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Concussion research focused on intimate partner violence

Drs. Brian Christie and Sandy Shultz have received a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to continue their pre-clinical research on brain injury specifically in the context of intimate partner violence (IPV), looking at how the common factors of concussion, non-fatal strangulation, and extreme stress can individually and in combination affect an IPV survivor’s brain biology, blood biomarkers, and functionality.

Linking Parkinson’s, COVID-19, and microglia

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Ifeoluwa (Hiphy) Awogbindin (Tremblay Lab) has received a Michael Smith Health Research British Columbia Research Trainee Award. Jointly funded by the Parkinson’s Society British Columbia, the award will support Hiphy’s investigation of the relationship between SARS-CoV-2 infection / COVID-19, microglia, and Parkinson’s disease.

Building connections between nerve cells

Dr. Leigh Anne Swayne received a Project Grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to study how nerve cell connections are stabilized. This important work will help us understand the molecular processes involved in wiring the brain. Since impaired nerve connection stability is common to several neurological conditions, ranging from chronic stress and depression to schizophrenia, the outcomes of this research could also shed light on how these conditions arise and how they might be treated.

Women’s health–focused microglial research

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Adriano Chaves (they/them; Tremblay Lab) received a 2023 Graduate and Fellowship Research Award in Women’s Health at the Postdoctoral Level from the Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI). They will investigate the role of microglia in remodelling the extracellular matrix, with a specific focus on how this could affect synaptic plasticity and emotional and cognitive behaviour in female models.