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Welcome to the Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Since 1981 we have grown rapidly to become a national leader in research, medical education and patient care in the neurosciences. From the world's most sophisticated intra-operative imaging technologies to the first robot for micro-neurosurgical application, we continue to explore the boundaries of the clinical neurosciences. Recruited from around the world, our expert and research-intensive team of neurologists, neurosurgeons, physiatrists and researchers provide exemplary care to residents of southern Alberta and beyond.

DCNS joins with Rick Hansen Institute to build spinal cord injury registry

The Department of Clinical Neurosciences is celebrating its participation in one of Brain Canada’s Platform Support Grants, which were unveiled today in Toronto.

Clinical Neurosciences is partnering with the Rick Hansen Institute and the Alberta Paraplegic Foundation to build the Rick Hansen Alberta Spinal Cord Injury Registry.

The $900,000, three-year project, which is led by the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation’s Dr. Chester Ho, is designed to expand on the success of the Vancouver-based institute’s current registry and build a model that be replicated across Canada.

“I am very honoured to have the opportunity to collaborate with multiple partners in Alberta and the Rick Hansen Institute to develop this registry,” said Dr. Ho.

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Neuroscience in the News

Should soccer players wear helmets?

Paralysed man walks again: pioneering treatment could help stroke victims

New Algorithms Search for Signs of Consciousness in Brain Injury Patients

Research leads to brain cancer clinical trial

Nobel Prize for medicine awarded for brain’s ‘inner GPS’ discoveries

New wave of brain research aims to understanding every function

Saving Cyla: Globe & Mail special report

Ambrose, provinces, to come together to develop national dementia strategy

How concussions can alter teens' behaviour

Protecting the brain, one sticker at a time

‘Robot suit’ allows paraplegic father to walk again

Using big data to fight dementia and Alzheimer’s

New tool for diagnosing and treating Parkinson's tremors

A new treatment option for late stage Parkinson's patients

Scientist discovers a new way to enhance nerve growth

New advisory committee on analytics and visualization

Imaging technique to improve outcomes for stroke patients

Stem cell clinical trial provides hope for those with spinal cord injuries

Dr. Eric Smith is building research programs with colleagues in multiple disciplines

Researcher working on quantitative techniques to increase the diagnostic and therapeutic power of MRI imaging in multiple sclerosis

Bruce Pike, PhD, recruited from Montreal by the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute.

Calgary researchers are using the Nintendo Wiii to rehabilitate stroke patients

Team participates in international discussion on concussion injuries



Oct. 30 event encourages patients to “ask me about my research”

A DCNS project launching in October hopes to get the conversation started between patients and clinicians about the importance of research in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

The pilot project, envisioned by Department Head Dr. Rajiv Midha and supported by the Donor Relations team at the Cumming School of Medicine, will distribute buttons and postcards that encourage patients to ask questions about research.

“Most patients aren’t aware of the amount of research that we undertake in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences,” says Dr. Midha. “And a lot of that research results in better outcomes for patients — so we’d like to share that story and explain why it’s so important.”

The event takes place Oct. 30 at 4pm in the FMC main floor Boardroom. Telehealth video conferencing is available at SHC.

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The Department of Clinical Neurosciences is currently recruiting for the following positions:

Clinical Researcher and Basic Clinician-Scientist in Epilepsy

Academic Pediatric Neurosurgeon

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The Department would like to thank the many friends of Clinical Neurosciences whose gifts have supported neurological care and research.

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