Drs. Asfaha, McIntyre and O'Gorman sit on the panel for Lawson's Cafe Scientifique

This Café Scientifique featured a panelof three experts (from left to right): Drs. Samuel Asfaha, Chris McIntyre and David O’Gorman

Café Scientifique explores link between inflammation and disease

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Inflammation is becoming increasingly popular as a “buzzword” for health claims and advice. Chronic or long-term inflammation is being implicated in all major illnesses: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, neurodegenerative diseases, and even depression and cancer.

On the other hand, acute inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to infection and tissue damage. This happens when the immune system fights against something that may turn out to be harmful – it is crucial to the healing process.

Dr. Hegele in his lab at Robarts Research Institute

London scientists have developed a new genetic testing method called LipidSeq which can identify a genetic basis for high-cholesterol in almost 70 per cent of a targeted patient population.

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London scientists have developed a new genetic testing method called LipidSeq which can identify a genetic basis for high-cholesterol in almost 70 per cent of a targeted patient population. Using next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology, researchers were able to pinpoint specific areas of a person’s DNA to more effectively diagnose genetic forms of high-cholesterol, which markedly increase risk for heart attack and stroke.

Photo of participant undergoing TMS and graphicof neuronavigation system

The group’s MAGSTIM transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) unit funded by the St Joseph’s Health Care Foundation is used to stimulate the brain using a figure eight coil (left) and integrated ANT neuronavigation system (right) allows real time visualization of the induced electric impulses generated in the targeted cortical regions.
Pictured, left to right: Dr. Frank Prato, Imaging Program Leader and Assistant Scientific Director of Lawson, and Dr. Julien Modolo, former Postdoctoral Scholar with Dr. Legros and now Scientist at INSERM in Rennes, France.

The Bioelectromagnetics and Human Threshold Research Group at Lawson Health Research Institute has an international reputation and expertise on human brain response to time-varying magnetic fields (MFs). This pioneering research has inspired an international collaboration to duplicate Lawson Imaging’s unique experimental expertise in Europe. 

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The Bioelectromagnetics and Human Threshold Research Group at Lawson Health Research Institute has an international reputation and expertise on human brain response to time-varying magnetic fields (MFs). This pioneering research has inspired an international collaboration to duplicate Lawson Imaging’s unique experimental expertise in Europe.

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