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Mapping the Human Brain

McGuinty Government Invests In Research To Improve Patient Care

Office of the Premier

London is now home to one of the most powerful magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems in the world

The new state-of-the-art imaging technology will help researchers at the Robarts Research Institute and The University of Western Ontario map previously unseen parts of the brain. This will improve treatment for diseases like cancer, epilepsy, stroke and Alzheimer's.

The new MRI system is one of only three in the world specifically developed for neurological use and puts Robarts at the forefront of brain imaging research. It is about two-and-a-half times stronger than other systems of its kind in Canada.

Ontario invested $12 million in the project through the Ministry of Research and Innovation. Supporting research and innovation is part of the government's plan to improve care for patients and turn Ontario ideas into new Ontario jobs.

Quick Facts

  • The 7T magnet allows researchers to evaluate blood vessels 100-200 microns in diameter (a micron is one millionth of a meter).
  • Alzheimer’s disease is the most common dementia affecting elderly people. In Ontario, more than 100,000 people live with Alzheimer’s.
  • Ontario is the largest hub of biomedical activity in Canada and the fourth largest biomedical research centre in North America.

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“Our economy’s true purpose is to build a strong, caring society. This new technology will help our scientists make breakthroughs in important medical research. And it’s a good example of how innovation can be used to create a more caring society”

Dalton McGuinty


“Today we’re building on London’s international reputation for world-class neurology research. When we give our best researchers the best tools in the world to do their jobs, we are also training our next generation of researchers and technicians to be the best in the world.”

Deb Matthews

MPP, London North Centre



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