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Member news: August 2018 Aug 28, 2018

Dr. Matilde Balbi (PI: Dr. Tim Murphy), Dr. Katharina Held (PI: Dr. Yu Tian Wang), Samrat Thouta (PI: Dr. Terry Snutch) recieved Research Trainee Awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). 

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Dr. Matthew Farrer at the University of British Columbia.
Genetic model offers elegant tool for testing Parkinson's disease therapies Aug 21, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Matthew Farrer. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

For the past decade, Parkinson’s disease researchers have relied on the experimental equivalent of using a sledgehammer to tune a guitar to test new therapies for the disease. This may be a reason clinical trials of promising neuroprotective drugs fail. But, in new research published today in Nature Parkinson’s Disease, researchers at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) may have found the ideal tool for the job.

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Sukriti Gupta with her poster at the NeuroFutures conference.
Member news: July 2018 Jul 26, 2018

Pictured: Sukriti Gupta, an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Jeremy Seamans' lab, with her poster at NeuroFutures 2018 in Seattle. Image credit: Nate Powell.

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Dr. Shernaz Bamji, 2018 CIHR Foundation Grant recipient.
CIHR funding for brain health, neuroplasticity research Jul 19, 2018

For the brain to function, signals need to pass between neurons in order to control movement, speech, thought, and decision-making. Each individual neuron (there are billions within a single human brain) connects to a vast and complex network of neurons through thousands of synapses. Synapses mediate communication between neurons, affecting how we perceive and react to the world around us—essentially propelling us through life and making us who we are.

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Gene sequencing data, blue on black.
Genetic marker for drug risk in multiple sclerosis offers path toward precision medicine Jul 16, 2018

A team of researchers has uncovered a specific gene variant associated with an adverse drug reaction resulting in liver injury in a people with multiple sclerosis (MS). It is the first time researchers have been able to establish a validated genetic marker for a drug-induced harm in people with MS.

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Dr. Helen Tremlett, photo by Paul Joseph/UBC.
New findings suggest existence of multiple sclerosis prodrome Jul 15, 2018

Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

During the five years before people develop the first clinically recognized signs of multiple sclerosis (MS), they are up to four times more likely to be treated for nervous system disorders such as pain or sleep problems, and are 50 per cent more likely to visit a psychiatrist, according to new research from Dr. Helen Tremlett and her team.

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Dr. Catharine Rankin delivers her talk C. elegans Automated Behavior Assays at NeuroFutures 2017
Around the world, worm researchers working together for the collective good Jul 13, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Catharine Rankin delivers her talk C. elegans Automated Behavior Assays at NeuroFutures 2017 at the University of British Columbia. Photo credit: Dr. Jason Snyder.

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Dr. Krebs (centre) with graduate student Parker Holman (left) and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Tamara Bodnar (right).
Untangling the brain’s "wires" in the virtual space Jul 4, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Krebs (centre) with graduate student Parker Holman (left) and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Tamara Bodnar (right). Image source: Kerry Blackadar/UBC Faculty of Medicine.

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Rebecca Ko celebrates thesis defense with MacVicar lab.
Member news: June 2018 Jun 26, 2018

Pictured: the MacVicar lab celebrates Dr. Rebcca Ko (front row, second from right) as she successfully completes her thesis defense on June 15, 2018. 

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Young boy resting in his bed with a sleeping dog.
Study finds important gaps, new research priorities in pediatric concussion Jun 12, 2018

“We were hoping to assemble neuroimaging data around concussion in kids to inform our research – instead we were surprised to find big gaps,” said Dr. Julia Schmidt, a post-doctoral fellow with Drs. Lara Boyd and Jill Zwicker. “Despite the prevalence and urgency of concussion, there were very few studies that looked at brain differences post-injury in children specifically.”

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