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Deepfakes and synthetic mice help neuroscientists understand behaviour Apr 7, 2021

A team of researchers led by DMCBH member Dr. Tim Murphy has created a synthetic animated mouse which can be used to train machine learning algorithms to analyze animal behaviour, the details of which were published this week in Nature Methods.

Neil Cashman
UBC neuroscientist joins investigation of a mysterious new brain disease Mar 29, 2021

When a mysterious neurological disease was recently discovered in New Brunswick, Dr. Neil Cashman, a clinician-scientist in the Faculty of Medicine’s Division of Neurology and member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, was called into action.

Premature baby resting on Calmer in the NICU at BC Children's Hospital. Photo credit: Liisa Holsti
Therapeutic bed can help keep preterm newborns’ brain oxygen levels stable Mar 25, 2021

A medical device that has been shown to manage pain among babies born preterm can also help keep their brain oxygen levels steady during medical procedures, finds new analysis by researchers at UBC.

Students in Irving K Barber Learning Centre during 2020. Credit: Paul H. Joseph/UBC Brand & Marketing
Knowing someone with COVID-19 increased men’s anxiety more than women’s Mar 25, 2021

It started as a research project to track student mental health over an entire term at university.

Then, four weeks into the 13-week study, COVID-19 hit.

Survey uncovers pandemic’s complex impact on people living with dementia and their families Mar 23, 2021

COVID-19 has been especially challenging for people living with dementia, their families and caregivers, confirms a new study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The study uncovers the complex effects of the pandemic on more than 400 people in this community in B.C., and identifies their unique needs.

DMCBH members leading four UBC Research Excellence Clusters Mar 16, 2021

UBC’s Office of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation recently announced 35 emerging and established research excellence clusters that will be supported with funding in 2021/22. Four of these Research Excellence Clusters are led by DMCBH researchers.

$3M gift to accelerate UBC Alzheimer’s research Mar 8, 2021

The need for new therapies and state-of-the-art care for Canadians with Alzheimer’s disease has motivated three longtime friends to donate $3 million to the UBC Faculty of Medicine for research to identify ways to protect the brain as Alzheimer’s progresses.

The gift from the McArthur, Aune and Copland families will support a new project to investigate the processes that lead to oxidative stress, an imbalance of pro-oxidants and antioxidants associated with cell damage that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease.

$9.6M federal infrastructure investment renews Canada’s largest study of aging Mar 5, 2021

A $9.6-million investment by the Government of Canada in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) will renew the infrastructure of the CLSA research platform, ensuring its progress in generating knowledge that promotes the health and well-being of older adults and informs the development of programs and policies for Canada’s aging population.

DMCBH member Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose (pictured) is a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the UBC lead of the CLSA.  

Timothy O'Connor
A familiar face rejoins the Graduate Program in Neuroscience Mar 3, 2021

Dr. Timothy O’Connor has returned as Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, a role he previously held from 2011-2017. He takes over in the interim from Dr. Liisa Galea, who is starting a new role at UBC as Health Research Advisor in the VP Research & Innovation Office.

New study to examine the impact of exercise on aging and brain health Feb 24, 2021

Bed rest, secondary to surgery, illness, or chronic diseases, is a reality for many older adults and it is associated with a variety of negative health outcomes. Thus, it is important to identify strategies that can minimize the consequences of bed rest.