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Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, please contact:

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Email: emily.wight@brain.ubc.ca | Phone: 604.827.3396

Older man listening to music.
Research finds therapeutic benefit to patients' favourite music in Alzheimer disease Jan 27, 2016

For patients with Alzheimer disease, research found that music can have therapeutic benefits that can alleviate some of the anxiety that can accompany the disease.

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Flashing lights and music turn rats into problem gamblers
Flashing lights and music turn rats into problem gamblers Jan 20, 2016

“Anyone who's ever designed a casino game or played a gambling game will tell you that of course sound and light cues keep you more engaged, but now we can show it scientifically.”

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Bridging the gap between imaging research and patient care in MS Jan 15, 2016

“In visiting groups around the world, I have often noticed a deficiency in collaboration between technical and clinical departments,” says Dr. Shannon Kolind, Assistant Professor with the UBC Division of Neurology and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) physicist with the multiple sclerosis (MS) Clinic at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH).

“The lack of effective communication and integration may impede the clinical adaptation of innovative technical developments. My goal is to bridge the gap between basic imaging research and patient care.”

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UBC study highlights optimal use of atypical antipsychotic adjunctive therapy to improve care in drug therapy for bipolar disorder
Study highlights optimal use of atypical antipsychotic adjunctive therapy for bipolar disorder Jan 14, 2016

When  a person experiencing  a period of mania related to bipolar disorder improves following treatment with a combination of a mood stabilizer and an atypical antipsychotic, the standard of practice is to continue both medications in order to maintain the improvement and prevent future mood episodes.

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Genetic counsellors provide unique benefits to patients in the Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders Dec 18, 2015

‘Is genetic testing available for Alzheimer disease?’ is one of the most common questions I hear in the Clinic,” says Emily Dwosh (pictured right), a genetic counsellor in the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders (UBCH-CARD) at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. 

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Research to challenge standards of care and treatment following concussion.
NEW RESEARCH TO DETERMINE WHETHER REST REALLY IS BEST FOLLOWING CONCUSSION Dec 17, 2015

Is rest the best thing for healing after a brain injury? The standard approach to treatment has emphasized a period of physical and cognitive rest following a concussion. Now, Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is recruiting participants for a study that aims to turn the standard on its head.

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Participants in NMO Patient Knowledge Exchange Day at UBC.
NMO Patient Knowledge Exchange Day brings patients, researchers and clinicians together Nov 30, 2015

The fourth annual Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO) Patient Knowledge Exchange Day was held on Saturday, November 28, and brought patients, family members, friends, caregivers, students/trainees and the general public to UBC's Point Grey campus to meet, collaborate, and learn about the latest in research and treatment for NMO.

NMO is a rare but unpredictable immune disorder, and those affected by it can lose vision in one or both eyes (optic neuritis) and can experience numbness or weakness in their arms and legs (transverse myelitis). 

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DMCBH recruits highest number of participants for international MS study Nov 24, 2015

Study saves B.C. PharmaCare costs and spurs further investment and research.

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MS Society of Canada funds new research to explore the role of the gut in pediatric multiple sclerosis.
MS Society of Canada funds new research to explore the role of the gut in pediatric MS Nov 20, 2015

As few as five per cent of new cases of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are diagnosed in children, but to better understand the disease, children may be our brightest source of hope. The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and Multiple Sclerosis Scientific Research Foundation have announced new funding that will propel research into pediatric MS and the gut microbiome’s role in autoimmune and brain diseases.

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Light therapy treatment is effective for depression, researchers say.
Researchers find light therapy effective for depression Nov 18, 2015

New research finds that light therapy can treat non-seasonal depression and improve the overall wellbeing of people suffering from the disease.

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