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Jodi Edwards

Leading-edge brain stimulation research gets new funding


The Canada Foundation for Innovation has named Jodi Edwards, PhD, of the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) a recipient of its John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF).


Edwards and co-principal investigator Dr. James Downar, will receive upwards of $191,000 to pursue ground-breaking transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) research to improve recovery and quality of life of Canadians who have experienced a stroke or are living with advanced illnesses.


JELF helps exceptional researchers at universities across the country conduct leading-edge research by giving them the tools and equipment they need to become leaders in their field. The equipment will be located onsite at Bruyère, thanks to the collaboration between the University of Ottawa, the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and the Bruyère Research Institute on this funding application.


TMS is a non-invasive health technology that uses magnetic fields to stimulate the brain. TMS is approved for clinical use in patients with mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, however, the proposed research will create a program to develop and test this technology in new populations of patients, such as those recovering from stroke and individuals coping with stress during advanced illnesses, such as cancer. This program will provide new information for clinical guidelines to get TMS approved as a therapy for these patient populations.


In addition, this research program will use genetic information and information from brain imaging to identify which individuals might respond best to this therapy, to help design personalized treatments for patients with stroke, cancer, and other conditions.