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Pericytes in the brain.
Cooperation between brain cells regenerates cerebral blood flow after stroke May 16, 2018

Pictured: Pericytes (red) and blood vessels (green). Image source: Dr. Louis-Philippe Bernier, the MacVicar lab at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health.

During an ischemic stroke, a blockage in an artery prevents blood flow through the affected area of the brain, resulting in oxygen deprivation and cell death. Ischemic stroke, caused by blood clots, is the most common type of stroke.

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Man slacking off at work,
"Worker" and "slacker" rats show differences in decision-making processes May 14, 2018

A team of researchers led by Dr. Catharine Winstanley has identified differences in the brains of rats engaged in decision-making processes, revealing individual variability in cognitive effort and motivation and confirming that there is no one central decision-making region in the brain. 

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Pregnant woman in doctor's office.
New research investigates long-term effects of pre-birth exposure to anti-depressants on children 12 years later May 9, 2018

Selective serotonin reuptake (SSRI) antidepressant treatment during pregnancy is associated with better performance on a computerized task measuring cognitive skills in 12-year-olds, UBC researchers have found.

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Group of older adults exercising.
Vitality: Can exercise or brain training improve cognitive outcomes after stroke? Apr 30, 2018

Diseases of the brain and blood vessels, such as stroke, are the second most common cause of dementia; nearly 40 per cent of dementia diagnoses are related to stroke and cerebrovascular disease, and each stroke doubles an individual’s risk of dementia. One in six adults will undergo a stroke in their lifetime. A study called Vitality, from Dr.

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Dr. Fidel Vila-Rodriguez.
Three-minute treatment gives hope for treatment-resistant depression Apr 26, 2018

Researchers at UBC and in Toronto have shown that a three-minute version of a brain stimulation treatment for hard-to-treat depression is just as effective as the standard 37-minute version.

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The team at the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders.
2018 Alzheimer Update connects research and patient communities Apr 26, 2018

Pictured: members of the UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders clinic and research teams.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer disease is about more than the individual; Alzheimer disease and other dementias affect families and communities as well, and for anyone affected by Alzheimer disease and related disorders, the annual Alzheimer Update has been a place to learn about the latest discoveries and find hope in the future of research.

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Dr. Catharine Rankin presents at NeuroFutures 2017.
RESEARCH CLUSTERS PROMOTE COLLABORATION WITHIN AND BEYOND NEUROSCIENCE AT UBC Apr 24, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Catharine Rankin presents at NeuroFutures 2017, an event supported by the Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease Research Excellence Cluster. Image credit: Dr. Jason Snyder.

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Members of the 2018 DMCBH Sun Run team at BC Place Stadium.
Member news: April 2018 Apr 23, 2018

Pictured: part of the DMCBH Sun Run team, photographed by Warren Myers (PI: Dr. Kurt Haas) at BC Place Stadium on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

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Dr. Helen Tremlett at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, 2018.
Comparison of disease modifying treatments in MS finds increased risk of infection in newer drugs Apr 18, 2018

Over the past few years, Dr. Helen Tremlett and her team have been evaluating population health data to establish a greater understanding of the relationship between MS drug treatments, comorbidities, and associated health outcomes. Most recently, her team, including post-doctoral fellow Dr. José Wijnands, has undergone a first-of-its-kind study to assess disease modifying treatments (DMTs) for multiple sclerosis (MS) and their relationship with infection risk in the ‘real world’ clinical setting.

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Dr. Julie Robillard.
People are searching for health information online, but is what they’re finding useful? Apr 4, 2018

Most older adults are online, and many of them are using the internet to search for health-related information. But how easy to understand is the information they are finding, and who wrote it? 

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