IMRIC and You

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Five young Israeli scholars receive IMRIC scholarship

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Sidney Slivko

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I am a writer and teacher who has always had an interest in science. Well, science fiction, at any rate. Not the bug-eyed monster type, but the kind of sci-fi that speculated on what the world would look like 10, 20 or 100 years from now. Innovation and new ideas excite me, as do the changes they  bring to our lives, whether it's a new toy I've got to get, a new application I want to add to my laptop, a new puzzle to solve or a new food I haven't tasted yet.

Five outstanding students received a special scholarship enabling them to work with IMRIC researchers.

Two IMRIC researchers win prestigious Canada Gairdner International Award

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Sidney Slivko

Sidney Slivko Photo

I am a writer and teacher who has always had an interest in science. Well, science fiction, at any rate. Not the bug-eyed monster type, but the kind of sci-fi that speculated on what the world would look like 10, 20 or 100 years from now. Innovation and new ideas excite me, as do the changes they  bring to our lives, whether it's a new toy I've got to get, a new application I want to add to my laptop, a new puzzle to solve or a new food I haven't tasted yet.

Professors Aharon Razin (left) and Chaim Cedar

Jerusalem, March 23, 2011 – Two Hebrew University of Jerusalem professors were named today as winners of the Canada Gairdner International Awards.  

IMRIC and the Manitoba government team up to fight Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

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Sidney Slivko

Sidney Slivko Photo

I am a writer and teacher who has always had an interest in science. Well, science fiction, at any rate. Not the bug-eyed monster type, but the kind of sci-fi that speculated on what the world would look like 10, 20 or 100 years from now. Innovation and new ideas excite me, as do the changes they  bring to our lives, whether it's a new toy I've got to get, a new application I want to add to my laptop, a new puzzle to solve or a new food I haven't tasted yet.

Manitoba's Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak announced today that the Manitoba government is partnering with IMRIC – The Institute for Medical research Israel-Canada -- to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Stepping into Star Trek

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Sidney Slivko

Sidney Slivko Photo

I am a writer and teacher who has always had an interest in science. Well, science fiction, at any rate. Not the bug-eyed monster type, but the kind of sci-fi that speculated on what the world would look like 10, 20 or 100 years from now. Innovation and new ideas excite me, as do the changes they  bring to our lives, whether it's a new toy I've got to get, a new application I want to add to my laptop, a new puzzle to solve or a new food I haven't tasted yet.

My first encounter with IMRIC – the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada – was in October 2010, at a presentation by Dr. Amir Amedi. To demonstrate how he was training blind people to "see" using sound, he asked those of us present to close our eyes and “listen to the direction” of the sounds he was playing. Most of us there were able to hear the sounds going left to right and up and down. Some could even visualize in our minds the image he was sending through sounds: a letter of the alphabet. He then described how stereo headphones can enable the blind to substitute sound for light and to see everyday objects. Suddenly I was transported hundreds of years into the future, where a blind-from-birth starship officer could navigate an interstellar ship across the galaxies thanks to a specially designed visor that enabled him to see with his brain.