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”

Taking Control Of Epilepsy With Diet Therapy In A Pill

By: Aparna Shukla, OBI Intern, Informatics & Analytics

Imagine having to live with sudden changes in sensory perception, loss of consciousness and involuntary muscle convulsions. More than 50 million people worldwide and approximately 90,000 people in Ontario live with epilepsy, including nine-year-old Adam. Continue reading “Taking Control Of Epilepsy With Diet Therapy In A Pill”

Helping Companies Get Over Their First Hurdles

Dr. Ron Gonzalez is passionate about taking science out of the labs and putting it into practice. As a result of his success in doing just that, today he’s the President of Avertus Epilepsy Technologies Inc. (Avertus): a company focused on improving the lives of people with epilepsy through the development of a wearable headset that can monitor and alert people of their seizures.   Continue reading “Helping Companies Get Over Their First Hurdles”

Training for New Kinds of Neuro-Talent

Ontario is recognized as a world leader in brain research but the province’s healthcare system and economy have room to benefit from stronger efforts in science innovation.  An asset that is of critical value but is often overlooked is access to the right kinds of people—in this case, people that have the skillset to move scientific ideas into the marketplace. Continue reading “Training for New Kinds of Neuro-Talent”

Filling Gaps in Ontario’s Neurotechnology Sector with Phantoms

Imagine you are treating someone with a suspected traumatic brain injury—what if you could have a non-invasive look inside their brain to assess the damage and decide on treatment? Ontario-based Tessonics Inc. developed a device that could do just that, but the next challenge was how to properly calibrate the device to ensure reliable and consistent measurements. This question drew Adrian Wydra and Dr. Roman Maev of Tessonics Inc. into a partnership that would enable two companies to drive innovation in Ontario’s neuroscience landscape. Continue reading “Filling Gaps in Ontario’s Neurotechnology Sector with Phantoms”

Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Influential Discoveries of 2014

By Bryan Jenkins, OBI Intern, Research Programs 

At the end of 2014, many of us – with the help of certain social media websites – were reflecting upon the past year of our lives. It was a big year for neuroscience and brain health, following from our proclaimed ‘Year of the Brain’. In this post for Alzheimer’s Awareness month we will reflect upon some of the most influential discoveries of 2014 related to Alzheimer’s research, and from this assess the current and future state of this ever-progressing field. If you’re interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease, tune in to the Facebook chat we are hosting with the Ontario Science Centre from 12:00-1:00 pm on January 20, 2015. Continue reading “Alzheimer’s Awareness Month: Influential Discoveries of 2014”

NeuroTech Ontario: Province-Wide Innovation

Three years ago the Ontario Brain Institute and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) partnered to accelerate the development of a neurotechnology cluster in Ontario. Since then, the program, named NeuroTech Ontario, has fostered the development of game-changing technologies including devices, diagnostics, and health applications to improve the lives of people living with brain disorders. This past spring, the $13M program wrapped up a successful initial phase of building NeuroTech Ontario with 12 innovative projects from Ontario research institutions supported by $5.1M from the Government of Canada’s FedDev Ontario and $7.9M from industry partners. Continue reading “NeuroTech Ontario: Province-Wide Innovation”