Celebrating our achievements


The Department of Neuroscience would like to congratulate the following trainees who successfully defended their thesis over the summer term.

Scott Macdonald, PhD
Supervisor: Jody Culham, PhD
Thesis Title: Characterizing Tool-Selective Areas With Human Neuroimaging

Andrew Nicholson, PhD
Supervisor: Dr. Ruth Lanius
Thesis Title: Neurocircuits of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and its Dissociative Subtype

Loretta Norton, PhD
Supervisor: Adrian Owen, PhD
Thesis Title: Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging as an Assessment Tool in Critically Ill Patients

Alenka Bullen, MSc
Supervisor: Ingrid Johnsrude, PhD
Thesis Title: Movie-driven fMRI Reveals Network Asynchrony and Connectivity Alterations in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Alexandra de la Rua, MSc
Supervisor: Dr. Elizabeth Hampson, PhD
Thesis Title: Dopamine-Dependent Task Performance over the Menstrual Cycle

Mazen El-Baba, MSc
Supervisors: J Bruce Morton, PhD and Adrian Owen, PhD
Thesis Title: Dynamic Functional Connectivity Reveals Temporal Differences in Wake and Stage-2 Sleep

Kristin Ikeda, MSc
Supervisors: Ali Khan, PhD, and Dr. Seyed Mirsattari
Thesis Title: Brain networks in people after a first unprovoked seizure

Christina Jobson, MSc
Supervisor: Steven Laviolette, PhD
Thesis Title: Characterizing the Role of Adolescent Nicotine Exposure on the Mesocorticolimbic System and the Development of Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Maedbh King, MSc
Supervisor: Joern Diedrichsen, PhD
Thesis Title: Navigating the "little brain": Comprehensive Mapping of Functional Organisation

Jane Kouptsova, MSc
Supervisor: Stefan Kohler, PhD
Thesis Title: An investigation of propranolol as an agent for the experimental manipulation of interoception

Virginia Lee, MSc
Supervisors: Marco Prado, PhD, and Vania Prado, PhD
Thesis Title: Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Dysfunction in a Mouse Model of Alzheimer's Disease

Jing Jing LI, MSc
Supervisor: Steven Laviolette, PhD
Thesis Title: Prefrontal Cortex Dopamine Transmission Regulates Emotional Memory Processing and Morphine Reward Salience: Implications for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction Comorbidity

Alexander Moszczynski, PhD
Supervisor: Dr. Michael Strong and Arthur Brown, PhD
Thesis Title: Phosphorylation of tau protein at Thr175 is a toxic event associated with neurodegeneration

Natalie Ossowski, MSc
Supervisor: Arthur Brown, PhD
Thesis Title: Conditional Sox9 ablation 30 days after spinal cord injury: Testing the therapeutic value of a successful acute strategy to increase neuroplasticity in a model of chronic spinal cord injury

Brittany Roberts, MSc
Supervisor: Jessica Grahn, PhD
Thesis Title: Comparing the influence of music enjoyment and beat perception ability on spatiotemporal gait parameters among healthy young and older adults

Amber Robinson, MSc
Supervisor: Brian Timney, PhD
Thesis Title: The Effects of Alcohol on Visual Attention

Max Silverbrook, MSc
Supervisor: Adrian Owen, PhD
Thesis Title: A Naturalistic Paradigm to Probe Conscious Information Processing During Sleep

Olivia Singh, MSc
Supervisor: Rob Cumming, PhD
Thesis Title: Investigating the Protective Effects of Telomerase Reverse Transcriptase on Neuronal Metabolism and Resistance to Amyloid-beta

Mary Grace Tejada, MSc
Supervisor: Donglin Bai, PhD
Thesis Title: Pore-Lining Residues and Intracellular Magnesium Concentration Influence Connexin50 Gap Junction Unitary Channel Conductance

Jordan Ward, MSc
Supervisors: Martin Kavaliers, PhD, and Peter Ossenkopp, PhD
Thesis Title: Early life immune and physical stress directly influences anxiety-like behaviour in adolescent rats: examining sex differences

Haopei Yang, MSc
Supervisor: Stefan Kohler, PhD
Thesis Title: Mechanisms involved in the assessment of cumulative long-term familiarity of object concepts: An ERP study

Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Please join us in congratulating Ayden Scheim, PhD Candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, on his recently announced Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Fellowship for work on his project, titled, "Gender, sexuality, and the prevention of initiation into injection drug use", and also for recently winning best oral presentation at the 2017 Canadian Society for Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CSEB) conference in Banff, Alberta, for his talk, “The Intersectional Discrimination Index: Validity and Reliability of a New Measure of Population Health Research".