Touchscreens - In cognitive testing using touchscreens, the subject interacts directly with images onscreen to register their choice. In rodent cognition research, a rodent will interact with a touchscreen device inside a self-contained unit using nose-pokes to make choices of objects or locations displayed onscreen. Their correct choices are rewarded with food at the back of the unit. This is an exciting new development in assessing cognitive behaviour in rodent models. It is also one that is much more comparable to test batteries used with humans (e.g. CANTAB) - the tasks are close to those used to assess cognitive deficits in patients, they are administered by computer so that apparatus, stimuli, rewards and responses are all controlled and animal handling is minimized.
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Developing behavioural testing and MR imaging to evaluate cognitive impairment in models of CNS autoimmunity
Project Summary - Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is the most common neurodegenerative disease in young adults in Canada. Although treatments are improving, there is currently no cure...
Integrating behavioural, imaging and transcriptional profiling to discover the impact of midlife stress in Alzheimer's disease
Project Summary - In Canada, one in 13 people between 65 and 74 are affected by Alzheimer's disease. By the time we reach the age of 85, that has risen to one in four...
The role of astrocytes in memory: focus on pattern separation
Project Summary - Neurons are generally assumed to be the cells responsible for memory and cognition in our brain. We know they operate in networks, they exhibit electrical...
Evaluating cognitive impairment, and imaging and blood biomarkers in a pre-clinical model of concussion
Project Summary - Concussion is a growing healthcare problem. Visits to emergency rooms and healthcare offices in Ontario related to concussions have quadrupled in the last 10...
Using automated touchscreen tasks for cognitive assessment in a novel model of Parkinson's disease
Project Summary - Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common age-related brain disorder after Alzheimer’s Disease. It is estimated that more than 100,000 Canadians ...
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BrainsCAN - Using technology to unlock the brain's mysteries
BrainsCAN - Thinking beyond the neuron: BrainsCAN research examines how extracellular components can control memory formation
Western News - Neuroscience grants promote teamwork