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MSFHR funds next generation of Scholars and Research Trainees Sep 9, 2021

Congratulations to the winners of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) 2021 Scholar & Research Trainee awards. These awards will support BC’s next generation of health researchers in developing their leading-edge research programs to address important health priorities and improve the health of British Columbians.

Two DMCBH researchers awarded Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research grant Sep 2, 2021

Congratulations to DMCBH members Drs. Shannon Kolind and Tamara Vanderwal, who have both been awarded grants in Brain Canada’s 2020 Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program.

Backed by the Azrieli Foundation, the Arrell Family Foundation and the Alvin Segal Family Foundation, Brain Canada’s Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Program awards 20 grants to up-and-coming researchers to fund game-changing ideas and push innovation forward.

Caden Poh Wins President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement Aug 31, 2021

Congratulations to Caden Poh, Research Coordinator in the Faculty of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry, on receiving the 2021 President’s Staff Award for Community Engagement. The President's awards recognize staff members who demonstrate outstanding achievement and excellence within the UBC community.

Could inflammation be making you feel ill? Aug 9, 2021

Inflammation is part of the natural aging process, but there are steps you can take to minimize its effects.

People interested in biohacking and other performance- and health-enhancing techniques may want to add evidence-based anti-inflammatory lifestyle approaches to their list. Immunologist and DMCBH researcher, Dr. Jacqueline Quandt, sheds light on the role inflammation plays in the body, and shares lifestyle approaches that can help you keep it under control.

New CIHR project grants will continue to help advance brain research Jul 29, 2021

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) has announced the results of its Spring 2021 project grant competition, with six DMCBH members receiving funding to continue advancing research in multiple sclerosis, stroke, Huntington disease, brain repair and bipolar depression.

Learn more about each project:

Probiotics may aid in relieving Parkinson's-related anxiety Jul 26, 2021

Researchers are investigating whether a multi-strain probiotic could relieve symptoms of anxiety experienced by many people with the condition.

New research led by DMCBH researcher Dr. Silke Appel-Cresswell is the first to examine whether a multi-strain probiotic could help relieve anxiety symptoms among people with Parkinson’s disease. 

A progressive nervous system disorder that over 100,000 Canadians live with, Parkinson’s often causes muscle rigidity linked to reduced dopamine levels, along with tremors or slowed movements.

The Future of Genomics in a Post Pandemic World Jul 21, 2021

Over a year has passed since the pandemic hit Canada and the lockdowns began. While businesses, schools, institutions, public and health services were forced to shut down or reinvent themselves, so too were scientific research laboratories. Live experiments, grant funded research and educational activities ground to a halt as scientists around the world refocused their efforts on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.

New Open Science Database Published to Study Microglia Jul 21, 2021

Microglia—the immune cells of the brain—have been an important area of study over the last decade, especially with respect to their impact on brain disorders. In a recently published paper, DMCBH member Dr. Annie Ciernia and her team used an open science platform to help researchers understand how certain genes are regulated in microglia.

Awards Announced for DMCBH Trainees Jul 19, 2021

Several awards have recently been handed out to DMCBH trainees. Congratulations to all the winners! 

DMCBH 2021 Endowment Award Winners 


Jock & Irene Graham Brain Research Endowment: 
Isabel Bestard Lorigados, PhD student 

Dr. Emma Morton Awarded CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship for research on bipolar disorder Jul 16, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Emma Morton who received a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship from CIHR to develop and evaluate an app called PolarUs to help people living with bipolar disorder self-manage their symptoms and improve their wellbeing. Dr. Morton is supervised by DMCBH member Dr. Erin Michalak, who leads the Collaborative Research Team to Study Psychosocial Issues in Bipolar Disorder (CREST.BD).