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Study of Canadian health records over 20 years suggests possibility of MS prodrome Apr 21, 2017

Study suggests possibility of MS prodrome, with increased health service use five years before the first demyelinating event.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal, injured Purkinje neurons, 1914, ink and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Instituto Cajal (CSIC).
Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal to be shown at UBC Apr 13, 2017

Pictured: Santiago Ramón y Cajal, injured Purkinje neurons, 1914, ink and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Instituto Cajal (CSIC).

Researchers find more multiple sclerosis-causing mutations Apr 6, 2017

Less than a year after publishing research identifying a single genetic mutation that caused multiple sclerosis (MS) in two Canadian families, scientists at the University of British Columbia have found a combination of two other mutations in another family that made them highly susceptible to the disease.

Is the media landscape changing faster than science communication can keep up? Apr 4, 2017

As information-sharing has become decentralized in our digital age, are traditional approaches to science communication selling research short? A new editorial from Dr. Julie Robillard suggests that new challenges in communicating research discoveries are an opportunity for researchers to take greater initiative in sharing their work with the public, especially online.

Parkinson’s discovery at odds with prevalent hypothesis, finds serotonin increase in prodromal PD Apr 3, 2017

The current, prevalent hypothesis, proposed by German researcher Dr. Heiko Braak, theorizes that the earliest signs of PD begin in the olfactory region of the brain, and in the lower brainstem, before traveling upwards through the brainstem, ultimately affecting the nerve cells in the midbrain responsible for dopamine production.

Dr. Lynn Raymond
Member news: March 2017 Mar 29, 2017

Links to stories about and by members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health from February/March 2017.

Review of microbiome research in brain disease finds intriguing associations in an emerging field Mar 21, 2017

“Right now, there is exciting and growing evidence to suggest that the microbiota are associated with some diseases of the brain. However, more work is still needed.” says Dr. Tremlett. “One real challenge will be to prove a causative link.” 

Neuroethics Q&A: Brain patterns cannot reveal end-of-life decisions for patients with severe brain injuries Mar 14, 2017

A growing field of research is examining the brain patterns produced by people with severe brain injuries who can no longer communicate and appear to be in a vegetative state. Some have argued that one day we may be able to unlock a code from these patterns and communicate with these patients.

Dr. Jacquie Quandt in the lab at the Centre for Brain Health
Radical approach limits disease progression in experimental models of MS Mar 13, 2017

According to new research from Dr. Jacqueline Quandt, published recently in Brain, Behaviour and Immunity, a simple compound shows promise in altering immune responses without eliminating cells and in doing so protects the cells in the nervous system and prevents the underlying neurodegeneration in models of MS.

CIHR statement on CCSVI research findings Mar 9, 2017

Scientific Expert Working Group on Multiple Sclerosis/Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency reconvened to hear preliminary study results from Canadian Phase I/II Clinical Trial.