Neuroscience Program


New scientist profile: Dr. Robert Fahed wants more people to benefit from life-saving stroke therapy
May 27, 2020 - Dr. Robert Fahed saves lives by pulling blood clots out of the brains of stroke patients. This minimally invasive procedure called thrombectomy has revolutionized stroke care, and Dr. Fahed wants as many patients as possible to benefit. However, ...
Study in mice reveals possible new target to treat autism
March 2, 2020 - The enzyme PTP1B may be a new target for treating autism spectrum disorder, according to a study published in Nature Communications.
New neuromuscular network brings patients, scientists and clinicians together
February 14, 2020 - Genetic sequencing technology has dramatically increased our ability to diagnose rare neuromuscular diseases, opening the door to earlier and better treatment. A new national network called NMD4C (NeuroMuscular Disease for Canada) hopes to ...
Study in mice reveals a new target to treat Alzheimerís disease
January 23, 2020 - A new study has found that PTP1B, an enzyme that counteracts insulin and plays an important role in obesity and diabetes, is also a target for treating Alzheimerís disease. Blocking PTP1B in mouse models of Alzheimerís restored their spatial ...
How a lucky accident helped spark a new era of depression research
October 21, 2019 - It all started with one lucky accident. In the late 1980ís, Dr. Paul Albert was trying to isolate a gene that controls metabolism. Instead, he pulled out a gene that controls motivation and another that controls mood. These two genes became the ...
Research could improve diagnosis of dangerous increase in brain pressure
August 8, 2019 - Increased pressure in the brain due to swelling or bleeding is a complication of brain injury that can cause additional damage and even death. A study led by researchers from The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa found that no single ...
Researchers bridge the gap between animal studies and new treatments for chronic pain
July 25, 2019 - Carleton Universityís Dr. Mike Hildebrand and his partners, including Dr. Eve Tsai of The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa, are publishing new research into managing chronic pain. The lack of effective treatments has created a major ...
Dr. Hanns Lochmüller receives Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Genomics and Health
July 8, 2019 - Dr. Hanns Lochmüller has been awarded a prestigious Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) through the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine.
Researchers discover new kind of brain tumour
July 8, 2019 - Dr. John Woulfe and his colleagues have identified a new kind of brain tumour. It was removed during a young womanís treatment, and did not match any existing tumour classifications.
Common supplement being tested as potential treatment for progressive MS
June 27, 2019 - Lipoic acid (LA), a natural antioxidant, has shown promising results in a small pilot trial in helping people with multiple sclerosis (MS) walk faster and preventing brain atrophy.


June 26, 2019 -  New scientist profile: Dr. Fahad AlKherayf aims to improve minimally invasive brain surgery
May 29, 2019 -  Researchers get $745,000 boost from NSERC
May 16, 2019 -  Clinical trials offer strong foundation for better patient care
April 24, 2019 -  First step towards a database linking rare diseases with treatment options
March 15, 2019 -  New scientist profile: Dr. Hanns Lochmüller investigates rare neuromuscular disorders
March 15, 2019 -  Researcher brings made-in-Ottawa approach to Parkinsonís care to Europe


November 21, 2018 -  Worm study points to similarities in how neurons maintain their shape in old age and after damage
November 21, 2018 -  Researchers get $788,000 boost from NSERC
October 25, 2018 -  Study shows which stroke patients benefit most from clot-busting drug
October 10, 2018 -  Brain Health Awareness Week: October 15-19
October 2, 2018 -  Researchers awarded $1.7 M to tackle stroke and heart attack from multiple angles
August 30, 2018 -  Could leaky blood vessels be a target for treating migraines? Study opens up promising new area of research
August 8, 2018 -  Diabetes drug could enhance stem cell treatment for stroke
May 25, 2018 -  Researchers and support staff recognized at The Ottawa Hospitalís Excellence Awards ceremony
May 1, 2018 -  The Ottawa Hospital opens one-of-a-kind neuromuscular research centre
April 20, 2018 -  Could a molecule triggered by running help treat MS?
April 18, 2018 -  Could a skin cancer drug help treat stroke?
April 11, 2018 -  Can tiny bits of cells in the blood help track the progress of spinal muscular atrophy?
March 14, 2018 -  Freud-1 gene lives up to its name
March 2, 2018 -  Antidepressants and exercise in stroke recovery: surprising results from new mouse study
January 30, 2018 -  The Ottawa Hospital awarded $12.7M for research, double the national CIHR success rate


December 20, 2017 -  Stroke repair: study shows single pathway crucial for generating new stem cells, neurons and blood vessels
December 15, 2017 -  Researchers to test patient-centered approach to Parkinsonís care
December 13, 2017 -  Three Ottawa researchers among ďworldís most influential scientific mindsĒ
October 26, 2017 -  Top trainee hopes his unexpected discovery may help children with spinal muscular atrophy
October 25, 2017 -  Award-winning scientist challenges medical dogma in quest to prevent, treat neurodegenerative disease
October 12, 2017 -  CFI provides $18-million boost to research on neuromuscular diseases, cancer-fighting viruses, the power of light and radioactive atoms
October 11, 2017 -  New worm model sheds light on ALS
September 27, 2017 -  Ottawa neuromuscular researchers show global leadership
September 22, 2017 -  Extra maternal care prevents brain inflammation and reduces anxiety in mice
September 6, 2017 -  Ottawa scientist wins Canada's top stem cell prize for multiple sclerosis trial
July 28, 2017 -  Research suggests new anti-inflammatory approach for treating stroke
July 11, 2017 -  Dr. Paul Albert recognized for ground-breaking discoveries in mental health
June 15, 2017 -  Researchers get $558K boost from Heart and Stroke Foundation
June 14, 2017 -  Parkinsonís-related protein also protects against infections
June 2, 2017 -  Research on repairing MS damage gets $300,000 grant
June 1, 2017 -  Common acne medication shows promise in treating multiple sclerosis
May 19, 2017 -  The Ottawa Hospital awarded 18 research grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, worth $10.7 million
April 24, 2017 -  Worm study reveals the secrets of early spinal cord development
March 28, 2017 -  Prestigious Canada Gairdner Award honours Dr. Antoine Hakimís championing of stroke prevention and treatment
March 9, 2017 -  Nerve cells in our brains work together in harmony to store and retrieve short-term memory
March 1, 2017 -  Ottawa man tests new technology for stroke recovery
January 25, 2017 -  Grant helps researchers better study important young-onset Parkinsonís protein
January 5, 2017 -  Innovative computer tablet could help stroke patients recover
January 4, 2017 -  Information for patients: Chemo and blood stem cell transplantation for rare autoimmune diseases


November 2, 2016 -  Grant helps researcher investigate the mindís puzzles
October 11, 2016 -  Running triggers production of a molecule that repairs the brain in animal models of neurodegenerative disease
September 14, 2016 -  New model may lead to better treatments for depression after stroke
September 7, 2016 -  Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded $472,000 by Ontario Research Fund
August 10, 2016 -  $145,000 to help researchers investigate how the adult brain grows new cells
June 22, 2016 -  $240,000 to help researchers tackle the challenge of preventing strokes
June 15, 2016 -  Experimental treatment gave new life to P.E.I. mother
June 9, 2016 -  MS breakthrough: Replacing diseased immune system halts progression and allows repair
June 1, 2016 -  Do the bodyís own marijuana-like compounds play a role in schizophrenia? $150,000 grant will help researchers find out.
May 4, 2016 -  Cardiovascular researchers get $1.2M boost from Heart and Stroke Foundation
March 31, 2016 -  Levodopa pumps new life into Ottawa Parkinsonís patient
March 2, 2016 -  Could an algorithm help treat bleeding strokes?
February 10, 2016 -  Ottawa researchers answer patient questions about stroke and stem cells


November 4, 2015 -  Research solves mystery of genetic risk factor for heart disease
October 28, 2015 -  Ottawa conference brings top researchers together to fight neuromuscular disease
September 16, 2015 -  Early intervention with iRecover could help stroke patients
September 9, 2015 -  Rare nerve disease linked to problems in cellular waste recycling
August 26, 2015 -  Novel genetic variant affects inflammation and may increase heart disease risk by 50%
August 21, 2015 -  New chair in spinal cord research brings hope for more first steps
August 19, 2015 -  Brain Health Awareness Week: September 14-19
July 28, 2015 -  The Ottawa Hospital awarded $28M from Canadian Institutes of Health Research for 22 research projects
July 7, 2015 -  Novel therapy seeks to bring light to post-stroke depression
June 30, 2015 -  Deep-brain stimulation brings a family doctor with Parkinsonís back from ďthe abyssĒ
June 17, 2015 -  Ottawa stroke researchers awarded nearly $500,000
May 27, 2015 -  $120,000 grant to help find ways to relieve cellular stress and prevent neurodegenerative diseases
May 13, 2015 -  Research linking Parkinsonís with the gutís appendix receives top award
May 5, 2015 -  Tender Loving Research helping people with multiple sclerosis
March 5, 2015 -  Drug to control appetite could also fight anxiety: Ottawa study
February 18, 2015 -  Tender Loving Research improving care for stroke patients
January 29, 2015 -  The Ottawa Hospital leads first Canadian clinical trial of mesenchymal stem cell therapy for multiple sclerosis


November 26, 2014 -  Weston grants to accelerate development of new therapies for Parkinson disease and related dementias
January 15, 2014 -  Possible new approach for controlling appetite and obesity
January 8, 2014 -  Michael J. Fox Foundation grant funds way to peer at Parkinsonís onset


November 27, 2013 -  Multiple sclerosis patients to benefit from new drug


October 18, 2012 -  Ottawa medical hero named to Canadaís 2013 Medical Hall of Fame
March 9, 2012 -  Canadian research paves the way for possible new treatment for bleeding strokes


October 3, 2011 -  Smoking causes stroke to occur nearly a decade earlier, study finds
September 30, 2011 -  Dr. Anthony Bella named one of the Top 100 Alumni of the last 100 years by Wilfred Laurier University
September 27, 2011 -  Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery receives multimillion dollar contribution to expand groundbreaking research
September 26, 2011 -  New research sheds light on relationship between inflammation, blood vessels and brain disorders
September 15, 2011 -  Neurosurgeon-scientist named one of Canadaís Top 25 Most Influential Women of 2011
September 1, 2011 -  New research sheds light on brain development
April 4, 2011 -  Study provides first link between two major Parkinsonís genes
February 25, 2011 -  New Parkinsonís gene discovered
February 23, 2011 -  Research reveals best approaches to evaluate bleeding in the brain
February 10, 2011 -  TIA patients with speech difficulties more likely to suffer from irregular heartbeat


October 29, 2010 -  Ottawa prevention clinic has huge impact on stroke rate, study finds
October 12, 2010 -  Top Parkinsonís researcher recruited to Ottawa
August 30, 2010 -  The Ottawa Hospital Establishes Canadaís First Menís Health Research Chair
June 7, 2010 -  Ottawa neurosurgeon named one of Canadaís Top 40 Under 40


November 26, 2009 -  $19.2M awarded to stroke research network led by OHRI / uOttawa scientist
February 22, 2009 -  OHRI stem cell transplant trial for multiple sclerosis profiled on national news


November 16, 2008 -  Dr. Mark Freedman interviewed about experimental mesenchymal stem cell treatment for multiple sclerosis
July 28, 2008 -  Discovery reveals link between Parkinsonís gene and red blood cell production
March 12, 2008 -  Vancouver Sun profiles patient in OHRI-led MS bone marrow stem cell transplant trial
January 21, 2008 -  The National features OHRI bone marrow stem cell transplant trial for MS
January 16, 2008 -  Ottawa researchers organize first national Parkinsonís disease meeting


December 15, 2007 -  OHRI researchers recognized for dystonia research
October 25, 2007 -  Top honours go to cancer and neuroscience researchers at the Ottawa Health Research Institute
July 5, 2007 -  Research reveals missing link in Parkinsonís disease and suggests new therapeutic target
June 4, 2007 -  Dr. Eve Tsai receives 2007 Young Clinician Investigator Award from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons