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Halifax hosts 2014 international motoneuron meeting

AMAP members hosted motor neuron researchers from around the world at the 9th International Motoneuron Meeting, held in Halifax from June 15 to 19, 2014. The highly successful meeting attracted scientists, clinician-investigators and students with a shared research focus on motor neuron diseases. Full story.

For more information, visit the conference website by clicking here.

Dalhousie spinal cord researchers receive $1.7 million and top-rankings from CIHR

Two neuroscientists at Dalhousie Medical School have received $1.7 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to answer key questions about how circuits in the spinal cord allow us to move in coordinated, rhythmic ways, independent of our thinking minds.

In addition to the substantial CIHR operating grants, Dr. Robert Brownstone, Canada Research Chair in Spinal Cord Circuits, and Dr. Ying Zhang, assistant professor in the Department of Medical Neuroscience, were ranked first and second, respectively, in CIHR’s 2014 competition in the vast area of movement and exercise—beating out some 50 other top-notch investigators for the top two spots. See the full story.

 

The Mobility Project: Putting people back in motion

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The Atlantic Mobility Action Project—or Mobility Project—aims to restore mobility and important functional abilities, primarily to people whose nervous systems have been damaged by injury or disease. Spinal cord injury, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), stroke, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis are just some of the neurological conditions that can make it difficult or impossible to walk or use your hands.

Launched in 2010, the Mobility Project brings together a diverse group of Atlantic Canadian researchers, based largely in Dalhousie University’s Faculties of Medicine and Health Professions. The group’s members range from laboratory scientists and surgeons to kinesiologists, biomedical engineers, and clinical rehabilitation specialists. Working in consultation with non-profit organizations and government agencies, they are searching for solutions across the spectrum, from the molecule to the community.

Unlike most other parts of the body, the brain and spinal cord have no innate means of healing themselves or fighting back against disease, so damage is—so far— irreversible. Mobility Project researchers are searching for ways to make the best possible use of remaining nervous system function in order to optimize people’s ability to move and perform the tasks of daily living for a better quality of life.