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Artist’s work a reminder of work to be done

Artist’s work a reminder of work to be done

On June 7, 2006, while on a lunch break as a special education instructor with the Thames Valley District School Board, Vanessa Zita Vanderidder was found dead along the side of her car. Or at least, that is what first responders pronounced her when they arrived on...

Best books of 2017, according to Western

Best books of 2017, according to Western

As 2017 winds down, Western News brings you a list of book recommendations from members of our campus community. Included are the year’s favourite reads from students, staff, faculty and alumni.

Newsmakers: The Face

Newsmakers: The Face

Melvyn Goodale Melvyn Goodale, Director of the Brain and Mind Institute at Western, and Tzvi Ganel, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, co-authored a study in 2017 that indicates smiling can make you appear to be one year older than if you wear a poker face. We...

Signaling awareness in anaesthetized patients

Signaling awareness in anaesthetized patients

For every 1,000 patients undergoing surgery and receiving general anaesthesia, one or two will wake up during the procedure, unable to move, speak or otherwise indicate to doctors they are conscious and aware of what is happening. Western researchers who have already...

Researcher goes deep into sleep for answers

Researcher goes deep into sleep for answers

Researchers have known for some time sleep is important for memory formation. This is especially true for procedural memory, the kind that applies to the brain retaining newly learned, how-to tasks, such as riding a bicycle. The processes that occur during sleep and...

CFI Innovation Funds back five key projects

CFI Innovation Funds back five key projects

Nearly $14-million in Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) Research Infrastructure Funds for five Western projects was announced today at Robarts Research Institute.

I am Adrian Owen. Ask me anything.

I am Adrian Owen. Ask me anything.

Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen, along with some of his team from the Brain and Mind Institute, took on the best questions the Internet could muster during an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on Reddit Tuesday afternoon.

Sleep study gives BBC reporter a ‘wakeup call’

Sleep study gives BBC reporter a ‘wakeup call’

Award-winning BBC medical reporter Fergus Walsh was intrigued enough by a Western-led sleep study to spend three days volunteering himself as one of the first participants in what could be the largest study of its kind ever.

Owen’s book examines borders of consciousness

Owen’s book examines borders of consciousness

“Imagine playing tennis.” With the release of Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen’s book about the borderlines of consciousness, that phrase may well enter the international lexicon as a shorthand offering hope to intact minds locked within unresponsive bodies. Into...

Detecting dementia takes top spot at 3MT competition

Detecting dementia takes top spot at 3MT competition

Tamara Tavares, a graduate student in the Emotional Cognition Lab (ECL) of Western’s Brain and Mind Institute, took the top spot in Western’s sixth annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition last week, tackling the complex world of frontotemporal dementia (FTD), a...

Researcher among international rising talents of women in science

Researcher among international rising talents of women in science

Consciousness – and what the concept means – has been debated for centuries by philosophers and scientists alike. We are conscious because we can communicate with one another through our behaviour and language – but how do we know the state or extent of consciousness...

Postdoc fellow tuning in to rhythmic patterns in brain, music

Postdoc fellow tuning in to rhythmic patterns in brain, music

When you’re speaking with Molly Henry, she’s taking note of the rhythms in the conversation you are having. Henry, a postdoctoral fellow at Western’s Brain and Mind Institute (BMI), is interested in how synchronization between brain rhythms and environmental rhythms –...

Study: Will meditation help stressed-out lawyers?

Study: Will meditation help stressed-out lawyers?

Research has demonstrated several positive physiological and psychological impacts of mindfulness training and meditation, including reduced stress, anxiety and depression, improved control over attention and enhanced working memory. However, do these same findings...

Feds back brain research with record-breaking investment

Feds back brain research with record-breaking investment

An unprecedented federal research funding push will position Western to radically transform humankind’s understanding of brain disorders. On Tuesday, Western’s BrainsCAN: Brain Health For Life initiative received a $66-million investment from the Canada First Research...

‘Our Musical Brain’ takes to the stage

‘Our Musical Brain’ takes to the stage

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and Canada’s acclaimed chamber ensemble, the Gryphon Trio, are teaming up with leading neuroscientists to explore what happens in our brains when we engage with music. Our Musical Brain takes to the stage for an...

Team sees collaboration as ‘way forward’

Team sees collaboration as ‘way forward’

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twX38NPd8-A It may seem odd when Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professors Lisa Saksida and Tim Bussey talk about rewarding their mice with strawberry milkshakes for using an iPad properly. Yet, this unique approach to...