BRC researchers are exploring complex connections in the brain and spinal cord, and how they enable us to see, learn, remember, move, and adapt.
Our scientists and clinicians are developing new therapies designed to prevent, minimize and reverse neurological damage caused by injury and disease.
International EPILEPSY Conference & Retreat
Epilepsy as a Network Disorder: What can we learn from other disorders such as autism, depression, dementia and schizophrenia?
Sept 22nd - 24th 2016, NS
World Leading experts; round table discussions; interactive learning. Agenda
*Early Bird Rate extended to Jul 31st - CDN$350 ($550 after Jul 31) - limited number of places available*
Can't stay for the whole conference? Daily rates are now available.
BRC public forums
During Brain Awareness Week in March 2016, BRC members shared their insights into common concerns about stress, sleep and neurodegeneration:
Be Calm, Your Kids Will Thank You!
Dr. Tara Perrot spoke about her work to understand the impact of early-life exposure to stress on behaviour and the brain.
A New Therapeutic Approach to Promote Brain Repair
Dr. George S. Robertson discussed his work on preventing the destructive processes responsible for brain damage in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.
The Effects of Chronic Sleep Loss on Your Mind and Heart
Dr. Thierno Madjou Bah shared what he is learning about the effects of chronic sleep loss on health. He has found that sleep deprivation not only impairs cognitive function, but increases a person’s risk of developing cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders (such as insulin resistance).
BRC awards grants to innovative projects
The Brain Repair Centre awarded grants to five BRC members in its most recent round of competitions:
Dr. Turgay Akay received the first-ever BRC Discovery Grant for his work to understand the mechanisms that drive the loss of neurons and motor function in ALS. Full story.
Dr. David Clarke received a BRC Knowledge Translation Grant to field test a mobile app that he and his collaborators have developed to help neurosurgery residents and nurses hone their knowledge and skills of surgical instruments and procedures. Full story.
Dr. Gail Eskes received a BRC Knowledge Translation Grant to transfer a computerized battery of tests for assessing attention from a PC to a mobile format. The new portable attention test will become a pivotal tool in the Cognitive Repair Kit for restoring attention and other cognitive functions following stroke. Full story.
Dr. George S. Robertson received a BRC Knowledge Translation Grant to test the neuroprotective effects of a new compound he has developed in collaboration with a Saskatoon-based R&D firm. Full story.
Dr. Johane Robitaille received a BRC Research, Dissemination and Commercialization (RD&C) Grant to help host the prestigious biennial meeting of the International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma in Halifax in August 2015. Full story.