Building on Canada’s Strengths in Regenerative Medicine
Regenerative medicine – the process of restoring function to damaged tissues and organs – has the potential to transform healthcare by treating diseases and genetic disorders.
With ongoing innovations in stem cell research – both nationally and internationally – representatives from funding agencies, industry, patient advocacy groups, and academia came together to identify challenges and opportunities being faced by regenerative medicine researchers across Canada.
Dr. Vic Rafuse, Director of the Brain Repair Centre, was part of the experts panel that presented a regenerative medicine report to the federal government; the report will help inform policy decisions that advance the field of regenerative medicine nationally.
For details on this report which was released Mar 9th, see the report here
CIHR awards $3 million
Vascular pathology in traumatic brain injury
Dr. Alon Friedman and his team are investigating traumatic microvascular injury in the brain—and damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB)—as potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets for long-term neurological and cognitive complications of traumatic brain injury.
Balwantray Chauhan, PhD, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Changes in the retina and optic nerve in experimental glaucoma
Dr. Bal Chauhan and his team will use novel techniques and their CIHR funding to learn how retinal ganglion cells change and die in experimental models of glaucoma, and how this deterioration affects visual function.
Victor Rafuse, PhD, Medical Neuroscience
Synaptic dysfunction at the neuromuscular junction in ALS
Dr. Victor Rafuse and his team are shedding light on the mechanisms that cause motor neurons to withdraw from the neuromuscular junction in ALS.
Restoring useful function to denervated skeletal muscles
A second major CIHR project grant will allow Dr. Rafuse to continue to explore how the nervous system may be bypassed to stimulate muscle cells directly with light.
Brain Awareness Week activities were a great success - Thanks to all who participated and volunteered.
JOURNAL CLUB MEETINGS
Vision Science Journal Club:
Tuesday March 21 at 10:00am - 12:00pm, Tuoper 4N
Topic: Inhibitory masking controls the threshold sensitivity of retinal ganglion cells
Interdisciplinary Journal Club:
Monday, April 3rd, 2017, 4:40pm, Forest Building, Room 428
Access paper: Does the addition of virtual reality training to a standard program of inpatient rehabilitation improve sitting balance ability and function after stroke? Protocol for a single-blind randomized controlled trial
Parkinson Disease Education & Awareness “Mind Over Matter” Conference 2017:
8 AM – 4:30 PM Saturday, April 1st
Commonwealth Ball Room,
The Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis St, Halifax
November 2-4, 2017, Toronto, ON