Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute
Parkinson’s disease gene identified with help of Mennonite family: UBC-VCH research
An international team led by human genetic researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health has identified the latest gene associated with typical late-onset Lewy body Parkinson’s disease (PD), with the help of a Canadian Mennonite family of Dutch-German-Russian ancestry.
Jun 27, 2012
Multiple sclerosis patients have lower risk of cancer: UBC-VCH research
Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients appear to have a lower cancer risk, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health. The […]
Jun 21, 2012
Preventing dementia: new research by VCH and UBC shows the trajectory of cognitive decline can be altered in seniors at risk for dementia
Cognitive decline is a pressing global health care issue. Worldwide, one case of dementia is detected every seven seconds. Mild cognitive impairment is a well recognized risk factor for dementia, and represents a critical window of opportunity for intervening and altering the trajectory of cognitive decline in seniors.
Apr 23, 2012
Federal and provincial ministers break ground for UBC-VCH brain health centre
Representatives of the federal and provincial governments today marked the start of construction of a new centre at UBC that will unite brain research and patient care.
Oct 11, 2011
UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health researchers help discover common genetic cause of ALS and frontotemporal dementia
A neuropathologist at University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health helped find a genetic abnormality that is the most common cause of two different but related forms of neurodegenerative disease: frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Sep 21, 2011
UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health researcher discovers new type of spinal cord stem cell
A group led by a University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health scientist has discovered a type of spinal cord cell that could function as a stem cell, with the ability to regenerate portions of the central nervous system in people with spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease).
Sep 15, 2011
Newly identified gene mutation linked to Parkinson's: UBC-Vancouver Coastal Health research
Less than two months after publishing findings about a new gene linked to late-onset Parkinson’s disease, the same team of scientists at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute have discovered another gene responsible for the neurodegenerative disease – providing yet another target for potential treatments.
Sep 8, 2011
B.C. Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine appointed at UBC
The University of British Columbia today welcomed the appointment of Matthew Farrer as the new Dr. Donald Rix B.C. Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine, the ninth B.C. Leadership Chair to be appointed at UBC.
Aug 30, 2011