Dr. Susanne Schmid has been appointed to the position of the Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Susanne Schmid, associate professor, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, has been appointed to the position of the Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, at Western University effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.

The Neuroscience Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program with participants currently from Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, and the Faculty of Social Science, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Health Sciences, with the home being Schulich Medicine & Dentistry.

Dr. Schmid is currently the Co-Interim Director of the Neuroscience Graduate Program and Associate Chair of the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology. She was also the Past-President of the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association, a Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience.

Dr. Schmid is an internationally-recognized biomedical researcher and academic leader who is dedicated to advancement of research focused on elucidation of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying sensory filtering and higher cognitive processes in normal and disease states. She was appointed in a probationary position at Western effective September 1, 2007, following a position as a Heisenberg Fellow from 2006-2007 at University of Toronto; a Scientific Assistant from 2000 to 2005 at University of Tübingen, a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from 1997 to 1999 in Experimental Ophthalmology, University Eye Hospital, Tübingen, and a PhD in Animal Physiology from the University of Tübingen from 1993 to 1997.

Dr. Schmid has been the recipient of a number of research awards, including doctoral and postdoctoral intramural research training awards from the German Academic Exchange Council, the German Research Council, and the Wilhelm Schuler Foundation. She has also received a Rainer and Maria Teufel Award, Young Investigator Award, as well as more recently support from the CIHR, CFI, OBI, OHMF and NSERC.

She participates on numerous grant review committees including the CIHR, NSERC, OMHF, Alzheimer’s Association, and German Research Council. Dr. Schmid also participates in a number of professional society editorial boards and as a manuscript reviewer, as well as participating on many Faculty and university committees.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Schmid on her appointment.

Dr. Michael J. Strong,
Dean Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry