Neuroregeneration Center at McLean Hospital and the Brain Repair Centre at Dalhousie University Sign Collaborative Agreement

February 21, 2008


Adriana Bobinchock, McLean Hospital
Joann Tusia, Brain Repair Centre
Allison Gerrard, Dalhousie Medical School
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Dalhousie University

Belmont, MA - The Center for Neuroregeneration Research (CNR) at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and the Brain Repair Centre (BRC) at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, today announced a partnership that will lead to more comprehensive research, education, and clinical care programs for each of the institutions.

"Collaborative research and clinical initiatives, integrated neuroscience training projects and an alliance to explore and facilitate commercial developments for neurological technologies, will benefit patients in Halifax, Boston, and around the world," said Ole Isacson, Dr. Med Sc, director for the Center for Neuroregeneration Research.

"This alliance will increase access to shared resources, expertise, and infrastructure," said Dr. Ivar Mendez, MD, PhD, chair of the Brain Repair Centre. "New ideas, understanding and knowledge in the fields of stem cell biology, cell transplantation and clinical application will result, leading to better patient care."

The partnership will explore and facilitate new patient care strategies by contributing to the development and application of advanced clinical services, such as robotic surgery, neural transplantation and deep brain stimulation. It will also seek opportunities for commercial developments with application to the life sciences, which will include the creation of new technologies and adapting existing ones for better use.

An exchange program will also be instituted, encouraging professional development between the two centers and building a pool of highly qualified recruits in key areas of basic and clinical neuroscience. Research scientists, practicing physicians, and technical support personnel will all benefit from learning offered through BRC-CNR collaborations.

The Brain Repair Centre is unique in Canada and is one of only four centers worldwide. It is a collaboration of more than 100 researchers from Dalhousie University, Capital Health, the IWK Health Centre, and other institutions around the world. BRC researchers are working to find treatments and cures for diseases, disorders, and injuries of the brain and spinal cord.

The CNR is an academic research centre at McLean Hospital that provides an innovative research environment for clinicians and scientists, training opportunities for students and post-doctoral fellows, and an advanced technical capacity used to investigate new discoveries relating to the neurosciences.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks McLean Hospital the nation's top psychiatric hospital. McLean is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, and a member of Partners HealthCare.

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