Category Archives: Student News

A new MSc in the lab!

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…


Painting the lab red…

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!

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Student funding for exercise study

Great news yesterday from the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation – MSc student Emily Rogers has received funding to support her work examining the effect of exercise on neuroplasticity. Emily’s work will look at how high intensity exercise (interval training) affects the excitability of the brain. The long-term goal is to determine how effective this intervention may be for helping to prime the brain prior to neurorehabilitation. Thanks to the NSHRF for their ongoing support of our work and of health research in the province of Nova Scotia.



NSERC supporting student research

A great week for PhD student Chris Friesen continued! In addition to receiving funding to support his startup efforts (Axem Neurotechnology), Chris was successful in obtaining PhD funding from NSERC in the form of a NSERC PGS-D. The funding will support Chris’s doctoral work that focuses on developing neurofeedback systems to aid learning and rehabilitation. Congratulations Chris!


A boost to commercialization…

PhD students Tony Ingram and Chris Friesen received a big boost to their startup effort Axem Neurotechnology in the form of a $50K grant from Innovacorp. The funding, provided through the Early Stage Commercialization Fund (ESCF), will support Axem’s efforts in developing wearable technology to aid athletes in mental aspects of their training.


A big win in business!

Congratulations to PhD students Chris Friesen and Tony Ingram who placed second in Canada’s Business Model Competition, hosted this past month in Halifax. The second place finish is a big boost for their start-up, Axem Neurotechnology, which is developing wearable tech to optimize mental training in elite athletes. Axem received $15K for the 2nd place finish, funds which will help offset prototyping costs. You can read more about Canada’s Business Model Competition here.


Another scholarship!

Congratulations to MSc student Jack Solomon who was awarded a Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship (NSGS) to support his PhD studies, which he will begin this coming September. Jack’s PhD work will expand on his current studies, looking deeper into the network of brain regions involved in learning. The NSGS is open to research graduates at Nova Scotia universities for innovative work aligned with or advancing Nova Scotia research priorities. The objectives of this award are to attract and retain top-quality research graduates, as well as to encourage exploration, discovery, and innovation. The awards are funded by the Provincial government. Congrats Jack!


No, this picture has nothing to do with science or the award – but it does show how beautiful the province is! Peggy’s Cove at sunset.

New MSc Student

A big welcome to Emily Rogers, who joined the lab this past January (2017) to pursue her MSc studies. Emily joins the lab after completing an Honours BSc (Biology) at Acadia University. Stay tuned for more on what Emily will be up to. Welcome Emily!

New NFB publication

Congratulations to Chris Friesen on his first, 1st author publication. The paper, published in Frontiers of Human Neuroscience, reports on Chris’s MSc work examining a new NFB system for modulating brain activity during combined action observation and motor imagery. The study used a novel design, including ‘gaming’ features, in an attempt to improve user engagement. Congrats to Chris!


A winning pitch!

Congratulations to PhD students Tony Ingram and Chris Friesen who won the recent Collider ( pitch competition for their company Axem. The Collider is a designated space for student teams, faculty members and community mentors to come together and collaborate on start-up projects, giving a boost to entrepreneurship and innovation at Dalhousie.

Tony and Chris launched Axem along with PhD student Mike Lawrence. Axem looks to commercialize an fNIRS based portable device to aid with motor imagery training in athletes. Congrats to Tony and Chris!

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