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Imaging Technology

Imaging technology

Western researchers are instrumental in the advancement of today’s imaging technology. The Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping (CFMM) at Western’s Robarts Research Institute works with the world’s leading imaging technology companies to design, configure and refine the tools at the forefront of imaging around the world. CFFM houses Canada’s only collection of high-field (3T human) and ultra-high field (7T human and 9.4T animal) magnetic resonance imaging systems.

Jörn Diedrichsen

Western welcomes new neuroscientist who unlocks minds with machines

In his new laboratory, based at Western’s renowned Brain and Mind Institute, Diedrichsen and his collaborators are using robotics to study human movement to develop better treatments for strokes and spinal cord damage in humans.


International study explores hallucinations

International study explores the good, the bad and not-so ugly of hallucinations

According to a new study from Western University and the University of Cambridge, being able to visualize things in our mind’s eye is useful as it allows us to examine our memories, simulate possible future events and solve abstract problems.


Andrea Soddu

New imaging technique will save lives and money

An international research collaboration, led by Western University, has developed a new imaging technique that will save hospitals money and more importantly, give some patients a second chance at life.


Mel Goodale

Why people with autism sometimes fail to see ‘the big picture’

New findings by Melvyn Goodale from Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute, in collaboration with Australian researchers at Swinburne University of Technology and La Trobe University, show that people with high autistic tendencies see the world very differently from those with low autistic tendencies.


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Some patients in a vegetative state retain awareness, despite being unable to move

A study published by The Journal of Neuroscience challenges the more traditional scientific belief that using touch to recognize objects depends on visual circuitry in the human brain.


Prof. Menon

Menon tapped for CAHS Fellowship by peers

Western researcher Ravi Menon was recognized by his peers last week as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) at the CAHS 2015 Forum and Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. The CAHS Fellowship recognizes Menon’s international leadership and significant contributions that have meaningfully advanced the academic health science.


Charles Weijer

Western University develops first-ever ethical framework for fMRI research

A team of doctors, neuroscientists and philosophers from Western University have developed the first-ever ethical framework for researchers and research ethics committees to design, conduct and review functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies for severely brain injured patients being treated in intensive care units.


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Researcher teams backed with nearly $20 million

Western and Lawson Health Research Institute researchers recently received a financial boost from the Government of Ontario as 20 projects are now being supported with nearly $20 million from the Ontario Research Fund (ORF).


Bone and Joint cluster

Menon earns elite citation from imaging group

For 30 years, Ravi Menon has paved the way for key developments in the field of brain imaging research – from working on the team that discovered functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to developing and championing the use of ultra-high field MRI techniques for use in patient care.


Bone and Joint cluster

$20 million investment expands smart computing partnership

Researchers from Western and the University of Toronto, along with other university and industry partners, are celebrating an investment of up to $20 million from Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to advance an innovative public-private big data and advanced computing partnership. Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear announced the funding at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery conference earlier this week.


Bone and Joint cluster

How imaging investment is paying off for Western

Dr. Ting-Yim Lee thinks the big numbers could be bigger. Much bigger.

“The public wants to know what the return on its investment is, particularly in the type of tight, fiscal conditions we are facing right now,” said the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry professor and Robarts Research Institute scientist. “Every dollar must be spent in a useful way.


Daniel Ansari

Ansari recognized by NSERC

Researchers from Western and the University of Toronto, along with other university and industry partners, are celebrating an investment of up to $20 million from Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) to advance an innovative public-private big data and advanced computing partnership. Ontario Minister of State Gary Goodyear announced the funding at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discovery conference earlier this week.


Bone and Joint cluster

Western, Hebei to partner on biomedical imaging

A former postdoctoral fellow at Western is helping spearhead a new biomedical imaging program at Hebei University, China, thanks to a long-term relationship with Western researchers.

Professor Lixu Gu, a professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and adjunct professor at Hebei University, was a postdoctoral fellow with Terry Peters, Robarts imaging scientist, more than a decade ago. He returns to campus this week to establish a formal collaboration on a new biomedical imaging program at Hebei.