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Concussion stalls adolescent brains, reduces cognitive flexibility Jan 23, 2018

New research from Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul’s team shows that concussion changes the way that different neural networks interact, stalling the brain in a state of cognitive inflexibility.

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Comorbidities affect MS relapse risk and disability progression Jan 8, 2018

For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), the presence of comorbidities—chronic conditions in addition to the primary diagnosis of MS—can affect the risk of relapse and disability progression. Two new papers involving Dr. Helen Tremlett’s team look at comorbidities from two distinct angles, providing new insight into how people living with MS are affected by additional chronic conditions.

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Drs Illes, Werker and Martin-Matthews appointed to the Order of Canada Dec 30, 2017

On Friday, December 29, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Three Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members were included in this year’s appointments.

Deeply personal research highlighted during MP visit to Cashman lab Dec 20, 2017

Pictured: Dr. Eddie Pokrishevsky explains his work to MP Drouin (image credit: Geoff Lister).

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For Sharon Roman, the story is personal Dec 19, 2017

"I don't pretend—and would never presume—to speak for all patients, or anyone but myself," says Sharon Roman. "I can only offer my own experience."

Member news: December 2017 Dec 17, 2017

Dr. Judy Illes has been recalled and appointed Vice-Chair of the Internal Advisory Board of the Institute of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction.

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New technique enables researchers to image the brain more accurately Dec 11, 2017

Diseases and injuries of the brain have a magnetic quality that can indicate the degree of damage to the brain. For physicist and brain health researcher Dr. Alex Rauscher, making sense of the brain’s magnetic field is a complex equation, but one with the promise to objectively measure deterioration and tissue repair.

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Member news: November 2017 Nov 22, 2017

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, Dr. Ian Mackenzie, and Dr. Howard Feldman are among Web of Science's most highly-cited researchers. UBC’s Faculty of Medicine has most highly cited researchers among Canadian medical schools.

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Brain Bytes offers bite-sized neuroscience to a broad audience Nov 16, 2017

A group of neuroscience students are taking science communication into their own hands, and broadcasting their discoveries to the world on YouTube. Brain Bytes, a talk show-style web series, tells the stories of neuroscience discoveries in a way that’s accessible to colleagues and neuroscience neophytes alike.

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National Core for Neuroethics Participates in IHDCYH Talks Competition Nov 1, 2017

The words we use to communicate about disabilities and the people who have them are of critical importance, and a new video project from Dr. Judy Illes and the National Core for Neuroethics aims to engage teachers in a better approach to talking about disabilties.