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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. 

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.

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).

Person who is homeless, sitting alone on the street.
One in two homeless people may have experienced a head injury in their lifetime Dec 3, 2019

People who are homeless experience a disproportionately high lifetime prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to a new UBC-led study published today in The Lancet Public Health.

The meta-analysis—which looked at 38 studies published between 1995 and 2018—is the first to look at the prevalence of TBI in people who are homeless or in unstable housing situations.

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham.
Member news: November 2019 Nov 28, 2019

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham was awarded a Health Achievement Award in recognition of his innovation and exceptional contributions to the progression of healthcare and the field of medicine at the at the 2019 Drishti Awards on November 15.

Fall 2019 Innovation Fund Trainee Award Recipients Nov 28, 2019

Congratulations to the first round of Innovation Fund Trainee Award recipients! The Innovation Fund was established to support trainee development and accelerate innovation through the support of basic and clinical biomedical research, infrastructure development, and translational activities.

Please note that the deadline for the Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant is December 13, 2019.

A group of men practice improv games on a stage.
Feeling the feeling and finding the funny on stage Nov 27, 2019

 Pictured: the Improv for Parkinson's troupe practices onstage at Vancouver Theatresports. Image source: Dan Dumsha.

“I found myself going into a place of discomfort and finding comfort there,” said Larry Gifford, National Director of Talk Radio at Corus Entertainment and Global News and host of the podcast When Life Gives You Parkinson’s. On November 24, Gifford and other participants in Improv for Parkinson’s with Dan Dumsha took to the improv stage at Vancouver Theatresports to present skits and games to a packed room.

Mega-analysis finds consistency in gene dysfunction in models of Alzheimer’s disease Nov 25, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Paul Pavlidis. Image source: Michael Smith Laboratories/UBC.

By studying the changes in the brain in the early stage of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), researchers hope to paint a clearer picture of the biological processes leading to neurodegeneration.

Large-scale analysis of mutant worms reveals functions of Autism Spectrum Disorder risk genes Nov 21, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Catharine Rankin. Image source: Department of Psychology/UBC.

Researchers around the world have recently had tremendous success in identifying genes that increase risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), with more than 100 genes associated with ASD to date, many of which are already being used to aid diagnosis. However, despite considerable progress, researchers still don’t know what roles many of these genes play in nervous system development and function.

Students walking on Main Mall at UBC in the autumn.
Global perspective shapes future of UBC student mental health Nov 14, 2019

Pictured: UBC students on Main Mall. Image credit: Martin Dee/UBC.

A three-year, multi-centre, randomized controlled trial (RCT) with the goal of improving mental health and substance use outcomes through integration of e-mental health with traditional health services is beginning at the University of British Columbia under the leadership of Dr. Daniel Vigo, newly appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.