Construction crews are working hard to get the lab done for an early March opening! Walls are now up, and door/window frames are in. With the walls up, the different experimental suites are taking shape. The renovated lab will feature a large (450 sqft) area dedicated to TMS studies, including our work related to exercise and brain excitabilty (top picture). A great new feature will be an in-lab change room (middle picture) caption, as well as three independent behavioural suites (one dedicated to EEG) with dedicated workstations and one-way glass for observation.
A new year will bring a new lab space for the LBRF crew. Major improvements include 3 new behavioural suites, an updated student space and dedicated space for our brain stimulation equipment. The end result will be over 2400 sq ft of space dedicated to collaborative and interdisciplinary research in neuroscience. Stay tuned for more pics as the reno moves forward. As of Jan 18, demolition is complete, electrical is underway, and millwork is being completed offsite!
PhD students Chris Friesen and Tony Ingram have been busy with their start-up, Axem Neurotechnology which is developing tools to enhance mental training. Up next for Axem is taking part in Hax, the world’s first and largest hardware accelerator. The team will be heading to Shenzen, China for four months, to rapidly develop a commercial-ready prototype of their fNIRS headset. Looking forward to seeing a finished product!
MSc student Emily Rogers and PhD student Jack Solomon received their awards at the Bright Red ceremony this past November. Emily and Jack were recognized for their work to date and promise as emerging scientists in the area of cardiovascular or stroke-related research. Congrats Emily and Jack!
We don’t know either – but it sounds cool! To find out you’ll have to ask lab alumni Sarah Eppler, who has taken on a position as brand strategist with the start-up Dash Hudson. All jokes aside, Sarah uses many of the skills honed in her studies (including stats) in her new career. Congrats Sarah!
Every year Dalhousie celebrates the success of new and continuing Killam Laureates – of which Sarah Kraeutner, a PhD student in the lab, is one. This years celebration was capped by 3 Minute Thesis style presentations. Sarah presented her work on exploring the neural substrates of imagery based learning – all in 3 minutes. A great night was had by all. Congrats to Sarah on the continuation of her Killam Award.
Yes, convocation was several months ago, but its never too late to post great news! Two of our lab members attended convocation – Jack Solomon to receive his MSc (Rehab) and Monica MacDonald, who received BOTH of her degrees – MSc (Rehab) and MSc (Physiotherapy). Congratulations to both Jack and Monica!
Lab member Monica MacDonald has followed closely on the heals of Jack’s defense, successfully defending her own thesis this past week. Monica’s thesis explored the effect of aerobic fitness on brain excitability. Her results showed that prior aerobic fitness doesn’t seem to affect brain excitability. Stay tuned for a publication!
Special congratulations are in order for Monica as well – in addition to finishing her MSc thesis, Monica ALSO completed her clinical MSc (Physiotherapy) this past week. In fact, Monica is the first graduate of the School of Physiotherapy’s Joint Program, in which students complete research and clinical MSc degrees concurrently. Thanks for blazing the trail Monica!
Congratulations to lab member Jack Solomon on the successful defense of his MSc thesis. Jack’s thesis work examined the mechanisms underlying the inhibition of movement during motor imagery. Great job Jack! Stay tuned for the publication…
Congratulations go out to lab members Jack Solomon and Emily Rogers, who were recently awarded BrightRed scholarships from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia. The Heart & Stroke’s BrightRed Student Research Awards Program, offered exclusively in Nova Scotia, is a donor-funded investment, which provides scholarship opportunities for student investigators, in collaboration with training institutions, to strengthen the recruitment and retention of researchers in Nova Scotia that align with Heart & Stroke’s strategic mission priorities. Emily’s award will help support her MSc work examining high intensity interval training and brain excitability, while Jack’s award will help support his PhD work examining consolidation of motor skills learned via imagery. Congratulations Emily and Jack!