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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.


Neuroscience asset map tool

OBI neuroscience asset map tool.JPGDid you know that there are more than 800 neuroscience researchers, 130 brain-related companies, and 100 institutions involved in neuroscience in Ontario?

This dynamic neuroscience asset map tool allows users ranging from patients to researchers, to companies and not-for-profits to discover and connect with neuroscience resources across Ontario.


We're a hiring Clinical Neuropsychologist

Apply by April 22 to join our team as a Clinical Neuropsychologist.


New OBI informatics governance policies

brain-code-logo.jpgLast year, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) recognized the need to update its informatics governance policies to clarify governance processes particularly relevant for data sharing purposes. In October 2015, OBI invited the Integrated Discovery Programs to nominate two investigators from each program to review and provide feedback on the revised draft of the Informatics Governance Policies.

The new OBI Informatics Governance Policies (version 2.0) are now online and in effect.


Meet: Dr. Sean Symons, Imaging Co-lead

Sean Symons.JPGWhen I started working as a resident, the scan slices were a centimeter thick and you received a total of 20 images per scan per person. Now, we can get more than 2,000 images per scan because we often scan each slice at 1 millimeter or less resolution.

It’s a challenge now to look at the all the images but it helps accuracy. Since more subtle abnormalities are being picked up, you have to judge whether they are serious or just incidental. Before, with a centimeter slice, if you saw something you knew it was abnormal but now you see all kinds of little dots and you have to make a judgment call.


Congratulations Shalane Basque and the neuropsychology team

Congratulations to J.B. Orange's, ONDRI Neuropsychology Co-lead,  MSc student, Shalane Basque, for winning the Best Poster award at this year's Faculty of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Program Research Day at Western University.

The poster showcased her work with the ONDRI neuropsychology platform, specifically the transcription and coding of the language data.


Credit for participant transfers

two arrows.JPGPlease review the ONDRI guidelines for enrollment numbers and funding for participants that transfer sites and/or disease themes.


Dr. Pasternak receives Collaborative Research Seed Grant

Stephen Pasternak.jpgCongratulations to Dr. Stephen Pasternak for receiving a Collaborative Research Seed Grant (CRSG) from the recent competition. Dr. Pasternak will also be collaborating Dr. Elizabeth Finger and Dr. Michael Borrie from ONDRI.

Focus: Brain Microparticles from Plasma: Non-Invasive “Brain Biopsies” for Improved Neurological Diagnosis


Media: Dr. Mandzia's stellar post-stroke care

Jennifer Mandzia - Copy.jpgRead about a patient experiencing stellar care at University Hospital from Dr. Jennifer Mandzia's and her team.

The patient says they're now a "walking, talking miracle."



Women's brain health receives funding

CIHR logo.pngThe Posluns Family Foundation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Ontario Brain Institute (OBI), and The Alzheimer Society of Canada (ASC) will fund the first research initiative of its kind in Canada under the title of the Wilfred and Joyce Posluns Chair in Women's Brain Health and Aging.


VCI enrollment complete in Ottawa

25 out of 25.JPGCongratulations to the vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) team in Ottawa for being the one of the first ONDRI sites to complete their participant enrollment.

See current ONDRI participant enrollment by location and disease.


Video: ONDRI neuroimaging assessment process

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


Video: ONDRI ocular retinal thickness assessment process

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Meet: Anton Trinh, Research Coordinator, gait and balance

Anton Trinh.jpgI’m the research coordinator for gait and balance assessments based at the University of Waterloo (UW). I started my education by completing my BSc in kinesiology at UW. After spending half a year traveling, I returned to UW for my MSc in muscle physiology. I enjoyed exercise-based research but wanted to do more applied research and switched my focus to neuroscience.