Events and Registration

Monday, September 14, 2015
Progress in Motion: Integrating Parkinson’s Care
With CTV News Ottawa Sports Director -Terry Marcotte 
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Location: 120 University; Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Room: FSS 4007
Video Link: Progress in Motion: Integrating Parkinson’s Care 

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a devastating movement disorder that affects approximately 10 million people worldwide.  One of the difficulties for PD patients in improving their quality of life is the wide variety of difficulties they face that go beyond classical movement-related symptoms.  Proper management requires comprehensive assessment and more detailed follow up care than is presently possible to deliver.  To this end, Dr. Tiago Mestre and Dr. David Grimes will talk about a new initiative at the uOBMRI known as the “Integrated Parkinson Care Network” (IPCN).  They will describe how the IPCN envisions better care delivery for PD patients as well as a more patient-centered research focus.  Dr. Adam Sachs and Dr. Michael Schlossmacher will also update the community on new developments in PD treatment and research focusing on emerging concepts developed here and elsewhere.  There will be ample time for questions from the audience.  

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

iRecover:  A Unified Approach to Treatment and Recovery From Stroke
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 120 University; Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Room: FSS 4007
Video Link:  iRecover:  A Unified Approach to Treatment and Recovery From Stroke

Stroke affects at least 15 million people a year worldwide.  Traditional thinking has been that there is not much one could do to improve stroke outcomes.  This outdated way of thinking is rapidly changing.  There have been significant advances in prevention, acute treatment and rehabilitation along the full spectrum of care for stroke that is particularly exciting. 

This evening highlights some of these advances with focus from the patient perspective provided by researchers at the uOBMRI-Stroke Research Consortium.  We will focus on new exciting developments taking place in stroke care as well as challenges faced by patients, caregivers, physicians and researchers.  Dr. Dar Dowlatshahi, stroke neurologist, and Dr. Cheemun Lum, neuroradiologist, The Ottawa Hospital, will describe studies that have dramatically improved outcomes and survival at the acute stage of stroke.  

They will also highlight some of the gaps in care in rehabilitative care.  Dr. Dale Corbett, Scientific Director of the Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and stroke researcher at the uOBMRI will then talk about new exciting opportunities for early stroke rehabilitation strategies that hold promise for stroke care.  In this regard, Dr. Dowlatshahi will describe the new iRecover program currently being developed at the uOBMRI which focuses on early integrative care across Ottawa to improve outcomes for stroke patients.  

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
PTSD in First Responders and its Link to Suicide: What can we do about it?
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Location: 120 University; Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Room: FSS 4007
Video Link: PTSD in First Responders and its Link to Suicide: What can we do about it?

Moderated by Drs. Katharine Gillis, Kathleen Pajer, Raj Bhatla and Simon Hatcher, will participate in an open panel discussion aiming to address the current stigmas surrounding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The panel will first address the question, “What does PTSD look like?” by introducing the distinct symptoms displayed by children and adults, as well as, those specific to first-responders.

Experts will explain the psychosocial and biological functioning of the brain in response to trauma, allowing for discussion as to why certain individuals suffer from PTSD, while others do not. Providing thorough insight into the internal workings of the brain and mind, the panelists will reveal how and why selective experiences are conditioned to cause stress. Moreover, the panelists will provide an in-depth account of how PTSD biologically affects cognition and it`s relation to suicide.

Dr. Hatcher will disclose the progress of Vision 20x20, a collaborative project with the uOBMRI and Department of Psychiatry, which aims to reduce suicide and suicidal behaviours in the Ottawa region by 20% by the year 2020. He will discuss how patient-centred research and innovative e-therapies are creating a major shift away from traditional avenues.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Muscles in Motion – Advances in Neuromuscular Research,  Diagnostics and Patient Care
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: 120 University; Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS)
Room: FSS 4007
Video Link: Muscles in Motion – Advances in Neuromuscular Research,  Diagnostics and Patient Care

Muscles in Motion – Advances in Neuromuscular Research, Diagnostics and Patient Care evening will highlight the exceptional, world-class fundamental and clinical neuromuscular disease (NMD) research performed in Ottawa and across Canada. The CNMD strives to strengthen important relationships with patient and stakeholder neuromuscular disease groups and will provide an overview of innovations in clinical diagnosis, stem cell therapies in development, and patient support from a Canadian perspective.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Public Debate: Stem Cells: Are they Ready for Regenerative Therapy?
Moderated by CBC’s Adrian Harewood
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: 550 Cumberland, Tabaret Hall
Room: 112
Video Link: Stem Cells: Are they Ready for Regenerative Therapy?

Please join us for a second year as CBC’s Adrian Harewood moderates this evening’s session, which boasts to be exceptionally informative as a panel of Canadian Experts debate whether the use of stem cells for regenerative therapy is as glamorous as it is portrayed to be.

Stem cells give the hope of replacing lost or damaged cells, due to an accident, disease or the aging process, in scenarios that may otherwise be impossible. This is especially true for the brain, where the vast majority of neurons cannot be replaced once they are lost. This evening will focus on the advances that have been made through research and highlight evidence for whether stem cells truly hold therapeutic potential. Our guest panelists are internationally renowned experts in the field of stem cell usage and regenerative research, who will present eloquent arguments voicing the evidences to support either claim.

Joining us to defend the stance that stem cells are ready for regenerative therapy are Dr. Derek van der Kooy, a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto and Dr. William Stanford, a Senior Scientist at the Sprott Centre for Stem Cell Research at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.

Countering and presenting the argument that stem cells are not ready for regenerative therapy are Dr. Judy Illes, Director of the National Core for Neuroethics and Professor of Neurology at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Leonard Maler, a Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa`s Faculty of Medicine.

The audience will have the opportunity to vote on the best argued point-of-view and make the verdict. This will be followed by a brief open session where the audience can participate in the discussion and ask the expert panelists questions about regenerative stem cell research.

Saturday, September 19, 2015
Yoga & YOU for Brain Health

Thanks to all who attendend!

Mayor Watson Proclaims Brain Health Awareness Week 

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: 550 Cumberland, Tabaret Lawn

  • As the Mayor Proclaims Brain Health Awareness Week
  • Enjoy Family Friendly Yoga and;
  • Challenge Your Mind with Activities for All Ages
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