Dominos Pizza of Canada chief executive Mike Schlater and his wife, Lilibeth. picked up the tab for the London Health Sciences Centre’s new brain-surgery robot, forking over a $500,000 donation Tuesday.
The donation from Domino’s Pizza of Canada Ltd. CEO Michael Schlater and his wife Lilibeth has enabled LHSC to acquire leading-edge technology for the hospital’s Clinical Neurological Sciences (CNS) Program.
The funding, from the CEO of Domino’s Pizza of Canada Ltd. Michael Schlater and his wife Lilibeth, allowed for LHSC to acquire the Renishaw Neuromate, a surgical robot.
“It is already noticeably faster and more accurate than the previous system. In addition, it allows us to plan trajectories previously impossible with a standard frame, making surgery safer and more accurate.”
““It’s really revolutionized the way we put the electrodes in,” said David Steven, a neurosurgeon and co-director of LHSC’s epilepsy program.”
“We’re now using two medical robots to assist in a single neurosurgery procedure,” said Steven. “For patients, this eliminates the need to have imaging done outside of the operating room and creates a more seamless surgical experience. As the country’s largest epilepsy program, we pride ourselves on looking for opportunities to improve the patient experience as we build on our rich history of firsts.”
Black and Hispanic patients with neurologic disorders are less likely to see brain specialists than white people with these conditions, a recent U.S. study suggests.
"That's a pretty powerful one-two punch," said the study's co-supervisor, Dr Vladimir Hachinski. He added that more research is needed to better understand the link between stroke and dementia, but this work already suggests health policies relating to stroke and dementia can be coordinated.
Canadian researchers have found that adopting stroke prevention lifestyle may help in reducing incidence of dementia in older adults.
In 2008, a collaborative effort between Peru and Canada was born. The purpose of this collaboration was to establish epilepsy surgery centers in Peru.
A new paper by researchers at Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) shows there's been a decade-long drop in new diagnoses of both stroke and dementia in the most at-risk group -- those who are 80 or older.
Dr. Michael Strong of the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry is the point person for neurologists Ontario-wide who are building a toolkit of sorts they believe will help them predict who will be afflicted and how to detect disease sooner for more effective treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, frontotemporal lobar degeneration and vascular cognitive impairment.