January 8, 2014
Accumulating animal and human research now suggests that regular physical activity is beneficial for the prevention and management of Alzheimer’s Disease.
In January, 2013, the Ontario Brian Institute commissioned a study on physical activity and Alzheimer’s Disease. OBI President and Scientific Director, Dr. Donald Stuss will present the results from the report and discuss the implications for individuals, families and Canadian health care. Dr. Laura Middleton, a cognitive scientist and kinesiologist from the University of Waterloo will talk about the relationship between physical activity and cognition in the context of Alzheimer's Disease. Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis will introduce the Physical Activity and Alzheimer’s Disease Consensus Statement and Toolkit (to be released in January 2014) and David Harvey from the Alzheimer’s Society will discuss the roll out of the Minds in Motion Program, which is a fitness and social program aimed at people afflicted with Alzheimer's Disease and experiencing memory loss. Click here for brief presenter bios.
If you would like to join this free webinar, please visit the following link to register.
December 1, 2013
Who we are, how we behave, how we love and laugh – the brain plays a very important role in these and many other behaviours. This presentation highlights some 35 years of research on damage to the frontal lobes of the brain, that area most related to the highest level of functions, and the effect of such damage on social behaviour. This one hour public lecture will be held by the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science at the MacLeod Auditorium, University of Toronto from 3:00 - 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 1st, 2013.
October 23, 2013
October 22, 2013
Advances in technology applied to medical and clinical research have led to the availability of large volumes of data from a variety of research studies and clinical environments. This data can be processed, integrated, federated, stored and analyzed to present opportunities for new understanding of diseases and treatments and has the potential to help save lives and billions of dollars throughout the health care system as well as, potentially helping create new products, methodologies and jobs.The High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL) is pleased to host this one day symposium to allow several aspects of this opportunity and the issues surrounding the collecting and use of this data to be explored. Registration is now open.
October 16-18, 2013
October 15, 2013
CPIN Special Lecture Hosted by the University of Toronto's Collaborative Program in Neuroscience (CPIN)
October 9, 2013
The Roundtable Series is an ongoing series of peer-to-peer discussions on topics that matters to businesses. The roundtable provides the businesses with an opportunity to meet with other life science entrepreneurs and external speakers to discuss pertinent topics, compare ideas and share experiences to drive their business forward. The October event will focus on Market Access and Reimbursement. Guest speakers John MacDonald and Claudia Neuber will discuss topics such as the steps to reimbursement, key success factors and influencers and key players in the public and private reimbursement area. The guest speakers’ presentations will be followed by a panel discussion on gaining market access for your drug or medical device.
October 9, 2013
September 29 - October 1, 2013
NeuroDevNet’s Annual Brain Development Conference is the premier North American meeting for understanding health and disorders in the developing brain. Our fourth annual conference will focus on cross-cutting themes drawing from a growing body of knowledge about the diagnosis and treatment of conditions including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), cerebral palsy (CP) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) being generated within our network, and through the groundbreaking research of our international network of colleagues and collaborators. Registration is now open. October 9, 2013
June 14-16, 2013
The Royal Society of Canada, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research are helping to organize this symposium, which will take place at Western University from June 14 to 16, 2013. Both Canada and Israel have a number of groups that are investigating issues related to Brain Plasticity, Learning, and Education, from animal models right through to research on the development of cognitive abilities in the human brain. Such research is becoming increasingly important as nations begin to appreciate the role of education in the knowledge economy. There will be an opportunity for researchers and trainees to present their work in the form of a poster at the Symposium. Registration is now open.
June 10, 2013
Dr. Brian K Kobilka , Professor at Stanfrod University School of Medicine and 2012 Nobel Prize Laureate in Chemistry, will deliver the 2013 CPIN Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture on June 10, 2013, at JJR MacLeod Auditorium.
The CPIN students will present their research updates as a part of the program requirement. The CPIN committee will recognize and award outstanding poster presentations through evaluation. The students who do not present posters are expected to register and participate in discussion with the poster presenters. The poster prosentations will be held at noon at the Stone Lobby, MSB. Check out the preliminary program.
June 2-6, 2013
May 27-28, 2013
May 21-24, 2013
April 23, 2013
The Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC) is pleased to announce an exciting panel discussion, The Status of Women in Science and Technology, in participation with two generations of women scientists to provide insights into how to strengthen their position in science and technology. Follow the link for more information.
April 17, 2013
Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange Webinar
Dr. Chris Ardern and Dr. Michael Rotondi will join Felicia White from the Alzheimer Society of Ontario to discuss The Role of Physical Activity in the Prevention and Management of Alzheimer's Disease. For more information and to register, please visit the Alzheimer Kowledge Exchange. In case you missed it, you can watch the Webinar here.
March 7, 2013
The Ontario Brain Institute has recently completed a report examining the impact of physical activity on the prevention and management of Alzheimer's Disease. Within this context, a panel of experts will discuss the report, the implications for health, and the programs available to help people become more active in their daily lives.
March 4 -6, 2013
The conference will bring together internationally renowned neuroscientists, clinicians and future scientists to address the science of neurorehabilitation. Scientific presentations will highlight research conducted in Canada and around the world and poster sessions will provide an opportunity for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to present their work and interact with leaders in the field. Register online now and download the complete conference program (PDF). This event is co-sponsored by the OBI and Heart & Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery.
March 3, 2013
The 3rd Epilepsy Family Education Day is fast approaching (Sunday March 3rd, SickKids Hollywood Theatre) and registration is now open. For more information, agenda, and to register, please click here.
February 20, 2013
Cracking the Autism Enigma
Autism, once a rarely observed and often misunderstood psychiatric disorder, has become one of today's most urgent public health challenges. Scientific research is revealing that specific genes and brain developmental processes are involved. Such revelations are redefining our understanding of this once enigmatic disorder offering hope to families with autism for new treatments.____________________________
Please join CIFAR and OBI as they present an evening with Dr. Steven Scherer as he presents some of the latest research on Autism. The lecture will be complimented with a moderated discussion with Drs. Marla Sokolowski (Co-Director, CIFAR program in Expeience-based Brain and Biological Development; Co-Director, Fraser Mustard Institute in Human Development, University of Toronto) and Evdokia Anagnostou (Clinician Scientist, Bloorview Research Institute; Assistant Professor, University of Toronto) hosted by OBI's President Dr. Donald Stuss.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Lecture starts at 7:00pm
Doors open at 6:30pm
A reception follows the formal program. Light refreshments will be served.
Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3G5
The event is free but you must register to attend:
Made possible with the generous support of:
November 27, 2012
A Scientific Panel discussion chaired by Dr. Donald T. Stuss, President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Brain Institute will be held on November 27th, 2012 at the Royal Ontario Museum, Eaton Theatre from 3:00-5:00PM. The Panel Members include Dr. Michael S. Gazzaniga, Dr. Robert T. Knight, Dr. Michael Strong, Dr. Marcus Raichle and Dr. Sandra Black. Click here for more information and panel member biographies.
October 1, 2012
The Ontario Brain Institute joins that Health Research Caucus on Parliament Hill to talk about the development of Ontario's Neurotechnology Cluster.
Sept 14th, 2012
Clinical trials can offer hope to many patients being treated for a brain disorder. Ontario has the infrastructure and clinical excellence to be a key destination for these trials, however, there are barriers preventing this from happening. But - there is a coordinated effort afoot to remedy this situation and make Ontario a destination of choice for clinical trials.
Meet Dr. Evdokia Anagnostou who is leading the development of Canada’s first Clinical Trials Network for children with autism. Dr. Anagnostou and colleagues are building a registry where specific patient physical characteristics (“biomarkers”) are linked to clinical outcomes.
Meet Drs. Muhammad Mamdani and Ken Evans, who are developing the database (Brain-CODE) where all of these data will coalesce. They will speak to the power of the Autism Clinical Trials Network as well as the potential for this approach in all brain disorders.
Meet Dr. Ron Heslegrave, the Executive Director of Clinical Trials Ontario, who is working to remove system-level barriers to clinical trials. Dr. Heslegrave and his team are working to streamline the ethics review process for organizations looking to do multi-centre clinical trials in Ontario.
Together, these groups are working to make Ontario a key destination for clinical trials.
If you are interested, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot. Once registered, you will receive your personal login information for the webinar.
June 5th, 2012
Epilepsy Canada Presents I ♥ Shakey
Epilepsy Canada Presents I ♥ Shakey, a special 3D Premiere Presentation, to celebrate the courage of those living with epilepsy. The OBI has partnered with Epilepsy Canada to support this event that aims to Break the Silence in epilepsy. Come join us on Aug 18th for this fun family event in support of a great cause.
June 1st, 2012
OCE Discovery 12: Neuroscience - Challenges and Opportunities in Commercialization of Research
A video of the Discovery 12 panel moderated by Dr. Don Stuss. The panel sheds light on the issues around the commercialization of neuroscience research and strategies to overcome them.
May 22nd, 2012
Brain Canada Launches First Funding Program
Request for Applications to the Multi-Investigator Research Initiative (MIRI).
May 7th, 2012
OBI and OCE launch the Entrepreneurial Fellowship program
The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) are giving some of the world’s top young entrepreneurs the chance to turn their discoveries into viable neuroscience-based businesses. Through the OBI Entrepreneurs program, up to ten post-graduate (M.Sc., PhD and post-doctoral fellows) and early-stage entrepreneurs will receive $50,000 for one year to support the commercialization of their discoveries to help diagnose, treat or cure brain conditions. Three of the OBI entrepreneurs will be jointly funded by the OBI and the Ontario Centres of Excellence under the OBI-OCE Entrepreneurial Fellowships program.
Applicants must submit both a written funding application and a video application by May 28, 2012. For program details and application, please visit http://www.braininstitute.ca/ontario-brain-institute-entrepreneurs-program
May 1st, 2012
Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund (OCRIF)
The Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation (MEDI) has launched the second Call for Proposals under the Ontario-China Research and Innovation Fund. The deadline for receipt of applications is May 31, 2012, 5 p.m. E.S.T. For more information, see http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/programs/ocrif/program.asp
April 25th, 2012
OCE Discovery 12
Discovery is the country’s leading innovation-to-commercialization conference. It takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 14-15, 2012. For more information, see http://www.ocediscovery.com/
International Society for Autism Research Annual Meeting
The International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) is taking place in Toronto from May 17-19, 2012. They are also hosting a stakeholder pre-conference session on May 16, 2012, where participants can meet leading international scientists and hear about the latest in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) research.
Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics 9th Annual World Congress
The SBMT is hosting their 9th Annual World Congress in Toronto from June 2-4, 2012. For more information, see http://www.worldbrainmapping.org/
March 20th, 2012
The Ontario Brain Institute Launches Brain Awareness Week Events
OB iBlog: healthy brain & prevention tips
Ontario Brain Institute Webinars