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Bryan Kolb

Dr. Bryan KolbDr. Bryan Kolb, currently professor of psychology at the University of Lethbridge and holder of the Board of Governors Research Chair in Neuroscience, is a founding researcher with the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience.

He has long been considered one of the world’s most influential neuroscientists—many describe him as a "founding father of behavioural neuroscience"—and was the first to show how the growth of new brain cells can restore psychological and behavioural function.

His research has spurred new treatments to help victims of stroke, Alzheimer’s, drug abuse and head injuries.

Kolb developed the first course in human neuropsychology in Canada as a post-doctoral fellow at the Montreal Neurological Institute in the 1970s.

Dr. Bryan KolbHis research has focused on the cerebral cortex and how its structural changes affects behaviour. In discovering factors affecting the cerebral cortex in an embryo as well as during the early years of development, he and his research team were able to plot strategies for improving recovery from early brain injury and precautions for pregnant mothers.

In October 2004, Kolb received the Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Science Award, presented by the Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Leadership Foundation to recognize his outstanding achievements in science, technology and research. Among his international honours is his long-time membership in the prestigious International Neuropsychology Symposium called the Group of One Hundred. The symposium gathers together the most eminent behavioural neuroscientists in the world, only nine of whom are Canadian.

Kolb is also the principal investigator in the University of Ottawa-based Canadian Stroke Network, where scientists and physicians collaborate and make strides in approaches to stroke recovery.

Kolb’s work is studied throughout the world. He is an author or co-author—often with fellow researcher Dr. Ian Whishaw—of seven books, and in June 2005, a new edition of An Introduction to Brain and Behaviour was released. Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, now in its fifth edition and also co-authored with Whishaw, has been translated into five languages and is used internationally as a standard introductory text.

Alberta Innovation Video 2002: Growing Brain Cells

The Heritage Community Foundation is pleased to present this feature video segment from the Alberta Innovation 2003 documentary courtesy of Alberta Innovation and Science.

Some of the most important brain research in the world is happening in the city of Lethbridge and at the forefront is Dr. Bryan Kolb. He is a true pioneer who is unlocking the secrets of the brain. Kolb and his team have discovered that we have the power to grow new brain cells all on our own. Watch it  

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Frontal Lobe, Addictions and Brain Injury

The Heritage Community Foundation is pleased to present this episode of the Innovation Alberta radio series, courtesy of Porcupine Stone Productions and Cheryl Croucher.

Dr. Bryan Kolb talks about his discoveries of frontal lobe activity in the brain, and its relationship to drug additions. Listen

Albertan Proves Brain Injury Recovery Is Possible

The Heritage Community Foundation is pleased to present this feature article, courtesy of Innovation 2005.

For more on Dr. Bryan Kolb and his research into brain injury and recovery , click on the link to the Innovation 2005 website below. Read

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