The three pillars for the NeuroTech Lab research
Neurotechnology and Neural Engineering – the development of innovation point-of-care enabled medical devices that translate research advances into real world patient care improvements to help patients’ suffering from brain diseases and disorders
Systems and Clinical Neuroscience – utilizing state of the art imaging technologies (EEG, MEG, MRI, CT, TMS etc.) and cutting edge analysis techniques to help understand brain and spine functioning under normal and pathological conditions
Diagnostics and Therapeutics – utilizing both fixed and point-of-care infrastructure/ medical devices; improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of brain injuries and disorders
Examples of the types of projects include:
- Neurosurgical treatment of tumours and epilepsy: Canada’s Brain Surgery Simulator is the first patient-specific simulator for neurosurgical planning. The simulator uses virtual reality, haptic feedback, and full anatomical and functional planning capabilities. Similar to the way flight simulators train pilots, we use the simulator technology to do virtual surgery on a patient’s brain before entering the operating room.
- The brain has the capability to recover well beyond conventional expectations: Neural plasticity can be tracked to guide rehabilitation. Changes in activation can be shown more than five years after brain injury. These changes in the brain come before changes in behaviour – providing critical feedback when it is needed most.
- Brain trauma scanner (the Halifax Consciousness Scan) for “failure to rescue” advances: A portable, rapid, easy-to-use screening medical device for “brain first-aid”. Evaluates conscious awareness for a host of brain disorders and diseases (e.g., TBI, Stroke, AD, concussion, etc.). The scanner is deployable in much the same way as the Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) is used for heart first-aid.