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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Motherhood changes the brain, possibly forever

Reproductive experiences may change the trajectory of women’s aging across the lifespan, finds new research from the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.
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Disability progression in multiple sclerosis linked to income, education

The UBC study, led by Helen Tremlett, is the first of its kind.
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UBC researchers discover how blood vessels protect the brain during inflammation

Findings could lead to new treatments for neurodegenerative diseases
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NFL gives significant funding to help youth ‘shred’ the burden of concussion

UBC researchers involved in groundbreaking pan-Canadian research program.
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Lowering levels of Huntington disease-causing protein restores cognitive function in mice

After receiving pieces of DNA called antisense oligonucleotides, the mice also became less anxious and depressed.
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Child abuse could leave “molecular scars” on its victims

The researchers found a distinctive and significant difference in chemical tags on 12 regions of the genome.
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Concussions loosen insulation around brain cells

The loosening was detected two weeks post-concussion, when the players said they felt fine and were deemed ready to play.
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Sugar-like molecule points to new therapeutic path for autism and schizophrenia

Heparin sulfate, when bound to neurexin, a key synaptic protein, creates a sort of scaffold, strengthening neuronal connections.
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UBC bestows national prizes on Canadian health science pioneers

Andrew Krahn, Bruce McManus, Kullervo Hynynen and Martin Gleave are being honoured for their accomplishments in heart health, brain health and cancer.
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Genetic marker could spare MS patients from liver damage

The marker illustrates the potential power of precision medicine.
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