Brain and Mind Institute

2016 News & Announcements

Past News and Announcements

October 19, 2016 | Western Media Relations
New life hack for ‘de-blurring’ visual images without glasses.
An international team of neuroscientists has shown that a person’s ability to see fine visual detail can be sharpened by simply staring for a few seconds at a rapidly flickering display.
Read More               CBC Radio - Quirks and Quarks (Audio only)

September 30, 2016 | Western News
Western welcomes federal support from the Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund for BMI's new home in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building.  Learn More

September 21, 2016 | Annoucement
2016 Regional Undergraduate Award, Psychology Category

Mallory Jackman, who graduated from Western University’s Honours Specialization in Neuroscience program in June 2015, has won the 2016 Regional Undergraduate Award, an international essay writing competition for undergraduates. Her paper, "Conflict processing across development:  The progression of response inhibition networks" was judged the highest performing Highly Commended paper from Canada & US in the Psychology category. Jackman's paper was written for the course 'Research in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience' (Psychology3485F-001), taught by Dr. J. Bruce Morton, a Core Member of The Brain and Mind Institute. Congratulations Mallory!

September 6, 2016 | Western News
Western Receives $66 Million Federal Grant for Brain Research
Western University's BrainsCAN initiative received a substantial $66 million investment from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) today – the largest research grant in the university's history – providing a significant boost to ongoing research in cognitive neuroscience and imaging at Western. Find out More

August 30, 2016 | Announcement
Postdoctoral postion open in Imaging Analysis and Computational Motor Control
Visit Dr. Jörn Diedrichsen's website to find out more information - Lab page

August 19, 2016 | Announcement
Congratulations to the following Highly Commended Entrants of the Undergraduate Awards 2016.
Life Sciences
Allison Bell - BMI, Western University, Grahn Lab
Victor Parchment - BMI, Western Western University, Grahn Lab
Celina Everling - BMI, Western University, Grahn Lab
Sarah Schwanz - BMI, Western University, Grahn Lab

Visit website:  The Undergraduate Awards Highly Recommended 2016       

July 25, 2016 | Announcement
Postdoctoral Fellow / Associate in Sensorimotor Neuroscience Opportunity
Visit Dr. Andrew Prusznski's website to find out more information - Lab page

July 19, 2016 | Announcement
BMI core members recipients of CIHR grants this year
Congratulations to Stefan Everling, Ravi Menon and Andrew Pruszynski (Programs Leaders for CIHR Foundation Grants), as well as Stefan Köhler/Ali Khan (Lead PIs for a CIHR Project Grant). Read More

June 22, 2016 | Announcement
Several BMI Graduate Students receive awards this year
Congratulations to Jordan De Kraker and Tamara Tavares (Alexander Graham Bell Canada Award - CGSD), Eva Berlot (Ontario Trillium Scholarship - OTS), Mazen El-Baba (Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship - CGSM NSERC), Alex Major (Ontario Graduate Scholarship - MSc), and Tamara Tavares (Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship - PhD).

June 7, 2016 | Western News
Consciousness and phantoms
New research, led by Andrea Soddu, may bring us closer to managing phantom sensation by helping us understand the origins.

May 11, 2016 | Western News
New virtual reality ‘toolbox'
Neuroscientists at Western University, including BMI's Julio Martinez-Trujillo, have developed a new virtual reality ‘toolbox’ that can be used to build video games with a unique capacity for teaching and testing both humans and animal models.

April 28, 2016 | Announcement
BMI Member, Dr. Lorina Naci, received the Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year award from Western University. This award recognizes a Western Postdoctoral Scholar for having shown exceptional commitment and potential as an emerging scientist. The Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year stands out among his/her peers for excellence displayed in research, leadership, service, outreach, and/or teaching. This award recipient was selected based on a nomination and review process, and presented with the award at the annual Postdoctoral Research Forum on April 28th, 2016. Congratulations Lorina!

April 28, 2016 | Western News
Abnormal brain interactions harm consciousness
Over the past few years, a great amount of scientific research has shown that even when the brain is “at rest” it still works. An international research team has now investigated the interactions of the ‘resting-state networks’ in different states of consciousness.
Learn More  London Free Press 

April 22, 2016 | Western News
BMI's Jessica Grahn named one of 2016's Faculty Scholars
The Faculty Scholars Award recognizes significant recent scholarly achievements in teaching or research. Also, the recipients have an international presence in their discipline and are considered all-round scholars.
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April 20, 2016 | Western News
New Western neuroscience study shows how we learn from watching others
A study from Western University shows that the parts of our brain that provide us with our sense of touch are activated when we watch someone else learn a manual skill.
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April 14, 2016 |
Diminished Brain Connectivity
A new study shows that loss of responsiveness induced by propofol, a commonly used anesthetic, is associated with greatly diminished brain connectivity in the frontal cortex and significant changes in resting state brain networks.
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April 13, 2016 | Announcement
Congratulations to Dr. Stephen Lomber for his Excellence in Education award and Dr. Stefan Everling for the Dean's Award of Excellence for Faculty in Research.
Recipient List

April 8, 2016 | Announcement
Six core researchers and two associate members at the Brain and Mind Institute have recently received NSERC funding.  Congratulations to this year's NSERC Discovery grant recipients:  Brian Corneil, Jody Culham, Jörn Diedrichsen, Jessica Grahn, Marc Joanisse, Stephen Lomber, Roy Eagleson and Lindsay Nagamatsu.

April 8, 2016 | Announcement
Research Associate Opportunity in the TCNLab

April 5, 2016 | Western News
BMI Postdoctoral Fellow in Köhler lab suggests following your heart to remember.
Investigators at Western’s renowned Brain and Mind Institute have discovered that signals from inside your body can affect memories.
Medical News Today - April 9, 2016

April 4, 2016 | Announcement
Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Morton, who has just been awarded a SSHRC Insight grant for his research on the impact of bilingualism and cultural variation on children's self-regulation. 

April 4, 2016 | Announcement
Congratulations to Dr. Stefan Everling for being chosen as a recipient of a 2016 Faculty Scholar Award and cross-appointee Dr. Kevin Shoemaker for being named a 2016 Distinguished University Professor.

March 17, 2016 | London Free Press
Screen time helps reveal brain’s ways

Tim Bussey and Lisa Saksida explore how memory triggers reactions by teaching mice how to touch screens on tablets.  Read More

March 17, 2016 | Western News
Internationally renowned neuroscientists join the Brain and Mind Institute
Western Research Chair, Tim Bussey and Lisa Saksida specialize in understanding cognition, as well as developing and discovering new techniques for translating data, to help treat patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. 
Read more or see CTV Videoclip

March 10, 2016 |
Neuroscientist who unlocks minds with machine

Jörn Diedrichsen and his collaborators are using robotics to study human movement to develop better treatments for strokes and spinal cord damage in humans.
Western News
The London Free Press

March 1, 2016 | Western News
Construction underway
Construction has now started on the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building (WIRB). This facility will serve as the new home for the Brain and Mind Institute and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. 
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February 19, 2016 | Announcement
CRC Chairs at Western

Congratulations to BMI's Andrew Pruszynski on being named one of six Canada Research Chairs! 
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January 29, 2016 | Announcement
Dr. Tutis Vilis' textbook title "Physiology of the Senses" is now available to access for FREE, for a limited time, at the iTunes Store.

January 15, 2016 | Announcement
CBS Talks
The Computational Brain Science group, an inter-departmental effort to promote computational neuroscience at Western, is launched. Learn more about the biweekly Methods-lunch meetings and featured invited talks.
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January 4, 2016 | APS
Newly Named Fellow of APS
Congratulations to Daniel Ansari on being named a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
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January 4, 2016 | APS
2015 APS Rising Stars
Ian Lyons, from Daniel Ansari's Numerical Cognition Lab, has been named a 'Rising Star' by the Association for Psychological Science (APS) Congratulations Ian! 
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January 4, 2016 | Western News
New imaging technique

An international research collaboration, led by Western University, has developed a new imaging technique that makes it possible for doctors and scientists to assess changes in metabolic activity in clinical cases with patients suffering severe brain injuries and disorders of consciousness. 
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