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Researchers focus on new ways to diagnose "mini-strokes"

Stroke Neurologist Dr. Shelagh Coutts, along with co-principal investigator Dr. Michael Hill, recently proved the safety of using  TNK-tPA to treat  minor stroke with intracranial occlusion.

In this video, Dr. Coutts explains her research into diagnosing TIA — transient ischemic attacks — and how a blood test may one day replace costly and time-consuming neuroimaging.

Neuroscience in the News

Health researchers digging into own pockets to bridge gap in funding

Treating the brain and the immune system in tandem

'Brain changes' seen in young American footballers

Brain health in Alberta gets $10 million boost

Should soccer players wear helmets?

Paralysed man walks again: pioneering treatment could help stroke victims

New Algorithms Search for Signs of Consciousness in Brain Injury Patients

Research leads to brain cancer clinical trial

Nobel Prize for medicine awarded for brain’s ‘inner GPS’ discoveries

New wave of brain research aims to understanding every function

Saving Cyla: Globe & Mail special report

Ambrose, provinces, to come together to develop national dementia strategy

How concussions can alter teens' behaviour

Protecting the brain, one sticker at a time

‘Robot suit’ allows paraplegic father to walk again

Using big data to fight dementia and Alzheimer’s

New tool for diagnosing and treating Parkinson's tremors

A new treatment option for late stage Parkinson's patients

Scientist discovers a new way to enhance nerve growth

New advisory committee on analytics and visualization

Imaging technique to improve outcomes for stroke patients

Stem cell clinical trial provides hope for those with spinal cord injuries

Dr. Eric Smith is building research programs with colleagues in multiple disciplines

Researcher working on quantitative techniques to increase the diagnostic and therapeutic power of MRI imaging in multiple sclerosis

Bruce Pike, PhD, recruited from Montreal by the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Calgary researchers are using the Nintendo Wiii to rehabilitate stroke patients

Team participates in international discussion on concussion injuries



Congratulations to Dr. Fady Girgis

Congratulations to neurosurgery resident Dr. Fady Girgis who was recently nominated and awarded Physician Resident of the Month.

The honour comes from the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta.

Dr. Girgis is completing his final year of residency at Foothills Hospital before he moves to Cleveland, OH, where he will undertake a clinical fellowship in epilepsy and functional neurosurgery.

Click here to read the full story.

Movement Disorders Symposium 


Coombs Theatre FMC, 8am to noon

Guest speakers:

  • Dr Anthony Lang, University of Toronto
  • Dr Alberto Espay, University of Cincinnati
  • Dr Joseph Jankovic, Baylor College of Medicine

Topics: Parkinson’s disease, Tourette Syndrome, Psychogenic Movement Disorders, plus clinical case presentations of other interesting movement disorders.

Click here for poster


QuICR is a province-wide stroke program that aims to improve stroke outcomes through rapid clinical and neuromuscular imaging evaluation combined with fast treatment. 

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The Department of Clinical Neurosciences is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Clinical Researcher and Basic Clinician-Scientist in Epilepsy

Academic Pediatric Neurosurgeon

Our 2013-14 Annual Report

The Department would like to thank the many friends of Clinical Neurosciences whose gifts have supported neurological care and research.

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