Timothy O'Connor
A familiar face rejoins the Graduate Program in Neuroscience Mar 3, 2021

Dr. Timothy O’Connor has returned as Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, a role he previously held from 2011-2017. He takes over in the interim from Dr. Liisa Galea, who is starting a new role at UBC as Health Research Advisor in the VP Research & Innovation Office.

Congratulations Graduates! Nov 21, 2020

All of us at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience class of 2020! Seven trainees are graduating this week and to celebrate, we compiled some of their favourite memories as grad students, as well as a special video from some of the faculty! 

New Study finds Sex Differences in Adult Neurogenesis in the Hippocampus Aug 5, 2020

Like many areas of science, neurogenesis is one where little work has been done looking at sex differences. 

Neurogenesis is the process where new neurons are formed in the brain, which happens in the adult hippocampus. Previous research in this area has largely focused on male subjects, which has prevented researchers from understanding how this process might differ in females.

UBC Recruits New Faculty Member Dr. Manu Madhav Jul 22, 2020

The UBC School of Biomedical Medical Engineering (SBME) and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) are excited to announce the recruitment of Dr. Manu Madhav.

As both a Core Member of the DMCBH and a Faculty Member in the SBME, Dr. Madhav will lead and encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration between scientists and research initiatives housed in these two units. 

New Funding Opportunity! Jul 15, 2020

We are pleased to announce several awards for graduate trainees and postdoctoral fellows made possible through generous endowments to the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. These include awards for research in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease, brain tumors and treatment, mental health disorders, neural repair, and Schizophrenia. Several general awards from the DMCBH will also be available. All awards are one-time, to be used toward the trainee’s stipend. Successful trainees may apply for a second year of funding on a competitive basis.


Congratulations to the class of 2020! Jun 16, 2020

All of us at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience class of 2020! 

It's disappointing to not be able to walk across the stage with your fellow graduates, so we hope this video will help a little, to show just how much we appreciate all of your hard work over the years. You've each contributed to advancing the field of neuroscience and we can't wait to see what you'll do next! 


Community News: May 2020 May 22, 2020

Dr. Cheryl Wellington (pictured) is leading a team of researchers in characterizing changes in the immune system of COVID-19 infected patients. Her work has received a lot of media attention this month! 

Neuroscience Graduate Student Association COVID-19 Resources for Neuroscience Trainees May 15, 2020


This webpage will be updated regularly with online events, opportunities, and resources that may be of interest to neuroscience trainees. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the program coordinator, Allen Yang ( or the Neuroscience Graduate Student Association ( if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. We are here to advocate for you!


Community News: April 2020 Apr 27, 2020

Dr. Stephanie Willerth (pictured) and her lab have joined the fight against COVID-19 by producing face shields for frontline workers using 3D printers. 

Community News: March 2020 Mar 31, 2020

Dr. Shernaz Bamji has been appointed Associate Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.