The average per capita IQ will raise a few notches this week with the third annual Neuroscience Research Symposium in Saskatoon. Dr. Alyson Fournier from McGill University will be highlighting her team’s research into the progressive forms of multiple sclerosis. That’s where cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged, so Fournier’s research is looking at ways to protect the neurons and keep them healthy. She says the cause of MS isn’t yet known, although there seems to be a genetic pre-disposition and possible exposure to other factors in life. For instance, some people believe Vitamin D might be a factor, which may be why there is a higher incidence of MS in Canada because there is less sunlight in the winter. Further to that, the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre based at the University of Saskatchewan says the disease affects more people per capita in Saskatchewan than anywhere else in the country. The symposium continues through Friday on campus. Other topics to be presented include Huntington’s Disease, Glioblastoma, and neuro-imaging.