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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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Young girl plays tennis.
Exercise, executive functions, and engaging with physical activity for better brain health Apr 24, 2019

When it comes to the relationship between physical activity and improved executive function (EF), it may not be about the activity itself is as much as it is about how the activity is performed. A 2018 paper by Dr. Adele Diamond and graduate student Daphne S. Ling argued that changing the focus of research into the benefits of physical activity for EFs may produce more meaningful results.

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Women laughing together at an exercise class.
Research shows exercise is beneficial at every age and fitness level Apr 18, 2019

A comprehensive review of existing research has found that any amount of exercise is good, but working out in different ways throughout the week is the best prescription for optimal cognitive and body function. The study, published recently in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, also found a relationship between improved physical health and improved overall brain health. Regular aerobic and resistance training also reduces frailty and its associated hazards in older adults.

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Subramaniam lab at DMCBH.
Dr. Sriram Subramaniam appointed Gobind Khorana Canada Excellence Research Chair in Precision Cancer Drug Design Apr 17, 2019

As the Gobind Khorana Canada Excellence Research Chair, Dr. Subramaniam will establish and direct an interdisciplinary program based in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

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Dr. Lakshmi Yatham at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
International leaders in biological psychiatry to convene in Vancouver in June Apr 5, 2019

More than 1500 psychiatrists, clinician-investigators, basic scientists, leading interational experts in biological psychiatry, and a Nobel laureate will meet in Vancouver in June, bringing diverse international perspectives to a collective exploration on the theme of “Neuroscience Discoveries and Translation to Clinical Practice.”

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The Movement Disorders Clinic and Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre team in 2018.
World Parkinson’s Day 2019 to bring DMCBH community together Mar 22, 2019

Pictured: The Movement Disorders Clinic and Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre team at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on World Parkinson's Day in 2018. Image source: Vancouver Coastal Health.

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