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Neural Injury & Repair Research at the HBI

Neurons and glia are the building blocks of the nervous system. Injuries to neuronal and glial cells are devastating and often lead to lifelong disability. Nervous system injuries can be a consequence of accident or illness and therefore they are difficult to predict or prevent.

Injuries can be initiated by immune mechanisms inside the body, as is the case for multiple sclerosis, changes in blood flow to the brain, as occurs after a stroke, or through trauma or accidents, as is the case for concussion and spinal cord injuries. A fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of neural injury, developing approaches to speed recovery and rehabilitate those who have neural injuries is the focus of Neural Injury & Repair.
Researchers in the Neural Injury & Repair theme are searching for new ways to treat damaged neurons. Using advanced technologies such as sophisticated imaging, robotics and biomedical techniques, our research teams are translating their findings into effective therapies to improve the lives of nerve-injured patients.

Neural Injury & Repair NeuroTeams

Apply to join a NeuroTeam, or to read more about NeuroTeams click here.

Multiple Sclerosis

MS research is a long-standing focus area at the HBI, where basic and clinical researchers support a cyclical process of discovery and translation, contributing to new treatments for patients. The high prevalence of MS in Alberta reinforces the continued importance of the Multiple Sclerosis NeuroTeam.

NeuroTeam Leaders:

Primary LeadDr. V. Wee Yong
Co-LeadDr. Luanne Metz

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Spinal Cord / Nerve Injury & Pain

Research in this NeuroTeam will focus on the mechanisms of injury and rehabilitation of the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. The triggers and neural pathways of pain are also a growing area within the Spinal Cord / Nerve Injury & Pain NeuroTeam.

NeuroTeam Leaders:

Primary LeadDr. Patrick Whelan
Co-LeadDr. Chester Ho

Research Coordinator
Michelle Mather Tel: 403.210.6154

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Traumatic Brain Injury

The Traumatic Brain Injury NeuroTeam will work closely with ACHRI, the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Department of Psychology to address sports-related concussion and other forms of mild traumatic brain injury as the leaders of an integrated, university-wide research program.

NeuroTeam Leaders:

Primary LeadDr. Keith Yeates
Co-LeadDr. Chantel Debert

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