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New stroke report highlights dementia

2016 Stroke Report.JPGThe 2016 Heart and Stroke Foundation Stroke Report shows that stroke significantly increases the risk of dementia.

How can you protect yourself? It starts with awareness.

Watch the video

Read the 2016 Stroke Report


June is ALS Awareness Month

June is ALS Awareness Month.

Learn how you can help spread the word: ALS Canada and Twitter.

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June is Stroke Awareness Month

June is Stroke Awareness Month

Learn how you can help spread the word: Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and Twitter.

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Media: Retinal imaging could provide window into brain disease

2016 05 SD-OCT.JPGRead The Globe and Mail article featuring ONDRI and Dr. Chris Hudson and Dr. Sandra Black as they discuss how the Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) technology used in ONDRI can measure the retinal nerve fibre layer thickness in the human eye.


Meet: Dr. Chris Hudson, Retinal Imaging Co-Lead

Chris Hudson 3.JPGThirteen years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson's. Now, I'm researching it.

I was born and raised in the United Kingdom (UK). The University of Waterloo is one of the two best optometry schools in the world and I jumped at the chance to move to Canada to become a professor.


VCI enrollment successfully closes

Congratulations to the vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) team for completing enrollment and exceeding their enrollment goal. VCI enrollment stopped at the end of April and more than 150 participants will be enrolled after they complete the screening process.


ONDRI Annual Report 2015 - 2016

2015-2016 annual report cove.JPGThe Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI) Annual Report presents a comprehensive overview of the successes ONDRI has achieved from April 2015 to March 2016.

Read the Annual Report 2015-2016.

Read all ONDRI reports.


ONDRI Scientific Retreat outcomes

Critical next steps were identified including which data analysis to focus on first, the order of research paper submissions and the creation of a Brain-CODE data dictionary.


OBI President's Update

Tom Mikkelsen - Copy.jpgRead Dr. Tom Mikkelsen's, President & Scientific Director at Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), latest update to learn about new leadership, media coverage, and how OBI is making an impact on research, the economy, and health.


OBI’s Patient Advisory Committee Day Outcomes

PAC IDP.JPGThe OBI hosted the Third Annual Patient Advisory Committee (PAC) Workshop. Representatives of clinicians, researchers, and project management from each of OBI's Integrated Discovery Programs (IDP) met to set priorities and identify the tools and resources required to optimize knowledge and resource exchange between the PACs and the IDPs.

The top priorities for ONDRI this year include increasing engagement with our PAC, hosting research talks, and creating lay research summaries for patients and families.


Join us for science of memory on June 8

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Join Hot Docs and OBI for a film screening and panel session on the science of memory on June 8 at 6:30 pm.


Video: ONDRI neuroinformatics assessment process

Watch the latest ONDRI video to learn more. Watch all our videos on YouTube.


Toronto Western boast high retention and recruitment

TWH Coordinators.jpgCongratulations to the ONDRI team at Toronto Western Hospital for nearly reaching their recruitment goal and retaining all their participants. As of the end of March, they had recruited 81 per cent of their required participants and were well on their way to reach their goal.

They took the time to share their keys to success.

Meet: Dr. Mahdi Ghani, Bioinformatician

Mahdi Ghani.JPGI’m a senior postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto. I’m working on next generation genetic sequencing – an affordable and accessible way to screen for rare potential damaging defects that contribute to disorders.

Every day we discover rare and surprising findings that make us do research. That’s the beauty of it.


Heart and Stroke puts patients first

Journey of Vascular Patients and Families .JPGIn an effort to engage survivors in shaping the healthcare system and sharing their experience, the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF) created the Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) – a group of vascular patients and their care partners.

The PFAC created two documents to offer insight from vascular patients and their care partners on their experience with the health care system, as well as opportunities for improvement of health care in Ontario.