Brain and Mind Institute

2015 News

November 25, 2015 | The Londoner
London's newest (academic) supergroup

Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute and the nearby Don Wright Faculty of Music have started a new partnership — formerly called Musical Learning Across the Lifespan (MLAL) — is more about brain development than it is Grammy nominations. But if you’re at all curious about how music and the brain intertwine, you’ll want to keep an eye on this new supergroup. Learn more

November 9, 2015 | CBC Radio
Calling for a truce in the classroom math wars

For years, Canadian parents and educators have engaged in passionate debate over how kids learn math. The math wars, have pitted "old" math versus "new," or "discovery," math. But Daniel Ansari, of the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Western Ontario, says it's time to end the wars. Read article
Article in Education Canada

November 3, 2015 | Western News
Western Student Wins International Undergraduate Award

Jane Hutchinson, an undergraduate student in one of Daniel Ansari's Psychology courses, won Best Overall Performance for her paper on Neuroscience and Education. The Undergraduate Awards are the “world’s only pan-discipline academic awards program that identifies leading creative thinkers through their undergraduate coursework”. Students from the best universities in the world submit their third- and fourth-year papers to be judged against other students’ papers in 25 different subject categories. This year, the Undergraduate Awards received 5,117 submissions from undergraduates studying at 255 universities across 39 countries. Learn more

October 22, 2015 | Western News
2015 Governor General Gold Medal
Dr. Melanie Kok was recently awarded the 2015 Governor General Gold Medal. Professor Stephen Lomber, Melanie’s thesis supervisor, considers her to be “one of the most promising and creative young scientists” whom he has had the pleasure to know. Congratuations Melanie! Read more

October 13, 2015 | The London Free Press
Silence on Science degrades Canada

“Canada is falling behind in many international comparisons of research productivity and innovation” shared Prof. Daniel Ansari in his recent submission to the London Free Press. “Scientists and researchers across the country are deeply concerned about the future of their field in Canada. From coast to coast we have faced severe cuts in the amount of federal funds available for research across the sciences — and the arts and humanities are confronting similar challenges”. Full Article

Musical Learning Across the Lifespan (MLAL)
The launch event for this a new research initiative will be a Public Symposium on Musical Learning Across the Lifespan, held on Saturday 17th October 2015, in the Paul Davenport Theatre, Don Wright Faculty of Music. For further information and to register, Click Here.

October 7, 2015
New study shows touch works independently of vision in object identification
A study published by The Journal of Neuroscience challenges the more traditional scientific belief that using touch to recognize objects depends on visual circuitry in the human brain. Read More

October 5, 2015 |
Neurophilosophy Speaker

Hugo Critchley will be the next presenter in the Neurophilosophy Speaker Series. His talk entitled "Interoception, Emotion and Self: How the Heart Gates Feelings and Perceptions" is scheduled for Thursday, October 15th at 3:30 pm in Room 100, Physics and Astronomy Building. Visit the events calendar for The Rotman Institute of Philosophy for more details and other upcoming events - Here

September 17, 2015 | Western News
Western University develops first-ever ethical framework for fMRI research
A team of doctors, neuroscientists and philosophers have developed the first-ever ethical framework for researchers and research ethics committees to design, conduct and review functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies for severely brain injured patients being treated in intensive care units. Read More

August 16, 2015 | The London Free Press
Western Scientists tap into the brain

From conversing with someone in a vegetative state to detecting a crisis long before it erupts, find out how technology and computers are changing the way researchers think of health care. Read More

August 7, 2015 | Announcement
Dr. Yoshiko Yabe was awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to continue her work with Prof. Mel Goodale in the BMI. Congratulations Yoshiko! Fellowship Information

Inaugural Brain and Mind Symposium
Our International Scientific Advisory Board will be at Western University to see first-hand the cutting-edge research taking place at the Brain and Mind Institute for our Inaugural Symposium this fall on Sunday, September 20th. View Website

July 28, 2015 | Announcement
Congratulations to the following BMI PI's on their CIHR Operating Grant Awards: Brian Corneil, Stephen Lomber and Julio Martnez-Trujillo. Read More

July 21, 2015 | Research2Reality
Mathematics and Mental Health

Gone are the days of the lone scientist. Mark Daley speaks about the importance of research done in collaboration across multiple disciplines to find solutions to the complex problems that surround us including the human brain and mental health. Read More

July 6, 2015 | Globe and Mail
New CIFAR program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness
The Globe and Mail announce Adrian Owen and Mel Goodale to direct a new CIFAR program on Brain, Mind, and Consciousness. View Announcement.

June 19, 2015 | Western News
Western University scientists rethinking traffic flow in the brain

Dr. J. Bruce Morton and fellow scientist R. Matthew Hutchinson use video imaging to scan brains and are finding out things may not be 'hardwired' as once thought. Read more

June 15, 2015 | CBC Radio
Quirks & Quarks Question Period: Big Brains

Dr. Melvyn Goodale helps answer a question posed by Baily Kaupp, a 10-year-old from Blaketown, Newfoundland, about why people are smarter, on CBC’s Quirks & Quarks. Find out More

June 2, 2015 | Western News
Menon earns elite citation from imaging group

Today, Menon became one of only six Canadians ever selected as a senior fellow by the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM). He is being recognized for his significant contributions to advancements in fMRI and ultra-high field MRI at the ISMRM’s 23rd Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Toronto. Find out More

May 25, 2015 | London Free Press
Western University scientists say dynamic views of the brain may improve treatment of mental illness

Dr. J. Bruce Morton and fellow scientist R. Matthew Hutchinson use video imaging to scan brains and find out things may not be wired as we once thought they were. Read more

May 22, 2015 | London Free Press
Grade 12 student who mentored at the BMI, wins Science Award

Dan Alferov is a Grade 12 student at Lucas secondary school and has mentored at the BMI since Grade 9. Recently, he won a gold medal and received the Senior Discovery Award at the Thames Valley District school board fair. Find out More

Daniel Ansari has received the award for 'postdoctoral supervisor of the year' by the School for Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) at Western University. This award is given to Postdoctoral Supervisors who have demonstrated exemplary support for postdoctoral scholars at Western by going above and beyond supervisory expectations. These mentors have given their time and put forth extra effort to ensure a successful experience for postdoctoral scholars. Congratulations Daniel!

Chao Gu, a PhD student with Brian Corneil, has been awarded a 2014 Brain Star Award from the CIHR-Institute for Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addition. This award is given in recognition of the excellence of a paper that Chao published in 2014 (Gu and Corneil, J Neurosci, 2014). The significance of Chao’s work is that it promises an improved understanding of how transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a common form of non-invasive brain stimulation, influences neural activity throughout the brain. The paper will be profiled on the INMHA website in the near future. Congratulations Chao!

May 5, 2015 | KPBS
Ethics and Neuroimaging
Charles Weijer, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Bioethics at the Rotman Institute of Philosophy, gave a presentation last week at the University of California, San Diego on the ethical issues surrounding the management and treatment of patients in persistant vegetative state or minimally conscious state.  Charles, who is also an Associate Member of the BMI, was later interviewed by National Public Radio (USA) about some of the issues involved in dealing with such patients.  You can listen to the interview - Here

May 4, 2015 | The London Free Press
Beal Secondary School Robotics Team Wins Award at World Competition

BMI is proud to have sponsored Raider Robotics, a London high school robotics team, who won the Creativity Award at the First Robotics World Competition held in St. Louis MO.
Read more here:
The London Free Press

April 29, 2015 | Announcement
Call for the BMI-Kaloy Prize 2015
The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and The Kaloy Foundation have created "The Brain‐Mind‐Kaloy Prize (BMI‐Kaloy Prize)" in order to link neuroscientific research to philosophical questions. Find out More

April 21, 2015 | CBC News
Brain training games: No proof they prevent cognitive decline
The idea of playing a game to make you sharper seems like a no-brainer, but do they really help your brain perform better in everyday life? Read More

April 21, 2015 | Global News
A world of echoes: Canadian research into how the blind use sound to see
The practice of echo-location has become the subject of ground-breaking research at the BMI at Western University and has caught the attention of scientists around the world. Find out More

April 10, 2015 | Western News
Western adds two new CRC chairs, three more renewed
Already recognized as one of the world’s top centres for cognitive neuroscience and imaging research, Western’s Brain & Mind Institute has added two new Canada Research Chairs. Its director, Melvyn Goodale, also had his chair renewed for seven years. The chairs are among Canada’s highest research honours. Read More

March 19, 2015 | Western News
Faculty Scholar Awards

Dr. Paul Gribble of the BMI was one of 12 selected for this year’s Faculty Scholar Awards recognizing their significant achievements in teaching or research. Congratulations Paul! Find out More

March 13, 2015
2015 London Brain Bee
The 2015 London Brain Bee will be taking place Saturday, April 11th here at Western University. Local high school students will compete to demonstrate their knowledge of the brain and neuroscience. Get more details

March 11, 2015 | Western News
Bartha awarded Alzheimer Foundation grant
Medical Biophysics professor Dr. Robert Bartha has been awarded the Alzheimer Foundation London and Middlesex Premier Research Grant to support research, personnel and supportive infrastructure. Bartha is a member of Western’s Brain and Mind Institute. Read more

February 23, 2015 | London Free Press
Research at the BMI could help kids master numerical skills at earlier age
Daniel Ansari’s Lab is the only one in Canada exploring precisely how our brains tackle math. They are combining psychology with MRI scanners to see which parts of the brains do the heavy lifting. Read more

February 17, 2015 | Announcement
In recognition for his outstanding work, Dr. Daniel Ansari is being awarded the NSERC Steacie Fellowship in an official ceremony this evening along with other Canadian scientists and engineers. Congratulations Dr. Ansari! Read More

February 9, 2015 | Spark on CBC Radio
Your bed is listening to you while you sleep
CBC Radio's Spark speaks with Stuart Fogel about the rise in popularity of devices that help us monitor and track our sleep. Listen Here

January 30, 2015 | Announcement
New 3D printer a matter of Brain and Mind
After diligent work, a new 3D printer forms the new centerpiece of the Physics and Astronomy machine shop. Read More

January 21, 2015 | New Publication
A paper recently released from the Ansari Lab “Qualitatively different coding of symbolic and nonsymbolic numbers in the human brain“ is featured on the cover of the current issue of Human Brain Mapping.
Paper in PubMed
Current Issue of Human Brain Mapping

January 21, 2015 |Announcement
Elizabeth Hayden was named APS Fellow by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Congratulations Dr. Hayden!
View APS page - Here

January 21, 2015 | Canada AM
Alzheimer's Research at Western
Canada AM featured some of the cutting edge equipment found at Western University used to diagnose Alzheimer's. Watch the story - Here

January 15, 2015 | Announcement
Congratulations to Jeremy Viczko who was awarded the Ralph S Devereux Award in Psychology and to Valya Sergeeva who was awarded the Reva Gerstein Fellowship for Masters Study in Psychology. Great work sleep lab!