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Media: For Alzheimer’s researchers, the glass is half full

glass.jpgRead the Toronto Star article written by Dr. Sandra Black, ONDRI clinician and researcher, talk about her hope for Alzheimer's disease research and how we can harness the power of basic science and clinical data to find treatments.

Read now.


Brain Awareness Week videos: March 13 - 19

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In celebration of Brain Awareness Week, the Ontario Brain Institute launched six videos to dispel myths about brain disorders, including neurodegenerative disease.


Media: Bruyère Memory Clinic and Alzheimer's disease

2017 02 Frank CTV.jpgWatch CTV News Ottawa featuring Dr. Andrew Frank, recruiting clinician in Ottawa, talk about the Bruyère Memory Clinic and his research with Alzheimer's disease and ONDRI.

Watch now.


Media: OBI and ONDRI Public Talk about Dementia

2017 02 CTV Finger.JPGWatch the CTV News clip to see ONDRI clinician researchers Dr. Elizabeth Finger and Dr. Mandar Jog talk about their research and ONDRI.

Drs. Elizabeth Finger, Mandar Jog, and J.B. Orange spoke at the OBI Public Talk about "Dementia Beyond Alzheimer's" in London on February 28. The focus was that other neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson's disease and ALS can also lead to dementia and other cognitive impairments. They walked about how they are re-examining how we speak, think, and move so we can understand, and eventually treat, dementia better.


Register for OBI Public Talk: Dementia Beyond Alzheimer's

Feb 28 public talk.jpgLearn more at this free public talk by the Ontario Brain Institute featuring:

  • Dr. Elizabeth FingerScientist and Neurologist, Lawson Health Research Institute
  • Dr. Mandar JogDirector of the National Parkinson Foundation Centre of Excellence, London Health Sciences Centre
  • Dr. J.B. OrangeProfessor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Western University
  • Moderated by: Meredith LevineWestern Journalism Professor and Multimedia Journalist

795 Dundas Street East, The Aeolian Hall, London, ON N5W 2Z6


OBI offers $50,000 to jump-start your neurotech start-up

2017 ONtrepreneurs Poster.JPGThe Ontario Brain Institute's (OBI) unique ONtrepreneurs (Ontario Neurotech Entrepreneurs) Program offers up to 10 early-stage entrepreneurs the opportunity to build a start-up company and develop a technology applicable to brain disorders or brain health:

  • $50,000 in funding over one year
  • Mentorship from experts in the field
  • Training to develop business skills

Meet: Ying Chen, ONDRI Scholar

Ying Chen.jpgI’m a postdoctoral fellow at Queen’s University working with Dr. Doug Munoz and one of three ONDRI Scholars.

Why did you choose your profession?

How our brain is functioning as the control centre of our whole body, and how damage in a patients’ brain is affecting their normal activity are always kept in my mind. I know research is the only way to provide answers to these questions. It’s exciting for me to employ different research methods to study the brain. I enjoy each piece of new findings, and believe all the pieces together will gradually discover the function of our brain.


New name: Patient and Community Advisory Committee (PCAC)

PCAC.JPGONDRI's Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) recently changed their name to "Patient and Community Advisory Committee (PCAC)" to focus on patients and their community of support people.

The PCAC meets by monthly to discuss how to improve research into neurodegenerative diseases and engage in patient outreach.


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.


New ONDRI participant newsletter

2016 Fall ONDRI Participants Newsletter Small.jpgONDRI created a new newsletter specifically for ONDRI participants and their care partners. The goal of the newsletter is the update participants on ONDRI's progress.

Participants will receive a paper copy of the newsletter at the clinics when they have their follow up visits.