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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New portable MRI has the potential to transform access to health care

UBC researchers will investigate how the system can improve patient access to MRI to enable faster diagnosis and better disease management.
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Cancer chemotherapy drug reverses Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice

UBC researchers have found Axitinib can restore memory and cognitive function in mice.
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Shannon Kolind and Tamara Vanderwal awarded $100K Brain Canada grants

Drs. Kolind and Vanderwal are among 20 early-career researchers recently awarded these grants.
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Tailoring wearable technology and telehealth in treating Parkinson’s disease

A new study determines timely and accurate tremor data can improve virtual appointments.
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Majority of BC teachers report deteriorated mental health during pandemic

Four out of five teachers reported worse mental health this school year.
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Portraying life with dementia in new light and colour

A unique UBC research initiative explores what it means to live well with dementia through creative expression
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Honglin Luo and Neil Cashman awarded ALS Canada Research Program Discovery Grant

The UBC researchers will study a possible viable target for treating ALS.
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COVID-19 survey shows almost eight out of 10 adults are worried, bored, stressed, lonely or sad

Pandemic exacts continued toll on mental health—outdoor activity and social connections are helping people cope.
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UBC neuroscientist joins investigation of a mysterious new brain disease

Dr. Neil Cashman is among a national team of researchers examining a cluster of cases in New Brunswick.
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Knowing someone with COVID-19 increased men’s anxiety more than women’s

The study is the first to track the association between proximity to COVID-19 and symptoms of anxiety week-by-week and over an extended period of time.
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