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CRANIA Project Leads Charge in Canadian Medical Research

November 26, 2019

On May 15th, the Center for Advancing Neurotechnological Innovation for Application (CRANIA) was launched as a joint initiative between the University Health Network (UHN) and the University of Toronto (UofT). The CRANIA project focuses on research and solutions for medical conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, depression and more. 

The CRANIA project came to life when the Walter & Maria Schroeder Foundation gifted the Toronto Rehab Foundation $20 million establishing the Walter & Maria Schroeder Institute for Brain Innovation & Recovery to research innovative solutions for brain disorders. 

The CRANIA project centers around Neuromodulation, a rapidly progressing medical practice involving the use of sophisticated devices that can be implanted on a patient’s brain, spinal cord or peripheral nerves. These devices regulate neuronal activity to help alleviate symptoms associated with these diseases. CRANIA involves a unique team of researchers, computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians and physicians all working together under the center’s initiatives. 

CRANIA’s diverse team is utilizing the innovative and advanced technology to better map how these diseases affect a person’s brain. Through their efforts, symptoms of these terrible diseases can be better assessed and treated than ever before.