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Dr. Judy Illes
Member news: December 2016 Dec 16, 2016

Links to stories about and by members of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health from November/December 2016.

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Dr. Stuart Cain, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
New funding to help find cause of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy Dec 14, 2016

New Taking Flight Award funding from Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) will help Dr. Stuart Cain investigate sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) at the source.

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Brain organoids on needle array
A Japanese art leads to a futuristic innovation – brain “organoids” Dec 5, 2016

The ancient Japanese art of flower arranging was the inspiration for a ground-breaking new technique for creating tiny “artificial brains” that could be used to develop personalized cancer treatments.

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Brain image and venogram.
New MS imaging recommendations from international cooperative on MRI Nov 21, 2016

In order to effectively use brain imaging to diagnose diseases, physicians and other healthcare professionals need to know what they are looking at. New guidelines co-authored by MRI scientist and physicist Dr. Alex Rauscher, published recently in Nature Reviews Neurology, may improve the process of diagnosis for multiple sclerosis (MS).

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Antibiotic restores cell communication in brain areas damaged by Alzheimer's disease Nov 11, 2016

New research from Dr. Brian MacVicar’s lab has found a way to partially restore brain cell communication around areas damaged by plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The findings, published this week in Nature Communications, demonstrate a possible target and a potential drug treatment to reduce damage to the brain that occurs in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Walk10Blocks makes it easier for sedentary adults to get moving Nov 3, 2016

Research shows that walking just ten blocks per day can have neuroprotective benefits as many as nine years later – Walk10Blocks makes it easy to take the first steps toward improved cognition and joint and cardiovascular health

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Woman plays Parkinson games on iPad.
Cognitive assessment app puts Parkinson disease monitoring in patients’ hands Oct 25, 2016

Diseases of the brain are different from other diseases in that there just isn’t the technology to monitor patients and paint a holistic picture of the way that symptoms differ over the course of a day, a week, or the months between clinic visits the way there is for diseases of the cardiovascular or respiratory systems.

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Harnessing electricity to treat depression – in a kinder, gentler way Oct 21, 2016

Sean Tajadod sits at a table as two electrodes are strapped to his head, held in place by a cloth cap. The electrodes are attached to a small device the size of a smartphone, powered by nothing more than two AA batteries. When it is turned on, Sean just sits there – no shaking, no loss of consciousness. In six minutes, it’s over.

“I was feeling a tingling sensation where the electrodes are,” Tajadod said. He called the sensation “strange at first, but then I got used to it, and I didn’t feel it anymore.”

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Dog ready to walk.
To protect your memory, get your walking shoes on Oct 20, 2016

For those with memory problems, regular walking may do some good finds new research from Dr. Teresa Liu-Ambrose.

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Alexander (Alex) McGirr
Vanier scholar Alex McGirr bridges basic science and mood disorders care Oct 3, 2016

“Working with patients gives research a lot of context,” McGirr says. “I envision my research career as being heavily informed by my clinical work as it will guide my questions.”

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