The lead research team at McMaster University have collaborated on neurorestorative research with several groups at McMaster as well as investigators in other Canadian universities such as the University of Prince Edward Island, the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Toronto and Brock University. The investigators of the Hamilton Neurorestorative Group also collaborate with researchers in several universities around the globe: University College, London, UK; the universities of Milan, Trieste, Camarino, and Chieti-Pescara, Italy; Emory University, Atlanta, USA; the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; and Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.
To link clinical and basic scientists from diverse backgrounds to explore ways of improving the function and the quality of life of individuals with disorders of the nervous system.
To determine the factors that influence restoration of function after severe neurological injury. Tied to this, our objectives are to:
- Unite basic and clinical scientists from diverse backgrounds and foster collaborations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
- Translate our basic research findings into clinical practice to improve function and quality of life of individuals with disabling neurological disorders
- Train future research leaders and provide them with the opportunity to have a major influence in their area of study
- Foster private sector partners such as the pharmaceutical industry in the development of new pharmacological approaches to neurorestoration
NRG scientists and clinicians come from diverse backgrounds including:
- Molecular biologists & biochemists
- Cellular and animal pathophysiologists
- Behavioral neuroscience scientists and psychologist
- Surgeons (neurosurgery, orthopedic and plastic surgery)
- Rehabilitation medicine
- Kinesiology (including social psychology)
- Allied health professions (nursing, physiotherapy etc.)
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NeuroRestorative Group (NRG) researchers are engaged in both basic and clinical research.
One of the central themes for exploration by the NRG is to understand what factors are required to stimulate recovery in surviving nerves in neuronal disorders (e.g. spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis etc.) so that the nervous system can 're-wire', leading to recovery of function.
Education and Training
Scientists are involved in the training of undergraduate students, graduate students (M.Sc., Ph.D.), residents and clinician scientists as well as offering postdoctoral training in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Our multidisciplinary approach offers an ideal learning environment for those who wish to work in a setting that covers research from the most basic level to research in a clinical setting.
Hamilton NeuroRestorative Group
1280 Main St. West HSC 4E15
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1
905-521-2100 Ext. 76628