Brain centre brings experts under one roof

Clinicians, scientists expect benefits from working in common facility

Dr. Ivar Mendez, head of the neurosurgery division of the soon-to-open Brain Repair Centre in downtown Halifax, stands between Gail A. Eskes, the centre’s director of research and education, and Lorne Ferguson, the executive director. (Ted Pritchard / Staff)
Dr. Ivar Mendez, head of the neurosurgery division of the soon-to-open Brain Repair Centre in downtown Halifax, stands between Gail A. Eskes, the centre’s director of research and education, and Lorne Ferguson, the executive director. (Ted Pritchard / Staff) 


 

Looking at a dozen workbenches stretched across the empty, unfinished laboratory, Dr. Ivar Mendez sees only the future.

The renowned Halifax neurosurgeon smiles as he walks through what will soon be the new home of the Brain Repair Centre, a setup he said will put those researching prospective cures alongside those treating illness. Scientists and clinicians rarely consult with each other, Mendez said, which can lead to an isolation of theory from practice.

“They are working with the same disease but kind of in another reality,” he said. “They work on a cell, but they don’t imagine how much that can affect a patient. . . . With the Brain Repair Centre, we have put all these things together because (we) do the research and the science not only (for) advancing the knowledge in that area, but we want to translate it into something practical for the patient that is suffering from the specific disease.”

Brain centre brings experts under one roof.

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