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Ontario Dementia Strategy: Time for action

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ONDRI is working with the Alzheimer Society in a campaign to have the strategy included in the 2017 Budget. Minister Sousa included it in the Fall Economic Statement but there are many competing endeavours come budget-time. We can build strength in numbers. We need to show the Ontario government just how many people want full funding for the strategy in the 2017 Budget.

If each one of us signs up at and encourages a friend to do the same, we can build our numbers to ensure a fully funded dementia strategy in 2017.


Media: Hope in the hunt for brain disorder biomarkers

CMAJ biomarkers.jpgRead as Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, talks about how better biomarkers for complex brain disorders may open a door to new treatments.

He's studying whether impairments in neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to restructure itself, could be a marker and target for treatment of Alzheimer disease. He’s using electroencephalogram recordings of the brain’s electrical activity to measure how patients with Alzheimer's disease respond to magnetic stimulation of brain regions that control cognitive function.


Meet: Derek Beaton, ONDRI Scholar

Derek Beaton.jpgWhat’s your role with ONDRI?

I’m one of three new ONDRI Scholars. I’ll be working in Dr. Stephen Strother’s lab and focusing on cross platform “big data” analysis, as well as integration across assessments and disease groups.

What do you look forward to?

I hope to tackle some of the serious challenges of big and complex data in behavioral and brain sciences. For example, how do we deal with so much diverse data, and then make sense of it? It’s one of the most technical, and critical, challenges we face.


Alzheimer's Awareness Public Talk January 26

2017 01 26 UofT Rehab Poster.jpgJoin Rehabilitation Sciences Institute at the University of Toronto for an Alzheimer's Awareness Public Talk.

Featuring: Dr. Sandra Black and presentations on the latest research findings
Thursday, January 26
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
500 University Avenue, room 140
Livesteam available

Read the poster for more details.



Manuscript: ONDRI methods

Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences.pngRead the paper about ONDRI's methods that was published in Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences.

Title: The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI)

Authors: Sali M. K. Farhan, Robert Bartha, Sandra E. Black, Dale Corbett, Elizabeth Finger, Morris Freedman, Barry Greenberg, David A. Grimes, Robert A. Hegele, Chris Hudson, Peter W. Kleinstiver, Anthony E. Lang, Mario Masellis, William E. McIlroy, Paula M. McLaughlin, Manuel Montero-Odasso, David G. Munoz, Douglas P. Munoz, Stephen Strother, Richard H. Swartz, Sean Symons, Maria Carmela Tartaglia, Lorne Zinman, and Michael J. Strong


2016 Highlights from the Ontario Brain Institute

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Read Dr. Tom Mikkelsen's, President & Scientific Director at Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), 16 highlights of 2016 from the Ontario Brain Institute to learn about new research in biomarkers, showcasing Ontario's neurotechnology cluster, partnerships abroad, etc.