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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.

Why does being familiar with someone’s voice help us understand what they’re saying?

October 1, 2018  -  Western Media Relations

A new study from Western University’s BrainsCAN initiative shows that familiar voices are easier to understand even if a person doesn’t recognize them as familiar. The findings were published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

The study showed that even though participants were not able to recognize their friend’s voice when the resonance of their voice was manipulated, they still found it easier to understand than the same words spoken by a stranger.

Western University contributes to the first open-source NHP imaging database

September 27, 2018  -  BrainsCAN Communications

BrainsCAN-aligned researchers have collaborated with an international team of researchers to develop the world’s first open-source data sets of non-human primate (NHP) brain imaging. Published in the prestigious journal Neuron, the PRIMatE Data Exchange (PRIME-DE) is the first open science resource for the neuroimaging community that aims to aggregate and share anatomical, functional and diffusion MRI data sets from laboratories around the world. Over 200 data sets will be openly shared via the International Neuroimaging Datasharing Initiative (INDI). The goal is to accelerate the development of a map of the neural connections in the NHP brain -- and, ultimately, the human brain -- in an effort to develop biomarkers for mental health disorders and other brain disorders and diseases.

Shining a Spotlight on Alzheimer’s research for World Alzheimer’s Day

September 20, 2018  -  BrainsCAN Communications

Every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia. In Canada, 564,000 adults are currently living with dementia, and this number is expected to grow over the next decade. 

Although dementia is regarded as one of the most significant health crises of the 21st century, researchers are still working to discover how the brain is affected during Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. For the month of September, organizations around the world are raising awareness and challenging stigma associated with dementia, with the focus on Friday, September 21 for World Alzheimer’s Day.