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20 Years of Innovation! The iMRI Program, Project neuroArm, University of Calgary (January 3rd, 2018)

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On November 29, we held a small celebratory evening reception event at Project neuroArm facility, marking the 20 years of the Intra-operative MRI (iMRI) Project that has its roots in Calgary. The iMRI technology based on a moveable high field magnet developed by Dr. Sutherland at the University of Calgary, in collaboration with NRC Canada, spun off to a Canadian company IMRIS (now IMRIS-Deerfield), now has multiple international sites that includes the United States, Europe, China, Japan, India and Australia. The iMRI suite located within the Seaman Family MR Research Centre at Foothills Medical Centre, also houses a 3.0T clinical research magnet. The Seaman Family MR Research Centre together with its many linked clinical MR research endeavors has become an international beacon of excellence.

The meet&greet event allowed us to show appreciation to all who helped and supported during the inception to realization of the project, and/or are helping Dr. Sutherland in these and related endeavors. Those were all of you: nurses/nurse clinicians, neuroanaesthetists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, MR technicians, scientists, physicists, engineers, resident surgeons-trainees/students, university administration-authority-development & support staff, the provincial health authority, community leaders, business people, industrial partners, provincial-federal funding agencies & most generous Calgary philanthropic community, and last but not the least, many of the patients who benefitted from the technology, or inspired Dr. Sutherland and his team to continue to innovate!

The evening allowed for some welcoming words from Dr. Sutherland, thanking many people, individuals and groups, that came together to make the project happen. This prompted insightful reflections from Dr. Chris Eagle, President and CEO – Calgary Health Trust, who also happened to be, very coincidentally, the Director of the then Calgary Health Authority in the mid-late 1990s, instrumental in gauging the novelty as well as utility of the iMRI technology as it was taking shape. Dr. John Wong, Head – Division of Neurosurgery, Dr. Raj Midha, Head – Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Ms. Pamela (Leblanc) Park, the first charge nurse of the iMRI suite and presently Nurse Clinician, all articulated their thoughts on the technology, based on their personal – professional experiences and shared efforts, and relationship with Dr. Sutherland built over the years, reminding us to nurture our past, celebrate the present and look up to the future, continuing our best efforts along this journey!

We also realized how often do we tend to take things for granted, but these 20 years worth of reflection-celebration, notwithstanding the trials and tribulations during the process, was a testament of the vision, innovation, tenacity, generosity that Dr. Sutherland possesses, and how he brings everyone together, living by example, connecting each of us with his openness, humility and remarkable sense of humor!!

Mr. Mitchell Park, mechanical engineer and Project neuroArm team member, tuned everyone to the evening with his beautiful Cello.

All current team members, multidisciplinary and bringing their unique skillset to Project neuroArm, joined Dr. Sutherland in not only celebrating the past 20 years, but also, in creating an industrious yet enjoyable present, while aiming for and planning for the next 20 years and beyond!

THANK YOU from the heart, for being part of this journey, and trust the next 20 years and many more will be even more exciting and rewarding for all of us!

Project neuroArm Team

Special Note of Thanks goes to the most generous SPONSORS: the Calgary Foundation, Calgary Health Trust, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, IMRIS-Deerfield,
Medtronic, Leica Microsystems,
and Zeiss, for your prompt response and support that made the evening reception possible!

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2016 Killam Scholars, including Project neuroArm Engineer Dr. Yaser Maddahi, celebrated at annual reception (October 28th, 2016)
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Photograph courtesy of Jae Im for the University of Calgary. Click image for full UToday article.

Killam Postdoctoral Laureate Dr. Yaser Maddahi celebrated along with fellow Killam Scholars and award winners at annual reception.

Project neuroArm Engineer Rachael L’Orsa Featured in APEGA’S PEG Magazine (Spring 2016) (May 1st, 2016)

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Photograph courtesy of Red Oline, E.I.T. (PEG Spring 2016). Click image for full PEG Magazine article.

Rachael L’Orsa, E.I.T.: ‘The best advice I ever received…’

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Event Announcement! 2nd Calgary International DTI Tractography Workshop (January 7th, 2016)

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Background:

On March 5-6, 2016, we will once again welcome delegates from the Americas and Asia for the 2nd International DTI Tractography Workshop – Calgary 2016! Building upon our first event held in February 2014, the workshop is conducted in collaboration with our colleagues from the University of Vienna, Austria, providing a unique teaching and learning experience here at Project neuroArm, University of Calgary.

Designed with an interesting mix of informative lectures, cadaveric dissection of brain white matter tracts and correlation to image-guidance/cranial neuronavigation, the workshop aims to educate residents/fellows and staff neurosurgeons on the importance of brain white matter tract fibres and their relationship to disease pathology. With support from our industrial partner Medtronic Inc., Minnetonka MN, USA, the course will utilize both the University of Calgary’s Advanced Technical Skills and Simulation Lab (ATSSL) facility for hands-on cadaveric brain dissection, and Project neuroArm’s advanced Medical Robotics Research platform.

Motivational Dinner presentation:

The first evening of the two-day symposium will host an invited motivational speaker for a dinner lecture. In 2014, we hosted Byron Smith, fellow Albertan and summiteer of both Mount Everest and the Seven Summits, to share his motivation and drive to accomplish formidable goals. This year, we are planning to invite Robert Thirsk, Canadian astronaut and the Chancellor of the University of Calgary, to share the intricacies of space travel and how it changes your perspective of life here on earth.

In summary, the workshop not only introduces neurosurgeons world-wide to nuances of neurosurgical training and education in Calgary, but also warmly invites the visitors to western Canadian slopes and rockies, fostering friendship and tourism in the process. Cordially hosted by Dr. Garnette Sutherland himself, the event presents both an educational and interactive experience to the local and international neurosurgical communities, such that an international collaborative network of innovative researchers and surgeons is created. The event also allows an ideal opportunity to witness the world’s leading edge advanced robotic technologies in development, together with a tour of the 3.0T iMRI clinical operating suite that houses the image-guided neurosurgical robot neuroArm, both designed and developed here in Calgary!

Registration:

Applications are welcome from senior neurosurgery residents/fellows and staff. Please see the Workshop Agenda below for registration details.

2016 DTI Workshop Agenda

DTI Workshop 2014

1st Calgary International DTI Workshop February 2014.

Project neuroArm Engineer Dr. Yaser Maddahi earns Killam Postdoctoral Scholarship to develop touch-sensitive hand-controller (October 28th, 2015)

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Photograph courtesy of the University of Calgary. Click image for full UToday article.

Scholar scans neurosurgeons’ brains as they perform simulated operations.

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Collaborators
Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Calgary
University of Calgary
Alberta Health Services
IMRIS/Deerfield Imaging Inc.
MDA
NRC
Medtronic
Stryker
Awards & Grants
Order of Canada, Office of the Governor General of Canada
Canada Foundation for Innovation
Western Economic Diversification Canada
Alberta Advanced Education and Technology
Reach!
Alberta Innovates: Health Solutions
AsTech Awards
Manning Award
How To Contact Us
1st Floor
Health Research Innovation Centre
3280 Hospital Drive NW
Calgary, AB
T2N 4Z6
neuroarm@ucalgary.ca