Researcher Series

In the coming weeks, we will be profiling COVID-19 work and expertise from Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health researchers. 


In this story we profile DMCBH researcher Dr. Stephanie Willerth, Affiliate Professor at UBC's School of Biomedical Engineering, ICORD member and Acting Director of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Victoria. Her team is using 3D printers that they normally use for bioprinting cells, to print face masks for frontline workers. Read more here.


This story is about the importance of exercise, with expertise from DMCBH researcher Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose, Director of the Aging, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. The second part of this story highlights the BC Brain Wellness Program, a unique program offered in partnership with the DMCBH. Read more here


In this story we profile DMCBH researcher Dr. Terry Snutch. He is leading a Canadian team as part of a $40 million Genome Canada initiative to sequence the genome of the COVID-19 virus. Read more here


DMCBH researcher Dr. Kurt Haas has received funding to study the role of the ACE2 receptor in COVID-19. His lab is looking to gain a better understanding of the role ACE2 plays in how severely the virus infects a person, and to use this research to aid in the development of new therapies. Read more here

In this story, we talk to DMCBH researcher Dr. Jill Murphy, who is working with Drs. Raymond Lam and Erin Michalak to study the mental health needs of at-risk groups during the times of COVID-19. They're also assessing how to provide digital mental health care to these groups. Read more here.


In this story, we talk to DMCBH researcher Dr. Adele Diamond, who is an expert in the prefrontal cortex and executive function in children, both of which are affected by stress. She talks to us about how stress can impact children's brain health in the long term. Read more here


This story highlights exciting work from DMCBH researcher Dr. Cheryl Wellington. Her team has partnered with VGH ICU Physician Dr. Myp Sekhon to examine how the immune system can overreact in the presence of COVID-19 and attack the lungs. Their research has already saved lives and has also resulted in several publications. Read more here