Mythbusters: The Brain Edition

There are a lot of folktales, sayings and “common sense” statements surrounding the topic of brain health. These statements or blurbs can be a one-liner heard on the news, a topic discussed on the radio, or even a meme on the internet. For example, “we only use 10% of our brains” is a fairly prevalent phrase – it was even the premise of the 2014 box office movie hit “Lucy.” In the movie, Morgan Freeman states, “It is estimated most human beings use only 10 %of the brain’s capacity… imagine if we could access 100%.”  In fact, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that 90% of the human brain is unused. What would be a more accurate statement is that we actually have little understanding of how our brains work. Continue reading “Mythbusters: The Brain Edition”

Updates from our Research Programs

OBI’s Integrated Discovery programs focused on cerebral palsy, depression, epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders now bring together over 200 core researchers and clinicians, 35 institutions, 40 companies, and 18 patient advocacy groups from across Ontario. Continue reading “Updates from our Research Programs”

Updates From Our Research Programs

As a research institute dedicated to maximize Ontario’s neuroscience excellence, OBI has reached out across Ontario to connect scientists, clinicians, industry representatives and patient advocacy groups, who are focused on similar challenges.  To better achieve their shared goals, five Integrated Discovery programs were established for cerebral palsy, depression, epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders, and neurodevelopmental disorders. “Integrated Discovery” programs are research programs that bring together scientists, clinicians, industry representatives, and patient advocacy groups from across Ontario to foster integration across disciplines and pursue new questions. Continue reading “Updates From Our Research Programs”

Bringing Together the Brightest Minds to Beat Depression

By: Dipa Basu, PhD, OBI Management Fellow

1 in 10 Canadians will be affected by depression at some point in their lives. The remaining 9 will know someone who is affected. Depression is a mood disorder which can become isolating and debilitating, and in some cases, even life-threatening. However, innovative research within this field is bringing about major improvements in how we treat depression. Recently, I had the chance to attend an event that presented some very new ideas and approaches to conquering the burden that depression has on individuals and our society.
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Helping The Patient Be Heard

A key priority of OBI is amplifying the patient voice in research. To this end, OBI has helped establish five Patient Advisory Committees (PACs) which connect patients, their families and their advocates with people working at the frontier of brain research. Continue reading “Helping The Patient Be Heard”

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”