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Mark Cembrowski named a 2019 Brain Canada Future Leader in Canadian Brain Research Nov 9, 2020

Dr. Mark Cembrowski is among twenty neuroscientists in Canada awarded $100,000 each in research funding, as part of Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program.

Anchored by a $5M gift from the Azrieli Foundation, this novel funding model is intended to enable paradigm-changing brain research with the aim of improving the lives of all Canadians.

COVID-19 Collaboration Saves Lives of ICU Patients Oct 26, 2020

In late March, Zee Rahiman spiked a fever and could barely talk because of non-stop coughing and vomiting. Once admitted to hospital, his condition rapidly deteriorated. Zee tested positive for COVID-19 and was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU), where he was placed on a ventilator.

“I initially thought ‘I’m fit. This is going to be another flu for me,’” says Zee, 32. “But I found out that my immune system was not as talented as I thought.”

Community News: October 2020 Oct 22, 2020


  • Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose will lead the UBC team on a national study investigating the burden of COVID-19 infection among aging Canadians 
New Study Finds Myelin Damage Could be Impacting Cognition in MS Oct 21, 2020

Up to 70 percent of people living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) experience cognitive impairment as a result of the disease. This can range from difficulty with memory recall to taking a long time to complete tasks, all of which have a big impact on a person’s day-to-day life. While it’s been known for a long time that cognition can be impaired in MS, the reason behind this particular symptom has remained largely unclear.

Awards Announced for DMCBH students and post docs Oct 14, 2020

Many awards have been handed out to DMCBH students and postdoctoral fellows this week. Congratulations to all the winners! 


DMCBH 2020 Endowment Award Winners 


Jock & Irene Graham Brain Research Endowment (Postdoctoral Award): 
Jill Dosso, Postdoctoral fellow  

Researchers Working to Implement Enhanced Measurement-Based Care for Depression in Shanghai Oct 5, 2020

A team of UBC researchers is working with colleagues in Shanghai to implement the use of technology when it comes to treating and managing depression.

Community News: September 2020 Sep 25, 2020

In the News 

A Message from Directors Dr. Lynn Raymond and Dr. Shernaz Bamji Sep 21, 2020

Since opening its doors in 2014, the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) has been home to ground-breaking scientific research which continues to advance understanding of the brain. In recent months, the DMCBH like many research institutions around the world, has faced an unexpected challenge, with COVID-19 sweeping the globe and forcing a curtailment of on-campus research.

Two New Studies Reveal Insights into Immunometabolism in the Brain Sep 18, 2020

The MacVicar Lab has published two papers today looking at immunometabolism in the brain, an exciting area of research that has gained momentum over the past few years.

Dr. Catharine Winstanley Inducted into the Royal Society of Canada Sep 8, 2020

Dr. Catharine Winstanley has been elected into the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), as a Member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. This is the first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. She is being inducted along with eight others in the UBC community who have showed excellence in their area of research.