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Dr. Mark Cembrowski
Cembrowski lab merges mathematical thinking with basic neuroscience Jan 16, 2019

A neuroscientist, mathematician, and expert on the hippocampus, Dr. Mark Cembrowski has a rare combination of skills. Now, at the start of a new year, he begins his career at the University of British Columbia with a newly established lab located in the Life Sciences Centre.

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Dr. Jacqueline Quandt outside of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Protein switch identified in connection with disability progression in MS Jan 8, 2019

Pictured: Dr. Jacqueline Quandt. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

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Alireza Kamyabi and colleagues in the MacVicar lab.
Member news: December 2018 Dec 20, 2018

Pictured: Alireza Kamyabi (smiling, centre), graduate student in Dr. Brian MacVicar's lab, and colleagues present their research during a recent donor tour. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

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Dr. Jonathan Squires and Larry Gifford in the Movement Disorders Clinic at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
Life Gave Larry Gifford Parkinson’s Disease; Larry Gave Us A Storyteller’s Insight, In Podcast Form Dec 17, 2018

Dr. Jonathan Squires and Larry Gifford in the Movement Disorders Clinic at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image source: Global BC News/Larry Gifford.

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Elisa York, pictured outside the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health in August, 2018.
New cell modelling tool takes the guesswork out of microglia morphology Dec 14, 2018

Pictured: Elisa York at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

Necessity is the mother of invention, and Elisa York, a PhD student in Dr. Brian MacVicar’s lab found that in addressing a need in her own research she could solve a larger problem for other researchers studying microglia (the brain’s immune cells).

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Dr. Shannon Kolind (left) and Dr. Karen Lee (right).
CanProCo study unites Canadian MS researchers in a longitudinal, next-generation research initiative Dec 11, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Shannon Kolind (left) and Dr. Karen Lee (right), taken at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on December 10, 2018. Image credit: UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences/Justin Ohata.

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Dr. Paul Pavlidis.
Signature for schizophrenia, bipolar disorder suggests changes in the cellular makeup of the brain Nov 28, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Paul Pavlidis. Image credit: Michael Smith Laboratories, UBC.

Scientists have long studied brain tissue in a search for the functional changes to the brain that accompany psychiatric disease. But the complexity of the brain presents challenges: the brain is made up of dozens of different types of cells. If researchers could inspect each cell type individually, they could gain greater insight into how the brain changes with psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. 

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Dr. Judy Illes with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, November 20.
Member news: November 2018 Nov 28, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Judy Illes (right) with Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada (left), following the Order of Canada Investiture Ceremony on November 20 at Rideau Hall. Image credit: Sgt Johanie Maheu, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2018.

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Couple sitting together on a park bench, smiling.
Canadian Open Parkinson Network funding begins collaboration platform to accelerate Parkinson’s disease research and knowledge Nov 27, 2018

Parkinson Canada and Brain Canada announced this morning the creation of the Canadian Open Parkinson Network (C-OPN), including a $2-million Platform Grant that will support the initial development and maintenance of a large-scale research network in the field of Parkinson’s disease and related disorders. Brain Canada receives financial support from Health Canada through the Canada Brain Research Fund.

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Venogram image of the brain.
Tissue orientation causes bias in MRI measurements of brain blood flow Nov 21, 2018

Pictured: a venogram showing blood vessels in the brain.

New research by Dr. Alex Rauscher, an MRI physicist and Canada Research Chair in Developmental Neuroimaging, has shown that about half the blood vessels in the brain's white matter run in parallel with nerve fibres.

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