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Delusions and Hallucinations

January 1, 2012

Upcoming BrainTalk January 19th:

Cognitive underpinnings of delusions and hallucinations in schizophrenia.

Dr. Todd Woodward is a highly accomplished researcher in the field of schizophrenia and neuroimaging. He is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UBC-BCMHARI where his lab focuses on researching the cognitive underpinnings of the symptoms of schizophrenia using novel cognitive paradigms and functional neuroimaging. Dr. Woodward has made signifcant contributions to the literature with many publications in top tier journals. A current paper co-authored by Dr. Woodward is discussed in a recent article by Nicole Jardine, published in the Scientific American.  For further reading, Dr. Woodward’s publications can be found on the BCMHARI website. His upcoming talk will review the underlying cognitive processes associated with delusions and hallucinations in schizophrenia.


Semaphorins may be a clue as to how schizophrenic neurons develop differently. Semaphorins are molecules that shape the pathways of axons (axons are the long connecting ‘wires’ of the neurons). Qian Qian Liu, has been studying semaphorins as part of her Masters of Science at the O’Connor Lab. She will present for ten minutes at the beginning of the evening, about semaphorins.

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The two large photos above are from an article about Turing Patterns.

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