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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UBC’s beacons of hope in the war against Alzheimer’s disease

Despite dispiriting headlines in the search for an effective drug, UBC continues to uncover knowledge pointing to new treatments and best practices.
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Study of exercise and Parkinson’s disease yields positive results

Habitual exercise may confer an advantage in combating Parkinson’s disease by facilitating the brain’s production of dopamine.
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Advances in technology are shaping Parkinson’s research

UBC Professor Martin McKeown talks about his research interests, what he hopes to accomplish and his recent collaboration with Conquer Mobile.
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UBC helping with national study of opioid addiction treatment

Evan Wood will lead the B.C. arm of the study, which will compare methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone.
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Mental health rehabilitation through the patient lens

Occupational therapist and postdoctoral fellow Skye Barbic says our current understanding of mental health recovery on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside is too narrow.
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An evidence-based alternative to MoodPanda

Professional-grade tools to track moods are rare. UBC faculty members, sensing a need, went to work. The result: MoodFx.
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