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Welcome back, Dr. Kraeutner

In response to a request for information about setting up a lab, The Brain Repair Centre is excited to welcome back to Dalhousie Dr Sarah Kraeutner, who is a recent LBRF graduate, having completed her Masters and PhD in Psychology & Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr Shaun Boe, Faculty of Health. Sarah is now a postdoc at UBC and will join us to share her story in a talk titled: “Learning, learning, learning: the three stages of my career (to-date) as a neuroscientist“ on Thursday February 11th @ 12.30 p.m. AT. Contact brainrepair@dal.ca for an invite to this virtual event.

Congratulations to Anwaar – our newest MSc!

Screenshot from Anwaar’s remote defense – a big thanks to committee members Drs. Michel Ladouceur (top left), Marilyn Mackay-Lyons (top right) and Graduate Chair Dr. Cheryl Kozey (bottom right). If you look close at the inset image you can see Daisy (the Boe Family Dog) who was on a sharp lookout during the defense.

There has to be some benefit to working remotely and we found it today – despite horrible weather in Nova Scotia we were able to move forward with Anwaar Hariri’s thesis defense. Anwaar did a wonderful job of presenting her MSc work, which examined the evidence related to the ability of aerobic exercise to increase corticospinal excitability. Anwaar’s work shows that while there is evidence to support the effectiveness of moderate intensity aerobic exercise to achieve this, there is a lot of variability in the research done to date. Anwaar’s thesis highlights this variability and makes suggestions on how we can move this work forward. Anwaar’s thesis will be posted in the ‘Publications’ section of the website as soon as it is submitted. Congratulations Anwaar!

Daughter-Father Duo!

November 2020. It’s pretty exciting every time you publish a new paper, but especially so when the authors include not only your graduate students, but one of their parents! That’s right, Dr. Kraeutner (Sarah) and Dr. Kraeutner (Paul; both pictured below with Mom Jenny) are both authors on a recently accepted paper in the journal Scientific Reports, which examines how motor imagery practice can be leveraged when it is paired with physical practice. While Sarah led the study as part of her doctoral work, Papa Paul contributed to some specialized analysis that added greatly to the paper. It’s a family affair for the first time in the LBRF! Congrats to Sarah and Paul, and all the study authors.

New collaborative paper on trials using brain stimulation

November 2020. Excited to contribute to a recent publication reporting on consensus recommendations for clinical trials in stroke rehabilitation using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS, pictured above). The publication, in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, makes recommendations for how rTMS should be used alongside physical-based therapies for the recovery of motor function after stroke. The paper is the culmination of a workshop by the CanStim group, which is made up of researchers and clinicians from across Canada.

Back to work!

A big thanks to Dalhousie Facilities Management and Environmental Health and Safety for their help in getting us back into the lab. Looking forward to starting recruitment for several new (and paused) studies. Believe it or not but its been since March 13 since we ran any participants! Time to get back on track while ensuring the safety and wellbeing of students and participants. We’re achieving this through enhanced disinfecting of equipment and surfaces, as well as mask wearing for all. Hope to see participants in the lab soon!

Chris Friesen wins Heart & Stroke Bright Red Award

Nov. 2019 – Congratulations to Christopher Friesen, PhD Neuroscience Candidate , on winning the Heart & Stroke Bright Red Award. The Bright Red Student Research Awards Program is a donor-funded investment that supports students at the Masters, Doctoral, Postdoctoral, and Doctor of Medicine levels studying in Nova Scotia and pursuing research that has implications for one of the following target areas:
· Children and youth;
· Health promotion;
· Resuscitation and acute intervention; and
· Care giving, recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.

Well done, Chris!

PhD defence prep

July 2019 – Sarah Kraeutner, PhD Neuroscience Candidate, in the Lab prepping for her PhD defence with some help from JungWoo Lee, MSc Rehabilitation Research/Physiotherapy. Good luck, Sarah!


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