London Helps Map Human Brain



    McGuinty Government Invests In Research To Improve Patient Care

    LONDON, ON, Feb. 10 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    London is now home to one of the most powerful magnetic resonance imaging
(MRI) systems in the world.
    The new state-of-the-art imaging technology will help researchers at the
Robarts Research Institute and The University of Western Ontario map
previously unseen parts of the brain. This will improve treatment for diseases
like cancer, epilepsy, stroke and Alzheimer's.
    The new MRI system (http://cfmm.robarts.ca/7t)is one of only three in the
world specifically developed for neurological use and puts Robarts at the
forefront of brain imaging research. It is about two-and-a-half times stronger
than other systems of its kind in Canada.
    Ontario invested $12 million in the project through the Ministry of
Research and Innovation. Supporting research and innovation
(http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/default.asp) is part of the government's
plan to improve care for patients and turn Ontario ideas into new Ontario
jobs.

    QUOTES

    "Our economy's true purpose is to build a strong, caring society. This
new technology will help our scientists make breakthroughs in important
medical research. And it's a good example of how innovation can be used to
create a more caring society," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "Today we're building on London's international reputation for
world-class neurology research. When we give our best researchers the best
tools in the world to do their jobs, we are also training our next generation
of researchers and technicians to be the best in the world," said Deb
Matthews, MPP for London North Centre.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The 7T magnet allows researchers to evaluate blood vessels 100-200
        microns in diameter (a micron is one millionth of a meter).
    -   Alzheimer's disease
        (http://www.culture.gov.on.ca/seniors/english/programs/alzheimer/) is
        the most common dementia affecting elderly people. In Ontario, more
        than 100,000 people live with Alzheimer's.
    -   Ontario is the largest hub of biomedical activity in Canada and the
        fourth largest biomedical research centre in North America.

    LEARN MORE

    Discover the Robarts Research Institute Centre for Brain and Mind
    (http://www.robarts.ca/gateway.php?id=143).

    See how Ontario and health companies are working together
    (http://www.mri.gov.on.ca/english/news/Orf012908_london_bd.asp).

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