CRANIA to create advanced neuro therapies

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Toronto Rehab’s CenteR for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation to Application (CRANIA), led by TRI Senior Scientist Dr. Milos Popovic (in photo), will receive $6.5 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to create advanced ‘neuromodulation’ therapies.

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, announced that the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) will be investing in CRANIA as part of $554 million in funding to put new tools in the hands of leading Canadian scientists.

“Our government understands that scientists need to have the best labs and tools if they’re going to make discoveries that will pave the way to a brighter future for all people,” said The Hon. Kristy Duncan in her October 12, 2017 announcement.

“That’s why today’s funding announcement is so important; it gives scientists and their students the opportunity to further their research in areas where Canada has a competitive advantage. The discoveries, innovations and skills developed in these new, state-of-the-art labs will go a long way in improving our lives, our economy and our future prosperity.”

The CRANIA therapies work by stimulating specific brain regions involved in neurological diseases and conditions, such as epilepsy, depression, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease and spinal cord injury. CRANIA’s researchers will use the cutting-edge equipment to identify brain regions involved in disease, and develop and customize new ‘smart’ implantable devices to target these specific regions for therapeutic purposes.

Toronto Rehab is home to the number one rehabilitation research centre in the world and is truly Where Incredible Happens. To ensure that the best proven rehabilitation research, technology and care are available to our patients and the community now and in the future, Toronto Rehab has launched a historic $100-million fundraising campaign that supports initiatives such as CRANIA.
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