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February 20, 2020

Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes may be communicable

A new paper by UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Dr. Brett Finlay and a team of fellows from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) proposes that non-communicable diseases may be transmitted between people through the microbiome. Brett Finlay is the Co Director of the CIFAR Humans & the Microbiome program, supported by Brain Canada.

January 29, 2020

AI-analyzed blood test can predict the progression of neurodegenerative disease

New technique could be used to choose best therapies for patients and measure their effectiveness. Evaluating the effectiveness of therapies for neurodegenerative diseases is often difficult because each patient’s progression is different. The research was supported through a 2015 Platform Support Grant for the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre.

January 28, 2020

Behavioural research gets boost with first open-access database

Neuroscience researchers at Western University have developed the first open-access repository for raw data from mouse cognitive testing. Called MouseBytes, the database gives researchers a platform to share rodent cognition data using touchscreen cognitive testing with labs around the world. The work was supported through a 2012 MIRI Team Grant and the Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP).

December 17, 2019

The Life Scientific, Adrian Owen

Adrian Owen tells Jim Al-Khalili about his search for awareness in brain-injured patients. Adrian Owen is the co-Director of CIFAR's Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness, which receives support from Brain Canada.

November 27, 2019

Découverte – ICI Radio-Canada

Cette semaine à Découverte, nous faisons le point sur une maladie qui touchera un million de canadiens, en 2050 : L’Alzheimer est irréversible et incurable. Pourquoi la recherche piétine-t-elle? Qu’en est-il du diagnostic précoce? Que sait-on de cette maladie? Survol d'une maladie qui mystifie encore la communauté scientifique. Sylvia Villeneuve a reçu une subvention de la Société Alzheimer et la Fondation Brain Canada en 2016 pour le projet - Suivi de la progression de la maladie d’Alzheimer dans ses premiers stades : un projet multimodal.

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.