Imagine there was a more effective way to study the brain while treating Alzheimer’s disease. The Weston Brain Institute is providing $709,650 to Dr. Mitch Albert, a researcher at Lakehead University and the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute, to do exactly that.
Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre’s Chief of Surgery & Board Director, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Dr. Mark Thibert, recently returned from Spain, where he was awarded the President’s Coin from CIOMR (the Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers).
Currently, there are no definitive tests or confirmed biomarkers that can be used to diagnose Parkinson’s disease. However dozens of research teams around the world are studying Glucocebrosidase (GCase) enzyme levels in the brain, which are lower in people with Parkinson’s disease. A few of those research groups – including scientists at the Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute’s Molecular Imaging Lab – are using advanced positron-emission tomography (PET) imaging to detect the disease earlier and more accurately.
You know that using sunscreen properly will prevent sunburns, skin cancer and premature aging. You also know that sunscreen is effective because every time you miss applying it in one spot there is a sunburn as evidence of your mistake.
Technology is connecting us more than ever – and that’s a good thing when it comes to healthcare. It means faster, better care for our patients and helping us overcome geographical barriers to care, among other challenges.
Complex skin conditions often require the specialized care of a dermatologist. However due to the shortage of dermatologists in Ontario, it can take six months or more to see one. In Northwestern Ontario, the situation became worse when our only dermatologist retired in 2015.
We celebrated our newest spin-off company this year as Radialis was officially launched in February 2016. The company, founded in partnership with Lakehead University, is the culmination of Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute – Lakehead University Canada Research Chair Dr. Alla Reznik’s research to develop Positron Emission Mammography or PEM, a breast imaging alternative that addresses the shortcomings of mammography.