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Brain Injuries: Collaborative research may improve outcomes

The Alzheimer Society says over 564,000 people in Ontario and other provinces and territories in Canada have dementia. Reportedly, Alzheimer's is one of over 1,000 diseases, injuries and disorders that affect the brain. Canadians are said to be leaders among the world's top researchers. They are seeking more information to help them to understand all the intricate workings of the brain as well as the potential disorders and brain injuries that affect it.

Their work includes the quest to develop practical but innovative tools to bring about early diagnosis of injuries or disorders along with better treatments and, ultimately, cures. Brain research has moved on from being focused on neuroscience. Chemistry, computer science, physics, engineering and ethics now all form part of the research. To include all these fields, collaboration across all the areas is crucial, and researchers broaden their horizons by exchanging techniques, hypotheses and methods.

The development of platforms for data sharing has brought about more comfortable sharing and collaboration, and biomedical data and research have become more accessible. The method -- known as open science -- enables researchers and investigators nationwide, and even globally, to form partnerships and share information. It brings together scientists with varied types of expertise and data to establish a more comprehensive picture of the complexities of the brain.

With the distribution of the different analyses, there is an enormous potential for improvement of the outcomes for victims of brain injuries and disorders. However, in the meantime, there are still cases in which people suffer brain injuries as the result of another party's negligence. Regardless of whether it is a birth injury or a sports-related injury, these victims are entitled to seek financial relief through the Ontario civil justice system.

Source: personalhealthnews.ca, "Cross Disciplinary Collaboration a Driver of Scientific Innovation", Accessed on April 6, 2018

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