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ELEVATE seed grants to help researchers at The Ottawa Hospital develop better treatments and improve patient care
February 1, 2023 - The Ottawa Hospitalís Research Institute is awarding five ELEVATE seed grants to early-career researchers to spur the development of innovative treatments and better patient care.
Life-altering stroke treatment and care from a ďgym ratĒ
January 26, 2023 - Meet Dr. Robert Fahed, one of only four interventional neurologists in Canada
New scientist profile: Dr. Gauruv Bose aims to use AI and big data to predict the course of MS
January 18, 2023 - Neurologist Dr. Gauruv Bose wants a crystal ball to see the future of his patients with multiple sclerosis (MS).
Saviour siblings: surprising discovery reveals the staying power of stem cells from older brothers
December 14, 2022 - The researchers believe this is the first example of this kind of ďsaviour siblingĒ effect to rescue a lethal genetic deficit.
Electrolyte levels could help with early detection of eating disorders
November 16, 2022 - A discovery led by Dr. Gregory Hundemer could help people with eating disorders get treatment sooner.
Neurologist blazes new trails in stroke research
November 2, 2022 - For a neurology resident who spent the last five years sleeping in hospitals and saving lives, Dr. Ronda Lunís research accomplishments are nothing short of incredible.
ECMO survivors have higher rate of new mental health diagnoses than other ICU survivors
October 26, 2022 - Survivors of ECMO life support had a 24% higher rate of new mental health diagnoses after discharge compared to other ICU survivors, according to the first study of its kind, published in JAMA.
A conversation with stem cell pioneer Dr. Harold Atkins
October 4, 2022 - When Dr. Harry Atkins was young, he wanted to be an architect. Everything changed with one high school biology project, and now Dr. Atkins is pioneering the use of stem cells to reprogram peopleís immune systems.
Predicting Parkinsonís: mathematical model could help with earlier diagnosis and treatment
September 23, 2022 - An innovative mathematical model developed by researchers at The Ottawa Hospital could one day help with the prevention and early treatment of Parkinsonís disease.
MS stem cell transplant gives priceless second chance
September 1, 2022 - Thanks to a life-changing stem cell transplant at The Ottawa Hospital, Geneviève Bétournay has a whole new perspective on the possibilities that lie ahead for her.

2022


July 27, 2022 -  ďDream teamĒ of researchers tackles leading cause of vision loss
July 20, 2022 -  Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded 19 CIHR grants worth more than $12 million
July 13, 2022 -  Whole-body approach needed to treat neuromuscular disease SMA
June 29, 2022 -  Breakthrough could revolutionize stroke treatment
June 22, 2022 -  Dr. Michael Rudnicki admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society
June 7, 2022 -  Do changes in brain metabolism play a role in autism? Prestigious grant to help researchers find out
April 29, 2022 -  The Ottawa Hospitalís push to demystify Parkinsonís disease
April 29, 2022 -  Meet Dr. Michael Schlossmacher
April 29, 2022 -  Meet Parkinsonís researcher Dr. Julianna Tomlinson
April 25, 2022 -  Meet brain and eye researcher Dr. Pierre Mattar
April 25, 2022 -  Meet brain researcher Julie Ouellette
April 4, 2022 -  Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded five grants for high risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research
March 22, 2022 -  Men and women process pain signals differently
March 9, 2022 -  Research on brain blood vessels could lead to new treatments for brain diseases
March 3, 2022 -  The Ottawa Hospital Joins Michael J. Fox Foundationís Expansion of the Parkinsonís Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), Landmark Study toward Better Treatments and Prevention of Disease
February 17, 2022 -  Study reinforces new treatment option for stroke prevention
February 5, 2022 -  Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded 18 CIHR grants worth more than $11 million
January 21, 2022 -  Physician mental health care visits increased 27 percent during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic
January 21, 2022 -  Getting the clot out on first try improves outcomes for basilar artery stroke patients

2021


November 26, 2021 -  Five scientists at The Ottawa Hospital ranked among worldís top researchers
November 12, 2021 -  Supercharging stem cells
October 26, 2021 -  Does Parkinsonís start in the nose? International team awarded US$9 million ASAP grant to find out
September 15, 2021 -  $2.4 M grant to help researchers develop gene and cell therapies for a leading cause of blindness
September 8, 2021 -  Could a drug that controls appetite also treat schizophrenia and Alzheimerís? Mouse studies show promise.
August 18, 2021 -  A glimpse inside the mind of neurosurgery expert, Dr. Fahad Alkherayf
August 18, 2021 -  A conversation with Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz
August 10, 2021 -  Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded eight grants worth $5 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research
August 1, 2021 -  Is there a link between suicide and epidemics?
July 15, 2021 -  How well do COVID-19 vaccines work in people with cancer, immune conditions and other populations of interest?
July 15, 2021 -  How well do COVID-19 vaccines work in people with inherited and medication-related immune deficiencies?
June 28, 2021 -  Small study shows promising results with app for concussion recovery
June 25, 2021 -  Can a calculator predict your risk of dementia?
June 23, 2021 -  Motivational incentives make a difference for treating opioid use disorder
June 16, 2021 -  Melding mind and machine: Ottawa trial could lead to new technologies to help people with paralysis
June 2, 2021 -  Research unravels links between fasting, lifespan and muscle stem cells
May 31, 2021 -  Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital awarded three grants for high risk, high reward and interdisciplinary research
May 12, 2021 -  Stem cells go Ďall iní to repair damaged muscles
May 5, 2021 -  ICU admission linked to higher rate of future suicide compared with other hospitalizations
April 30, 2021 -  Beyond the brain: how autism impacts the body
April 22, 2021 -  Experts on call: Stem cells, gene therapy and biotherapeutics
April 22, 2021 -  Experts on call: Parkinsonís care and research
April 6, 2021 -  Parkinsonís discovery points to possible future treatment approaches
March 17, 2021 -  Patient gets life-changing diagnosis thanks to Open Science
March 10, 2021 -  Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and Faculty of Medicine support three translational research projects through Blueprint Excelerator
March 10, 2021 -  New scientist profile: Dr. Jess Fiedorowicz brings an interdisciplinary vision to mental health research
March 10, 2021 -  Study in mice reveals possible new target to treat schizophrenia
February 3, 2021 -  Tool predicts which mini-strokes could lead to major strokes
February 1, 2021 -  $1M investment fuels development of new therapies for Duchenne muscular dystrophy
January 27, 2021 -  Can a diabetes drug help repair damaged nerve insulation? Mouse study shows it might.

2020


December 11, 2020 -  Partnering with the marginalized
December 11, 2020 -  Dr. Eve Tsai and Dr. Adam Sachs work in very different ways to improve the lives of people with spinal cord injury
October 21, 2020 -  Drug can treat Parkinsonís-related drooling, study shows
September 21, 2020 -  HELP MD Ė A novel data-driven approach to study physician wellness
September 7, 2020 -  The Ottawa Hospital awarded six CIHR grants worth $2.6 million
September 1, 2020 -  Two researchers at The Ottawa Hospital receive Ontario Early Researcher Awards
August 10, 2020 -  Cannabis use in pregnancy linked to a greater risk of autism
July 13, 2020 -  Vascular development may be at risk in autism
July 10, 2020 -  Decoding the mystery of Parkinsonís disease
June 4, 2020 -  New mouse model to reveal insights into mild spinal muscular atrophy
June 4, 2020 -  Diabetes drug corrects some symptoms of Alzheimerís disease in mice
June 3, 2020 -  New Frontiers in Research Fund supports trailblazing research on autism, Alzheimerís, Parkinsonís
May 27, 2020 -  New scientist profile: Dr. Robert Fahed wants more people to benefit from life-saving stroke therapy
May 14, 2020 -  Updated Ottawa Rules app could help doctors predict strokes, catch deadly brain bleeds
April 29, 2020 -  Dr. Michael Rudnicki elected into the Royal Society
April 20, 2020 -  New tool helps predict risk of death, admission to long-term care for people with dementia
April 20, 2020 -  How are you coping during COVID-19?
March 2, 2020 -  Study in mice reveals possible new target to treat autism
February 14, 2020 -  New neuromuscular network brings patients, scientists and clinicians together
February 3, 2020 -  The Ottawa Hospital awarded nine grants worth $5.6 million from Canadian Institutes of Health Research
January 23, 2020 -  Study in mice reveals a new target to treat Alzheimerís disease

2019


November 13, 2019 -  Researchers awarded $1.6M to improve care for cardiovascular disease
October 23, 2019 -  aSAH survivor and her daughter help advance stroke research
October 21, 2019 -  How a lucky accident helped spark a new era of depression research
October 2, 2019 -  Researchers reveal the circuitry regulating muscle stem cell function
September 25, 2019 -  Unravelling the mystery of how one gene contributes to Parkinsonís, Crohnís and leprosy
September 24, 2019 -  Ottawa researcher plays key role in $53-million Alzheimerís research project
September 10, 2019 -  Findings could improve quality of life for people with spinal muscular atrophy
August 8, 2019 -  Research could improve diagnosis of dangerous increase in brain pressure
August 7, 2019 -  Feature grant: Researchers investigate how cholesterol regulates inflammation in white blood cells
July 26, 2019 -  The Ottawa Hospital awarded 13 grants worth $11.2 million from Canadian Institutes of Health Research
July 25, 2019 -  Researchers bridge the gap between animal studies and new treatments for chronic pain
July 8, 2019 -  Dr. Hanns Lochmüller receives Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Genomics and Health
July 8, 2019 -  Researchers discover new kind of brain tumour
June 27, 2019 -  Common supplement being tested as potential treatment for progressive MS
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 17, 2019 -  $950,000 to help develop stem cell treatments for septic shock, lung injury and muscle degeneration
May 16, 2019 -  Clinical trials offer strong foundation for better patient care
April 24, 2019 -  Scientist investigates how two gene mutations contribute to autism
April 24, 2019 -  First step towards a database linking rare diseases with treatment options
April 11, 2019 -  Researchers honoured for outstanding work in Parkinsonís, critical care and surgery
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
March 13, 2019 -  Autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recommended as a standard of care for certain kinds of MS in the U.S.
February 14, 2019 -  Researchers to advance science and improve health with new CIHR funding
January 31, 2019 -  Discovery points to innovative new way to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy

2018


November 28, 2018 -  Engaging patients in research every step of the way
November 21, 2018 -  Depression linked to ďjunk DNAĒ in the serotonin receptor gene
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 31, 2018 -  First responders to get mental health help at new research clinic
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 16, 2018 -  The cancerís gone but the fear remains: psychology researchers tackle fear of cancer recurrence
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 19, 2018 -  Discovery provides ďprofound new insightĒ into Duchenne muscular dystrophy
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

2017


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
November 29, 2017 -  Pre-treated cells boost blood vessel repair
November 13, 2017 -  When is a headache a sign of a deadly brain bleed? Ottawa rule could improve diagnosis and save lives
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
October 11, 2017 -  Award-winning tool helps predict course of recovery from spinal cord injury
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 25, 2017 -  Could stem cells heal premature lungs, fight infections, build muscles and strengthen bones?
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
February 1, 2017 -  Researchers investigate role of immune system in Spinal Muscular Atrophy
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

2016


November 17, 2016 -  Stem cell procedure sends patients with severe myasthenia gravis into remission
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 17, 2016 -  Researchers find protein that keeps DNA from collapsing
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 30, 2016 -  $530,000 grant to find Canadiansí most important risk factors for dementia
March 2, 2016 -  Could an algorithm help treat bleeding strokes?
February 10, 2016 -  Ottawa researchers answer patient questions about stroke and stem cells
January 27, 2016 -  Can smartphone-assisted therapy help prevent suicide? Researchers get $1.7M grant to find out
January 27, 2016 -  Ottawa researchers identify the Mike Holmes of muscle stem cells

2015


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
October 6, 2015 -  Dr. Jeffrey Dilworth awarded $2.3 million for muscle regeneration research
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

2014


November 26, 2014 -  Weston grants to accelerate development of new therapies for Parkinson disease and related dementias
August 25, 2014 -  Researchers in Ottawa achieve breakthrough with rare disease: Stem cells used to send ďstiff person syndromeĒ into long-term remission
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

2013


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

2012


October 18, 2012 -  Ottawa medical hero named to Canadaís 2013 Medical Hall of Fame
May 15, 2012 -  Mice with big brains provide insight into brain regeneration and developmental disorders
March 9, 2012 -  Canadian research paves the way for possible new treatment for bleeding strokes

2011


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

2010


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

2009


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

2008


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

2007


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