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Research in Behavioural Neuroscience

On 8 November 2001, the University of Lethbridge opened the $8-million Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neurosciences at the University of Lethbridge. There, with his colleague Dr. Ian Whishaw, Dr. Bryan Kolb continues his pioneering research into brain injuries from stroke, Alzheimer’s, drug abuse and head injuries.

The 40,000-square-foot centre—considered the premier institute of its kind in Canada, and a magnet to Lethbridge for visiting researchers from around the world— is home to research facilities of 10 investigators. Included under its roof are microscopes that can magnify tissue up to 800,000 times, allowing scientists to study the effect of stroke on brain neurons.

Stroke, in fact, is a key area of research for the centre, which is aligned with the University of Ottawa-based Canadian Stroke Network. Research there has included the role played by estrogen in strokes, whether such psychomotor stimulants such as nicotine can change the circuitry of the brain, and even if tactile stimulation can encourage post-stroke brain re-mapping.

In 2004, the centre was given $1 million to build an MRI lab by the federal government’s Canada Foundation for Innovation, a private body established in 1997 to fund research infrastructure. The centre’s MRI lab was among 129 at 57 institutions to receive funding that year.

As well in 2004, the centre was among three research facilities to be a participant in the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, a new Calgary education, research and clinical care centre funded by a $10-million gift from Calgary oil and gas executive and Calgary Flames owner Harley Hotchkiss.

Featured Audio

Neuroscience Centre

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

The research of Dr. Bryan Kolb and others put the Univeristy of Lethbridge on the world map in the field of neurological research. This resulted in the creation of the Canadian Centre for Behavioral Neurosciences, housed in the Neurosciences building at the University of Lethbridge. Listen

High Tech Ceramics

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

Lorne Johansson, a research technologist at the Alberta Research Council, talks about the development and testing of ceramics in a variety of applications, from fuel cell housings, to armour plating. Listen

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