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Harrowing health journey leads to helping others

Harrowing health journey leads to helping others

At 20, Wagner Souza was diagnosed with two strong auto-immune disorders presenting leukemia-like symptoms, He required 13 pills a day to keep him alive from 2004-06. Then, hope arrived.

Lefty, righty brains count on same area for numbers

Lefty, righty brains count on same area for numbers

Lefties and righties may put pen to paper from different sides of the page, but when it comes to numbers, everything adds up using the same point in the brain, according to a recent Western study.

Volunteers help unlock deeper understanding

Volunteers help unlock deeper understanding

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a participant in a research study? Take a painless journey through the mind of a volunteer in a Brain and Mind Institute study about sound.

Study: Bad diets making for bad memories

Study: Bad diets making for bad memories

A poor diet might be damaging more than your waistline – it might be leading to cognitive decline and poor memory, according to Western-led research released this week.

Symposium touches on ‘new frontiers’ of tech

Symposium touches on ‘new frontiers’ of tech

Starting Thursday, more than 100 neuroscience researchers from around the world are visiting Western to take part in the first international touchscreen symposium, ‘New frontiers in cognitive testing using touchscreen technology.’

Getting to the ‘Heart’ of his passions

Getting to the ‘Heart’ of his passions

Trust us, you’ll need more than ‘Four Simple Words’ to celebrate these selections as Jon Deeks, Knowledge Mobilization & Impact Manager for BrainsCAN, takes a turn on Read. Watch. Listen.

Study: Brain injuries hiding in ICU patients

Study: Brain injuries hiding in ICU patients

Brain injuries may be prevalent among patients exiting intensive care units (ICU), even if they entered the hospital for non-brain-related injuries or ailments, according to a new study by Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute.

Pre-frontal activity can be recipe for obesity

Pre-frontal activity can be recipe for obesity

New Western research suggests there’s a link between obesity and the level of activity in a person’s prefrontal cortex. People with less activity in this brain region are more vulnerable to the lure of high-calorie foods rich in sugar and fats.

Researchers committed to open-science efforts

Researchers committed to open-science efforts

Placing collaboration above competition, Western researchers are partnering with more than 300 labs around the world to gain a better understanding of the mouse brain in hopes of unlocking the secrets Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders in humans.

Neuroscience grants promote teamwork

Neuroscience grants promote teamwork

Seven teams of researchers have been awarded funding for transformational research projects in neuroscience, through the first round of the McGill-Western BrainsCAN collaboration grants.

Study: ‘Sound’ differences between age groups

Study: ‘Sound’ differences between age groups

By exploring differences in the way younger and older adults respond to sounds, Western neuroscientists have found that our brains become more sensitive to sounds as we age, likely leading to hearing challenges over a lifetime.

Special Canada Day dawns for neuroscientist

Special Canada Day dawns for neuroscientist

The sheer, glorious space of the country. Beaches in summer; snow sports in winter. The research opportunities and academic atmosphere. For years, Western neuroscientist Adrian Owen has set his heart on making Canada his home and adopted land. This year, he will celebrate Canada Day, for the first time, as a permanent resident of Canada.