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Older man sleeping peacefully.
Resetting circadian rhythms can improve sleep quality in people at risk for dementia Jul 15, 2019

Can improving sleep quality protect older adults from cognitive decline? New research presented today at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) suggests that improving circadian regulation by “resetting” an individual’s biological clock can improve sleep quality in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

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Dr. Annie Vogel Ciernia.
Dr. Annie Vogel Ciernia’s lab to look at immunological underpinnings of neurodevelopmental disorders Jul 2, 2019

Dr. Annie Vogel Ciernia opened her lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health today; she joins the University of British Columbia as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, having completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California–Davis (UC Davis). Dr. Ciernia’s research program will focus on how genes control development in the brain, and the mechanisms by which disruptions in gene regulation can negatively impact brain function.

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Jasmine Gill and Dr. Cheryl Wellington with the SIMOA HD-1 Analyzer at UBC.
Changes in the brain apparent in the blood in new TBI biomarker study Jun 26, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Cheryl Wellington (right) with graduate student Jasmine Gill (left) with the Simoa HD-1 Analyzer in the Wellington lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

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Dr. Dermot Kelleher and Dr. Yaping Zhang sign a memorandum of understanding at UBC on June 14, 2019.
Partnership unites high-profile scholars at UBC and the Chinese Academy of Sciences Jun 19, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Dermot Kelleher (front, left) and Dr. Jianping Fan (front, right) sign a memorandum of understanding at DMCBH on June 13, 2019. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

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Dr. Tony Traboulsee counsels a patient.
Better patient engagement, a patient’s perspective Jun 10, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Anthony Trabouslee. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

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Man plays game on iPad after a workout.
Cognitive training tools show benefit in improving cognition after exercise Jun 7, 2019

In 2031, nearly one in four Canadians will be aged 65 or older. As Canada’s population ages, it will be important to establish evidence-based, inexpensive, non-pharmaceutical interventions to slow the effects of aging on cognition and mobility. New research from Lisanne ten Brinke, a PhD candidate in Dr.

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Abstract image of a sequenced genome.
Pavlidis lab: New discoveries towards understanding the genetic causes of the autism spectrum disorder Jun 3, 2019

Written by Daniela Salas from the Foster lab, Michael Smith Laboratories and cross-posted to centreforbrainhealth.ca.

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a mental disorder affecting the development of the nervous system, characterized by deficits in social communication and repetitive behaviours. This condition manifests in early childhood and lasts a person's entire lifetime, and the most important risk factor is genetic.

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MRI images of the brain on film.
CHIMERA on tour as Wellington, Cripton collaboration in high demand May 27, 2019

Since publishing their first paper on the Closed-Head Impact Model of Engineered Rotational Acceleration Model of Engineered Rotational Acceleration (CHIMERA) model for concussion research in 2014, Dr. Cheryl Wellington and colleagues have delivered more than 15 copies of the model worldwide.

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Hong Lu, a PhD student in Dr. Ann Marie Craig's lab.
Vanier Scholar Hong Lu finds his way in the details May 17, 2019

Hong Lu (pictured) is a hospital volunteer, avid pianist, neuroscience graduate student, and Vanier scholar. In Dr. Ann Marie Craig’s lab, he is a researcher studying synapse development in neuropsychiatric disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and schizophrenia; in the Purdy Pavilion at UBC Hospital, he connects with long-term care residents on a personal level.

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New MRI study assesses myelin and iron as biomarkers in the brain May 13, 2019

A new computational tissue model from Dr. Alex Rauscher and his team has enabled the researchers to quantify brain myelin and iron from MRI scans, offering new clues as to the role of myelin and iron in tissue damage and disease progression in multiple sclerosis (MS).

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