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Files containing medical records on a shelf in a medical clinic.
Complications related to disability affect MS-related mortality Jan 13, 2020

A study that analyzed information from death certificates issued in British Columbia over a nearly 30-year period has identified consistencies in records where multiple sclerosis (MS) was listed as a cause of death, offering clinically relevant insight into the reasons why people with MS have a shorter life expectancy on average than people who do not have MS.

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Asma Bashir and Cheryl Wellington at UBC.
New function of CHIMERA adds severe impacts to aid researchers in studying traumatic brain injury Dec 18, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Asma Bashir (left) and Dr. Cheryl Wellington (right) following Dr. Bashir's successful PhD defense on December 13, 2019. Image source: Twitter/@her_science.

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Students working at a wet lab bench.
Undergraduate neuroscience degree program eyes 2021 start Dec 18, 2019

Students interested in brain research have been eager for an undergraduate neuroscience program at the University of British Columbia, and thanks to the leadership of faculty including Dr. Tim O’Connor, the program inches ever closer to reality.

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Dr. Annie Vogel Ciernia.
New SickKids-CIHR award to fund research into rare form of ASD Dec 17, 2019

New funding from a partnership of SickKids Hospital and the CIHR Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health will support Dr. Annie Ciernia’s (pictured) research into the epigenetic mechanisms driving changes in the brains of kids with a rare form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and epilepsy.

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Researchers discover fundamental principles linking brain and mind Dec 16, 2019

An analysis of more than 1,000 brain scans from healthy individuals discovered fundamental rules for how connections between brain regions regulate brain functions. The research team used advanced computational methods to define the “controllability” of each brain region, meaning the degree of control each region exerts on all others.

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Marshalls, UBC Faculty of Medicine and BC Government fund new Marshall Scholars and Fellows Award at UBC’s Institute of Mental Health.
A Brighter Future for Mental Health Research Dec 16, 2019

Mental health research at UBC has received a significant boost for young investigators to build greater capacity for innovative, translational research in mental health.

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Dr. Stan Floresco
Dr. Stan Floresco receives ACNP Daniel H. Efron Award Dec 9, 2019

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) announced this week that Dr. Stan Floresco (pictured) is the recpient the 2019 Daniel H. Efron Research Award for excellence in basic research. The Efron Research Award, presented at the 58th Annual Meeting of the ACNP in Orlando, Florida, is in recognition of outstanding basic research contributions to neuropsychopharmacology. 

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Dr. Shernaz Bamji.
New research offers clarity for function of gene implicated in epilepsy and intellectual disability Dec 5, 2019

Loss-of-function mutations in some genes have been identified in people with neurodevelopmental disorders.

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First Canadian immunologist elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors Dec 3, 2019

An author of over 100 manuscripts and 60 patents worldwide, Professor Wilfred Jefferies is acclaimed for his visionary inventions and discoveries that enable cancer immunotherapies and vaccines. Professor Jefferies’ innovative strategies and outstanding inventions have been recognized as it was announced today that he has been elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

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