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Cognitive assessment app puts Parkinson disease monitoring in patients’ hands Oct 25, 2016

Diseases of the brain are different from other diseases in that there just isn’t the technology to monitor patients and paint a holistic picture of the way that symptoms differ over the course of a day, a week, or the months between clinic visits the way there is for diseases of the cardiovascular or respiratory systems.

Harnessing electricity to treat depression – in a kinder, gentler way Oct 21, 2016

Sean Tajadod sits at a table as two electrodes are strapped to his head, held in place by a cloth cap. The electrodes are attached to a small device the size of a smartphone, powered by nothing more than two AA batteries. When it is turned on, Sean just sits there – no shaking, no loss of consciousness. In six minutes, it’s over.

“I was feeling a tingling sensation where the electrodes are,” Tajadod said. He called the sensation “strange at first, but then I got used to it, and I didn’t feel it anymore.”

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To protect your memory, get your walking shoes on Oct 20, 2016

For those with memory problems, regular walking may do some good finds new research from Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose.

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Vanier scholar Alex McGirr bridges basic science and mood disorders care Oct 3, 2016

“Working with patients gives research a lot of context,” McGirr says. “I envision my research career as being heavily informed by my clinical work as it will guide my questions.”

Unique relationship found between gut microbiota and immune markers in kids with MS Sep 30, 2016

Children with multiple sclerosis (MS) may show a disruption in the balance of bacteria in the gut as early as two years into the disease course, suggests new findings from Dr. Helen Tremlett and Dr. Emmanuelle Waubant (University of California, San Francisco) as part of an ongoing investigation into the link between the gut microbiome and MS.

Scientists look to Tunisia to find new target for stopping Parkinson disease Sep 28, 2016

By analyzing the DNA of people in remote Tunisian villages, researchers with the Centre for Applied Neurogenetics at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health have found a gene that affects the onset of symptoms in a common but inherited form of Parkinson disease – providing a potentially useful target in the search for a better treatment.

CANMAT releases new guidelines for clinical care and treatment of depression Sep 19, 2016

New guidelines for clinical care and treatment of depression offer accessible, evidence-based treatment options and recommendations for medical and mental health professionals in Canada. The clinical guidelines, from the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments (CANMAT), present rigorous systematic reviews of the most current peer-reviewed research on depression, and reflect the scientific and clinical expertise of a wide range of Canadian health and research professionals.

Online advice for preventing Alzheimer disease often problematic Sep 13, 2016

New research from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health finds that many online resources for preventing Alzheimer’s disease are problematic and could be steering people in the wrong direction.

In a survey of online articles about preventing Alzheimer’s disease, Centre researchers found many websites offered poor advice and one in five promoted products for sale—a clear conflict of interest.

Researchers find mutation responsible for altered brain function linked to autism Sep 6, 2016

Mutations associated with autism that were previously thought to reduce excitatory synaptic transmissions are now shown to enhance those same transmissions, and result in autism-like behaviours in animal models, according to new research from Dr. Ann Marie Craig (pictured right) and colleagues at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

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New labs moving into the Centre this fall Aug 30, 2016

This past year has been a year of incredible growth at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health ("the Centre"), and over the next few months, we’ll be welcoming five new labs from the UBC Department of Psychology into Centre space. By bringing together experts from disciplines previously housed across the UBC campus and having them work in close proximity with one another within the Centre and in the Koerner labs, we look forward to seeing even more opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming: