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Brittany Roberts wins Heart & Stroke Bright Red Award

November 2018 – Congratulations to Brittany Roberts, MSc Rehabilitation Research, on her Bright Red Award. The Heart & Stroke BrightRed Student Research Awards Program is a donor-funded investment that supports students at the Masters, Doctoral, Postdoctoral, and Doctor of Medicine levels studying in Nova Scotia and pursuing research that has implications for one of the following target areas:
· Children and youth;
· Health promotion;
· Resuscitation and acute intervention; and
· Care giving, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

Well done, Brittany!

A new MSc in the lab!

Congratulations to lab member Jack Solomon on the successful defense of his MSc thesis. Jack’s thesis work examined the mechanisms underlying the inhibition of movement during motor imagery. Great job Jack! Stay tuned for the publication…


A sporting good time!

Members of the lab recently entered into a friendly wager with colleagues from the ActionLab and the CaMP Lab, with the winner of some different games being hosted for lunch by the losers. Games included Goal Ball, Dodgeball and Soccer (with a rugby ball!). Good times were had by all, and the lab looks forward to making lunch for the members of the Action and CaMP Labs (yes, we lost…).

Neuroscience as Art

Check out and bid on this year’s ‘Neuroscience as Art’ at our online auction for Brain Awareness Week. You can bid on these wonderful images (framed by Frame Plus Art here in Halifax) here.  All proceeds go the MS Society.


One of the ‘Neuroscience as Art’ images available for bidding. All images are custom-framed by Frame Plus Art.


Geneva Bound!

Several members of the lab are bound for Geneva to attend the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM). Congratulations to students Sarah, Chris and Tony who all had abstracts accepted for presentation. Work to be presented includes the effects of motor inhibition on learning and brain activity associated with making a sandwich (yes, making a sandwich). Stay tuned in the month of June for updates from the conference!Geneva

Clinical Applications


In addition to understanding mechanisms of brain recovery, clinical studies in the laboratory investigate both the effectiveness and feasibility of treatments designed to aid in recovery. Here, one of our clinical collaborators works with a patient involved in the ACmCIMT trial. The purpose of this trial was to see if mCIMT (modified constraint induced movement therapy, a therapy used to help with recovery of arm and hand function) was effective and feasible when performed in a clinical setting and in a manner similar to the way rehabilitation services are delivered in Canada.

Advanced Computing Techniques

Members of the laboratory use advanced brain imaging software to explore how different parts of the brain interact to control movement. Current projects in the lab use anatomical MRIs to guide the location of cortical stimulation using TMS.

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