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The Neuro Team

New Programs

Experimental Therapeutics Program (Web Site)

The importance of multidisciplinary translational research in medicine is well recognized. The MNI is expanding such research through the Experimental Therapeutics Program. This program will complement and extend basic laboratory initiatives into pre-clinical and clinical studies of human biology, including normal physiology as well as disease states. Through this initiative, physicians and researchers are expediting the development of new therapies for neurological and auto-immune diseases, while gaining novel insights into disease processes. Using a core laboratory, they integrate fundamental research with rigorous studies on human biological samples derived from well-characterized healthy volunteers and from patients with neurological diseases, both before and during treatment with experimental therapies.

Investigators and trainees active in this program develop and study collections of human biological samples, develop and apply bioassays to these samples, and utilize bioinformatics tools as they target new therapies. They will further define the relationships between clinical and neuro-imaging outcomes and these novel biological measures.

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Amit Bar-Or, MD, Director
Amit Bar-Or

NeuroEngineering Program

The NeuroEngineering Program is a merger of physical and biological sciences. Together, physicists, chemists, materials scientists, computer engineers and neuroscientists tackle the challenges of creating interfaces between neurons and artificial substrates to restore the function of a damaged nervous system. Applying the tools and techniques of materials science to fundamental questions in neuroscience, the team seeks answers to questions in regenerative medicine. Aiming to find strategies for functional recovery after spinal cord injury, scientists at the MNI and McGill are using the most advanced tools of nano science and materials science to guide axon growth; induce myelination; stimulate synaptic contacts onto material targets; and measure synaptic activity. The goal is to amplify signals from these new synapses to direct healthy target muscles or a prosthetic limb.

In this program, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows engage in cross-disciplinary research. Their training teaches unique and highly prized skills that have the potential for significant clinical application.

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Tim Kennedy, PhD
Tim Kennedy

Neuro Palliative Care Program

Patients with serious neurological diseases at the end of life require the skill and compassion of a dedicated medical team. These patients' needs can differ from those of patients with cancer or other life-ending conditions. To better understand and meet these needs, the MNI has initiated a program in neuro-palliative care. As the first such program in Canada, the Neuro Palliative Care Program fosters research and establishes practices of care to benefit patients and their families. Physicians, nurses and others working in this program develop expertise in this increasingly important specialty to share with caregivers and colleagues locally and worldwide.

Researchers, physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals working in the Neuro Palliative Care Program are engaged in research and clinical care to help establish standards of palliative care, and to bring support and relief to patients at the end of life.

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Deborah Rashcovsky
Deborah Rashcovsky

Page last updated: Aug. 14, 2013 at 4:29 PM