Open-access database aids behavioural research

Dec. 19, 2019 - New insights into brain diseases and disorders like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and schizophrenia may find their way into clinical practice faster and more efficiently thanks to a new open-access database supported by Western’s BrainsCAN, according to a recently published paper in the journal eLife. Read the full article


New audio dome paints research soundscape

Dec. 2, 2019 - “For too long, auditory research has involved people listening to single sounds in sound booths – and that’s just not how we listen in the real world. Enter the Brain and Mind Institute's new virtual acoustic space that’s helping neuroscientists at Western understand how our brains process sounds. Read the full article


Study debunks hormonal misconception of exercise

Nov. 5, 2019 - Women are not only underrepresented in exercise-related studies, but may be receiving incomplete information about physical activity because of a now-debunked belief that hormonal fluctuations linked to menstrual cycles can lead to inconsistent study results. Read the full article


Six Western projects earn CFI backing

Aug. 12, 2019 - From hearing loss and brain activity, to cancer and joints, to sustainable energy and social cues, six Western-led projects, involving 10 researchers within four faculties, received more than $1 million through the CFI John R. Evans Leaders Fund. Read the full article


CIHR Project Grants back 10 Western-led projects

July 17, 2019 - Health researchers at Western were awarded more than $8 million in funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in the latest Project Grant competition, announced this week. Read the full article


Volunteers help unlock deeper understanding

June 13, 2019 - Ever wondered what it’s like to be a participant in a research study? Take a painless journey through the mind of a volunteer in a Brain and Mind Institute study about sound. Read the full article


Western lands nine new CRCs among latest round

June 13, 2019 - A new model for individuals facing mental-health challenges offers smoother transitions back into the community following hospitalization – all while saving the health-care system millions of dollars annually, according to a Western researcher. Read the full article


Homelessness stemmed by transition ‘helping hand’

June 4, 2019 - Tackling homelessness following a hospitalization is possible, but it will take a concerted community effort to lessen the ongoing burden to the health-care system and local emergency shelters, according to the findings of a Western-led study. Read the full article


Symposium touches on ‘new frontiers’ of tech

June 4, 2019 - Starting Thursday, more than 100 neuroscience researchers from around the world are visiting Western to take part in the first international touchscreen symposium, ‘New frontiers in cognitive testing using touchscreen technology.’ Read the full article


Tech brings home insight into mental health

May 29, 2019 - From tablets and smartphones, to glucose monitors and medicine dispensers, a new Western-led research project anticipates these and other smart technologies will be make a huge difference in the health – and lives – of those dealing with severe mental illness. Read the full article


Johnsrude named director of Brain and Mind Institute

April 29, 2019 - As Ingrid Johnsrude looks ahead, she knows looking back will play an important role in the future of Western’s Brain and Mind Institute (BMI). Read the full article


New registry to boost brain research participation

March 25, 2019 - Launched this week, OurBrainsCAN is a central participant registry for cognitive research at Western with the goal to increase community involvement in these world-class brain studies. Read the full article


All exercise intensities benefit older brains

Feb. 28, 2019 - Older adults who engage in short bursts of physical activity can experience a boost in brain health even if the activity is carried out at a reasonably low intensity, according to a new Western study. Read the full article


Researchers committed to open-science efforts

Feb. 4, 2019 - Placing collaboration above competition, Western researchers are partnering with more than 300 labs around the world to gain a better understanding of the mouse brain in hopes of unlocking the secrets Alzheimer’s disease and other disorders in humans. Read the full article