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