Of all the mysteries in neuroscience, memory is among the most heavily researched. There is an important distinction between semantic( basic general knowledge; e.g., Paris is the capital of France) and episodic, or personal, memories (tied to time, place, people; e.g., last Saturday night, my wife and I had a fantastic dinner of mushroom risotto at a restaurant near the market). Because episodic memory is personal, it is the connection to our past, and who we are now. But it is also a core to our vision of the future. And the more salient and emotional the memory, the more it becomes embedded in who we are.
Ontario Brain Institute Blog
OBI’s Integrated Discovery programs focused on cerebral palsy, depression, epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders now bring together over 200 core researchers and clinicians, 35 institutions, 40 companies, and 18 patient advocacy groups from across Ontario.
Read about their latest news and progress in the updates they have provided or click here to watch a video that celebrates their continued support from the Province of Ontario.
Ontario is recognized as a world leader in brain research but the province’s healthcare system and economy have room to benefit from stronger efforts in science innovation. An asset that is of critical value but is often overlooked is access to the right kinds of people—in this case, people that have the skillset to move scientific ideas into the marketplace.
In OBI’s goal to improve brain health, research data are one of the basic building blocks. Data are assets that hold value because they can be shared, analysed, and reused in different ways to support new discoveries and reduce the loss of resources. One opportunity to reuse data and uncover new insights is the linking of routinely collected population and healthcare data, or ‘broad’ data, with ‘deep’ research data (e.g., imaging, genetics, etc.). To harness data’s full potential, OBI has developed several initiatives including an informatics platform, an international workshop, and internships to address linking and sharing data in new ways.
Imagine you are treating someone with a suspected traumatic brain injury—what if you could have a non-invasive look inside their brain to assess the damage and decide on treatment? Ontario-based Tessonics Inc. developed a device that could do just that, but the next challenge was how to properly calibrate the device to ensure reliable and consistent measurements. This question drew Adrian Wydra and Dr. Roman Maev of Tessonics Inc. into a partnership that would enable two companies to drive innovation in Ontario’s neuroscience landscape.
A light flickers over a tangle of wires and they appear to pulse with life, briefly creating the illusion of flowing electricity.
By: Tamer Ismail, OBI Intern, Industry Relations
March 26th marks international Purple Day—a day to promote epilepsy awareness. This neurological disorder, characterized by erratic bursts of electrical activity, or seizures, affects many of us—about 80,000 people in Ontario alone which is why I think it’s critical that epilepsy awareness and support live up to the challenge.
Mr. Joseph Rotman passed away on January 27, 2015, a short period after his 80th birthday. Amongst his many current activities, he was founding chair of the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI).
By Bryan Jenkins, OBI Intern, Research Programs
At the end of 2014, many of us – with the help of certain social media websites – were reflecting upon the past year of our lives. It was a big year for neuroscience and brain health, following from our proclaimed ‘Year of the Brain’. In this post for Alzheimer’s Awareness month we will reflect upon some of the most influential discoveries of 2014 related to Alzheimer’s research, and from this assess the current and future state of this ever-progressing field.
By: Stephanie Todorovski, Operations Intern, Ontario Brain Institute
Team leads, senior management personnel, and executive positions are just some of the potential job opportunities that exist in the business world. To be successful within these roles, it goes without saying that all three require one key component: strong leadership skills. Working towards the development of this type of person requires one to be well equipped with the tools for leadership. In addressing this topic, the Ontario Brain Institute organized an educational session for recent graduates working within the three training and education opportunities available at OBI this past year, including the OBI entrepreneurs program, management fellowships program and internships program. The workshop focused on one of the fundamental elements for successful leadership: communication.