Trexo Robotics – Benefits during COVID – Meet Jacob

Jacob’s case study is quite an important one to share.

Jacob has a milder form of Cerebral Palsy, where he can walk by himself in a walker, but needed help in improving his gait. He also has some speech difficulties, but his cognition is perfectly fine. Jacob’s family got the Trexo in November 2019 hoping to see some benefits from it.

 

As soon as they started using the device, they started noticing improvements in his walking and overall strength and balance. Continue reading “Trexo Robotics – Benefits during COVID – Meet Jacob”

The Mind Series: Science Meets Psychedelics

Can psychedelic drugs help people living with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)?

We explored this question at the first session of “Great Conversations: The Mind Series” in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. “Science Meets Psychedelics” hosted by Dan Riskin, an evolutionary biologist and former TV co-host of Daily Planet, featured panelists Norman Farb, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto and Anne Wagner, PhD, Clinical psychologist, Founder of Remedy and Adjunct Professor at Ryerson University.

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Mental Health is Brain Health – A paradigm shift

When Britain appointed Tracey Crouch its first Minister of Loneliness, most people found it humorous. The apparent silliness of that appointment quickly subsided and provoked important questions about mental health, extending beyond Britain’s borders. Is this issue true to Britain alone? And is loneliness no longer a personal matter? The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness that urged Britain to act revealed more than 9 million people in Britain – around 14 percent of the population – often or always feel lonely, costing employers up to $3.5 billion annually, not to mention the personal costs in wellbeing. Continue reading “Mental Health is Brain Health – A paradigm shift”

Meet our 2020 ONtrepreneurs

With a focus on promoting brain health, the OBI ONtrepreneurs Program was established in 2012 to provide early-stage entrepreneurs an opportunity to bring their ingenious neurotech ideas to life. The program offers an investment of $50,000 as well as 12-months of training opportunities, one-on-one mentorship and commercialization support to help entrepreneurs build neurotech companies.

Currently in our ninth year, we are proud to introduce our latest cohort of 2020 ONtrepreneurs – recipients of Canada’s single largest award for early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs.

Meet OBI’s 2020 ONtrepreneurs – learn about their personal stories, passions and the neurotech they’re working on. Continue reading “Meet our 2020 ONtrepreneurs”

The F-Words: Finding the Ability in Disability

When Dr. Jan Willem Gorter and Dr. Peter Rosenbaum first published, “The F Words in Childhood Disability: I swear this is how we should think”, they did not anticipate that the report would be downloaded 20,000 times with 240 citations, shared around the world and translated into over 30 languages.

Their intent was to shift people’s perspective on disability – instead of focusing on what individuals can’t do, to focus instead on what they are able to accomplish. Built upon the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health, CanChild’s F-words (favourite words), have made an incredible impact across the globe.

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Stories from our Roots: A Life Promotion Program

A youth-led, life promotion project that utilizes digital media to convey stories of resilience, hope, and strength.

It was over a year ago that Savannah Nahwegahbow from the Aundeck Omni Kanig First Nation took part in a Stories from our Roots workshop held in London, Ontario. The workshop was a collaborative effort with TakingITGlobal that not only focused on photography, but videography as well. The combination was ideal for Savannah.

“I studied media design and film making in college, and the workshop couldn’t have happened at a more fortunate time,” says Savannah. “I was really lost on my next steps in life. I knew what I wanted to do, but I just didn’t know where to begin.”

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Three Takeaways – Pain in Children: What we don’t know can hurt them

“We don’t have to let kids suffer in silence” said Ontario Brain Institute’s President & Scientific Director, Tom Mikkelsen, as he opened one of OBI’s Public Talks, “Pain in Children: What we don’t know can hurt them”.

The event featured four speakers, each with a unique expertise when it comes to pain experienced by children, primarily children with disabilities. Continue reading “Three Takeaways – Pain in Children: What we don’t know can hurt them”