Another side of cerebral palsy: the genetic story

Photo credit: Veronica Rousseau

By: Shaalee Sone, Outreach Intern, Ontario Brain Institute

In the age of genomics we are racing to uncover what our genes say about us. If we had the ability to read our genetic code and learn what’s in store, we could play to our strengths and prepare for our limitations.

One obstacle to deciphering the information in our genes is knowing what patterns to look for in specific genes. For some disorders, like Huntington’s disease, clinicians know exactly what gene to look at and how to read the signs. Other diseases, like cancer, are too diverse to find a single gene pattern; instead, we subdivide cancer into sets and look for gene patterns in each set.

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International Self Care Day – 5 Tips for Maximizing Brain Health

Keeping our brains healthy is a great way to take care of ourselves; fortunately, what’s good for our bodies is also good for our brains.

The Ontario Brain Institute’s President and Scientific Director, Dr. Tom Mikkelsen, shares 5 tips to help you take charge of your brain health.

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OBI’s Founding President and Scientific Director Named Officer of the Order of Canada

A message from Dr. Tom Mikkelsen, President and Scientific Director

The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. It recognizes an individual’s outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. 2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of this unique award. During this especially notable year, we are thrilled to celebrate the recognition of the Ontario Brain Institute’s (OBI) Founding President and Scientific Director, Dr. Donald Stuss. Continue reading “OBI’s Founding President and Scientific Director Named Officer of the Order of Canada”

Built to Last? – Ontario’s First Dementia Strategy

By: David Harvey – ‎Chief, Public Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Alzheimer Society of Ontario

As the policy–making phase of the Ontario Dementia Strategy 2017 is reaching its conclusion, I was recently asked if it will make any difference. My questioner wondered if Ontario’s previous Alzheimer Strategy (1999-2004) had any lasting effect. I thought that it might be worthwhile to outline some of the achievements in the previous strategy as it might serve as a benchmark for how we can measure our next iteration. Continue reading “Built to Last? – Ontario’s First Dementia Strategy”

Connecting Ontario’s Strengths For Concussion Research and Care

By: Johnathan Tran, Informatics & Analytics Intern, Ontario Brain Institute  

It’s easy to take for granted how important a healthy brain is until it isn’t.  Made up of billions of interconnected cells, the human brain, encased in a solid boney skull, is remarkably resilient but this does not make it immune to injury. When the head is shaken or jarred, the brain can collide with the skull, damaging its cells and causing a cascade of negative symptoms. Continue reading “Connecting Ontario’s Strengths For Concussion Research and Care”