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VCH Research Institute's monthly health research update.
Issue 43 January 2019

An atlas of the brain - new MRI technology makes mapping nerve connections easier

Janet Uribe jokingly says she now volunteers as a ‘brain model’ at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, where she regularly takes part in clinical trials and studies. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) 25 years ago, Uribe enjoys participating in research. “As a patient, who has lived with a chronic illness for so many years, it’s a great feeling to be able to contribute to this type of research. What they see in my brain will help others. It’s a privilege.” 

I say yes  

to participating because I believe that my contribution is valuable to others.
– Janet Uribe, Vancouver

Opportunity to Participate in Research

Can we help improve the memory of patients who have experienced a traumatic brain injury?

The study aims to establish the feasibility of an intervention designed to improve the memory of those with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.

Can personally tailored exercises help improve the activity levels of those with rheumatoid arthritis?

This study aims to address the low levels of physical activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis by developing personalized strength training programs. 

Can non-invasive imaging increase our understanding of diabetic eye problems?

This study will examine patients with different levels of diabetic retinopathy to better understand the process of disease progression.

Find a Research Study

Helpful tips to prepare for an MRI scan

by Dr. David Li and Laura Barlow, Magnetic Resonance Technologist
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Know your medical history. 
To ensure your safety, the MRI technologist will need to know about any implants, medical devices or tattoos that could be affected by the strong MRI magnet.
Be prepared to change clothes. 
You will have to remove all metal items as well, such as hair pins, jewelry and piercings before your scan. So it’s best to leave those valuable items at home.
You must stay completely still. 
Movement will affect the scan quality, but you will be given earphones/plugs for the loud noise of the scanner and an alarm button to stop the scan if needed.

Upcoming Events

What's New in Addiction Medicine? Drugs and the Mother Baby Dyad

Hear from addiction medicine fellow Dr. Rebecca Coish about safety information and infant feeding strategies in the context of drug use and breastfeeding. Learn more.

Date January 22, 2019
Location St. Paul's Hospital - Hurlburt Auditorium
1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Anxiety in Children & Youth Workshop

Join members of Vancouver Coastal Health’s Child and Youth Mental Health Service for a workshop aimed at helping caregivers recognize anxiety in their child or youth, and learn strategies to support them. Learn more.

Date January 31, 2019
Location Vancouver School Board - Room 180
1580 West Broadway Street, Vancouver
Administration Office
6/F, 2635 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604.875.JOIN (5646)
Fax: 604.875.4900
Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute is the research body of Vancouver Coastal Health and health partner of the University of British Columbia.