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 study to examine the impact of exercise on aging and brain health

The findings will help advance the development of new interventions to counter the effects of physical inactivity.
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MIND and Mediterranean diets associated with later onset of Parkinson’s disease

A new study by UBC researchers suggests a strong correlation with later onset of the disease.
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A bit of stress might not be so good for us after all

A new study found even mild stress may harm most people’s executive functions.
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New national survey finds Canadians’ mental health eroding as pandemic continues

New data has been released by the Canadian Medical Health Association in partnership with UBC researchers.
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B.C. youth help guide mental health research at UBC

New UBC initiative engages youth with lived experience to help inform mental health and substance use research.
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Empowering young people to live well

Master of Occupational Therapy graduates Natalia Lassak and Emily Brooks develop a new tool to help young adults living with mental health challenges live meaningful lives.
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Online supports for COVID-19 stress are there—but Canadians aren’t accessing them

Many Canadians are not making use of virtual resources that could help them cope with the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The unique mental health and brain impacts of COVID-19

In a new paper, UBC's Dr. Judy Illes examines the unique neurological impacts and neuroethical challenges posed by COVID-19.
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Teens who participate in extracurriculars, get less screen time, have better mental health

A new study found spending less than two hours per day of recreational screen time was associated with lower levels of anxiety.
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The psychological toll of the pandemic – Will we ever shake hands again?

Dr. Lakshmi Yatham explores the psychological toll of COVID-19 and offers his advice on combatting stress and anxiety as society adapts to the new normal.
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