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Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul.
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.

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Asma Bashir and Cheryl Wellington at UBC.
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.

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Students working at a wet lab bench.
Undergraduate neuroscience degree program eyes 2021 start Dec 18, 2019

Students interested in brain research have been eager for an undergraduate neuroscience program at the University of British Columbia, and thanks to the leadership of faculty including Dr. Tim O’Connor, the program inches ever closer to reality.

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Dr. Annie Vogel Ciernia.
New SickKids-CIHR award to fund research into rare form of ASD Dec 17, 2019

New funding from a partnership of SickKids Hospital and the CIHR Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health will support Dr. Annie Ciernia’s (pictured) research into the epigenetic mechanisms driving changes in the brains of kids with a rare form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and epilepsy.

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Graphic depicting relationship between "brain" and "mind."
Researchers discover fundamental principles linking brain and mind Dec 16, 2019

An analysis of more than 1,000 brain scans from healthy individuals discovered fundamental rules for how connections between brain regions regulate brain functions. The research team used advanced computational methods to define the “controllability” of each brain region, meaning the degree of control each region exerts on all others.

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Marshalls, UBC Faculty of Medicine and BC Government fund new Marshall Scholars and Fellows Award at UBC’s Institute of Mental Health.
A Brighter Future for Mental Health Research Dec 16, 2019

Mental health research at UBC has received a significant boost for young investigators to build greater capacity for innovative, translational research in mental health.

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Dr. Stan Floresco
Dr. Stan Floresco receives ACNP Daniel H. Efron Award Dec 9, 2019

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) announced this week that Dr. Stan Floresco (pictured) is the recpient the 2019 Daniel H. Efron Research Award for excellence in basic research. The Efron Research Award, presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the ACNP in Orlando, Florida, is in recognition of outstanding basic research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology. 

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Dr. Shernaz Bamji.
New research offers clarity for function of gene implicated in epilepsy and intellectual disability Dec 5, 2019

Loss-of-function mutations in some genes have been identified in people with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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A group of men practice improv games on a stage.
Feeling the feeling and finding the funny on stage Nov 27, 2019

 Pictured: the Improv for Parkinson's troupe practices onstage at Vancouver Theatresports. Image source: Dan Dumsha.

“I found myself going into a place of discomfort and finding comfort there,” said Larry Gifford, National Director of Talk Radio at Corus Entertainment and Global News and host of the podcast When Life Gives You Parkinson’s. On November 24, Gifford and other participants in Improv for Parkinson’s with Dan Dumsha took to the improv stage at Vancouver Theatresports to present skits and games to a packed room.

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Large-scale analysis of mutant worms reveals functions of Autism Spectrum Disorder risk genes Nov 21, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Catharine Rankin. Image source: Department of Psychology/UBC.

Researchers around the world have recently had tremendous success in identifying genes that increase risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with more than 100 genes associated with ASD to date, many of which are already being used to aid diagnosis. However, despite considerable progress, researchers still don’t know what roles many of these genes play in nervous system development and function.

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