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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
CHIMERA model produces surprising results in concussion study Mar 7, 2019+
Pictured: an MRI scan of a human brain after concussion. Image source: iStock.
Motherhood changes the brain, possibly forever Mar 5, 2019+
Pictured: Rand Eid (facing forward, left) at work in the Laboratory of Behavioural Neuroendocrinology (Galea Lab) at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.