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RNA Granules Meeting in Vancouver looks to the new frontier in neurodegeneration Feb 28, 2020+
Registration for the third RNA Granules meeting is now open, and is set to bring experts ranging from basic scientists to clinicians who are involved in this exciting area of research together in Vancouver.
Dr. Lynn Raymond appointed Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Feb 26, 2020+
The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Lynn Raymond as Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), effective March 1, 2020. This appointment reflects the commitment of the Faculty of Medicine and its partners to upholding the vision of Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian and his foundation.
New Study Looks at the Effects of Aging on Testosterone in the Brain Feb 26, 2020+
It is well-known that as males age, testosterone levels in their blood decrease and their cognitive function declines. Testosterone is a type of hormone known as an androgen which functions by binding to an androgen receptor. Androgens play important roles in cognition, which means it’s possible that age-related declines in testosterone contribute to changes in cognition as males age.
New paper highlights short comings in well-established genetic system to aid researchers globally Feb 4, 2020+
It was nearly two years into one of her projects that Dr. Lin Luo (pictured) realized something wasn’t right. She had been using the Cre-loxP system—an approach frequently used to knock out gene expression in specific cell types in mice and other animals—to study functions of the Calsyntenin-3 protein. After months of troubleshooting, she realized the gene wasn’t just being knocked out in specific brain tissues as she had hoped. Instead, every tissue in the mouse—from head to tail—was losing the gene.
Dr. Piotr Kozlowski appointed Director, UBC MRI Research Centre Jan 28, 2020+
Pictured: Dr. Kozlowski with the Philips Elition 3T-MRI housed in the Charles E. Fipke Integrated Neuroimaging Suite.
Dr. Piotr Kozlowski has been appointed to the role of Director, UBC MRI Research Centre after Dr. Alex MacKay stepped down at the end of 2019. Dr. Kozlowski had been Associate Director since the Centre was established 2005.
DMCBH Scientists among top 100,000 Cited Researchers Worldwide Jan 27, 2020+
New research is always exciting, but in order to spread the word about new findings, papers need to be accepted and published in academic journals. The number of citations a researcher has under their belt from these publications is one way they’re judged when it comes to academic opportunities like grant applications. Despite the wide-spread use of citation metrics, they’re often misused and there’s a lot of confusion around how they should be interpreted.
Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty Jan 17, 2020+
Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul (pictured) has been appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty. The announcement was made January 16, 2020, by Dr. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. The role was previously held by Dr. Jennifer Love.
New function of CHIMERA adds severe impacts to aid researchers in studying traumatic brain injury Dec 18, 2019+
Pictured: Dr. Asma Bashir (left) and Dr. Cheryl Wellington (right) following Dr. Bashir's successful PhD defense on December 13, 2019. Image source: Twitter/@her_science.