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Published Research

The Watson Centre Society for Brain Health is dedicated to research and using proven results to create the best possible scenario for clients to improve their recovery outcomes! Through a pilot research study in collaboration with the University of British Columbia in 2015, the Watson Centre Society was able to prove the efficacy of the cognitive capacity building BrainEx program for use with a traumatic brain injury population. That research project led to the following discovery by Dr. Naznin Virji-Babul: 

“The most important thing we have learned from the pilot project using the BrainExTM intervention/Watson Centre Society Program is that the brain has an incredible capacity to change. What we have seen – even with a small group of participants – many of whom who had a chronic brain injury – is that intervention/stimulation can make a change in the brain and in cognitive/behavioural function. We still have lots to learn about how to best target intervention and many questions to answer about the amount and type of intervention that can lead to most optimal recovery.”

Here is a link to the published research paper by Porter et al. 

Based on this success, we launched the Watson Centre Society for Brain Health at Fortius Sport and Health in Burnaby, BC. To enhance cognitive capacity building, we added new evidence-based pillars of physical exercise, mindfulness meditation and clinical counseling. With a generous donation from Paul-Andre Guillotte as well as ABI Wellness Inc., we reengaged in research to determine if data points improved as a result of adding the new holistic pillars. The early results are indicators that the Watson Centre Society’s approach is improving the recovery outcomes for brain injury survivors. UBC provided an abstract, which concluded:

“The results of this pilot study show evidence of change in EEG power, network organization and brain-behaviour relationships following an intensive intervention program. These changes suggest that individuals with chronic mTBI can benefit from targeted intervention and that these changes are associated with brain reorganization that reflect improvements in cognition and reduction in anxiety/depression.”

To read the full the abstract click here.

Ongoing Research 

HealthTech Connex Launches New Clinical Trial in Partnership with WCSBH

Watson Centre Society for Brain Health and HealthTech Connex Centre for Neurology Studies are currently conducting a new clinical trial.

This study aims to assess neurophysiological changes using an investigative technology, the NeuroCatch™️ Platform, in individuals with symptoms of chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI) throughout their participation in the WCSBH half day program. WCSBH is the first rehabilitation centre in North America to adopt a four-pillar approach that includes cognitive rehabilitation, physical exercise, mindfulness, and counselling to increase function in specific areas of the brain that may be damaged or underperforming.

Preliminary research findings indicate neurological changes are occurring due to the program, inspiring hope for people with long-term cognitive impairment due to brain injury. This study aims to shed further light on whether neurophysiological changes can be detected alongside, or before functional gains occur for individuals with TBI.

Testimonials 

The Watson Centre is a caring and nurturing environment. Being 26+ years post injury and having plateaued in my rehabilitation for almost 2 decades, participation in this study has restored a sense of hope.

Core Values

Safety, empathy, determination, collaboration and growth.

Vision

Improving the quality of life for people who have suffered brain injuries, acquired brain injuries, or concussions.

Mission

To provide programs, delivered by specialists, for the purpose of helping people with brain injury to improve and reclaim their lives to the fullest.

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