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.


Affiliated UBC Faculty & Postdocs

Name Role Research Interests
McKeown, Martin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Parkinson's Disease; novel treatments for Parkinson's; Monitoring Parkinson's; Brain Stimulation; Biomedical Engineering
Meneilly, Graydon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) diabetes and carbohydrate metabolism in the elderly
Michalak, Erin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) bipolar disorder; quality of life; stigma, community based research; depression; mental health; ehealth; self-management, Bipolar disorder, quality of life, stigma, community based research, depression, mental health, ehealth, self-management
Mizumoto, Kota Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Cell and Developmental Biology
Molday, Robert Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Proteins, cell structure, lipids, drug discovery, gene therapy
Motamed Yeganeh, Negin Postdoctoral Fellow Cognitive sciences; Neuropsychology; Neuropsychological Assessment; Cognitive development; Executive Functioning; Psycholinguistics
Moukhles, Hakima Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Muscle cells
Murphy, Timothy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Autism; brain imaging; depression; Neuronal Systems; stroke
Nygaard, Haakon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) potential role for anti-convulsant drugs in treating Alzheimers disease, which have shown promise in preclinical models of the disease
O'Connor, Timothy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Identification of small molecules that stimulate neurite outgrowth and regeneration Examination of the role of semaphorins during embryonic development
Oberlander, Timothy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Population epidemiological studies that characterize neurodevelopmental pathways that reflect risk, resiliency and developmental plasticity
Oruc, Ipek Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) visual recognition of high level forms such as faces, letters and objects
Pai, Dinesh Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Robotics, computer graphics, medical imaging, neuroscience, sensorimotor computation
Panenka, William Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain, Behaviour & Development
Pavlidis, Paul Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Basic medicine and life sciences; genomics; Bioinformatics; cellular and molecular neuroscience; Genetics; disorders of the nervous system
Pelech, Steven Daniel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurological disorders (except neuromuscular diseases); Mechanisms of carcinogenesis; Protein Microarrays; Protein Kinases; Protein Phosphatases; Protein phosphorylation; Cell signalling; Signal transduction; Cell division; COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2
Phillips, Anthony Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Addictions Psychiatry, Basic Neurosciences
Quandt, Jacqueline Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neuroinflammation in damage and repair relevant to multiple sclerosis and other nervous system disorders
Ranger, Manon Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurodevelopment; Clinical nursing, secondary (acute care); neurodevelopment; Early-adversity; Biomarkers of early stress exposure; Brain development; pain; Prematurity
Rankin, Catharine Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Effects of experience early in development on adult behaviour and the nervous system, adult learning and memory
Rauscher, Alexander Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Physical sciences; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; magnetic resonance imaging; physics; quantitative susceptibility mapping; myelin water imaging; brain; maschine learning
Raymond, Lynn Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Huntington's Disease
Redekop, Gary Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Clinical trials in stroke and cerebrovascular disease, neurosurgery
Reiner, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) All other social sciences, n.e.c.; Neuroethics; Artificial Intelligence
Robillard, Julie Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical, health and life sciences; Patient experience/patient engagement; eHealth; Assistive technology; Neuroethics; Brain health technology; Artificial Intelligence; Dementia; mental health; Social robots
Rossi, Fabio Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Stem Cell Regenerative Medicine blood, Stem cells, regeneration, gene therapy, control of cell fate
Schuetz, Christian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Addiction, Cognitive Control, Treatment; Psychology - Biological Aspects; Social and Cultural Psychiatry
Seamans, Jeremy Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder and addiction
Simpson, Elizabeth Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Genetic medicine; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Aniridia; CRISPR; Congenital Anomalies; Congenital blindness; Eye and Visual System Diseases; Gene therapy for brain and eye diseases; In vivo gene augmentation and genome editing (CRISPR/CAS9); MiniPromoters for restricted expression; Rare diseases
Snutch, Terrance Preston Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Molecular and genetic analysis of the nervous system
Snyder, Jason Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) plasticity, learning, memory, stress, mental health, emotional behaviour
Soja, Peter Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) how synaptic transmission through identified ascending spinal sensory pathways and motoneuron pools differs during distinct behavioral states such as non-rapid eye movement (NREM) and REM sleep, or general anesthesia vs. wakefulness
Soma, Kiran Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Zoology; Behavior; Biological Behavior; Endocrinology; Neuroendocrine Diseases; Neuronal Communication and Neurotransmission; Neuronal Systems; neuroscience; stress
Song, Weihong Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Alzheimer's Disease; Molecular Genetics; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Cell Signaling; Cognition; Genetics of Neurological and Psychiatric Diseases; Neuropharmacology; Transgenic Model; Down Syndrome; mental health; Alzheimer's disease
Sossi, Vesna Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical Imaging, Brain imaging
Spering, Miriam Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Biological sciences; vision; movement; perception and action; eye movements; hand movements; eye-hand coordination; sport vision; Parkinson's disease
Stoessl, A Jonathan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Parkinson's disease
Subramaniam, Sriram Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Medical, health and life sciences; cryo-EM; cryo-electron microscopy; Cryoelectron Microscopy; Scanning Electron Microscopy; Advanced Electron Microscopy; drug discovery; Drug-design; Focused ion beams; Electron tomography; Tomography; Single particle imaging; Single particle analysis; structural bioinformatics; Structural Biology; COVID-19 therapeutic design
Swindale, Nicholas Vaughan Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Bioinformatics; Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Eye and Visual System Diseases; Neuronal Modeling; Neuronal Systems; Visual System
Tam, Roger Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Machine learning; Biomedical signal processing; Biomedical Design and Innovation; Biomedical Technologies; Computer Science and Statistics; Data Analytics; Medical Imaging; Machine Learning; Neurodegenerative diseases; Precision Medicine; Radiology
Tetzlaff, Wolfram Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neural development and regeneration
Todd, Rebecca Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; cognition; Emotional learning (associative learning of reward and punishment); Human Cognition and Emotion; Human Neurocognitive processes underlying all of the above; Learning and Memory; Motivation, Emotions and Rewards; Motivationally and affectively biased attention and memory
Traboulsee, Tony Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurology; Central nervous system; Biomedical signal processing; Machine learning; Imaging; magnetic resonance imaging; multiple sclerosis; neuromyelitls optica (NMO)
Tremlett, Helen Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Epidemiology (except nutritional and veterinary epidemiology); multiple sclerosis; Neuroepidemiology; Pharmacoepidemiology; prodrome,; Drug safety and effectiveness; Pharmacogenomics; comorbidities; health administrative data; Gut microbiome; prodromes
Viau, Victor Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Understanding the central bases of social- and gender-based differences in stress reactivity
Vila-Rodriguez, Fidel Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Brain stimulation Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) Theta-bust stimulation (TBS) Magnetic Seizure Therapy (MST) Depression Psychosis Schizophrenia
Vilarino-Guell, Carles Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Genetic medicine; Health counselling; Genetic Diseases; multiple sclerosis; Neurological disorders; Neuromyelitis optica
Virji-Babul, Naznin Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, Developmental disabilities (Down’s syndrome), Developmental neuroscience (mirror neurons, perception-action coupling)
Wang, Yu Tian Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Learning and memory, stroke
Ward, Lawrence Faculty (G+PS eligible/member) Neurosciences, biological and chemical aspects; Neurosciences, medical and physiological and health aspects; Psychology and cognitive sciences; brain plasticity and cultural learning; cognition; cognitive neuroscience of consciousness, perception, memory, spontaneous thought; computational neuroscience of neural oscillations, brain regional networks; effects of noise in the brain; electrophysiology; Neuronal Systems; stochastic processes