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Congratulations to BRC member, Dr Turgay Akay on receiving a CIHR Project Grant for his project "Sensory control of muscle synergies during walking". . . click for more info

In late August 2018, the NS Department of Health & Wellness and Government of Canada with MP Scott Brison and Minister Randy Delorey announced funding for ~$5M to support an ABI Strategic Action Plan based on recommendations by the ABI Strategy Report* co-chaired by BIANS. Executive Director of BIANS, Leona Burkey and her team were thrilled with this news and got straight to work planning and implementing projects such as . . . click to continue reading

The Brain Repair Centre is pleased to announce a call for submissions for the 2019 Knowledge Translation grants. If you wish to apply, download the application from the grants page or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a hard copy of the application. Applications are due by 12pm Monday February 4th, 2019.

BRC member Dr. Rudolf Uher was named a Highly Cited Researcher for 2018 by the Web of Science. This list recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. The 2018 lists of 6,078 HCRs, of which 166 are from Canadian institutions, putting Canada in the Top Ten countries. 

Dr Uher is also a member of the Faculty of Psychiartry at Dalhouise and is the PI of the FORBOW project. 

Congratualtions to Lyna Kaminsky, a PhD student in Dr Alon Friedman's lab, who received the Mitacs Award for Outstanding Innovation (PhD) in November 2018. Lyna developed a technology to more accurately diagnose brain and eye-vein injuries, in partnership with Halifax start-up Emagix. Learn more about Lyna's work.

Brain Awareness Week 2019 is happening in March and the website is now live. Check out the Neuroscience as Art competition, scheulde of events and more at hfxbaw.org 

BRC Director Dr Victor Rafuse was in attendance at SfN this month. So are a few students who applied for BRC travel grants. Watch this space for updates on the conference from a student perspective.   

Rafuse Lab members were delighted to host a lab tour for Rick Hansen at the BRC on October 26th. Click for more

October 25th - the 2nd edition of the BRC newsletter "NeuroTransmitter" is hot off the press. If you didn't receive a copy in your inbox, you can read it here or request a copy from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Congratulations to BRC members Dr James Fawcett and Dr Kazue Semba who have been awarded CIHR Project grants in the Spring 2018 competition. Dr Fawcett received a grant for his project titled Control of movement: contribution of cerebellar glial cells and Dr Semba for her project titled Microglia response to chronic sleep restriction. for more info, click on the project titles.

The James M. Flaherty Program Awardsfunded by the Governments of Canada and Ireland, has announced the 2018 call for applications to its awards programs. Senior researchers and academics, on sabbatical leave, can apply for the James M. Flaherty Visiting Professorship as visiting professors in a university department where they will collaborate in both research and teaching.  Early-career researchers or PhD students may apply for the Flaherty Research Scholarship, which supports research visits of 4-6 weeks in Ireland or Canada. More info here.

Dr Angelo Iulianella presented at CAN 2018 as part of the symposium: "Development and function of motor circuits: from hardwired patterning to functional maturation and sensory integration". The Brain Repair Centre and the Department of Medical Neuroscience at Dalhousie are pleased to have been sponsors of this international event.  

Gaming meets medicine to become a Nova Scotia neurosurgeon's essential tool. Read what Neurosurgeon - and BRC member - Dr David Clarke thinks on CBC News

Dalhousie medical researcher - and BRC member - Dr Sultan Darvesh - is making great strides in Alzheimer's research and his work can be supported through the Spring DMRF Molly Appeal

Dr James Fawcwett and colleagues reveal that the polarity protein Angiomotin p130 controls dendritic spine maturation downstream of the Lats1 kinase (published in Journal of Cell Biology, Jan 2018) 

Discovery at Dalhousie brain tissue lab could lead to Alzheimer treatment (Jan 2018) 

Attentional dysfunction and recovery in concussion: effects on the P300m and contingent magnetic variation
BRC Researchers Dr Steven Beyea, Dr Aaron Newman and Dr Tim Bardouille in collaboration with other investigators from Dalhousie University, IWK Health Centre, and the Nova Scotia Health Authority. 

Traumatic brain injury: a priority for public health policy (The Lancet, Dec 2017) 

Ventral neural patterning in the absence of a Shh activity gradient from the floorplate
A recent publication on the work of one of the Brain Repair Centre's researchers - Angelo Iulianella & colleagues.

Exenatide once weekly versus placebo in Parkinson's . . . (The Lancet)

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