Congratulations to three of our lab members on receiving FRQS Training Awards!

Ph.D. student Elisa Guma, M.Sc. student Stephanie Tullo, and B.Sc. Colleen Rollins were each awarded a Fonds de Recherche Santé du Québec (FRQS) Training Award, in which aims to support university students seeking to pursue health research training in a graduate university program.

Elisa was awarded a Doctoral Training Award for her project titled “Une étude sur les différences entre les sexes de neuroanatomie et symptômes du risque à la psychose en développement”. Stephanie was awarded a Master’s Training Award for her project titled “Les effets d’un vieillissement normal et sain sur les structures sous-cortical comme les ganglions de la base et le thalamus”. Colleen was awarded a Master’s Training Award for her project titled “Étude de l’impact de l’obésité en milieu de vie sur la pathologie de la maladie d’Alzheimer”.

Check out the results for the Doctoral competition and the Master’s competiton for more information about the funded research projects.

Congratulations to Elisa on receiving a W.G. Dewhurst Travel Award!

Ph.D. student Elisa Guma recently won a W.G. Dewhurst Travel Award to attend the Annual Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACCN) Meeting which will be held in Kingston, Ontario from June 7th to 9th. At the conference, she will present her research investigating how the timing of maternal immune activation (a known risk factor for neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia) affects neuroanatomical and behavioural outcomes in the offspring. If you happen to be at the ACCN meeting, check out her abstract entitled “Neuroanatomical and Behavioural Differences in Models of Neurodevelopmental disorders: An Examination of Offspring Exposed to Maternal Immune Activation in Early and Late Gestation”.

Congratulations to Colleen on receiving the Gates Cambridge Scholarship!

The CoBrA lab would like to congratulate Colleen Rollins on receiving the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. This scholarship funds international students from outside the UK to pursue a post-graduate degree at the University of Cambridge. With this scholarship, Colleen will be completing a PhD in Psychiatry under the supervision of Dr. John Suckling, co-director of the Brain Mapping Unit. Her research aim is to use a multimodal approach integrating brain structural and functional data and cognitive measures to develop a neurobiological model for the manifestation of hallucinations in patients with schizophrenia.

Congratulations to Stephanie on receiving a NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship!

M.Sc. student Stephanie Tullo was awarded the Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies. With the support of this award, Stephanie will investigate the relationship between age and motor performance (previously demonstrated to be of importance in the study of movement disorders) on subcortical morphology across the adult lifespan by improving our automated segmentation pipeline, MAGeTbrain, through the development of improved input atlases of the basal ganglia and thalamus.

Congratulations to Vincent on graduating from the IPN program with a M.Sc. in Neuroscience!

The CoBrA lab would like to congratulate Vincent on graduating with a degree of M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the Integrated Program in Neuroscience from McGill University!

Vincent completed his master’s thesis entitled “Longitudinal Neuroanatomical and Behavioural Characterization of a Triple Transgenic Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease” in February, and will be attending his convocation ceremony in June. During his time at the lab, Vincent contributed to the initiation and development of the animal portion of the lab in terms of procedures, protocols, and animal care and husbandry. He is currently looking for opportunities where he can continue to find new things that to fill his curiosity for neuroscience and the workings of the human body.

The CoBrA lab would like to wish Vincent the best of luck in his future endeavours!