International Data Linkages For New Possibilities In Autism Research

OBI catalyzes the impact of brain research in Ontario by increasing collaboration among researchers, doctors, patients and their advocates, and industry partners. A key ingredient to collaboration is, of course, sharing.  At OBI, a cornerstone of effective research collaboration involves sharing large quantities of data. In order for this to be done effectively, it must be stored somewhere where it can be accessed and analyzed collectively. Continue reading “International Data Linkages For New Possibilities In Autism Research”

Mythbusters: The Brain Edition

There are a lot of folktales, sayings and “common sense” statements surrounding the topic of brain health. These statements or blurbs can be a one-liner heard on the news, a topic discussed on the radio, or even a meme on the internet. For example, “we only use 10% of our brains” is a fairly prevalent phrase – it was even the premise of the 2014 box office movie hit “Lucy.” In the movie, Morgan Freeman states, “It is estimated most human beings use only 10 %of the brain’s capacity… imagine if we could access 100%.”  In fact, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that 90% of the human brain is unused. What would be a more accurate statement is that we actually have little understanding of how our brains work. Continue reading “Mythbusters: The Brain Edition”

Connecting Families With The Research Community

One of OBI’s major goals is to facilitate collaboration between patients and their advocates, researchers, clinicians, and industry to improve outcomes for those affected by neurodevelopmental disorders. One of the best ways to do this is simply to bring people together which is one of the reasons why OBI’s Integrated Discovery program, the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders (POND) Network, held a parent information day on May 3, 2014 to engage in dialogue with the parents and family members of children participating in POND.“I now know many of the researchers involved in POND very well. The day gave us insight into how they work together and share an interest in the POND network and POND philosophies,” explained Connie Putterman, a parent representative on the POND Patient Advisory Committee. Continue reading “Connecting Families With The Research Community”

A personal touch to understanding neurodevelopmental disorders

Researchers are focusing on the individual to gain deeper insight into the common, underlying causes of neurodevelopmental disorders. Continue reading “A personal touch to understanding neurodevelopmental disorders”

Exercise as medicine

As you leave the doctor’s office you look down at the prescription pad and notice that instead of a drug your doctor has prescribed a dose of… exercise? This should really come as no surprise considering that by combining all the benefits discussed previously, aerobic exercise acts like a ‘cocktail therapy’ to improve brain health. There is little doubt that a dose of exercise is foundational for brain health, but did you know exercise can also be used as medicine to prevent, treat or recover from several brain disorders? Here are some examples: Continue reading “Exercise as medicine”

Innovating for Better Health

New software could change the way we assess and treat ADHD

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and IntelliGym Therapeutics have teamed up to turn a breakthrough sports training videogame into a fun and interactive assessment and treatment platform for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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