BRC supports promising projects in early diagnosis, neuroprotection and repair
The Brain Repair Centre awarded grants to five BRC members in its most recent round of competitions:
A BRC KT grant is allowing Dr. Alon Friedman to pioneer a new technology using retinal imaging to identify early signs of vascular damage in the eye, which can serve as a proxy for assessing and managing the risk of brain disease.
Dr. Shaun Boe and PhD student Sarah Kraeutner have help from a BRC KT grant to create MiScreen, an app that allows therapists to screen patients for their ability to perform motor imagery as a key component of recovery from stroke and other brain injuries.
A BRC KT grant is enabling Dr. George Robertson to develop, refine, test and commercialize a novel combination of dietary flavonoids and essential fatty acids, called EQUEPA, which he has shown has both neuroprotective and regenerative effects.
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.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
All submission are due by MARCH 3rd
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March 13-17 2017
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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
Applications must be submitted by Feb. 15th, 2017
February 10, 2017, Toronto, ON
November 2-4, 2017, Toronto, ON