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Welcome ONDRI 2.0 leaders

2016 10 Doug Rick Mario.JPGThree of ONDRI's leaders will be guiding ONDRI into its next phase: 


ONDRI Scholars announced

ONDRI Scholars.JPGCongratulations to the three "ONDRI Scholars" that won the ONDRI postdoctoral fellowship competition.
  • Derek Beaton, Baycrest Hospital, mentored by Drs. Morris Freedman, Stephen Strother, and Brian Levine
  • Ying Chen, Queen's University, mentored by Drs. Doug Munoz and Rick Swartz
  • Joel Ramirez, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, mentored by Drs. Rick Swartz and Sandra Black

Meet: Norm Konyer, MRI Technologist

Norm Konyer.JPGHave you scanned anything besides humans?

I’ve MRI’d a lot of strange things over the years. I’ve done MR spectroscopy on rare bottle of 1895 Vin Mariani to determine if it had turned to vinegar (it had not, although we didn’t open it and taste it). I’ve also had the opportunity to MRI horses at the Ontario Veterinary College – remember to take those shoes off first! And stalagmites – that’s right, rocks. I was involved in a project with folks from the Geography department at McMaster University looking for ancient water trapped inside stalagmites. It took some work, but we were able to see water inside pores in the rock, which we confirmed with CT scans. Extracting this water, however, proved to be a much bigger challenge.


Media: - free medical resources Dr. Robert Hegele, ONDRI Genomics Lead, explain the newly launched that provides free videos and downloadable resources from the world’s leading medical professors.

No matter where they are, the next generation of physicians will now be able to learn from the best medical professors in the world for free. is a new way of teaching medicine and will make medical education more accessible and more effective.


Register for NeuroTech Ontario Showcase + Public Talk

neurotech_showcase_poster_2016-02.pngJoin the Ontario Brain Institute for the NeuroTech Ontario Showcase + Public Talk on September 27 at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre.

The NeuroTech Ontario Showcase is open to the public to see and experience some of the latest brain-related technologies being developed here in Ontario.

At 6:30 pm, the Public Talk to promote discussions around brain disorders and brain health. The talk will feature Guy Seabrook, PhD, VP Neuroscience Scientific Innovation from Johnson & Johnson Innovation in California. He will talk broadly about the current trends, future, and challenges of developing therapies to treat Alzheimer’s disease.


BNA-R: An ONDRI and TDRA collaboration

TDRA logo.jpgThe newly created Behavioural Neurology Assessment-Revised (BNA-R) can successfully detect amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI).

With collaborative funding from the Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative and the TDRA (Toronto Dementia Research Alliance), the BNA-R was administered.


Meet: Sue Bedford, Imaging Coordinator

Sue Bedford 2.pngWhat’s your role with ONDRI?

I’m the coordinator for the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) facility at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry and the point of contact for Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping (CFMM) at Robarts Research Institute.


Retaining and following-up

Brain-CODE dashboard.JPGONDRI has enrolled more than 420 participants - that's 67 per cent of our target.

ONDRI is maintaining a very high retention rate - only 19 participants have withdrawn from the study due to various reasons, including death and time constraints.

We also have more than 230 participants who have completed their one-year follow-up visit.


Dementia research in Canada: What do you think?

Do you have a personal or professional connection to dementia? Want to help shape the future of Canadian dementia research?

The Canadian Dementia Priority Setting Partnership wants to know where you think we need research related to living with dementia as well as dementia prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The research priorities identified from this study will be shared with researchers and research funding organizations so that they can incorporate them into their research agendas.

Please complete the short questionnaire at:


Promoting ONDRI at AAIC

AAIC 2016 logo.gifONDRI is an exhibitor with the Ontario Brain Institute at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) starting July 22. Attendees will gather with international investigators, clinicians and care providers to share the latest study results, theories and discoveries that will help bring the world closer to breakthroughs in dementia science.


Welcome Dr. Donna Kwan, Neuropsychology Operations Lead

Donna Kwan.jpgWelcome to Dr. Donna Kwan as the ONDRI Neuropsychology Operations Lead effective July 18. She'll lead the team during the next year for Dr. Paula McLaughlin who will be on maternity leave.

Dr. Kwan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and psychiatry from the University of Waterloo in 2008. She then completed a Master's degree in psychology and psychiatry from York University in 2011. Most recently, she completed her PhD, in neuropsychology from York University, along with her predoctoral clinical internship from Rush University Medical Centre in Chicago.

Video: Science of memory discussion

Angela Troyer 2.jpgWatch the enlightening panel discussion about the science of memory by:

  • Dr. Tom Mikkelsen (moderator), President and Scientific Director for OBI
  • Dr. Elizabeth Theriault, Vice President of Research and Informatics for OBI
  • Dr. Barry Greenberg, Director of Strategy for the Toronto Dementia Research Alliance and Director of Neuroscience Drug Discovery and Development for the University Health Network
  • Dr. Angela Troyer, Professional Practice Chief of Psychology and Program Director of Neuropsychology and Cognitive Health at Baycrest Hospital


2016 06 Sunnybrook IPAC Tour.jpgONDRI and OBI hosted a tour as part of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) Annual Conference on June 28.

The site tour aimed at providing IPAC delegates with a glimpse of service excellence in health care and the research happening in Ontario, particularly at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and OBI.


Meet: Dr. Doug Munoz, Eye Tracking Lead

Doug Munoz.jpgWhy did you choose your profession?

I wanted to know more about how my own brain works. My primary interest and focus when I started as an independent investigator was doing monkey behavioural neurophysiology to study the eye saccade system. I then started working with various human patient groups performing the same behavioural tasks. It’s fascinating to see the translation that's possible between human clinical studies and monkey behavioural neurophysiology. Studying them together in parallel greatly increases my knowledge and the relevancy of the science.


A manual for people living with ALS

ALS Manual.JPGThe ALS Society of Canada Manual for People Living with ALS is an excellent educational resource and tool. It helps readers organize personal health information and stimulate discussion between patients, family members, and their health care providers about managing ALS care and coping with an often rapidly progressive neurological condition.