The brain is very complex, and normal development involves the migration of cells and the formation of trillions of connections between brain cells. When any part of this process is disrupted, the result can be a neurodevelopmental disorder. These disorders can affect emotion, learning, self-control and memory and include autism, intellectual disability and epilepsy.

Both diagnosis and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders can be difficult. This is largely because little is known about the mechanisms underlying these conditions or ways of preventing and repairing neural damage. Our researchers are working to gain a deeper understanding of brain development at the foundational level as a means of improving diagnoses and treatment options for families, children and adults living with these disorders.

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Name and Contact Info Title Research Interests
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
nervous system, neurodegeneration, drosophilia
Professor and Head, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, UBC
nervous system, developmental neuroscience, glial cells, gliotactin
Associate Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
cognition, cell biology, nervous system
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
inflammation, neurogenetics, proteomics, schizophrenia
Assistant Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
memory, hippocampus, cell types, big data
Professor, Division of Medical Sciences, University of Victoria
hippocampus, synaptic plasticity, neurogenesis, exercise, mild traumatic brain injury, concussion, fragile-x syndrome, prenatal ethanol exposure, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, depression
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
epigenetics, brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, neuroimmunology, microglia
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
developmental neuroscience, neuroplasticity, autism, schizophrenia, Alzheimer disease, basic science, epilepsy
Professor & Head, Division of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
executive function, developmental neuroscience, learning, behaviour, cognition
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
ophthalmology, dyslexia, amblyopia, fMRI, MRI, motion perception, developmental neuroscience
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Professor, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
autism, epilepsy, neuroplasticity, developmental neuroscience
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Artificial intelligence, machine learning, ultrasound imaging, image-guided surgery, computer-aided diagnostics, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, traumatic brain injury, brain health, liver and lung disease, endometriosis
Associate Professor, School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, UBC
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, UBC
bioinformatics, systems biology, Alzheimer disease, neurodegenerative diseases, metabolomics
Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
neuroethics, neurotechnology, neuroimaging, neurodegeneration, dementia, regenerative medicine
Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
stroke, traumatic brain injury, foundational science
Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Medical Genetics, UBC
Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, UBC
developmental biology, neuroscience, Caenorhabditis elegans
Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
foundational science, neurodegenerative diseases, drug discovery
Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Cellular and molecular neuroscience
Professor, Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
developmental neuroscience, basic science
Associate Professor, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
developmental neuroscience, foundational science, computer science, imaging
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
neuroinformatics, computer science
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Applied Science, School of Nursing
prematurity, brain developement, early-life adversity, pain, translational research
Assistant Professor in Oral Biological and Medical Sciences
Microglia, Hypothalamus, Fetal Development, Maternal Challenge, Stress
Professor, Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, UBC
developmental neuroscience, nervous system
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
epilepsy, autism, schizophrenia, neurodegeneration, developmental neuroscience, basic science
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, UBC
Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, UBC
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Neurology (Medicine), UBC
schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, psychosis, autism, intellectual disability
Associate Professor, Medical Sciences and Associate Director, Centre for Biomedical Research, University of Victoria
neuroplasticity, neurite growth, neurodevelopment, ion channels, receptor trafficking
Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
traumatic brain injury, mTBI, mild traumatic brain injury, concussion, imaging , developmental neuroscience, cognition
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University
Professor, Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
neuroplasticity, stroke, epilepsy, foundational science
Professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, UBC
developmental cognitive neuroscience, infant speech

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