Ontario Brain Institute Blog

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.

on 7 March 2014

What does your brain do for you? Just think about it (with your brain, of course!) and you will soon discover what an impact your brain has on everyday life. From your five senses to every emotion, thought, and movement, your brain is responsible for what you experience and who you are. So, for all it does for you, it’s time to show love for your brain. And when better to highlight its importance than during Brain Awareness Week from March 10th to 14th.

by mwilson
on 27 February 2014
By: Anna Han, PhD, OBI Management Fellow

Even the most innovative idea can lose its value if it has no applicability. Bringing scientific discovery into the market place is a very fascinating, yet challenging process that requires strong collaboration between many players. I recently witnessed the results of great teamwork in action – brilliant scientific discoveries turned into tangible products that address the needs of many Ontarians.

by mwilson
on 3 January 2014
By: Christopher Smith, PhD,OBI Intern with the Industry Relations team

As a recent PhD graduate people always ask me ‘what’s next?’ I believe this is possibly the most common question asked to new graduates, but it is also the most difficult to answer. 

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