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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Closing the gap in Alzheimer’s research

UBC researchers are working to increase Asian representation in Alzheimer’s research, improving disease prevention, diagnosis and care.
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Baby’s brain development may be linked to their gut bacteria

New UBC research showed that certain microbes were associated with performance in tests of early cognitive development.
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Modern antidepressants may reduce risk of relapse for patients with bipolar depression

UBC researchers led an international clinical trial that promises to change how bipolar depression is managed globally.
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UBC researchers partner on major international study of Alzheimer’s disease in people of Asian ancestry

The international collaboration will expand research and improve health equity in Alzheimer’s care for Asian Canadians and Americans.
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International group of experts redefines concussions

UBC researchers helped establish a new standard for diagnosing mild traumatic brain injury that will address inequities in injury management and care.
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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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