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Epilepsy’s Big, Fat Miracle

November 17, 2010

Once every three or four months my son, Sam, grabs a cookie or a piece of candy and, wide-eyed, holds it inches from his mouth, ready to devour it. He knows he’s not allowed to eat these things, but like any 9-year-old, he hopes that somehow, this once, my wife, Evelyn, or I will make an exception.

PRESS RELEASE - National Brain Health Education and Awareness Month proposed by Ontario MP

November 17, 2010

OTTAWA - Dr. Kirsty Duncan, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke North, tabled her Private Member's Bill today, which calls on the government to designate March of every year “National Brain Health Education and Awareness Month”.

“Designating a month for brain awareness would encourage Canadians to learn how to nurture a healthy brain, and help recognize individuals and families that have been adversely affected by brain disorders, as well as raise national awareness about brain disorders and injuries,” said Dr. Duncan.

2010 FACE Webcast - Live

November 2, 2010

The webcast of the 11th FACE Research Roundtable is now live @ http://www.motherisk.org/fas/.   If you could not attend the Roundtable, this is your chance to view video of the entire day’s proceedings, including all  presentations (with powerpoint slides), and questions and comments from the audience. A permanent record of the day’s discussions, this webcast is available free-of-charge, to anyone with access to a computer and an internet connection.

NeuroDevNet Investigator, Stephen Scherer leads research linking missing DNA to autism in boys

September 15, 2010

New research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), both in Toronto, Canada provides further clues as to why Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects four times more males than females. The scientists discovered that males who carry specific alterations of DNA on the sole X-chromosome they carry are at high risk of developing ASD. The research is published in the September 15 issue of Science Translational Medicine.