Past Events

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Dr. Liisa Galea and Dr. Lara Boyd.
Member news: March 2018 Mar 26, 2018

Dr. Lara Boyd is recognized as one of BC's Most Influential Women by BC Business for her contributions as a leader in science in BC. Dr. Brian Kwon received a 2018 Apple Award from the American Spinal Injury Association for his publication Spinal cord perfusion pressure predicts neurologic recovery in acute spinal cord injury.

Counselling session between two women.
Psychiatric conditions may affect disability progression in MS Mar 14, 2018

New research from Dr. Helen Tremlett’s Pharmacoepidemiology in Multiple Sclerosis Research Group suggests that for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), the presence of psychiatric comorbidities including depression, anxiety and mood disorders was associated with disability progression.

Wellington lab
Budget 2018 offers hope, opportunity for Canadian research Feb 28, 2018

Pictured: The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould (third from left), Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament, visits Dr. Cheryl Wellington's lab on a tour of DMCBH on October 13, 2017. Image credit: Paul Joseph.

Hopeful mature couple.
Increases in cholinergic system activity affect those with Parkinson-linked gene mutation Feb 16, 2018

A particular gene mutation associated with an inherited form of Parkinson’s disease (PD) offers new clues that call into question a controversial theory that changes associated with PD may begin in a different area of the brain. Idiopathic PD, a spontaneous form of the disease, affects the dopamine system and is treated with replacement therapy to restore the brain’s chemical balance and alleviate physical symptoms. Other neurotransmitter systems are often involved, but it is not clear whether this occurs prior to or after the dopamine loss characteristic of PD.  

Allen Institute's Showcase 2017 Jan 31, 2018

What was the event?

The Allen Institute Showcase 2017 was a two-day symposium focusing on innovative approaches on understanding the brain and studying human cells as integrated systems. Held in the Allen Institute headquarters building located in the South Lake Union neighbourhood of Seattle, the symposium offered not only the best talks and presentations, but opportunities to network with fellow aspiring scientists and professionals.

Dr. Snutch shows UBC President Santa Ono the MinION sequencing tool.
Longer, better, faster … smaller? New genome sequencing tool promises richer biological insight Jan 29, 2018

For the past three years, Dr. Terrance Snutch and research associate Dr. John Tyson have been working with Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) to develop a novel deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sequencing tool with promising implications for personalized medicine. 

Quantitative susceptibility map of human brain.
New technique enables researchers to image the brain more accurately Dec 11, 2017

Diseases and injuries of the brain have a magnetic quality that can indicate the degree of damage to the brain. For physicist and brain health researcher Dr. Alex Rauscher, making sense of the brain’s magnetic field is a complex equation, but one with the promise to objectively measure deterioration and tissue repair.

Emily Button Brain Bytes
Brain Bytes offers bite-sized neuroscience to a broad audience Nov 16, 2017

A group of neuroscience students are taking science communication into their own hands, and broadcasting their discoveries to the world on YouTube. Brain Bytes, a talk show-style web series, tells the stories of neuroscience discoveries in a way that’s accessible to colleagues and neuroscience neophytes alike.

Alzheimer's disease may not originate in the brain Oct 31, 2017

Besides the brain, amyloid-beta is produced in blood platelets, blood vessels and muscles, and its precursor protein is found in several other organs. 

OBHM BrainHack Oct 23, 2017

In June 2017, participants from the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) imaging biomarker team gathered in Vancouver as part of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)'s annual meeting.