The Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health is a story of innovative ideas, big questions, and persistence. Our researchers and clinicians are leaders in their fields, and from here they are taking on some of society's most urgent health priorities.

Diseases, disorders, and injuries of the brain have a profound influence on our communities; the direct and indirect costs of neurological and mood disorders to the Canadian economy total more than $61 billion per year and place enormous strain on affected individuals and their families. Understanding how a healthy brain works is essential to preventing and treating brain diseases, and both are essential to the health and well-being of British Columbians.

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Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
Bamji, Shernaz Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) synapse biology, primary neuronal cultures, transgenic mouse models, neurodevelopmental disease
Barr, Alasdair Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mental health and addictions, with a particular emphasis on psychosis and the medications used in its treatment, Anesthesiology
Benavente, Oscar Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Acute Stroke Trials, Secondary stroke prevention
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Sensorimotor Integration, Motor System, Robotics and Automation, Trauma / Injuries, Physiology, Sensorimotor physiology, Standing balance, Balance robot, Sensory virtualisation, Computational approaches, Head and neck, Whiplash injuries
Boyd, Lara Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration, Stroke, Learning and Memory, Physiology, Motor learning, Motor System, Learning, Neurophysiology
Cairns, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neuropharmacology, Oro-Facial Pain, Pain, Electrophysiology, pain mechanisms, headache, temporomandibular disorders, sex-related differences, peripheral analgesics
Cashman, Neil Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) prion disease, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, protein misfolding diseases, Alzheimer's
Cembrowski, Mark Steven Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mechanisms of memory in the brain, Anxiety, Big Data, Bioinformatics, Cell types, Computation, CRISPR-Cas9, Fear, Genetics, modeling, Neural circuits, neuroscience, Neuroscience of memory, PTSD, RNAseq
Chakrabarty, Trisha Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cognitive dsyfunction, Virtual reality cognitive retraining, Bipolarity, Psychotherapy approaches for mood disorders
Christoff, Kalina Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) brain, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, prefronal cortex, fMRI, neuroimaging, neuropsychology, executive functions, problem solving, reasoning, thinking, mind-wandering, attention, consciousness, real-time fMRI, trauma and PTSD, Cognitive and neural basis of human thought, reasoning and problem solving
Ciernia, Annie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gene-Environment Interactions, Epigenetics, Brain development, Autism, Neurodevelopmental disorders
Clark, Luke Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Gambling, Problem Gambling, Addiction, Decision-Making, Reward, Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms involved in gambling behaviour and disordered gambling
Craig, Ann Marie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Excitatory and inhibitory synapses, Synapse development and plasticity, Synapse organizing proteins, Neurotransmitter receptors, Autism and schizophrenia
Cresswell, Silke Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Functional imaging (PETand fMRI) in Parkinson
Cripton, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Trauma / Injuries, Cranio-Encephalic and Spinal Cord Trauma, Mechanical Systems, Spinal cord injury, neurotrauma, Traumatic Brain Injury, biomechanics, injury prevention, hip fracture, spine biomechanics
Cullis, Pieter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular biology for therapeutic purposes, lipids, immunological drugs
Cynader, Max Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) eye diseases; glaucoma; dyslexia; stroke; neurotrauma; memory; vision; learning disabilities; hearing development; recovery after brain damage; ischemia; gene therapy, Alzheimer's
Diamond, Adele Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) executive functions, prefrontal cortex, dopamine, working memory, self-control, self-regulation, cognition, COMT gene, Sex differences, stress, ACEs (adverse childhood experiences), ELS (early life stress), resilience, social determinants of health, ADHD, depression, PTSD, Physical Activity, the arts, mindfulness
Eich, Eric Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Mood congruence and mood dependence in learning and remembering, memory impairments associated with bipolar affective illness, the cognitive correlates of dissociative identity disorder, and subjective, behavioral, and neural differences between field (first-person perspective) and observer (third-person perspective) memories
Eng, Janice Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurorehabilitation, spinal cord, brain
Enns, James Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cognition, Sensation and Perception, attention, action kinematics, social perception
Field, Thalia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) stroke, Clinical trials, cerebral venous thrombosis, cerebral small vessel disease, cognition
Floresco, Stanley Bogdan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neural circuits subserving learning and executive functions, behavioural and electrophysiological analyses of limbic-cortical-striatal interactions involved in decision making and behavioural flexibility, animal models of schizophrenia and drug addiction
Frangou, Sophia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) the study of the human brain in health and disease
Galea, Liisa Ann Margaret Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Hormones and Growth Factors, Depression, Neurogenesis and Gliogenesis, Cognition, Postpartum Depression, Drugs and Pregnancy / Breast Feeding, Aging Process, Alzheimer's Disease, Learning and Memory, hippocampus, Sex differences, neuroplasticity, estrogens, women's health
Garbi, Rafeef Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biomedical Technologies, Imaging, Artificial Intelligence, Medical Image Computing, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, image analysis, Biomedical Engineering, Deep Learning
Giaschi, Deborah Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Vision, Visual System, Sensation and Perception, Eye and Visual System Diseases, Infant / Child Development, amblyopia, reading
Goldowitz, Daniel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic basis of brain disease, neurobiology of autism, Huntingtong's gene, mouse/mice epigenetics, gene regulatory network
Gregory-Evans, Cheryl Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Tissue fusion during development, Aniridia, retinal therapeutics
Gregory-Evans, Kevin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) retina, stem cells, gene therapy, retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, age-related macular degeneration, Stargardt’s disease, Best’s disease, x-linked retinoschisis, electroretinography., Eye, novel molcular approaches in the treatment of retinal disease, cell-based therapeutics ofr age-related macular degenration and retinitis pigmentosa, molecular defects underlying retinal disease
Grunau, Ruth V Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biobehavioural regulation, brain and neurodevelopment in premature infants and children, Long-term effects of neonatal pain on stress regulation, brain, behavior, neurodevelopment, Infant pain and stress, Parenting stress, parent-infant interaction
Haas, Kurt Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Plasticity / Neuronal Regeneration, Neurological Diseases, Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases, Neuronal and Synaptic Activity, Neuronal Systems, Neuronal Modeling, Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission, Autism, Epilepsy, Synaptic Plasticity, Dendritogenesis, Brain Circuit Development, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Neuronal Computation
Hayden, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Huntington disease, Disease progression, Diabetes, Neurodegenerative disorders, Gene Therapy, Drug development
Honer, William Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain disorders, risk factors for disease
Illes, Judy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Ethics and Health, Ethics, Law and Responsibilities, Neurological Diseases, Biomedical Ethics, Aging and dementia, Neurodevelopmental disorders, Brain Injury, Stem Cells, Neurotechnology, Neuroethics
Jefferies, Wilfred Arthur Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Iron transport molecules
Kobor, Michael Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Epigenetics, Social Epigenetics, molecular biology, Chromatin Biology
Kolind, Shannon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Imaging, MRI, medical physics, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord, brain, Neurological Disease, myelin
Kozlowski, Piotr Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) development and application of MRI techniques to study pre-clinical models of human diseases with specific focus on cancer and spinal cord injuries; development of the multi-parametric MRI techniques for prostate cancer diagnosis in the clinical setting.
Krassioukov, Andrei Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) autonomic dysfunctions following spinal cord injury (SCI)
Kumar, Ujendra Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Somatostatin hormone, molecular pharmacology, Somatostatin, , Hormones, somatostatin, locomotor and cognitive function, neurodegenerative diseases, drugs
Kwon, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Spinal cord injury
Lam, Raymond Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) seasonal affective disorder; winter depression; antidepressant medications; light therapy; depression; clinical guidelines; circadian rhythms; melatonin; serotonin; dopamine; noradrenaline; tryptophan; workplace depression, Depression
Laule, Cornelia Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Imaging, Neurological Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Spinal Cord Diseases, Pathology, Central Nervous System Inflammatory Diseases, Cerebral Atrophy, Auto-Immune Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Nervous System Development, Pain, Schizophrenia, Neuronal Systems, magnetic resonance imaging, brain, spinal cord, myelin, Spinal cord injury, image analysis
Leavitt, Blair Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurodegenerative Diseases, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Ataxia, Huntington disease, Neurogenetics, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Frontotemporal Dementia, Mouse models of disease, Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells, Gene regulation, Experimental Therapeutics, Gene Silencing and Gene Editing, Gene Therapy, Medical Genetics
Liu-Ambrose, Teresa Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Age and Risk Factors, Mobility, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging, Lifestyle Determinants and Health, Rehabilitation, Healthy Aging, Fall prevention, Cognitive Aging, Sleep, Physical Activity
Loewen, Christopher Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Membranes and Organelles, Lipid Signalling, Lipid Traffic, Membrane Contact Sites, Genetic Networks, Systems Biology, Super Resolution Microscopy, Cell polarity, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Golgi, Membrane Diffusion Barriers, Cell Biology, Autism, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Cancer Cell Metabolism
Mackenzie, Ian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Alzheimer's Disease
MacVicar, Brian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain Research, epilepsy, astrocyte, glia, dendrites, synapse, imaging, two photon laser scanning microscopy, neurophysiology, Role of calcium, regulation of neurons, cell death
Matsubara, Joanne Aiko Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Alzheimer's, age-related macular degeneration

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