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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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A winning pitch!

Congratulations to PhD students Tony Ingram and Chris Friesen who won the recent Collider (http://bit.ly/2gtw6Bm) 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!

Convocation Pics

Congratulations again to recent MSc grads Hawazin Khan (MScRRPT), Kerry McInnes (MScRRPT) and Chris Friesen (MSc Neuroscience). A great shot below of Hawazin and Lab Director Shaun Boe post-convocation.

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