Joining Global Discussions on Data Sharing

In OBI’s goal to improve brain health, research data are one of the basic building blocks.  Data are assets that hold value because they can be shared, analysed, and reused in different ways to support new discoveries and reduce the loss of resources. One opportunity to reuse data and uncover new insights is the linking of routinely collected population and healthcare data, or ‘broad’ data, with ‘deep’ research data (e.g., imaging, genetics, etc.).  To harness data’s full potential, OBI has developed several initiatives including an informatics platform, an international workshop, and internships to address linking and sharing data in new ways. Continue reading “Joining Global Discussions on Data Sharing”

Addressing Dementia Research And Care: Can ‘Big Data’ Help?

We live in a world of big data which can serve as a particularly useful tool for health systems to gain a better understanding of patients and their needs across large populations. With appropriate use, big data has the potential to advance health research and help healthcare providers personalize care; however, this has been largely unrealized because of the challenges associated with connecting, processing, and analyzing large data sets to produce meaningful conclusions. Continue reading “Addressing Dementia Research And Care: Can ‘Big Data’ Help?”

NeuroTech Ontario: Province-Wide Innovation

Three years ago the Ontario Brain Institute and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) partnered to accelerate the development of a neurotechnology cluster in Ontario. Since then, the program, named NeuroTech Ontario, has fostered the development of game-changing technologies including devices, diagnostics, and health applications to improve the lives of people living with brain disorders. This past spring, the $13M program wrapped up a successful initial phase of building NeuroTech Ontario with 12 innovative projects from Ontario research institutions supported by $5.1M from the Government of Canada’s FedDev Ontario and $7.9M from industry partners. Continue reading “NeuroTech Ontario: Province-Wide Innovation”

4 Things You Should Know About Brain-CODE

The wealth of information available in the modern world has given rise to the idea of ‘Big Data’. Massive amounts of data hold the potential to provide us with major insights. However, for this to be possible, data must be collected, analysed, and linked in the right way. When harnessed effectively, ‘Big Data’ may soon be able to give us big insight into what’s most relevant to an individual’s care. Continue reading “4 Things You Should Know About Brain-CODE”

Brain-CODE embraces Privacy by Design (PbD) for a Win-Win Solution!

By: Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D.

Privacy by Design (PbD)

Privacy by Design (PbD) is a framework I developed in the ’90s to shift the conventional method of privacy protection from a reactive regulation and compliance model to a proactive preventative model. Fast forward to today – advances in technology have become faster and more robust; our lives seem to change month to month instead of year to year.  Accordingly, it is not only important, but imperative that individuals and organizations embed privacy proactively – making it the default. Continue reading “Brain-CODE embraces Privacy by Design (PbD) for a Win-Win Solution!”

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”