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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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Students working together in the library.
Learning by doing is better for retention than learning by watching Jun 5, 2018

Is picking up a new skill as simple as “watch and learn”? A new study from Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul and Dr. Nicola Hodges, published last week in the journal Neural Plasticity, is the first to show what happens when people learn new skills by observation, with findings that have implications for stroke recovery, education, and more.

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Dr. Cajal's Nobel Prize, by artist Armin Mortazavi.
Neuroscience through the ages makes neurohistory fun for everyone Jun 4, 2018

Pictured: an illustration from the comic on Santiago Ramón y Cajal by artist and science cartoonist Armin Mortazavi. For more of Mortazavi's work, visit the Neuroscience Through the Ages interactive timeline, or check out his website.

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Pixelated apple over abstract background of binary code.
Pixelating the brain May 22, 2018

MS/MRI research group applies machine learning techniques to neuroimaging data.

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Pericytes in the brain.
Cooperation between brain cells regenerates cerebral blood flow after stroke May 16, 2018

Pictured: Pericytes (red) and blood vessels (green). Image source: Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier, the MacVicar lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

During an ischemic stroke, a blockage in an artery prevents blood flow through the affected area of the brain, resulting in oxygen deprivation and cell death. Ischemic stroke, caused by blood clots, is the most common type of stroke.

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Man slacking off at work,
"Worker" and "slacker" rats show differences in decision-making processes May 14, 2018

A team of researchers led by Dr. Catharine Winstanley has identified differences in the brains of rats engaged in decision-making processes, revealing individual variability in cognitive effort and motivation and confirming that there is no one central decision-making region in the brain. 

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