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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

MRI of concussion (human brain).
CHIMERA model produces surprising results in concussion study Mar 7, 2019

Pictured: an MRI scan of a human brain after concussion. Image source: iStock.

Rand Eid pictured at work in the Galea lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
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.

Dr. Judy Illes outside the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Neuroethics to form foundation of multi-pillar Canadian Brain Research Strategy Feb 6, 2019

“The world is mobilizing around a strategic approach to brain research,” says Dr. Judy Illes, “and neuroethics is an anchor point.”

While leaders in brain research around the world have been building toward an international brain research strategy, Canada has been working on a complementary approach that accelerates international efforts but leverages the unique advantages of Canadian researchers and Canada as a neuroscience-driven nation.

Allen Yang, new UBC Graduate Program in Neuroscience coordinator, at his desk in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Allen Yang new Graduate Program in Neuroscience Coordinator Jan 30, 2019

Allen Yang is in the thick of it, the busiest time of year for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and he just started. Yang, who will occupy the role of Graduate Program Coordinator for the next 18 months, has been busy processing applications and preparing admissions information for the Faculty of Graduate Studies, and looks forward to putting faces to all the names he’s learned since taking on the Coordinator role for Jennifer Campbell this month.  

Dr. Mark Cembrowski
Cembrowski lab merges mathematical thinking with basic neuroscience Jan 16, 2019

A neuroscientist, mathematician, and expert on the hippocampus, Dr. Mark Cembrowski has a rare combination of skills. Now, at the start of a new year, he begins his career at the University of British Columbia with a newly established lab located in the Life Sciences Centre.