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Member news: October 2017 Oct 24, 2017

Dr. Cheryl Wellington, Dr. Vesna Sossi, and Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff received funding for their projects and research infrastructure from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. Dr. Jehannine Austin and Dr. Todd Woodward were named Difference Makers on a list of 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. 

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New research demonstrates complexity underlying the 'simplest form of learning' Oct 19, 2017

“We thought we were studying the simplest form of learning,” says Dr. Catharine Rankin. “But it turns out the ‘simplest form of learning’ is not so simple after all.” 

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1000 Simple Words to Improve Science Communication Oct 16, 2017

 “A lot of scientific writing can be … dry,” says Dr. James Kryklywy, a post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Rebecca Todd’s Motivated Cognition Lab. “For most non-scientists, and for a lot of scientists as well, your average research paper isn’t really a fun read.”

Infrastructure grants from Canadian government fund brain, spinal cord research Oct 13, 2017

The Faculty of Medicine received a total of $31.2 million in the latest round of CFI funding, announced today at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH). The eight projects represent the majority of the 15 grants, totaling $52.2 million, awarded to UBC. Three of these were awarded to DMCBH members.

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Is cardiovascular health the key to protecting the brain against dementia? Oct 10, 2017

Can "good" cholesterol protect against age-related cognitive decline? A trio of papers from researchers in Dr. Cheryl Wellington’s lab illustrate new context for the role of high-density lipoproteins (HDL) – commonly described as good cholesterol – in protecting the brain against disease.

Member news: September 2017 Sep 28, 2017

Dr. Jehannine Austin and Dr. Lara Boyd, along with UBC President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Santa Ono, were recently inducted into the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

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UBC researchers promote the Fundamental Science Review on Parliament Hill Sep 21, 2017

“Based on data from a survey we produced last year, 80 per cent of Canadian Principal Investigators (PIs) have indicated plans to slow their research programs,” says Dr. Liisa Galea. “They’re worried about how they’re going to support new trainees, and funding is their primary concern.”

Troy McDiarmid
Troy McDiarmid worms into the intricacies of genetic risk in ASD Sep 15, 2017

To understand how gene mutations affect neurodevelopment and learning in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), PhD candidate Troy McDiarmid is looking at microscopic worms. McDiarmid, a graduate student in Dr. Catharine Rankin’s lab, was recently awarded a Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award from the CIHR for his proposal to characterize ASD-associated gene mutations in worm models of the disorder.

Dr. Julie Robillard appointed Associate Director, National Core for Neuroethics Sep 5, 2017

Effective September 1, Dr. Julie Robillard has been appointed Associate Director of the National Core for Neuroethics. 

Dr. Liisa Galea
Graduate Program in Neuroscience finds new leader in Dr. Liisa Galea Aug 30, 2017

Dr. Liisa Galea began her tenure as Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience on July 1, taking over from Dr. Tim O'Connor who served the UBC neuroscience community in the role since 2011.

"I know I have some big shoes to fill," says Dr. Galea.