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Member news: October 2019
Pictured: The team of staff, student, and faculty volunteers who worked to successfully launch the BC Brain Wellness Program at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) on October 5. The Program has begun running wellness classes at DMCBH - you have likely heard the music classes taking place in the lower level atrium on Wednesdays (10:30 a.m.); feel free to join in! More on the Program at www.bcbrainwellness.ca. Image credit: Seth Book.
Dr. Erin Michalak received the 2019 Douglas Utting Prize. The prestigious award is made annually to a person or group, working in Canada, which has made a major contribution to promoting the awareness of depression and/or suicide and/or to advancing the understanding and treatment of depression. Read more.
Dr. Jason Neva (PI: Dr. Lara Boyd) has accepted a faculty position with the School of Kinesiology and Physical Activity Sciences at the University of Montreal.
Kaitlin Sullivan (PI: Dr. Mark Cembrowski) received a Royal Canadian Legion Scholarship for her work in understanding PTSD.
Congratulations to our members who are faculty in the Department of Psychology; UBC's Department of Psychology was ranked first in Canada by Maclean's Magazine.
Life is good in the @speringlab with our Dual-Purkinje image eye tracker back up and running. Now we just have to find (human) subjects with perfect vision, no droopy eyelids, curled up eyelashes, huge pupils, and who are willing to use a bite bar. Shouldn't be hard at all! pic.twitter.com/KYSvGiwBz6— Miriam Spering (@speringlab) October 2, 2019
Launch of the BC Brain Wellness Program today at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and the Allan MacGavin Sports Medicine Clinic. Huge thank you to the whole team. You rock! @DMCBrainHealth @UBC @VCHhealthcare pic.twitter.com/ufCLBo0wOX— Silke Cresswell (@silkecresswell) October 6, 2019
starting a lab has been one of the most challenging things ive ever done, but it is made infinitely easier by all of our smart + generally amazing lab members. very lucky to have this great crew to work with, and looking forward to one day mastering the art of the serious picture pic.twitter.com/znNf6HMTNv— mark cembrowski (@MarkCembrowski) October 11, 2019
- Pavlovian Society Featured Faculty: October, 2019: Dr. Catharine Rankin (Pavlovian Society, October 1)
- Meet Dr. Melanie Pieber, the Department's Newest Postdoctoral Fellow (UBC Pathology, October 1)
- How to Prime Preschoolers for Success (Scientific American, October 1; paywall)
- Doing her part to support research into dementia and cognitive impairment (VCHRI, October 1)
- Earlier, more intense exercise improves recovery for stroke patients (VCHRI, October 1)
- UBC study finds siblings of problem gamblers also impulsive, prone to risk-taking (UBC News, October 9)
- Problem gamblers' siblings also prone to risk-taking: UBC study (CTV News, October 9)
- “Blows to the head, thrown from moving cars, strangled – it’s depressingly common” (NR Times, October 14)
- People in Profile: Janice Jong (VCHRI, October 15)
- Brain injury’s ‘invisible epidemic’: survivors of domestic violence (Global News, October 20)
- Sophia Frangou appointed UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Brain Health (UBC Medicine, October 22)
- Study Links an Early-Life Abnormality in the Auditory Cortex with Vulnerability to Hallucinations in Schizophrenia (Brain & Behaviour Research Foundation, October 24)
- U.S. Travel Ban Disrupts The World's Largest Brain Science Meeting (NPR, October 24)
- Editorial Article: RNA analysis helps to push back the frontiers of neuroscience research (Select Science, October 28)
- UBC researcher maps brain activity in patients with mood disorders (CTV News, October 30)
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