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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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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Scientists discover gene that increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease

International research team led by Dr. Weihong Song has for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
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8% of school-age children have thought about or attempted suicide

A new study looks at risk and protective factors associated with childhood suicide.
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Light therapy holds promise for people with bipolar disorder

Dr. Raymond Lam explains the growing body of research in this area.
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New study first to show rerouting patterns in the brain post-concussion

Researchers found alternative pathways by which the brain was redirecting information in those who were recently concussed.
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Living near major roads linked to increased risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS

The higher risk is likely due to increased exposure to air pollution.
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Guideline supports people living with alcohol addiction

The guideline aims to bridge the significant research-to-practice gap in this field.
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UBC and Interior Health research explores use of virtual reality in stroke rehabilitation

Researchers and staff will examine the effects of a VR gaming program on mood and activity levels.
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One in two homeless people may have experienced a head injury in their lifetime

Almost one in four may have experienced a head injury that is moderate or severe.
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