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Member news: June 2019
Pictured, left to right: Dr. Siegfried Kasper, Professor of Psychiatry, Medical University of Vienna; Dr. Lakshmi Yatham, President-Elect of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry; Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate (2009); and Dr. Raymond Lam, Local Organizing Committee chair for the World Congress of Biological Psychiatry, which took place in Vancouver in June. Image source: Dr. Lakshmi Yatham.
- New CCNA funding to support UBC researchers.
- Ryan Falck (PI: Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose) received the 2019 Charles M. Tipton Student Award from the American College of Sports Medicine.
- Former postdoctoral fellow Dr. Brianne Kent (PI: Dr. Haakon Nygaard) was appointed as a member of the CIHR Governing Council.
- Alexander Terpstra (PI: Dr. Rebecca Todd) was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Fellowship.
- Maria-Elizabeth Baeva (PI: Dr. Wilf Jefferies) was awarded a Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship.
- Parker Holman (PI: Dr. Joanne Weinberg) received the 2019 Kenneth Warren Merit Award at the 2019 FASD Study Group annual meeting.
- Christine Fontaine (PI: Dr. Brian Christie) has won the University of Victoria's President's Fellowship in Research-Enriched Teaching award.
- Dr. Matthew Farrer will be named an endowed chair of the Norman Fixel Institute for Neurological Diseases at University of Florida Health in Parkinson’s disease research and will serve as a professor of neurology and director of the Clinical Genomics Program, part of the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute.
- New member Dr. Annie Vogel Ciernia was awarded a Tier II Canada Research Chair. Dr. Ciernia will officially open her lab in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on July 2.
- Dr. Weihong Song's Tier I Canada Research Chair was renewed this month as well.
- Drs Kiran Soma, Catharine Rankin, and Liisa Galea were Discovery Grant recipients in the most recent round of funding announcements from NSERC.
- Drs Luke Clark and Rebecca Todd received promotions to Professor.
- Dr. Ruth Grunau received a Distinguished Career Award from the International Association for the Study of Pain at the 12th International Symposium on Pediatric Pain.
- Dr. Erin Michalak recognized for CREST.BD and work in patient engagement.
- Dr. Brian MacVicar was elected Councilor with the Society for Neuroscience.
- Dr. Jehannine Austin received the 2019 Sam Lal Award from the Graham Boeckh Foundation. Watch:
new collaboration links canadian and chinese brain researchers
Heading for Singapore! Really excited for this trip - we'll be developing the next roadmap for mental health in our #APEC Digital Hub @DrRaymondLam @jillkathleenm @PubliVate pic.twitter.com/4MpXFonSrC— Erin Michalak (@erin_michalak) June 24, 2019
I enjoyed speaking with Professors Judy Illes and Judith G. Hall about their scholarship yesterday. The breadth of expertise at UBC on ethics in healthcare is impressive. pic.twitter.com/kfJGJPfGNX— Santa J. Ono (@ubcprez) June 15, 2019
So busy @UBCMicroImmuno @ImmunoBC that I almost couldn’t get to my student @ubcpathology @DMCBrainHealth Emily Kamma presenting our novel model of progressive MS - thanks to @mssociety for pilot support to help #EndMS pic.twitter.com/bVTdEmJMNg— Jacquie Quandt (@jacquiequandt) June 10, 2019
- Edwin Leong’s foundation funds health-care programs for seniors and children (The Globe and Mail, May 31)
- New discoveries towards understanding the genetic causes of the autism spectrum disorder (Michael Smith Labs, June 3)
- Global collaborations are changing conditions for women in STEM (The Conversation, June 3)
- 15 Things to Start Doing at 50 That’ll Save Your Brain at 80 (Reader's Digest, June 3)
- Home exercise program reduces rate of falling in at-risk seniors (VCHRI, June 4)
- Deaths from falls are soaring — here’s how to prevent them (MarketWatch, June 5)
- When Life Gives You Parkinson’s podcast: Meet the woman who can smell Parkinson’s (Global News, June 5)
- Scientists edge closer to root causes of multiple sclerosis (UBC Faculty of Medicine, June 6)
- Research looking for new ways to test Alzheimer’s (The Thunderbird, June 7)
- Exome Sequencing in Multiple Sclerosis Families Identifies 12 Candidate Genes and Nominates Biological Pathways for the Genesis of Disease (Science in the City, June 10)
- Is the video game industry ready for pop-culture saturation? (Los Angeles Times, June 10)
- Q&A with Dr. Liisa Galea, Editor-in-Chief of Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (Elsevier, June 11)
- How DBS is restoring lives like Steve's (VGH Hospital Foundation, June 13)
- Earlier, more intense exercise improves recovery for stroke patients (VCHRI, June 13)
- Nanoscale Surveillance of the Brain by Microglia via cAMP-Regulated Filopodia (Science in the City, June 17)
- New tool helps working adults spot and manage concussions (DMCBH, June 17)
- Revealed: The remote-controlled 'pacemaker' in the spine that could help to tackle chronic backache (The Daily Mail, June 17)
- Do Devices that Monitor or Zap the Brain Live Up to Their Claims? (The Scientist, June 18)
- Gold Leaf Prize Winner Dr. Erin Michalak Reflects On The Power Of Community-Based Participatory Research (MSFHR, June 18)
- Deer meat from contaminated Quebec farm released for human consumption (CBC News, June 22)
- Babies can learn link between language and ethnicity, study suggests (UBC News, June 25)
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