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DMCBH Scientists among top 100,000 Cited Researchers Worldwide Jan 27, 2020

New research is always exciting, but in order to spread the word about new findings, papers need to be accepted and published in academic journals. The number of citations a researcher has under their belt from these publications is one way they’re judged when it comes to academic opportunities like grant applications. Despite the wide-spread use of citation metrics, they’re often misused and there’s a lot of confusion around how they should be interpreted.

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Exercise study participants in a group exercise class.
Exercise study seeks older adults who have noticed changes in their memory, cognition Jan 24, 2020

Pictured: participants in an exercise study participate in a group class. Image credit: Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab.

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Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul.
Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty Jan 17, 2020

Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul (pictured) has been appointed Senior Advisor to the Provost on Women and Gender-Diverse Faculty. The announcement was made January 16, 2020, by Dr. Andrew Szeri, Provost and Vice-President, Academic. The role was previously held by Dr. Jennifer Love.

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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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Graphic depicting relationship between "brain" and "mind."
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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