2016 Curriculum

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        Dr. Mathieson                 Dr. Barker                     Dr. Wile                         Dr. Miller               Jennifer Upshaw, M.A.     Dr. Lappalainen

Tues., Oct. 25: Brain Basics: Facts, Functions, and Anatomy

Speaker: Dr. Bruce Mathieson

Dr. Bruce Mathieson, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology Department, teaches courses in Anatomy and  Physiology, Neurobiology and Clinical Neuroscience. Dr. Mathieson received a 2013 Curricular Innovation Award to develop a series of brain dissection videos and an on-line interactive program to teach students about the  neuroanatomy of the human brain and spinal cord. His own research looks at the neurochemistry of the brain and how it is the target of endocrine disrupting chemicals found in the environment as well as a class of neurosteroid compounds produced by the brain. 

In our first lecture, you’ll get a primer on the brain using an interactive tool developed by Dr. Mathieson for his teaching program at UBC Okanagan. He’ll also discuss his own research program involving a new group of hormones, neurosteroids, thought to have potential implications for neurodegenerative disease.


Tues., Nov. 1: Brain Afflictions: Why Diseases Like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Take Hold

Speakers: Dr. Philip Barker & Dr. Daryl Wile

Originally from the Okanagan, Dr. Philip Barker completed postdoctoral studies in neurobiology at Stanford  University and began his academic career at McGill University where he ran an active research program on neuronal cell death. He held several administrative posts, lastly as Scientific Director of Montreal Neurological Institute. In 2015, Dr. Barker joined UBC as Vice-Principal Research for the UBC Okanagan campus and Associate Vice-President for the UBC system, with mandates to build on the significant research strengths  established at UBC Okanagan and leveraging opportunities between the two UBC campuses. Dr. Barker is a molecular biologist and biochemist. His research team in the Barker Lab are focused on deciphering molecular  aspects of neurodegeneration.

Dr. Daryl Wile completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at UBC, a Master of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience at McGill University, and Doctor of Medicine followed by residency training in Neurology at the University of Calgary, with certification in Neurology by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He completed a Clinical Movement Disorders Fellowship supported by the Parkinson's Society of Canada at the Pacific Parkinson's Research Centre in Vancouver with a focus on genetic and brain imaging markers of clinical differences in Parkinson's disease. Dr. Wile is the newest neurologist to join the Parkinson’s community in Kelowna.

Dr. Barker and Dr. Wile team up for this bench to bedside lecture that looks at the earliest pre-clinical events in the brain and how they may eventually present clinically in diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 


Tues., Nov. 8: Understanding Stroke and Recovery

Speakers: Dr. Harry Miller, PhD and Jennifer Upshaw, PhD Student      

Dr. Harry Miller, PhD, is a Clinical Neuropsychologist, and is Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology at UBC’s Okanagan campus and Clinical Instructor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry. He is also FLEX Site Director for the  Southern Medical Program. Dr. Miller’s research involves memory with traumatic brain injury and stroke; peripheral vascular disease and cognition; emotional function post stroke; and inattention following stroke.  

Jennifer Upshaw, PhD Student: Jen is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at UBC’s Okanagan campus focusing on Neuropsychology. Her research examines hemispatial neglect in stroke patients, with a focus on neuropsychological testing, subtypes of neglect, and their potential impact on recovery.

Dr. Miller and PhD student Jennifer Upshaw will co-present this lecture which will provide an overview of stroke, some of the neuropsychological issues following stroke and their research at UBC’s Okanagan campus involving neglect, a frustrating and often misunderstood consequence of stroke.


Tues., Nov. 15: Addiction as a Brain Disease

Speaker: Dr. Leslie Lappalainen

Dr. Leslie Lappalainen, MD, completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Ottawa in 2013. She completed extra training in addiction medicine through the University of British Columbia, and is certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). She is a member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine, Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine as well as the American Society of  Addiction Medicine. Dr. Lappalainen is the Medical Lead for Addiction Medicine, Mental Health and Substance Use at Interior Health, and a clinical instructor with the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Addiction is often seen as a moral issue, not a health issue. Dr. Lappalainen will provide an overview of how drugs of abuse and alcohol affect the brain and the science that underpins addiction. She will then provide an overview of some of the latest research for different treatments for alcohol and opioid addiction and some offers up some reasons why they are currently underutilized and some potential strategies to  address this.

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