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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British Columbians worried pandemic will never end, and climate change is only adding to the fear

New national survey reveals the mental health impacts of the pandemic.
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Keeping aging brains lightning-fast

UBC Northern Medical Program researchers shine a light on biochemical changes in the brain.
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UBC researchers launch first-in-Canada testing program for Alzheimer’s disease

The test could assist with earlier diagnosis, giving patients and their families much needed answers.
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Overdose prevention sites provide wide range of health benefits

New research shows increased engagement in addiction treatment.
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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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