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by mwilson
on 2 July 2014
By: Tiffany Scarcelli, MSc, OBI Management Fellow

When a child becomes seriously ill, there are many concerns, thoughts, and fears that arise in both the child and their family upon their first hospital visit. Will my child respond to treatment? Will they get the best care possible? What many people do not realize is that a child’s care goes beyond medications and procedures to encompass the child’s mental well-being. And often times, this is overlooked as part of their care. To address these concerns, the Hospital for Sick Children – one of the largest centres dedicated to improving children’s healthcare in North America – is doing something innovative.

by mwilson
on 12 May 2014
By: Nathalie Goodfellow, PhD, OBI Management Fellow

On March 24, I had the pleasure of attending the Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network( CP-NET), investigator workshop. The workshop was held at the Ontario Investment and Trade Center which had a spectacular view and even more impressive innovations. Attendees of the workshop were world-class researchers, clinicians, and entrepreneurs all passionate about improving our understanding and care for those living with cerebral palsy. 

by mwilson
on 24 April 2014
By: Dipa Basu, PhD, OBI Management Fellow

1 in 10 Canadians will be affected by depression at some point in their lives. The remaining 9 will know someone who is affected. Depression is a mood disorder which can become isolating and debilitating, and in some cases, even life-threatening. However, innovative research within this field is bringing about major improvements in how we treat depression. Recently, I had the chance to attend an event that presented some very new ideas and approaches to conquering the burden that depression has on individuals and our society.

on 25 March 2014

86 billion: that is the number of neurons, or cells, estimated to make up the human brain. Within each cell there is a universe of complexity and activity. But the remarkable abilities of the brain to think, remember, respond, and feel, cannot be explained by just scaling up the individual actions of each cell. It comes down to the connections. No neuron works in isolation, in fact each cell is thought to make up to 10,000 connections with other cells; the outcome of this interconnectivity, some 100 trillion connections, is the network of the human brain.
Like the brain itself, the Ontario Brain Institute’s strength is its ability to create connections.

on 25 March 2014

The eyes are said to be the ‘windows into the soul’. Now a novel technique is allowing researchers to take this romantic thought to a new level and use the eye as a ‘window into the brain’— to better understand and diagnose brain disorders.

on 25 March 2014

A key priority of OBI is amplifying the patient voice in research. To this end, OBI has helped establish five Patient Advisory Committees (PACs) which connect patients, their families and their advocates with people working at the frontier of brain research.

on 25 March 2014

By promoting brain awareness across Ontario, OBI is helping people take charge of their own brain health. Need some inspiration? OBI staffers reveal their own brain-health tips.

on 25 March 2014

Start from strength. Ontario neuroscience is recognized for research excellence, which is the foundation required for the development of a neurotechnology cluster. NeuroTech Ontario is the collective commitment of the growing neuroscience industry in the province to create technologies that leverage advances in brain research to improve public health, public understanding, and spur economic growth.

on 25 March 2014

OBI’s Graduate Opportunity (GO) Management Fellowship program gives five of the best brains in Ontario a year’s worth of invaluable professional development in the province’s diverse not-for-profit sector. The five Management Fellows are steeped in the details of how research and innovation is managed across all fields, from knowledge translation to governance. The GO Management program provides aspiring and accomplished academics a bridge to the professional world.

on 25 March 2014

The wealth of information available in the modern world has given rise to the idea of ‘Big Data’. Massive amounts of data hold the potential to provide us with major insights. However, for this to be possible, data must be collected, analysed, and linked in the right way. When harnessed effectively, ‘Big Data’ may soon be able to give us big insight into what’s most relevant to an individual’s care.

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