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Member news: June 2018
Pictured: the MacVicar lab celebrates Dr. Rebcca Ko (front row, second from right) as she successfully completes her thesis defense on June 15, 2018. Image source: Twitter.
Dr. Shannon Kolind received an MSFHR Scholar Award for her project, Imaging Repair: Developing And Applying Unconventional Neuroimaging Methods For Quantitative Assessment Of Tissue Health. She also received an Innovation and Translational Research Award for her project, Can we enhance MRIs and personalized care by building a brain atlas?
Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose received funding from the Alzheimer Society Research Program for her project Buying time: Improving sleep and cognitive function in older adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment. The Buying time study is currently recruiting participants; for more information, email Stephanie Doherty at email@example.com.
Dr. Julie Robillard and Dr. Bill Miller (Occupational Therapy) have received a Catalyst grant from the AGE-WELL NCE entitled End-user Led Evaluation of Assistive Technology (ELEVATE). The project aims to create an entirely user-led tool for the evaluation of a wide range of assistive technologies at all stages of the development process.
Dr. Peter Reiner has received a new three-year operating grant from SSHRC entitled The Mind in Your Pocket. The project investigates the societal implications of smartphones (and other algorithmic devices) becoming bona fide extensions of our minds.
Dr. Liisa Galea has been appointed to the CIHR Institute Advisory Board for the Institute of Gender and Health.
Stefano Catildi (PI: Dr. Matt Farrer) and Seth Tigchelaar (PI: Dr. Brian Kwon) received 2018 top Graduating Student Doctoral awards and Ryan Falk (PI: Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose) and Fabian Garces (PI: Dr. Robert Molday) received Rising Star awards from Vancouver Coastal Health Research Insitute.
From the Society for Neuroscience, watch Dr. Brian MacVicar and collaborator Dr. Clare Howarth on How to Build the Foundation for Strong International Collaborations.
- Study finds important gaps, new research priorities in pediatric concussion.
- Our 2017/18 Year in Review, is now available on our website. Hard copies are available upon request - please email firstname.lastname@example.org for yours!
Neuroscience through the ages makes neurohistory fun for everyone. Image credit: Armin Mortazavi.
Pictured: a thank-you card from students at Lord Byng Secondary School in Vancouver. The UBC MS & NMO Program hosted grade 10 students from the local high school for a day to learn about careers in science.
Pictured: Dr. Haakon Nygaard presents at the 2018 Alzheimer Forum. Image credit: Penelope Slack.
The UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders (UBCH CARD) recently hosted their annual Alzheimer Update. The UBC CARD team has posted links to video of the day's talks on their website at card.centreforbrainhealth.ca/education-and-resources.
Had a blast debunking brainy headlines with neuroscientist extraordinaire @LiisaGalea last night! Grateful to @SpaceCentreYVR & @DMCBrainHealth for the opportunity. Thank you to attendees for excellent questions! Really enjoyed the discussion. pic.twitter.com/BaN2O38SrM— Dr Julie Robillard (@ScientificChick) June 1, 2018
The supremely talented RankinLab after NorthWest Worm Meeting in Bellingham with our lovely host Jackie Rose!! pic.twitter.com/s3yMyYWRi9— Catharine Rankin (@wormslearn) June 3, 2018
An academic henge! It was a pleasure to host Prof Kiran Soma @UBCPsych and discuss birds, neuroendocrinology, Scottish-Canadian culture and history. Even had time to stop by the East Aquhorthies stone circle @HistEnvScot @welovehistory @SBNTweets pic.twitter.com/bfsMq5RWrW— Tyler Stevenson (@Stevenson_Lab) June 12, 2018
- “Babies’ brains are equipped to handle more than one language” (BOLD blog, May 30)
- Language Acquisition Begins Long Before the First Word (KidCareCanada, May 30)
- Changes in face, arm and speech can signal stroke, and women who experience these signs must seek medical help immediately, says UBC neuroscientist Lara Boyd (CBC News, 46:30 mark, June 5)
- Bringing benefits of stroke research to real-life communities with FAME (VCHRI news, June 8)
- Women are 1/3 more likely to die of stroke than men, study finds (Global National, June 9)
- Reflections on Translation: Views of Participants in a Multi-Site Canadian CCSVI Clinical Trial (AAN Neurology Podcast, June 12)
- Dr. Janet Werker explores the power of language with new university-wide course (UBC Psychology news, June 13)
- Why have we failed in our attempts to develop a neuroprotective therapy for Parkinson's? How can we improve this situation? (World Parkinson's Congress blog, June 18)
- Two discoveries offer new targets for future Alzheimer’s treatments (UBC FoM news, June 18)
- Concussion and teens: new tools reveal gender differences (University of Victoria news, June 19)
- How the impact of teen concussions differs by gender (The Star Vancouver, June 20)
- Ask an Expert: Stroke Awareness Month (Global News BC, June 24)
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