No one likes to be defined by an illness, disorder or disability – even when we are a patient. Our ‘health’ is not only based on our biology, but also by our relationships with friends and family and our ability to do the things we enjoy. Researchers Drs. Peter Rosenbaum and Jan-Willem Gorter from our cerebral palsy research program (CP-NET) wrote a concept paper explaining how holistic thinking towards health can create a better framework to approach childhood disability. This framework helps to identify the ability and potential in persons with disabilities like cerebral palsy so people can work with them the same way we should with anyone else.
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.
By: Lucia Kwan, Research Programs Intern, Ontario Brain Institute
Do you know someone living with autism, dementia, or depression? Chances are you do. In fact, we know that one in three Canadians have or will develop a brain disorder in their lifetime. In Ontario alone, there are at least 135,000 individuals living with dementia as of 2010, which is approximately the population of Whitby! Continue reading “OBI’s Public Talks: Moving Beyond Academic Forums And Science Communication”
At the risk of stating the obvious, the brain is complex and brain disorders represent a large and growing concern for global health. It’s likely that we all agree on the scale and importance of this problem, but like all big problems, there are many different approaches to reach a solution. Continue reading “Message From Dr. Tom Mikkelsen, President And Scientific Director Of OBI”
OBI celebrated Brain Awareness Week 2016 by featuring women involved in neuroscience – from basic science to advocacy. Watch interviews with Dr. Gillian Einstein, a neuroscientist and expert in sex differences in the brain; Dr. Jason Lerch, who dives into the importance of the looking at the female side of basic research; Dr. Pooja Viswanathan, an OBI Entrepreneur and creator of smart mobility devices; Judith John, a brain tumour survivor, healthcare advocate and communications professional; and Marcia Moffat, OBI’s Vice Chair of the Board and BlackRock executive.
OBI celebrated International Women’s Day 2016 with a public talk on how women are changing the face of brain research, from basic science to advocacy. Check out the highlights above or watch the full talk here.
Your brain is always changing. It is constantly processing information from your body and making sense of the world around you. And in doing so, your brain itself is changing. In fact it continues changing throughout your lifetime. You experience this change with every new skill you learn, and every old memory you forget. Neurogenesis, or the creation of new brain cells, is a primary driver of this change: cells are born then differentiate into a specific type of neuron, migrate to their destination in the brain, and then finally integrate into a new or existing network. As the new President and Scientific Director of the Ontario Brain Institute, I feel this is a fitting way to introduce myself to all of you. Continue reading “Message From Dr. Tom Mikkelsen, President And Scientific Director Of OBI”