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Welcome Alexander Nicodemo, Protocol and Ethics Coordinator

Alexander Nicodemo_0.jpgIt's our pleasure to welcome Alexander Nicodemo to the ONDRI project management team as the Protocol and Ethics Coordinator.

Alexander Nicodemo is replacing Lindsey McLeish, who is starting maternity leave on January 4.


Media: The race to find ‘biomarkers’ that can predict dementia

Manuel Montero Odasso sitting.jpgRead the article by the Toronto Star newspaper article featuring ONDRI, Dr. Robert Bartha, and Dr. Manuel Montero-Odasso as they discuss their imaging and gait and balance research.


Investigators receive part of ALS Canada $15M donation

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ALS Canada has invested $15 million in exciting ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) research in Canada.

Congratulations to the final recipients of the 2015 grant competition from ONDRI: Dr. Peter St.George-Hyslop and Dr. Christen Shoesmith.


Dr. Black receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Congratulations to Dr. Sandra Black for being selected as the 2015 recipient of the Dean’s Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award, University of Toronto, for her internationally recognized accomplishments in stroke and dementia research. Dr. Black is the ONDRI Alzheimer’s Disease/Mild Cognitive Impairment Co-lead.


The Temerty's visit Western

2015 10 Temertys and Strong at UWO 1.JPGJim and Louise Temerty and their daughter Leah visited Western University in October to see firsthand the impact their $5 million gift is having on the research being carried out through ONDRI.


Welcome Dr. Sanjeev Kumar, AD/MCI lead at CAMH

Sanjeev Kumar - Copy.jpgDr. Sanjeev Kumar has taken over as the site lead at the Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH) for Dr. Bruce Pollock.

Read more about Dr. Kumar's experience.


Meet: Christopher Scott, Imaging Analyst

Chris Scott.jpgWhat’s your role with ONDRI?

I'm an Imaging Analyst and Senior Research Coordinator at Sunnybrook. In a nutshell, my role with ONDRI is to oversee “quality control” for all of the MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that’s acquired. I work closely with both the imaging and neuroinformatics teams to ensure that the highest quality data is being acquired and archived. Unfortunately, I’m also the bearer of bad news to a site when the quality is poor.        



Welcome Dr. Dallas Seitz

Dallas Seitz_1.jpgIt's our pleasure to welcome Dr. Dallas Seitz to the ONDRI team as the new Alzheimer's disease/mild cognitive impairment recruiting clinician at Providence Care and Queen's University in Kingston.

Dr. Dallas Seitz is a psychiatrist and Assistant Professor and Clinician Scientist at Queen's University.


ONDRI annual workshop a success

Thank you for making our October workshop a success. Review the presentations and share your thoughts in a short survey.

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Meet: Dr. Andrew Frank, Recruiting Clinician

Andrew Frank - Copy_0.jpgWhat is you hope for ONDRI?

I look forward to the results of ONDRI and other research, so that we’ll be able to diagnose neurodegeneration early and accurately, with a collection of reliable biomarkers. Then, we’ll target effective therapies to those who will benefit the most. One day, I hope the suffering of Alzheimer's disease will be lifted.


Lessons from Life, Lobotomies and Lies with Dr. Don Stuss

Donald Stuss.pngHear Dr. Don Stuss unravel the mysteries of the brain. Through cases of mistaken identity, skewed perception and astonishing recovery, he'll dive into the organ that allows us to experience life as we know it. Register for the free public talk on November 10.


Ontario Brain Institute's new President and Scientific Director

Tom Mikkelsen - Copy.jpgDr. Tom Mikkelsen brings a wealth of international brain tumour and clinical trial experience including assembling the Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital.


Apply to have your not-for-profit program evaluated by OBI

children playing.pngHelp spread the word that brain health not-for-profits can apply to have their programs evaluated by OBI. Watch a video about the program and apply by November 9.


World Heart Day is September 29

World Heart Day is September 29. Learn how you can help spread the word: Heart and Stroke Foundation and Twitter.

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Health-care experts pool talent and research to get ahead of dementia

Read the news series featuring ONDRI, Dr. Michael Strong, Dr. Sandra Black, and Dr. Doug Munoz as they discuss the exciting research they're exploring.