In my research I try to understand more about the effects of serious brain injury in order to improve diagnosis, early detection and perhaps, even find possible new treatments.
I also work on neurodegenerative diseases Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and ALS to try and understand what causes the memory and perception deficits that these patients often experience.
We've recently been able to show that some patients who appear to be entirely vegetative are actually consciously aware, and in some cases using our advanced neuro-imaging techniques we've shown that they can even communicate with the outside world, just by changing their patterns of brain activity.
In January 2011, I will be moving to the University of Western Ontario.
The University of Western Ontario is at the forefront of research into cognitive neuroscience, genetics, neurology and functional neuro-imaging. And the opportunity to work with experts in all of these areas will really enable me to push my research that little bit further.
Well, by trying to understand as much as we can about the effects of serious brain injury, I think we will improve the delivery of health care across Canada and across the entire world for patients that find themselves in this situation. Hopefully, we can improve the lives of patients who have suffered severe brain injury.