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UBC postdoc takes Harvard Medical School appointment to study sleep and Alzheimer’s disease Sep 25, 2018+
Pictured: Dr. Brianne Kent. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.
As anyone who has ever lain awake in the dark hours after going to bed will attest, sleep is complicated and a lack of it can be disruptive to every aspect of one’s life. Deep sleep is important for a number of brain functions, and essential in clearing the brain of toxic proteins such as beta-amyloid, which can accumulate in the brain over the course of the day. Beta-amyloid proteins contribute to the plaques that form in the brain in disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Member news: September 2018 Sep 24, 2018+
Pictured: Renée Fleming (left), American opera singer and soprano, visited the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health on September 19; she enjoyed meeting several members of our research community, including Dr. Jon Stoessl (centre) and Dr. Vesna Sossi (right). For information on Ms. Fleming's interest in brain research, visit her website.
New multi-faculty research initiative weaves notes and neurons Sep 17, 2018+
Image source: UBC School of Music.
New research shows athletes may be returning to the game too soon after concussion Sep 4, 2018+
Detailed scans of University of British Columbia hockey players who had suffered concussions found that the protective fatty tissue surrounding brain cell fibers was loosened two weeks after the injury—even though the athletes felt fine and were deemed ready to return to the ice.
EMBED project using digital tools to assist depression diagnosis and care Aug 30, 2018+
Can technology help solve the global burden of mental illness? A five-year project, jointly funded by Canadian Institutes for Health Research and National Natural Science Foundation of China, has brought international researchers, led in Canada by Dr. Raymond Lam, together to study the effectiveness of digital technologies for depression in community mental health centres across Shanghai, China.
GPN emphasizes wellbeing, works to improve graduate student experience Aug 27, 2018+
The 2017/18 academic year saw major changes to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN), from the appointment of Dr. Liisa Galea as Graduate Program Director in July 2017, to the hiring of Jennifer Campbell (pictured above) as Graduate Program Coordinator in March 2018.
Genetic model offers elegant tool for testing Parkinson's disease therapies Aug 21, 2018+
Pictured: Dr. Matthew Farrer. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.
For the past decade, Parkinson’s disease researchers have relied on the experimental equivalent of using a sledgehammer to tune a guitar to test new therapies for the disease. This may be a reason clinical trials of promising neuroprotective drugs fail. But, in new research published today in Nature Parkinson’s Disease, researchers at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) may have found the ideal tool for the job.
Essential 'sugar' for brain communication: a new therapeutic path for autism, schizophrenia Aug 9, 2018+
Pictured: wild-type and model neurons showing connection points. When the glycan associated with neurexin is absent fewer connection points exist, impairing communication within the brain.
For twenty years, researchers thought they knew everything there was to know about the composition of neurexin, a protein that connects neurons and is essential for communication within the brain. Neurexin is a key building block of synapses, the specialized sites where neurons connect and signal via chemical messengers.