How to Transform a Promising Idea from the Lab to Life

OBI is working towards creating an inclusive society for neurodiverse people that accommodates a vast range of needs. In the last decade alone, we have seen plenty of promising tech coming out of Ontario’s neurotech cluster. Entrepreneurs and researchers are coming up with creative solutions to directly address barriers that exist for people with brain disorders in becoming active members of society.

Put simply, these advancements in neurotechnology are the result of us getting better at taking a great idea developed in the lab and translating it into a tangible tool that can help people lead fuller lives. Continue reading “How to Transform a Promising Idea from the Lab to Life”

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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Grooming Entrepreneurial Talent for Great Health Returns

Ontario has one of the highest concentrations of neuroscientists in the world, creating an opportunity for a thriving industry around the development of neurotechnologies to treat brain disorders. However, a study of Ontario’s ability to develop a neurotechnology cluster highlighted two obstacles; a lack of access to capital and insufficient managerial talent. Continue reading “Grooming Entrepreneurial Talent for Great Health Returns”

Growing Entrepreneurial Talent across Ontario

Mark began to notice that tremors were significantly impacting his grandmother’s quality of life. She was struggling with routine tasks, like pouring coffee without spilling. Mark’s concern for his grandmother motivated him to find a solution for her tremors. Applying concepts he learned as a civil engineering student, he began creating a lightweight glove that adaptively stabilizes the wrist to reduce the impact of tremors. This was how Steadiwear came into being. Continue reading “Growing Entrepreneurial Talent across Ontario”

Connecting Ontario’s Strengths For Concussion Research and Care

By: Johnathan Tran, Informatics & Analytics Intern, Ontario Brain Institute  

It’s easy to take for granted how important a healthy brain is until it isn’t.  Made up of billions of interconnected cells, the human brain, encased in a solid boney skull, is remarkably resilient but this does not make it immune to injury. When the head is shaken or jarred, the brain can collide with the skull, damaging its cells and causing a cascade of negative symptoms. Continue reading “Connecting Ontario’s Strengths For Concussion Research and Care”