Care in the Digital Age

The shift from traditional in-person activities to the digital space brought on by the pandemic has been challenging, but this change gave us a new perspective on how we do our work. Simply by moving online, we’ve been able to reduce barriers to access and reach more people than ever before. Change doesn’t come easily, but despite the challenges we’ve faced along the way, we are poised to steer the future of brain health into the digital space by investing our energy and resources in the right places.

OBI is committed to supporting activities that either generate the evidence to improve care or lead to the development of products and services that improve health outcomes. We’re striving to improve the lives of people with brain disorders and moving to digital or virtual approaches makes it easier to reach the 1 in 3 Ontarians in the comfort of their homes. Over the last year, we’ve supported major efforts to address mental health challenges, better the delivery and experience of virtual care, and create new tools that can be used at home. Continue reading “Care in the Digital Age”

The Potential of Data Sharing: What Data Means for your Brain Health

“As the world has grappled with a global pandemic, we have faced much uncertainty and many challenges in our society and our economy. In dealing with these issues, however, we have also been presented with an opportunity – the chance to rethink outdated conventions and renew the way we do business as we rebuild our society,” Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief Science Advisor of Canada, spoke on how COVID-19 may serve as a catalyst for change in how we approach research.

It’s no surprise that in the aftermath of the pandemic, the calls for collaboration and open science have grown louder across the science and research community. Brain-CODE, OBI’s neuroinformatics platform is a strong example of how we can share data on a global scale, leading to improved care, while also protecting privacy and upholding consent. Continue reading “The Potential of Data Sharing: What Data Means for your Brain Health”

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 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”

OBI-GEEK – Brief Intensive Case Management – Acquired Brain Injury Ontario Brain Injury Association (Nipissing District)

Severe brain injuries can dramatically alter the trajectory of someone’s life. Take the case of Michael, not his real name, who suffered from a severe brain injury as the result of a motor vehicle collision. His injury meant that he struggled with poor memory, impulsivity, dysarthria, chronic pain, emotional dysregulation, poor money management and many other problems.

With all the changes in his life he experienced a considerable amount of anxiety and depression. A physical altercation landed this individual in the court system, and that’s when the Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA) stepped in to help him and his legal team navigate the criminal justice system, which is not set up for individuals living with brain injuries.

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