This is your brain on exercise

Imagine there is a drug that combats aging by regenerating brain cells, improving cognition, and strengthening memory. Sometime in the future this might be possible, but in the meantime, there is a low cost, easily accessible way to get all of these benefits: exercise. Not to mention the fact that regular exercise is the single best thing to boost one’s overall health, recent scientific evidence points to the fact that physical activity also improves brain health and brain function. The changes that happen inside your brain during exercise may surprise you. Continue reading “This is your brain on exercise”

Message from Dr. Donald Stuss, President and Scientific Director of OBI

It’s Brain Awareness Week 2013 – a time to think about the promise of brain research and how it’s helping all of us take practical steps towards healthier brains and a healthier future. Continue reading “Message from Dr. Donald Stuss, President and Scientific Director of OBI”

The road to recovery

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A unique approach brings movement to stroke survivors

BOTOX® and robots:  a curious pair.

But it’s this novel combination of medicine and technology that’s helping doctors and scientists find better treatments for stroke patients with limited movement.

More than 50,000 people in Canada suffer a stroke every year. Of them, more than one third develop a condition called spasticity. Continue reading “The road to recovery”

Message from Dr. Donald Stuss, President and Scientific Director of OBI

The brain. It drives our intelligence, our feelings, our ability to interact, to walk and talk, remember the good times, plan for the future, and care for ourselves and each other. It is the core of our lives and our world. Continue reading “Message from Dr. Donald Stuss, President and Scientific Director of OBI”

Integrating Discovery

New device stimulates the brain to prevent seizures

At Toronto’s University Health Network – one of more than 25 organizations involved in the pan-Ontario Epilepsy Discovery Project – researchers are developing a wireless, implantable device that can predict and prevent seizures. Continue reading “Integrating Discovery”