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Dr. Paul Pavlidis.
Signature for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder suggests changes in the cellular makeup of the brain Nov 28, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Paul Pavlidis. Image credit: Michael Smith Laboratories, UBC.

Scientists have long studied brain tissue in a search for the functional changes to the brain that accompany psychiatric disease. But the complexity of the brain presents challenges: the brain is made up of dozens of different types of cells. If researchers could inspect each cell type individually, they could gain greater insight into how the brain changes with psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 

Dr. Judy Illes with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, November 20.
Member news: November 2018 Nov 28, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Judy Illes (right) with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada (left), following the Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony on November 20 at Rideau Hall. Image credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2018.

Couple sitting together on a park bench, smiling.
Canadian Open Parkinson Network funding begins collaboration platform to accelerate Parkinson’s disease research and knowledge Nov 27, 2018

Parkinson Canada and Brain Canada announced this morning the creation of the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN), including a $2-million Platform Grant that will support the initial development and maintenance of a large-scale research network in the field of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. Brain Canada receives financial support from Health Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund.

Venogram image of the brain.
Tissue orientation causes bias in MRI measurements of brain blood flow Nov 21, 2018

Pictured: a venogram showing blood vessels in the brain.

New research by Dr. Alex Rauscher, an MRI physicist and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuroimaging, has shown that about half the blood vessels in the brain's white matter run in parallel with nerve fibres.

Three boys on a flag football team pose together.
NFL gives significant funding to help youth ‘shred’ the burden of concussion Nov 15, 2018

A pan-Canadian program involving University of British Columbia researchers is one step closer to improving prevention, diagnosis and treatment of concussions in youth sport, thanks to $12 million in funding from the National Football League.

A group of high school students learning about the brain.
Educational neuroscience research cluster growing in numbers and influence Nov 9, 2018

“In the beginning, we were just thinking about children, and how education affects kids’ brains,” said Dr. Lara Boyd, one of the original principal investigators with the Educational Neuroscience and Healthy Child Development Research Cluster. “Now our cluster has grown to four or five times its original size and we’re widening our original scope.”

Dr. Mark Cembrowski.
New faculty member recognized as Next Generation Leader by Allen Institute Nov 2, 2018

The Allen Institute in Seattle announced today their 2018 Next Generation Leaders, a group of six early-career neuroscientists who will participate in a special advisory council for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a division of the Allen Institute.

Leili Mortazavi demonstrates aspects of her research in the lab with Sukhbir Kaur, Winstanley lab manager.
Motivation, decision-making, and telling our stories anyway Nov 2, 2018

Pictured: Leili Mortazavi (left) and Sukhbir Kaur (right), research technician in Dr. Catharine Winstanley's lab.

Drs MacVicar, Sossi and Mackay outside the DMCBH as the new PET/MRI is delivered on October 30.
Member news: October 2018 Oct 31, 2018

Pictured (left to right): Dr. Brian MacVicar, Dr. Vesna Sossi, and Dr. Alex Mackay stand outside the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health as the new PET/MRI is delivered on October 30, 2018. Shortly after this photo, the equipment was loaded by crane into the imaging suite under construction in the Centre's lower level.

Dr. Anthony Traboulsee consults a patient in the UBC Hospital MS Clinic.
Clinical trial results put liberation therapy controversy to rest Oct 30, 2018

For Dr. Anthony Traboulsee (pictured above), Director of the UBC MS & NMO Research Program at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and lead investigator on two Canada-wide clinical trials to determine the efficacy of liberation therapy in MS, it was an opportunity to listen to the community.