Congratulations to our faculty members

Congratulations to Drs. Penny MacDonald and Stephen Lomber who were recently awarded new Canada Research Chairs.

Dr. MacDonald, whose primary appointment is in the Department of Clinical Neurological Sciences, will hold the Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. She uses modern imaging techniques to understand the nature and evolution of brain function in Parkinson’s disease patients. To develop clinical practice recommendations that reliably identify patients who are at risk, she also looks at how these deficits affect such real-world functions as driving and navigating complex environments.

Dr. Lomber, who is also appointed in the Department of Psychology, will hold the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 in Brain Plasticity and Development. He studies how the brain changes following hearing loss. This change – known as plasticity – often helps deaf individuals enhance their ability to use their remaining senses, including sight and touch.