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The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health Innovation Fund Kickstart Research Grant is intended to help kick-start new research collaborations, directions, and technological developments. It supports new projects that generate preliminary data for future grant applications to external funding agencies.

The following are DMCBH researchers who have received this year's Grant. Congratulations to all the winners!


Neil Cashman awarded ALS Canada Research Program Discovery Grant Jun 4, 2021

Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health researcher Dr. Neil Cashman has been awarded a 2020 Discovery Grant from the ALS Canada Research Program in partnership with Brain Canada Foundation.

Sustained investment in transformative research is vital to unlocking the mysteries around the causes and progression of ALS. The devastating terminal disease gradually paralyzes people because the brain is no longer able to communicate with the muscles of the body that are moved at will.

Congratulations to the class of 2021! Jun 2, 2021

All of us at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience class of 2021! Six trainees are graduating this week and to celebrate, we compiled some of their favourite memories as grad students, as well as a special video from some of the faculty! 

International Clinical Trials Day May 20, 2021

Today is International Clinical Trials Day, a day to recognize the hard work and invaluable contributions of study volunteers, clinical investigators, staff and research professionals in the advancement of medical care.

The date May 20 was selected to mark James Lind’s first controlled clinical trial using citrus fruit on a group of sailors suffering from scurvy back in the year 1747.

BC Brain Wellness Program creates comfort mitts for people living with dementia May 12, 2021

Over the past few months, members of the BC Brain Wellness Program “Crafters for a Cause” group created comfort mitts for people living with dementia who are in hospital.

Fardowsa Yusuf awarded CIHR Banting and Best Doctoral Award for Research on MS Prodrome May 3, 2021

Congratulations to Fardowsa Yusuf (pictured left), MSc who has been awarded the CIHR Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award for her research on the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) prodrome. Yusuf is jointly supervised by DMCBH member Dr. Helen Tremlett (pictured right) and Dr. Mohammad Ehsanul (Ehsan) Karim in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health.

Researchers unveil first molecular images of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 mutation May 3, 2021

UBC researchers are the first in the world to publish structural images of the N501Y mutation on the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein—a change believed to be partly responsible for the highly infectious nature and rapid spread of variant B.1.1.7.

Youth and Families Guide Mental Health Research at UBC Apr 28, 2021

Over the course of the pandemic, more young people than ever have been seeking mental health support, which has been especially challenging with restrictions changing the ways services are accessed.

Throughout the last year many organizations have found ways to adapt and are looking towards new models of service in the future. An important part of doing this successfully is making sure programs, services and research projects are designed and evaluated with the needs of young people and families in mind.

Deepfakes and synthetic mice help neuroscientists understand behaviour Apr 7, 2021

A team of researchers led by DMCBH member Dr. Tim Murphy has created a synthetic animated mouse which can be used to train machine learning algorithms to analyze animal behaviour, the details of which were published this week in Nature Methods.

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UBC neuroscientist joins investigation of a mysterious new brain disease Mar 29, 2021

When a mysterious neurological disease was recently discovered in New Brunswick, Dr. Neil Cashman, a clinician-scientist in the Faculty of Medicine’s Division of Neurology and member of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, was called into action.