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November 06, 2019

New study advances quest to better understand consciousness

In a new study published today by Nature Communications, Adrian Owen and his colleagues at the University of Cambridge compared brain of patients in a vegetative state with those of healthy participants who were anaesthetized. Adrian Owen is the co-Director of CIFAR's Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness, which receives support from Brain Canada.

November 06, 2019

Improving research with more effective antibodies

Scientists demonstrate flaws in protein detection tools, and outline a solution A new study points to the need for better antibody validation, and outlines a process that other labs can use to make sure the antibodies they work with function properly. This work was supported by an ALS Canada-Brain Canada Arthur J. Hudson Translational Team Grant.

October 03, 2019

Eye scan sheds new light on Alzheimer’s disease

New research has demonstrated that a quick, non-invasive eye scan can identify changes in the retina that could be used to diagnose Alzheimer's disease. This research was supported by a CQDM - Brain Canada Focus on Brain Grant, led by Dr. Jean-Paul Soucy.

October 03, 2019

ALS gene may be a hitchhiker’s guide to the neuron

Scientists peered inside neurons and watched the workings of annexin A11, a gene linked to a rare form of ALS. They found that neurons may normally use the gene to ship internal housekeeping instructions via a newly discovered “hitchhiking” system and that disease-causing mutations may tie up deliveries at the cell’s loading docks. This research is supported by an ALS Society of Canada/Brain Canada Arthur J. Hudson Translational Team Grant.

July 10, 2019

Helping first responder families learn how the work can ‘colour’ mental health

The Working Mind First Responders (TWMFR) is a well-established training course that helps first responders link colours in the program’s mental health continuum model with their state of well-being. “The program is evidence based,” explained Mike Pietrus, the MHCC’s director of Mental Health First Aid and Opening Minds. “The MHCC is indebted to Medavie and Brain Canada for funding the development and assessment of the family package, which is proving to be highly effective.”

May 21, 2019

Canada charts new course to attack brain tumours

Canada has launched its first brain tumour registry in its battle to better treat the disease and avoid reliance on foreign data. The Brain Tumour Registry of Canada (BTRC) is funded by Brain Canada and the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada through a Platform Support Grant, led by Faith Davis.

April 23, 2019

Neuro researchers receive early-career grants

Two researchers from The Neuro are among just ten nationwide to receive Early-Career Capacity Building Grants this year from the Azrieli Foundation in partnership with the Brain Canada Foundation.

April 18, 2019

Accelerating drug discovery with Open Science

Edward Fon is the Principal Investigator on a grant titled "A Patient-Derived hiPSC Neuronal Platform for Drug Discovery in Parkinson’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis," funded by CQDM and Brain Canada.

March 27, 2019

Turing Award Won by 3 Pioneers in Artificial Intelligence

For their work on neural networks, Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio will share $1 million for what many consider the Nobel Prize of computing. All three scientists are part of the CIFAR program "Learning in Machines & Brains," of which Brain Canada is a partner.