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.
Neurodegeneration Cluster Launches
BRC Neurodegeneration Cluster takes off
The meeting was well attended indicating a healthy interest in collaboration and it generated some interesting discussion points, including ways to engage students more with clinicians; funding opportunites; branding and future plans.
This is the fourth cluster to emerge from researchers that are involved with the Brain Repair Centre, all of which receive an annual grant from the BRC. The objective of the BRC Clusters is to share information, knowledge and ideas to reveal important new insights. The BRC is providing funding to bring in experts, host forums and facilatate collaboration.
The other clusters are:
1. AMAP - Atlantic Mobility Action Project, operating since 2010, headed by Dr Vic Rafuse, focussing on
2. Traumatic Brain Injury - Research and Transition Centre (TBI-RTC), focussing on Brain Injury, Spinal cord injury
3. Neurodevelopment Cluster, focussing on epilepsy, mood disorders; Autism Spectrum Disorder; attention, memory, learning; stress; bipolar disorder
BRC 2015 Research Day
Public Forum - Neuroscience Research Update
Matt Nichols & Drew DeBay were the overall winners of the 2015 poster competition and were awarded a travel stipend ($750) and a cash prize ($250).
Jessica Clark, Julia Harrison, Lauren Landoni, Michael Wigerius were awarded cash prizes ($250 each).
Dr. Brian McVicar
Co-Director at Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
University of British Columbia
Centre for Brain Health
BRC scientists activate muscles with light
Neuroscience researchers at the Brain Repair Centre and Dalhousie Medical School have found a way to bypass the nervous system to stimulate muscles that have lost their connection to the nervous system through injury or disease.
Dr. Victor Rafuse, professor in the Department of Medical Neuroscience and director of the Brain Repair Centre, and his collaborator, Dr. Ying Zhang, an assistant professor in the same department, have shown they can stimulate the muscles directly with light, to address muscle-wasting and paralysis caused by nerve injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.
Dalhousie surgery resident and PhD candidate, Dr. Philippe Magown, and masters student, Dr. Basavaraj Shettar, worked with Drs. Rafuse and Zhang on the groundbreaking project. Their findings were published in the prominent scientific journal, Nature Communications, on October 13, 2015. Read the full story.