mar 31, 2020

Several of our researchers received funding through Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Alzheimer’s Disease Research Competition. Below you can find a list of the winners along with their project titles.