Brain & Mental Health

Since the 1950’s, UBC has been the site of groundbreaking discoveries in understanding, diagnosing and treating a number of brain disorders and diseases. It is also home to Canada’s largest integrated research and treatment facility – the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

Today, more than 500 researchers continue to be at the forefront of brain research, pioneering their work around mental health and addictions, dementia, and movement disorders.

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Traffic pollution impairs brain function

First-in-the-world study suggests that even brief exposure to air pollution has rapid impacts on the brain.
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Charting a new course for MS treatment

Research from the UBC Faculty of Medicine could stop the disease in its tracks — and even reverse its devastating effects.
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$33.8M gift to transform MS research and save more lives, sooner

Gift will establish the MS Research Network, a world-class research and patient-care hub that will develop, manufacture and test next-generation therapies.
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Preventing overdoses for people leaving correctional centres who use stimulants

Study shows people who use stimulants face an increased risk of overdose following release from correctional centres.
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Annie Ciernia named a 2021 Brain Canada Future Leader in Canadian Brain Research

She is among 20 neuroscientists in Canada who have been awarded $100,000 each in research funding.
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UBC professor’s new workbook offers tools for a better sex life

The step-by-step guide to mindfulness can help treat sexual difficulties and improve sexual satisfaction.
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UBC researchers improving mental-health and addiction treatments with new provincial funding

The funding will support research in areas like child and youth mental health and treatments for opioid-use disorder.
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Unlocking the mysteries of concussion and the brain

New UBC research could make diagnosis, treatment and prevention more effective for everyone — especially women.
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Mapping the brain

Using advanced neuroimaging, UBC scientists are changing how we understand and treat mental health disorders.
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UBC researchers launch new dementia prevention program as part of national research initiative

Program is aimed at helping people reduce their risk of developing dementia.
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