Past Events

For more information on cluster activities and events, please email Jeff LeDue at jledue@mail.ubc.ca.

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.

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‘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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How exercise can boost brain power Feb 21, 2014

In this Q&A published by UBC Public Affairs, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health researcher Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose answers questions about her work on aging, mobility and the brain.

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New ideas change your brain cells Feb 21, 2014

A new study led by Dr. Shernaz Bamji and her research team affiliated with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute identified an important molecular change that occurs in the brain when we learn and remember.

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Researchers discover how ALS spreads Feb 21, 2014

A study led by Dr. Neil Cashman and his research team affiliated with the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute has revealed how the fatal neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is transmitted from cell to cell, and suggests the spread of the disease could be blocked.

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