Recent News

BrainsCAN celebrates International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11, 2019  -  Western News

Women have made significant contributions to science, yet in 2019, less than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women

A diverse scientific community strengthens research innovation and excellence. Western University is home to extraordinary women researchers who are contributing to cutting-edge science discoveries. Many of these researchers have become role models for the next generation of scientists. In the early 2000s, BrainsCAN’s Co-Scientific Director, Dr. Lisa Saksida, co-invented rodent touchscreen technology to test rodents in ways that resemble human tests. Now used by labs worldwide, this innovative technology is helping researchers better understand the psychological processes underlying memory and perception.

Researchers committed to open-science efforts

February 4, 2019  -  Western News

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. Led by BrainsCAN, this is the latest and largest project undertaken by the neuroscience initiative in a push for open-science research.

“There’s an understanding that collaboration is better than competition for science,” stressed Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor Tim Bussey. “It’s also the ethics of  public institutions – everybody paid for this (research) – and generating data, and then hoarding it, borders on unethical. The open-science movement is huge. It’s unstoppable.”

BrainsCAN expands globally with Cardiff University partnership

January 25, 2019  -  BrainsCAN Communications

BrainsCAN, Western University’s neuroscience research initiative, is continuing to expand its global presence with a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Cardiff University in Wales, UK. Through this MOU, BrainsCAN and Cardiff researchers will build collaborative, high-impact neuroscience research projects to develop and deliver evidence-based assessments for the diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders. 

“This formal partnership is the result of a longstanding relationship with researchers at Cardiff University,” said Dr. Lisa Saksida, BrainsCAN Co-Scientific Director. “We are thrilled to build on this partnership and bring together world-class cognitive neuroscience research from both institutions to benefit those affected by brain disorders and disease.”

BrainsCAN builds international collaborations with new research partnership

January 25, 2019  -  BrainsCAN Communications

BrainsCAN, Western University’s neuroscience research initiative, is building international collaborations with a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. In the recently signed MOU, BrainsCAN and Yonsei researchers will work together to find effective solutions for maintaining a healthy brain.

“This significant partnership will broaden BrainsCAN’s ability to offer a collaborative, world-class, international research environment for neuroscience researchers,” said BrainsCAN Co-Scientific Director, Dr. Lisa Saksida. “We look forward to working with Yonsei to advance our understanding of the brain through this exciting new partnership.”

Q&A with Dr. Jane Rylett: Researching Alzheimer’s Disease

January 19, 2019  -  BrainsCAN Communications

Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative disease that affects memory, thinking and behaviour. In Canada, one out of every 13 adults between the ages of 65 and 74 are affected by Alzheimer's disease and that number rises to one in four after the age of 85. With the number of Canadians affected by Alzheimer’s disease expected to increase over the next decade, continued research into dementia is critical.

Western University’s BrainsCAN initiative is transforming the way brain disorders, including dementia are understood, diagnosed and treated through high impact brain research. Dr. Jane Rylett is a Western University neuroscientist and a BrainsCAN-aligned researcher, internationally recognized for her contributions to Alzheimer’s disease research.

Q&A with Marc Joanisse: Understanding Reading Disorders in Children

December 13, 2018  -  BrainsCAN Communications

On October 22, Professor Marc Joanisse from the Department of Psychology at Western spoke at the London Central Library on the topic of reading development and reading disorders in children. His work in this area, supported by BrainsCAN, focuses on language acquisition, language processing, computational models and how language is represented in the brain. 

In this Q&A, Dr. Joanisse discusses the underlying problems of reading disorders and how they are identified in children.