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World-renowned neurobiologist Dr. Freda Miller joins UBC Jul 2, 2020

This article was originally published on the Michael Smith Laboratories website and has been slightly adapted. You can find he original article here

The Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Medical Genetics are pleased to announce that Dr. Freda Miller (pictured), a stem cell and developmental neurobiologist, will join UBC this fall.

COVID-19 series: Dr. Kurt Haas receives CIHR grant to study the role of receptor gene ACE2 Jun 29, 2020

In the coming weeks, we will be profiling COVID-19 work and expertise from Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members. In this story we profile DMCBH researcher Dr. Kurt Haas, Professor in the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, who received a CIHR grant last week to support his COVID-19 research.  

The main focus of the Haas lab has been to better understand autism, by studying how single nucleotide polymorphisms—substitutions of one nucleotide in the genome—change protein function in autism-associated genes.

Community News: June 2020 Jun 26, 2020

Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose (pictured) has been awarded CIHR funding to investigate the possible impact of COVID-19 on cognition and the brain post-infection. 



  • Twelve students graduated from the Graduate Program in Neuroscience on June 17! You can see which students and some special videos by clicking here

COVID-19 SERIES: Dr. Terry Snutch Leads Canadian Researchers in sequencing virus genome Jun 24, 2020

In the coming weeks, we will be profiling COVID-19 work and expertise from Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health members. In this story we profile DMCBH researcher Dr. Terry Snutch, Professor in UBC's Department of Psychiatry and Canada Research Chair in Biotechnology and Genomics-Neurobiology.

Adult-born neurons develop for longer than previously thought and are distinct from neonatally-born neurons Jun 22, 2020

Neurons born in adulthood continue to grow and develop much longer than previously thought, according to a new study published today in the Journal of Neuroscience.

$1.5 million to develop a Canadian brain research strategy Jun 18, 2020

A team of researchers across Canada has received a $1.5 million grant from the Candian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) to develop a strategy that will position the advancement of knowledge about the brain as a national research priority and support the creation of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy Network

Congratulations to the class of 2020! Jun 16, 2020

All of us at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience class of 2020! 

It's disappointing to not be able to walk across the stage with your fellow graduates, so we hope this video will help a little, to show just how much we appreciate all of your hard work over the years. You've each contributed to advancing the field of neuroscience and we can't wait to see what you'll do next! 


Winners of the DMCBH Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant Announced Jun 10, 2020

The DMCBH Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant is intended to help kick-start new research collaborations, directions, and technological developments. It supports new projects that generate preliminary data for future grant applications to external funding agencies.

The following are DMCBH researchers who have received this year's Grant. Congratulations to all the winners!


Jonathan Doucette Receives UBC Killam Doctoral Scholarship Jun 10, 2020

Jonathan Doucette, a PhD candidate in Dr. Alexander Rauscher's lab, is the receipient of UBC's Killam Doctoral Scholarship

DMCBH Statement on Anti-racism and violence Jun 8, 2020

By now, nearly everyone has seen the horrific video of George Floyd being killed by Minneapolis police, an act that has sparked outrage and despair as we all grapple with the reality of injustice that the Black community faces around the world.