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HBI Members Honoured by Pfizer Canada with Neuropathic Pain Research Awards

Submitted by klswift on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 13:18.
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HBI Members Honoured by Pfizer Canada with Neuropathic Pain Research Awards

Pfizer Canada recently announced the recipients of its third Neuropathic Pain Research Awards Competition, which aims to fund and support Canadian innovation within independent neuropathic pain research in the areas of basic biomedical, clinical and health sciences.    

Sixteen research proposals were submitted to the competition and six proposals were funded based on ranked scores from the review committee, which is composed of 12 Canadian medical researchers familiar with neuropathic pain research.  

Two HBI members were among the six Canadians chosen to receive the Award – Dr. Cory Toth, Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Dr. Patrick Whelan, Associate Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics for the Faculty of Medicine, and the Department of Comparative Biology & Experimental Medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Whelan's grant was also co-authored by Dr. Sravan Mandadi, a Postdoctoral Fellow at HBI with an extensive background in the pain field and experience in both industry and academia.


Free Screening of Shine in series Science in the Cinema

Submitted by klswift on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 09:52.

Free Screening of Shine in series Science in the Cinema

You are invited to an evening of free popcorn, a movie and discussion with HBI member Dr. Donald Addington. On Thursday, April 8, 2010, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions is presenting Shine at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Theatre, 1133 Kensington Road NW.

The film will be introduced by Dr. Donald Addington, professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, clinical medical director of Early Psychosis Treatment Services for Alberta Health Services, and a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. Following the movie, Dr. Addington will lead a discussion on the latest research in mental health.

MS Society of Canada Announces Grants and Traineeships

Submitted by klswift on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 11:02.

MS Society of Canada Announces Grants and Traineeships

Congratulations to the recently-announced recipients of grants and traineeships from the MS Society of Canada.

Operating Research Grants
Dr. Andrew Chojnacki: Regulation of human oligodendrogenesis by nodal signalling
Dr. Peter Stys: The axo-myelinic synapse
Dr. V Wee Yong: Promoting remyelination by overcoming an inhibitory microenvironment
Dr. Lenora Brown: Measures of corpus callosum function in MS: Development of an outcome measure

Stroke Researchers Recieve Top Honours

Submitted by klswift on Mon, 03/15/2010 - 08:32.
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Stroke Researchers Recieve Top Honours

Drs. Eric Smith and Shelagh Coutts have recently been recognized with two of the most prestigious awards in the field of stroke research.

Eric Smith, MD, MPH, was awarded the 2010 Robert G. Siekert New Investigator Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.  Shelagh Coutts, MD has been awarded the Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize from the American Academy of Neurology.

Science Cafe: I'm Just a Bit Stressed, That's All...

Submitted by klswift on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 13:05.

Science Cafe: I'm Just a Bit Stressed, That's All...

What does it take to cross the line from managing stress to being consumed by it?  HBI Researchers Dr. Jaideep Bains and Dr. Glenda MacQueen have been closely studying this issue and the links between stress and common mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.

Please join us for a lively discussion of the latest research evidence on this important subject.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010, 6 p.m.
Bottlescrew Bill's Old English Pub (140-10 Ave SW)


Click here to view the poster

Research Archive

Using MRI to visualize brain damage due to concussion

Submitted by kristy.cross on Tue, 11/19/2013 - 14:30.

Using MRI to visualize brain damage due to concussion

Researchers at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute are looking at concussion in a new way, thanks in part to a CIHR catalyst grant announced earlier this month by Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose.

“Right now when someone suffers a concussion, we can’t actually observe brain damage in an image of their brain,” says the project leader Dr. Garnette Sutherland, a member of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences in the Faculty of Medicine. “In the case of repetitive mild head injury, patients are experiencing symptoms such as memory loss, headaches and numbness, and yet when we look at a scan of their brains, everything looks normal.”

Concussion research dream team works to make hockey safer for youth

Submitted by kristy.cross on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 11:47.

Concussion research dream team works to make hockey safer for youth

Researchers discovering how to better identify, prevent and treat concussions in sport

In Canada, as many as 50,000 young hockey players suffer a concussion on the ice every year.

"We don't know the longer-term effects of concussion or the best way to treat it, especially for kids," says Carolyn Emery, PhD, a kinesiology researcher who is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, an Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation Professor in Paediatric Rehabilitation, and Co-Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC). "That's a frightening thought for parents and players, and makes prevention a key focus."

Study shows survival rates have improved for brain-injury patients

Submitted by kristy.cross on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 15:12.

Study shows survival rates have improved for brain-injury patients

Better health care means more brain injury patients return to everyday life at home

Patients hospitalized for brain injuries are more likely to survive than they were a decade ago, and are more likely to return home without requiring any long-term medical support, according to a new research study co-authored by the HBI's Dr. Andreas Kramer.

The study, which tracked nearly 4,100 southern Albertans with severe brain injuries in Calgary’s adult intensive care units (ICUs), shows survival rates for these patients have increased by 10 per cent since the study began 12 years ago. Roughly seven of every 10 patients with critical brain injuries now survive.

HBI in the News: The Role of Art and Science in Parkinson's Disease

Submitted by kristy.cross on Wed, 10/02/2013 - 12:26.

HBI in the News: The Role of Art and Science in Parkinson's Disease

This week in Montreal, the third World Parkinson Congress will take place - an international forum for the latest scientific discoveries, medical practices and caregiver initiatives related to Parkinson's Disease. This Congress is like no other - it's the only place where cross-pollination of the entire spectrum of Parkinson’s disease – researchers, clinicians, people with Parkinson’s, allied health professionals and care partners -- come together.

This time, the arts and sciences will bring the Parkinson's communities together. Alongside performance arts and documentary films, you will also find researchers such as the HBI's Dr. Bin Hu, who will deliver a lecture detailing his work on treating Parkinson's patients with music.

The Nature of Stress

Submitted by kristy.cross on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 16:07.

The Nature of Stress

In today's world of constant stress, understanding the mechanisms of the body's stress response and ways to mitigate the effects of chronic stress is becoming more and more important. A recent Think About It CBC Radio One episode investigated these mechanisms and how exposure to nature - from the foods we eat, to the pets we keep and the places we go to relax - can benefit the brain.

In order to understand the power of nature however, it is important to take a closer look at the nature of stress.

Giving Stories Archive

The Spring 2012 HBI Science Cafe: Concussions

Submitted by klswift on Fri, 03/23/2012 - 14:20.

Concussions (or mild traumatic brain injuries) are a growing concern, particularly among young athletes. On June 25, 2012 the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute in partnership with the CIHR's Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction held an interactive Science Café to discuss neurological and mental health as relating to concussions.

As a free public event, the Science Café creates the opportunity for the community to engage with top-level experts in a meaningful and informative way. With the former NHL athlete Mr. Jim Peplinski as the moderator, the two expert researchers, Drs. Sean Dukelow and Carolyn Emery explored questions such as:

  • What are the signs and symptoms of a concussion?
  • Can concussions be prevented in youth sport?
  • When is someone fit to return to play?
  • What is the public health burden of concussion in youth sport?

To see the poster click here.

Click here to see the photo gallery.

Science Café: Feeling and Dealing with Pain — Is it all in your head?

Submitted by klswift on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 10:50.

HBI neuroscientists tell us what science is learning about how the mind and body feels pain and how we can deal with pain in our lives.

On Nov 22, 2011 TELUS Spark, in partnership with the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute, hosted a public Science Café on the topic of "Feeling and Dealing with Pain." Guest speakers were Dr. Cory Toth and Dr. Gerald Zamponi, with moderator Heather Yourex, health reporter for Global TV in Calgary. It was a packed house, with the audience asking many excellent questions over the 2 hour Café event, held at the Ironwood Stage and Grill. The Café was one of a series of monthly Science Cafés presented by TELUS Spark, on a wide range of science topics and issues. Photos © Alan Dyer 2011

6th Annual Brain Science Day

Submitted by klswift on Wed, 12/15/2010 - 11:54.

Every March during Brain Awareness Week, local Grade 11 students have the opportunity to tour research labs and clinical units at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute nd learn more about careers in Neuroscience. See below for information on this year's event:

Friday, March 4, 2011

Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary
3330 Hospital Drive NW

To register for Brain Science Day, ask your science teacher for an application, or contact the HBI: hbi [at] ucalgary [dot] ca or 403.220.3558

Click here to watch a virtual dissection of a human brain

Click here to download the poster

Click here to read a story on the 2010 Brain Science Day

Want to participate next year? Email us at hbi [at] ucalgary [dot] ca

4th Annual Calgary Brain Bee

Submitted by klswift on Mon, 04/12/2010 - 14:59.
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Congratulations to the winner of the 4th Annual Calgary Brain Bee!  Nathan Lao, a grade 9 student from Langevin School in Calgary defeated 15 of his peers and took away the 2011 grand prize.

Nathan has won a Macbook computer and an expenses-paid trip to the Canadian Brain Bee Competition on May 28 at McMaster University.

Second place this year and an iPod Touch went to Robyn Pagenkopf, a grade 12 student from Bert Church High School in Airdrie. 

Congratulations to all of this years Brain Bee contestants! Next year's competition will be held during Brain Awareness Week in March, 2012.

For more information, email hbi [at] ucalgary [dot] ca or call 403.220.3558.

Impact Story Archive

Rare Book Collection Unites Neuroscience History and Future

Submitted by klswift on Fri, 09/30/2011 - 11:02.
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The brain is one of the most complex, yet least understood parts of the human body and philosophers and scientists around the world have been working for hundreds of years to unravel its many mysteries. This rich history of insights and discoveries provides the foundation for HBI research and education today.

Recently, the HBI acquired a comprehensive collection chronicling centuries of neuroscience history.  Thanks to a gift from Calgary community leaders Brenda and Jamie Mackie, the University of Calgary has obtained a rare set of more than 2,400 historical neuroscience texts, some of which date back to the 17th century.  

The collection has officially been named the Mackie Family History of Neuroscience Collection.

Community Support Key to Unique Education Activities

Submitted by klswift on Tue, 02/23/2010 - 11:14.
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Since the inception of the HBI, training the next generation of neuroscientists has been a focal point. Many of our activities are centered around enhancing the training opportunities and research experiences for these up and coming researchers.

Over the last five years, the support of individuals and organizations in the community has played a key role in enhancing our educational efforts. New initiatives that have been developed with donor support have allowed the HBI to attract aspiring neuroscientists from around the world to work with our members as students and post-graduate fellows.

The HBI has played a key role in establishing a number of unique neuroscience educational initiatives in Calgary, which allow young scientists to immerse themselves in brain research from high school right through to post-graduate studies.

2009 Rotary Flames Friendship Classic

Submitted by support on Thu, 08/27/2009 - 13:57.
Rotary Flames Golf Tournament 2009.jpgDrs. Jaideep Bains, Andrew Demchuk, Rajiv Midha and Cam Teskey joined the Rotary Clubs of Calgary and the Calgary Flames for a fun day of golf at River Spirit Golf Club.