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NeuroTechnologies at the HBI

Cross-cutting NeuroTechnologies at the HBI will provide researchers with the most advanced equipment available, enabling researchers across all areas of brain and mental health to be competitive with the top neuroscience facilities in the world.

Building an Institute-wide NeuroTechnologies Strategy

The HBI's NeuroTechnologies strategy spans the Institute’s entire research framework.

This Institute-wide integration of NeuroTechnologies is one of the major forces that will continue to drive the HBI towards greater discovery in brain and mental health over the next decade. It will advance our ability to translate discoveries into innovative health care solutions, informing research into the detection, prevention and treatment of neurological diseases and disorders to ultimately improve brain and mental health in the community.

NeuroTechnology Platforms

Three NeuroTechnology Platforms are under development to elevate the discoveries and clinical impact of brain and mental health researchers at the University of Calgary::

  • NeuroImaging - Imaging and recording technology, such as computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans, have rapidly evolved to improve our ability to observe and record fundamental brain structure, physiology and function at the micro- and macroscopic scale.

  • NeuroStimulation - Activation of part of the nervous system, by methods such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS), focused ultrasound, implantable devices and optogenetics (using light to control neurons that are genetically sensitized to light). Revolutionary tools that can establish causal links between neural circuits and behaviour and may lead to new, non-invasive treatments for neurological and mental health diseases.

    Find out more about the University of Calgary's Non-invasive Neurostimulation Network (N3).

  • NeuroInformatics - Making sense of the enormous amount of data we record, in addition to all of the behavioural and clinical information. NeuroInformatics includes cataloguing data, computational and processing tools, mathematical modelling and statistical analysis to facilitate greater understanding of the multi-level complexities of the brain.