Introducing the second iteration of the Successes in Neuroscience Symposium.
Successes in Neuroscience is a celebration of neuroscience research and innovation across Alberta. In our second offering of this exciting event, we continued to focus on sharing cutting edge research ideas with all Albertans. During the Innovations in Neuroscience theme, we learned how work in a research lab can lead to starting a company. The Maintaining Healthy Brains theme shared emerging methods that promote brain health at home without a prescription. Discussion in the COVID-19 and the Brain theme explored how COVID-19 may affect both brain and mental health. Finally, our trainee showcase allowed current graduate students and the next generation of researchers to share their work and give insight into the structure of academia. Sessions included presentations and panel discussions that gave everyone the opportunity to learn and ask questions. Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate the new and exciting endeavors in neuroscience research with some of the nation’s leading innovators!
Svenja Espenhahn, Interim Executive Director Campus Alberta Neuroscience
Innovations in Neuroscience:
From Lab Work to Industry Innovations
Darren Derksen – University of Calgary & AphioTx
Wendy Muise – University of Lethbridge & Breast Buds
Adam Kirton – University of Calgary & Think2Switch
Networking & Refreshment Break
Maintaining Healthy Brains:
Sleep, Exercise, Food, and Other Non-Pharmaceutical Methods for Brain Health
Suzette Brémault-Phillips – University of Alberta
Bonnie Kaplan – University of Calgary
Brandon Hauer – University of Alberta
Networking & Refreshment Break
Highlighting Research at the Trainee Level
Yoshimasa Kubo – University of Lethbridge
Maria Masoliver – University of Calgary
Tejal Aslesh – University of Alberta
Joseph Kamtchum Tatuene – University of Alberta
COVID-19 and the Brain:
COVID-19’s Effect on Brain During and After the Pandemic
Eric Smith – University of Calgary
Catherine Lebel – University of Calgary
Christopher Power & Andrej Roczkowsky – University of Alberta
Dr. David Park – Director: Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Chair: Campus Alberta Neuroscience
Meet the Moderators
Pritma Dhillon Chattha
Pritma is a Yale-educated nurse executive and award-winning entrepreneur with 18 years of healthcare experience caring for patients at the bedside and in the boardroom. She is passionate about the behavioral health of our communities and dedicates her time to making care more accessible and affordable for all. She launched her third startup, Lavender, an online psychiatry and therapy office in response to growing demands for mental healthcare in the wake of the pandemic. In addition to her work at Lavender, Pritma sits on the boards of the YWCA Calgary and the American Nurses Association Innovation Council. Pritma has ties to the U of C as an adjunct clinical associate with the Faculty of Nursing and co-hosts the U of C Research to Innovation podcast with the Office of the VP of Research, to help amplify and expedite the translation of evidence into practice within our communities.
Jordan Witzel currently works as a communications specialist in the office of the Vice-President of Research at the University of Calgary where he co-hosts and produces the Now Innovating podcast. Jordan holds a masters in Applied Meteorology from Mississippi State University and has been forecasting weather and climate in western Canada for 15 years. He also holds both a sociology degree from Athabasca University and a communications diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He dedicates much of his personal efforts as a community advocate. From projects that support mental health to efforts that raise visibility for those in the LGBTQ+ community, Jordan is passionate about speaking loudly for those whose voices often get drowned out.