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.
Acquired Brain Injury Group
Acquired Brain Injury Group Announced
The NS Department of Health and Wellness is moving forward on its commitment to help brain injury survivors with the formation of the Acquired Brain Injury Advisory Group.
The 13-member group includes members of the BRC - Diana Nichols Nelson and Richard Braha - and will be chaired by Leona Burkey, Brain Injury Association of NS and Ruby Knowles, executive director of Continuing Care at Dept of Health and Wellness.
The group met for the first time on November 6th, in Halifax and are tasked with providing input and making recommendations to the Minister of Health and Wellness on key strategic priorities to support the development of an acquired brain injury strategy by summer 2016.
For more details, read the Press release.
BRC 2015 Research Day
4th Annual BRC 2015 Research & Poster Day
December 16th (Posters) & 17th (Speaker Series and Meetings)
Call for Posters
Cash prizes and travel stipends for the top posters.
If you wish to present a poster, confirm with Eleanor Seaman-Bolton by December 7th
Keynote Speaker Announced
Dr. Brian McVicar
Co-Director at Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
University of British Columbia
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.