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Congrats to Devan!

Congratulations to lab member Devan Pancura on the successful defense of her MSc. Devan’s work examined theories of motor imagery and the impact of task fidelity. Specifically, Devan looked at how excitability of the brain scales as one performs or imagines performing a gripping task, and whether or not prior exposure to the task alters how the brain excitability scales. Findings best support that imagery is a simulation of motor action. Great job on the project and defense Devan!

Devan’s was the first in-person defense for the lab since the onset of the pandemic.

End of term news

As we wrap up the winter term, congratulations are in order for our many undergraduate students. Honours students Mariam El-Serafi, Julie Morrissey and Dennis Brown all successfully completed their study’s, as did 3rd year Directed Study students Jung-Woo Lee and Hailey Zwicker. Kudos to everyone on a great job. Looking forward to seeing the results of these projects come together in some papers!

Scholarship Season

Scholarship season is upon us, and what a great season its been. Lots of success for current and incoming students, including:

PhD student Jack Solomon was awarded an NSERC CGS-D, the highest level NSERC, for his work examining the neural mechanisms underlying learning via motor imagery.

Incoming MSc students Theresa Gaughan and Stephanie Shewchuck were awarded Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarships. Both Theresa and Stephanie will be examining different aspects of how aerobic exercise modulate brain activity.

PhD student Sarah Kraeutner was awarded a CIHR travel award. Sarah used this award to support her travel to the annual meeting of the Research in Imagery and Observation group (RIO) this past week in Bielefeld, Germany, where she presented work related to assessments of MI ability.

Best Poster!

Congratulations to honours student Dennis Brown, who won best poster (undergrad) at the Crossroads Multidisciplinary Health Conference held this past March. Dennis’s poster outlined his honours work examining the role motor planning areas in sequence learning via motor imagery. The win is all the more impressive as it was his first conference presentation!


Mini 3MT Winner!

Congratulations to PhD student Sarah K. who won the Faculty of Health’s 2nd annual Mini 3MT competition. The Mini 3MT is a ‘warm-up’ for the full 3MT competition in March. Its not easy sharing your thesis in 3 minutes, so congratulations to all of the competitors and best of luck in the Dal 3MT and beyond!

Axem Update

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!



Bright Red Awards

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!


Killam Celebration

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.

Convocation 2017!

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!

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