Recent News

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.

Neuroscience grants promote teamwork

November 22, 2018  -  Western News

Two of the world’s most accomplished neuroscience centres – Western’s BrainsCAN and McGill’s Healthy Brains for Healthy Lives – are sharing their expertise in seven ground-breaking team projects.

The seven teams of researchers awarded funding in the inaugural round of the McGill-Western Collaboration Grants are headed by renowned neuroscientists working to treat, prevent and cure brain disorders.

The research between the two institutions sets the the groundwork for a collaborative pan-Canadian research network that works to uncover new ways to treat, prevent and cure brain disorders.

BrainsCAN Partners with World-Renowned Neuroscience Research Institution

October 25, 2018  -  BrainsCAN Communications

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between BrainsCAN, Western University’s neuroscience research initiative, and RIKEN Centre for Brain Science (CBS) is increasing international collaboration in neuroscience research. BrainsCAN’s new partnership with RIKEN CBS is the first time Western University has partnered with the brain research institution. Regarded as one of the world’s best, RIKEN CBS will advance BrainsCAN’s goal to transform the way brain diseases and disorders are understood, diagnosed and treated through high-impact cognitive neuroscience research.

“The partnership will increase BrainsCAN’s ability to support international collaborations,” said Dr. Lisa Saksida, BrainsCAN’s Co-Scientific Director. “The MOU gives BrainsCAN researchers a platform to communicate and work collaboratively with researchers from RIKEN CBS.”

First Round of BrainsCAN’s 2018 Accelerator Grants Announced

October 3, 2018  -  BrainsCAN Communications

Cognitive disorders and disease affect people all over the world. To better understand and expand our knowledge of the brain, BrainsCAN is funding three new Accelerator Grants for the first round of 2018 with the projects beginning this fall. The research projects study hearing loss and consciousness, along with cognitive defects caused by stroke and neuroinflammation. 

The funding is provided through BrainsCAN’s Accelerator Internal Granting Program. This program is designed to push the limits of cognitive neuroscience by supporting high-risk/high-reward research programs. The first BrainsCAN Accelerator grants were awarded in 2017 and distributed in three rounds to 25 research projects. In total, 12 departments and four faculties at Western University received the funding.