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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.


Meet: Dr. Demetrios Sahlas, VCI Recruiting Clinician

Jim Sahlas 2.jpgHow are you promoting health?

One of my goals is to continuously promote vascular health. An effective initiative was the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Café Scientifique event that we held in June 2014 to talk about keeping your brain health as you grow older. I’d also like to create more awareness about dementia and one of the ways to do this is by highlighting celebrities that people can relate to – for instance, Robin Williams’ autopsy suggests in hindsight that he was likely suffering from Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB).


Welcome Alicia Peltsch, Neuropsychology Monitor

Alicia Peltsch-Williams.jpgIt's our pleasure to welcome Alicia Peltsch to the ONDRI project management team as the new ONDRI Neuropsychology Monitor.

Many of you already know Alicia from her previous role with ONDRI as the Kingston coordinator and team member of the eye-tracking platform. In her new role, she'll be monitoring the ONDRI neuropsychology data and assisting with the neuropsychology platform training. Alicia has extensive experience with neuropsychological testing and data monitoring, and has expertise in neuroscience research (including eye-tracking, cognition, and neuroimaging).


Register for our Annual Workshop October 26-28

Register today to join us at the ONDRI Annual Workshop taking place from October 26 to 28 for discussions about achievements and future goals.

We'll be welcoming special guests from the Science Innovation Team, Core Innovation Team and Patient Advisory Committee.


Call for abstracts by September 30: ONDRI Workshop

Submit your abstract for poster sessions for the October 26-28 Annual Workshop before September 30.
Topics: Methods, interim analysis and/or basic science.


ONDRI Annual Report 2014 - 2015

2014-2015 annual report cover.PNGThe Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI) Annual Report presents a comprehensive overview of the successes ONDRI has achieved from April 2014 to March 2015.

During ONDRI's second year, successes included enrolling 146 participants and building the infrastructure for this unique program to run efficiently. The Annual Report also provides updates and data pertaining to ONDRI's operations, finances, and enrollment.

Read the annual report online.


Brain mythbusters: Fact or fiction?

brain mythbuster.PNGThe Ontario Brain Institute answers your questions about common brain myths such as:

  • Alzheimer’s disease is caused by common things in our environment, such as aluminum or aspartame
  • Strokes only occur in the elderly

Dr. Rob Hegele receives $2.3 million in grants from CIHR

Rob Hegele photo in lab.PNGDr. Rob Hegele, Genomics Lead, ONDRI and professor, Departments of Medicine, and Biochemistry at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Jacob J. Wolfe Distinguished Medical Research Chair in Human Gene Function, and scientist at Robarts Research Institute, received more than $2.3 million for his research into understanding the genomic factors behind cardiovascular disease, strokes and diabetes.


Meet: Eric Liang

Eric Liang Photo.jpgI'm working exclusively with ONDRI as an OBI Neuroinformatics Intern. I've had the opportunity to work with various platforms in London including neuropsychology, gait, genomics, and imaging during the past seven months.


Report: The impact of 13 brain disorders in Ontario

brain-disorders-report-cover.jpgThe Ontario Brain Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) collaborated to create profiles for 13 brain disorders and their prevalence, incidence and costs from health administrative data impact on Ontario.

Read the report: Brain Disorders in Ontario: Prevalence, Incidence and Costs from Health Administrative Data



Dr. Sandra Black appointed to the Order of Canada

Sandra Black - Copy.jpgCongratulations Dr. Sandra Black,  ONDRI Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment Co-lead, for being appointed to the Order of Canada.

Read more about her outstanding achievements.


Meet: Dr. David Munoz

David Munoz photo.jpgWhat’s your role with ONDRI?
I’m leading the neuropathology program based out of St. Michael’s Hospital.

Did you ever consider another profession?  
I did consider becoming a biologist or journalist but I’ve always been more interested in living things and the unique features of humans. I was actually trained as a neurologist before I went into neuropathology.


Dr. Rob Hegele re-appointed to Research Chair in Human Gene Function

Rob Hegele photo in lab.PNGDr. Rob Hegele, Genomics Lead, ONDRI and Distinguished University Professor, Departments of Medicine (Division of Endocrinology) has been re-appointed to the position of the Jacob J. Wolfe Distinguished Medical Research Chair in Human Gene Function.


ONDRI Scientific Retreat recap

Discussions included the order of publication submissions, journal submission strategies, data sharing and patient flow, and preliminary analysis.


It's Stroke Awareness Month

June is Stroke Awareness Month.

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

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