CNS Research Bootcamp

On Tuesday, September 15th, the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences will be hosting a virtual event called The CNS Research Bootcamp. This event is an informative webinar designed to provide learners with an understanding of the basics of research in order to help with a future career in academia.

The event is open to all CNS residents and fellows, as well as external residents within Western University and those who are interested in a career in research. Throughout the morning, learners will get an opportunity to attend speaker sessions and a workshop of their choice. 

In the afternoon, there will be a special speed-dating session for residents and fellows of CNS where they will get one-on-one time with prominent researchers of Western University. Please note that there are limited spots for this portion of the event and registration will be a first-come-first-serve basis.

For any questions about this event, please contact Ashley Shaw via email at

Click here to see the detailed Event Program.

Schedule of Events

8:00 to 9:00 - Grand Rounds presentation, Dr. Michael Levy, "Finding NeMO"

9:00 to 9:15 - Event Introduction

9:15 to 9:45 - Research Productivity

9:45 to 10:00 - Break

10:00 to 10:45 - Ethics in Research

10:45 to 11:30 - Neurosurgery from New York

11:30 to 12:00 - Workshops 

12:00 to 1:00 - Research Speed-dating 

*This is a first-come-first-served portion with only a few spots so be sure to register below!

Event Speakers

Dr. Nairmeen Haller

Cleveland Clinic
“Orientation to Scholarly Activity”

Dr. Nancy F. Olivieri

University of Toronto
“The Illusion of Protection: Whistleblowing, and Whistleblowers in Medical Research"

Dr. David Langer

Lennox Hill, New York

Workshop Speakers

Dr. Chris Watling, Centre for Education Research & Innovation, "From Idea to Project: Getting started with Education Research"

Dr. Rob Bartha, Robarts Research Institute

Dr. Ana Suller Marti, Brain and Mind Institute, "Starting your own Research Pathway"


"Introduction to Research in Residency", Dr. Nairmeen Haller

Prereading from Dr. Nancy Olivieri, “The Illusion of Protection: Whistleblowing, and Whistleblowers in Medical Research":

Schafer A. Institutional conflict of interest: attempting to crack the deferiprone mystery. J Med Ethics 2020; 0:1–8.  doi:10.1136/medethics-2019-105498

Healy, D. Repetition Compulsion to the Death or Beyond? Repetition, The Compusion to Repeat, and the Death Drive. 

Dal-Ré, Rafael, et al. Should Research Misconduct Be Criminalized? Research Ethics, vol. 16, no. 1–2, Jan. 2020, pp. 1–12, doi:10.1177/1747016119898400.

Rhodes R. & Strain JJ. Whistleblowing in academic medicine


Event Sponsor

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Event Registration

Please click here to REGISTER!

Registration closes Monday September 7th.

Speed-Dating Registration - Limited Spots

The full list of Western University researchers that will participate in the speed-dating portion of the day are listed below.  Please click here to sign up for the speed-dating portion of the event.

Multiple Sclerosis Cognition
Sarah Morrow

Imaging Robarts

Ravi Menon
Rob Bartha

Richard Kim

Alexander Khaw
Reza Azarpazhooh
Luciano Sposato
David Spence

Sachin Pandey

Steve Kerfoot

Jorge Burneo
Ana Suller Marti

Infectious Diseases
Michael Silverman

Neurocritical care and Palliative Care
Teneille Gofton

Muscle Education
Shannon Venance

Maryam Nouri