At long last, our lab renovation is complete! As they say, good things come to those who wait, and this is no exception. Members of the lab are excited to have a new, modern space – in total, the lab features approximately 2400 sq ft of space, including 3 behavioural suites for experiments, a dedicated area for brain stimulation work, and a new student space. Great features include a change room, white board walls and new storage for our high performance computing. Looking forward to a lot of great work in the coming years! Stay tuned for a lab opening party…
Members of the lab are just returning from Bielefeld, Germany, where they attended the annual meeting of the Research in Imagery and Observation (RIO) group. The two day meeting featured poster and oral presentations related to research in imagery and observation, and included an invited talk by lab director Shaun Boe. PhD students Sarah Kraeutner and Jack Solomon also presented work on assessment in motor imagery, as well as the neural processes underlying motor planning in motor imagery. A great meeting not only for the talks, but the formation of future collaborations with RIO members. Even a bit of time to squeeze in some drinks in Frankfurt! Looking forward to seeing everyone again in Teeside in 2019.
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.
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!
Our new lab space is almost a reality! The finishing touches are in the works, and we’re partially moved in. Looking forward to the final product in early March. And no, the countertops ARE NOT supposed to be orange…
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!
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!