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”

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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What is Integrated Discovery?

What is Integrated Discovery?

Ontario is among the world leaders in producing high quality brain research. We lag, however, when it comes to commercialization. What does this mean? It means we are really good at developing knowledge about the brain, but there is a disconnect when it comes to turning this knowledge into tools that can help people. Continue reading “What is Integrated Discovery?”

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Stress is a normal response to a danger or threat. Everyone feels stress – it is what drives us to succeed. A problem arises, however, when we have too little stress (a problem many of us cannot relate to) or too much stress, especially if the stress becomes overwhelming or prolonged.

When the brain perceives a stressful situation, it releases a stress signal – either cortisol or adrenaline. In small amounts, these chemicals can have a positive effect on the brain, for example, the adrenaline rush before a deadline helps you get that extra focus that you need to get your project done. Continue reading “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”