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News on Brain Canada-funded researchers

November 09, 2021

New portable MRI has the potential to change the future of healthcare

Dr. Shannon Kolind, a researcher at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health and associate professor in the Department of Medicine at UBC, recently received one of the first Hyperfine portable MRI systems in Canada and will be investigating possible uses in research and clinical settings.

October 21, 2021

$100K for brain research

Dr. Tamara Vanderwal of Vernon receives $100,000 research grant from Brain Canada

August 13, 2021

Love builds brains: integrating cultural knowledge with brain science

A growing body of research on early childhood development has shown that by equipping families with strong knowledge of their children’s early developmental processes, they can reliably provide the stable, predictive environments that help their children thrive.

July 09, 2021

Brain Canada on An Hour to Give

Brain Canada representatives share the incredible research that is being done in the areas of brain disease, injuries and mental health.

June 15, 2021

Building back our mental health

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to a renewed focus on our collective mental health. For more than a year now, Canadians have been faced with increased isolation, heightened uncertainty and overwhelming feelings of emotional and mental exhaustion. Lockdowns are causing disruptions of services and strained resources for all Canadians, and our most vulnerable communities are being disproportionately affected.

May 14, 2021

Bringing Canada to the forefront of scientific innovation

Buzzing with excitement and filled with ground-breaking ideas, the next generation of brain scientists are eager to push the envelope and take us deeper into the unknown. From exploring the effects of cannabis in pregnancy, to turning skin cells into brain cells, Canada’s early-career researchers are ready to revolutionize the field of neuroscience. But there is often one common element preventing  them from using their talent to bring Canada to the forefront of innovation – funding.

March 10, 2021

Stress: It’s all in your head, or is it?

When we think about mental health, we often think of the brain in our heads. But what about what some refer to as our second brain – the gut? Could changes to the trillions of microorganisms in the gut affect our emotions? And could studying the gut lead to new treatments for depression?

January 29, 2021

U of A researchers discover new way to identify severity and track progression of ALS

University of Alberta researchers have discovered a new method to identify the severity of Lou Gehrig’s disease in patients and track its progression. The U of A team, led by Sanjay Kalra, a professor in the Division of Neurology, has made progress toward an imaging biomarker for white-matter degeneration in the brains of ALS patients, which they hope will lead to earlier diagnosis and potential new therapeutics.

January 28, 2021

Research study leads to dramatic quality of life improvement for man with spinal cord injury

Dr. Richi Gill, MD, is back at work, able to enjoy time with his family in the evening and get a good night’s sleep, thanks to research. Three years ago, Gill broke his neck in a boogie board accident while on vacation with his young family. Getting mobile again with the use of a wheelchair is the first thing, Gill says, most people notice. However, for those with a spinal cord injury (SCI), what is happening inside the body also severely affects their quality of life.

January 05, 2021

Researchers detect early signs of autism in at-risk infants

Medical researchers reliably predicted autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a large sample of at-risk children by identifying and tracking early behavioural signs at 12 months of age, according to study findings published Dec. 25 in Child Development.

December 04, 2020

What makes a healthy brain?

Ravi Rungta, a young assistant professor of dentistry at UdeM, is recognized by the Brain Canada Foundation as one of the country's top 20 leaders in brain research.

December 04, 2020

A novel approach to Parkinson’s disease

UdeM neurobiologist Janelle Drouin-Ouellet is reprogramming neuronal cells from skin samples of elderly Parkinson’s patients to see how the cells change over time – and discover new treatments.

November 12, 2020

Six early-career researchers receive leadership grants

Six McGill University Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences researchers — Boris Bernhardt, Mark Brandon, Yasser Iturria-Medina, Jean-Francois Poulin, Jo Anne Stratton and Masha Prager-Khoutorsky — have received grants to support their work in the early-career stage, after being chosen from 150 talented applicants.

June 30, 2020

Sex bias in pain research

Females process pain differently, but search for pain medication still based on hypotheses drawn from work in males It is increasingly clear that male and female humans and rodents process pain in different ways. Despite this fact, according to a review paper from McGill University published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, most pain research remains overwhelmingly based on the study of male rodents, continuing to test hypotheses derived from earlier experiments on males. Jeffrey Mogil was the principal investigator on a 2014 Brain Canada Team Grant that studied sex differences in pain.

June 30, 2020

Even without concussion, athletes in contact sports may have brain changes

Female college rugby players may have subtle brain changes even if they haven't had a recent concussion, according to a new study published in the June 17, 2020, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study was supported through a 2015 Brain Canada Platform Support Grant, led by Ravi Menon.

April 03, 2020

Artificial intelligence for very young brains

Canadian scientists have developed an innovative new technique that uses artificial intelligence to better define the different sections of the brain in newborns during a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam. The study was supported by Brain Canada through a 2014 Platform Support Grant, led by Dr. Gregory A. Lodygensky.