Recognizing novel brain research

News / General / Research / Stroke and Neurological Care
By Mary Anne Beaudette

Dr. D.J. Cook, KGHRI clinician-scientist and a neurosurgeon at Kingston Health Sciences Centre, has been awarded $40,000 from the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation Women’s Giving Circle for his innovative research into brain bleeds in the elderly.

Dr. Cook and a team at KHSC, Providence Care and Queen’s University are working in partnership with ArcheOptix, a Kingston medical device company, to test the capabilities of a hand-held scanner to detect bleeding in the brain. The radiation-free device is being used to help doctors more quickly detect the presence and severity of bleeding, ensuring patients receive care more quickly.

“Over the last five years I’ve seen patients who were thought to have dementia but we later found out through a CT scan or a neurological deficit that they had chronic bleeds, and when we treat the bleed, some of these patients get better,” says Dr. Cook, who is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Queen’s University. “Imagine if your family doctor or local clinic had a simple, fast way to identify and monitor this kind of injury.”

Dr. Cook’s studies are currently underway and expected to be completed later this year.

Since 2013 the Women’s Giving Circle has granted more than $200,000 to support local research in areas including critical care/end of life, mental health, chronic pain, musculoskeletal disease and gastrointestinal disease.