Past Events

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Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease Annual Meeting Sep 9, 2014

On September 12, delegates from 60 research sites and 23 countries will converge on the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) as part of the ninth annual Genetic Epidemiology of Parkinson’s Disease (GEO-PD) meeting. Hosted by Dr. Matt Farrer and the Centre for Applied Neurogenetics, this meeting brings together international collaborators and integrates neurology, neuroscience and neurogenetics.

Stopping ALS starts with knowing how it spreads Jul 16, 2014

Amyotophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating and fatal neurodegenerative condition that includes symptoms such as paralysis and loss of the ability to walk, talk, eat, and breathe. Although there is no cure for ALS, patients suffering from the disease may find hope in a recent discovery by researchers at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) about how it spreads within the body that could lead to revolutionary new immunotherapies.

National Core for Neuroethics researchers featured in Science Magazine Jul 8, 2014

Young researchers from the National Core for Neuroethics at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health talked to Science Magazine about challenging ethical questions facing young investigators. Shelly Benjaminy, Karen Jacob, Cody Lo and Nina Di Pietro discussed issues ranging from patient understanding of new medical technologies to the use of drugs to enhance brain performance. Their interviews can be found in the July issue of Science Magazine.

Molecular biosensor important for learning discovered Jun 2, 2014

Although most people take for granted their brain’s ability to be learning almost constantly, a team of researchers has discovered the complex molecular cascade of events that happens at brain synapses – across which information from one neuron flows to another – when we learn and remember.

‘Sticky synapses’ can impair new memories by holding on to old ones May 28, 2014

University of British Columbia researchers have discovered that so-called “sticky synapses” in the brain can impair new learning by excessively hard-wiring old memories and inhibiting our ability to adapt to our changing environment.

New Co-Directors announced for the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Apr 28, 2014

The University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian MacVicar and Dr. Jon Stoessl as Co-Directors of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. They will serve alongside Dr. Max Cynader until June 30, 2014, when Dr. Cynader will leave his position as Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) and the Brain Research Centre. 

Aerobic exercise builds a bigger brain Apr 21, 2014

The human brain appears to be no different than rest of the body when it comes to reaping the benefits of regular exercise. Results from recent Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute studies led by Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience, and researcher at Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and Centre for Hip Health, consistently present a fairly simple notion: exercise does the brain a whole lot of good.

Brain connectivity differs dramatically between fallers, non-fallers Apr 7, 2014

Findings from a recently published Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) study suggest that older adults who are experiencing multiple falls, even non-injurious ones, should report them to health care professionals as multiple falls may indicate subtle brain changes associated with cognitive decline.

Scientists catch brain damage in the act Mar 19, 2014

Scientists have uncovered how inflammation and lack of oxygen conspire to cause brain damage in conditions such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

New Centre for Brain Health to unite research and patient care Feb 27, 2014

Canada’s largest integrated brain centre officially opens today, uniting research and patient care to change the way brain disorders are treated and studied.

The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH), a partnership between the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health, unites under one roof research and clinical expertise in neuroscience, psychiatry and neurology in order to accelerate discovery and translate new knowledge into better treatment and prevention strategies.