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Celebrating our achievements

Anatomy and Cell Biology

Julia Abitol, PhD Candidate, received a $1,500 scholarship to attend a workshop in Maine called, “The Mouse as an Instrument for Ear Research.” She was also awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Erin Azzopardi, PhD Candidate, gave a presentation at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience in Toronto entitled “The role of mesopontine cholinergic neurons in sensorimotor gating”.

Sarah Chadwick, MSc Candidate, was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Jessica Esseltine, PhD, and John Kelly, PhD, recently had their paper “Specific functional pathologies of Cx43 mutations associated with oculodentodigital dysplasia” published in Molecular Biology of the Cell.

Congratulations to Pinki Nandi who received an Elsevier travel award to participate in the International Federation of Placental Associations meeting in Portland from September 13-16.

Justine Renard, PhD, and Laura Rosen, PhD Candidate, recently had their paper “Cannabidiol Counteracts Amphetamine-Induced Neuronal and Behavioral Sensitization of the Mesolimbic Dopamine Pathway through a Novel mTOR/p70S6 Kinase Signaling Pathway” published in The Journal of Neuroscience. Renard also had her paper “What Can Rats Tell Us about Adolescent Cannabis Exposure? Insights from Preclinical Research” published in Revue Canadienne de Psychiatrie.

Parima Saxena, MSc Candidate, was awarded a Poster Prize at the Paul Harding Research Day in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology for her poster entitled "Interrogation of AMPK-related kinases in epithelial ovarian cancer spheroids".

Congratulations to JT Walker, PhD Candidate, on having his paper “Periostin as a multifunctional modulator of the wound healing response” published in Cell and Tissue Research.

Congratulations to Nina Weishaupt, PhD, and Aaron Regis, PhD Candidate, on having their paper “Subtle learning and memory impairment in an idiopathic rat model of Alzheimer's disease utilizing cholinergic depletions and β-amyloid” published in Brain Research.

Medical Biophysics

Congratulations to Dante Capaldi, PhD Candidate, whose research is on the cover of Radiology.

Congratulations to Sarah Mattonen and Sarah Svenningsen who were both awarded a highly ranked NSERC and CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship.


Heather McGregor, PhD Candidate, recently had her paper “Functional Plasticity in Somatosensory Cortex Supports Motor Learning by Observing” published in Current Biology.

Congratulations to Lindsay Oliver, PhD Candidate, whose paper entitled “ Distinguishing the relationship between different aspects of empathic responding as a function of psychopathic, autistic, and anxious traits” was published in ScienceDirect.

Jordan Ward, MSc Candidate, recently had two papers published. His study entitled “The effect of topical lidocaine on muscle artefacts in awake canine electroencephalogram recordings“ was published in The Veterinary Journal. His study entitled “A comparison of novel, selective fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), monoacyglycerol lipase (MAGL) or dual FAAH/MAGL inhibitors to suppress acute and anticipatory nausea in rat models” was published in Psychopharmacology.


Dr. Sohrab Ali, who is defending on June 16, has won the prestigious Kidney Foundation of Canada Biomedical Research Grant Competition 2016 in the amount of $150,000 for his drosophila project. The nominated principal applicant is Dr. Hon Sing Leong and principal applicant is Dr. Hassan Razvi. Sohrab is a co-applicant on this grant. It is a three-year award for new investigators within three years of their appointment, which is the case with Dr. Leong. The work will be done at the Leong Translational Prostate Cancer Research Lab at the Lawson Health Research Institute.