TORONTO, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - What drives seemingly ordinary people to
take up arms against their own country? Is it possible to eradicate the
parasitic plagues that afflict hundreds of millions of people around
the world? And how can we unlock the huge potential of the brain to
improve life for those with artificial limbs?
These are among the fascinating research topics being explored by five
of Ontario's top university researchers when the popular, travelling
speaker series Research Matters arrives at the London Children's Museum
on Tuesday, Nov. 26 between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
"There couldn't be a better title for this terrific series, because
research does indeed matter in so many ways," says Bonnie M. Patterson,
President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU).
"University researchers improve our lives every day - combating
disease, solving social problems, helping to shape public policy and
discovering the next big thing."
Researchers will present their topic and then ask audiences in the room
and online to decide What Matters Now? The London event is the second
of five free talks in the 2014 speaker series, which is a collaborative
effort of COU and its members.
The series is being moderated by well-known radio and television
personality Piya Chattopadhyay, who is often a host on both CBC radio
and TVO's flagship current affairs program, The Agenda.
Western University neuroscientist Dr. Jody Culham will explore how
tracking blood flow within the brain helps predict what a person is
going to do two or three seconds before they do it. This important
research is paving the way for using brain signals to control
artificial limbs and improve quality of life for people with loss of
motor control disorders such as Parkinson's disease.
Brock University Prof. Ana Sanchez will look at our ability to eradicate
infectious diseases; while Prof. Lorne Dawson, of the University of
Waterloo, will look at the threat of Canadian terrorists. Prof. Bill
Anderson, of the University of Windsor, will discuss the economic
impact of improving our cross-border relationship with the U.S. and
kinesiologist Dr. Stephen Perry, of Wilfrid Laurier University, will
examine ways to help seniors avoid falling by increasing the sensory
information needed from the feet to maintain balance.
University researchers are improving the health, happiness and richness
of life for people around the world. Their work, which crosses all
disciplines, not only changes lives but also is essential to helping
government, businesses and communities make informed decisions.
Research Matters travels to Thunder Bay on March 4, 2014, Toronto on
April 9 and wraps up in Kingston on April 23. The series kicked off in
Hamilton on Nov. 4.
For more details on Research Matters please check out www.yourontarioresearch.ca and follow @OntarioResearch on Twitter.
COU is a membership organization of 21 publicly assisted universities in
Ontario. It works closely with the provincial and federal governments
to shape public policies that help universities deliver high-quality
programs for students and advance the research and innovation that
improves the social, cultural and economic well-being of Ontarians.
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SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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