Graduate Studies

MSc and PhD candidates studying at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry can take on research projects with the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences under the advisement of CNS Faculty.

Areas of Study:

Spine

Dr. Duggal and Dr. Ng both supervise undergraduate medical students, graduate students, residents and fellows in each of their areas of research. CNS offers training opportunities for residents in spine and peripheral research. Opportunities for MSc, PhD, and Postdoctoral candidates are also available upon request. Most recently, Dr. Duggal has acted as a primary supervisor to a resident conducting research on DTI of spinal cord compression and to a PhD candidate conducting research on spinal cord compression using fMRI.

Dementia and Cognition

CNS offers training opportunities for residents in dementia and cognitive research. Opportunities for MSc, PhD, and Postdoctoral candidates are also available upon request. Recently Dr. Finger has acted as a primary supervisor to a PhD candidate conducting research in the psycholphysiologic correlates of guile and has co-supervised master’s, and postdoctoral candidates on research projects on the early biomarker and imaging detection of frontotemporal dementia; ventromedial PFC function, financial decision making and caregiver strategies in frontotemporal dementia, the delineation of neuroanatomy of empathy in frontotemporal dementia and other disorders; and PET/MRI imaging of neuroinflammation in frontotemporal Dementias. Dr. Pasternak has acted as a primary supervisor to undergraduate students conducting research in APP interaction with Arf6.

Students interested in Master’s or PhD programs can apply through the Graduate Program in Neuroscience (supervisor: Dr. Finger or Dr. Pasternak) or through the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology (supervisor: Dr. Pasternak).

Epilepsy

Dr. Burneo has a cross-appointment with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and co-supervises Masters students, sits in committee thesises of MSc and PhD candidates within the Department of Neurosciences at Western. Dr. Seyed Mirsattari, has supervised and mentored MSc and PhD student within the Department of Neurosciences on topics including the localization of epileptogenic zones using high frequency oscillationsa (HFOs) in people with drug-resistant focal epilepsy. Dr. de Ribaupierre has acted as a supervisor and co-supervisor to undergraduate, masters, and postdoctoral students on research projects looking at the visualization of medical imaging, paediatric epilepsy surgery, and  neuromonitoring of premature infants with post-hemorrhagic ventricular dilatation using near-infrared spectroscopy.

Glial Biology/Neuro-Oncology

CNS offers training opportunities for residents in glial biology and neuro-oncology research. Opportunities for MSc, PhD, and Postdoctoral candidates are also available upon request. Dr. Hebb has acted as a primary supervisor to postdoctoral fellows conducting research on intratumoral modulation therapy for glioblastoma as well as many other projects. He has also acted as a co-supervisor to masters students conducting research on the application of electrotherapeutics in glioblastoma. Dr. Megyesi has acted as a primary supervisor on numerous resident research projects and clinical fellowships. Dr. Watling has acted as a supervisor and co-supervisor to MSc and PhD candidates.

Movement Disorders

CNS offers training opportunities for residents in movement disorder research. Opportunities for MSc, PhD, and Postdoctoral candidates are also available upon request. Dr. Hebb has acted as a co-supervisor to MSc students researching and cell-based therapies for Parkinson's disease as well as cell autografts as delivery agents for Parkinson's Disease therapeutics.

Dr. Jog has acted as a primary supervisor and co-supervisor to numerous master’s, doctorate, and postdoctoral researchers. He has advised over research projects on kinematic recordings in home mobility, a training program for navigation in a virtual reality environment, the use of 7 tesla MRS in discriminating Parkinsonism subtypes, and turning strategies in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Dr. MacDonald supervises undergraduate, master’s doctoral, and postdoctoral students on research projects looking at cognition, cognitive deficits, and specific behaviours in Parkinson’s disease patients, as well as various treatment therapies.

Multiple Sclerosis

The MS program faculty members provide opportunities to conduct both clinical and research fellowships. Dr. Morrow and Dr. Kremenchutzky both also supervise undergraduate medical students, and graduate students. CNS offers training opportunities for residents in multiple sclerosis research. Opportunities for MSc, PhD, and Postdoctoral candidates are also available upon request. Dr. Kremenchutzky advises postdoctoral fellows studying immunology markers in MS, part of the microbiome and FMT MS project. Dr. Morrow has supervised multiple postdoctoral researchers in their MS research.

Neurodegeneration and ALS

CNS offers training opportunities for residents in neurodegeneration research. Opportunities for MSc, PhD, and Postdoctoral candidates are also available upon request. Dr. Shoesmith and Dr. Strong act as supervisors to researchers and fellows conducting research on ALS.

Neuromuscular Disorders

CNS offers training opportunities for residents in neuromuscular research. Opportunities for MSc, PhD, and Postdoctoral candidates are also available upon request. Dr. Kimpinski has acted as a supervisor and co-supervisor for research associates, PhD candidates, and postdoctoral fellows studying neurogenic orthostatic hypotension complicated by supine hypertension, and the impact of chronic inflammatory demyelinating neuropathy (CIDP) on the neuromuscular system in humans. Dr. Nicolle has acted as a supervisor and c-supervisor to graduate and postdoctoral students studying myasthenia gravis.

Stroke and Cerebrovascular

CNS offers training opportunities for residents in stroke and cerebrovascular research. Opportunities for MSc, PhD, and Postdoctoral candidates are also available upon request. Dr. Khaw has acted as a co-supervisor to graduate students. Dr. Lownie has advised students completing graduate work on the impact of Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Neuropathy (CIDP) on the neuromuscular system in humans. Dr. Mandzia has acted as a secondary supervisor to students studying CTA of the head and neck vessels in patients presenting with TIA and minor stroke in the Emergency Department. Dr. Sposato has acted as a supervisor and co-supervisor to students completing graduate work on the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation and other cardiac arrhythmias after experimental insular ischemic stroke and doctoral students researching stroke and dementia epidemiology.