All of us at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience class of 2022! Four trainees are graduating this week and to celebrate, we compiled some of their favourite memories as grad students.
Hannah Brodie (MSc)
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Winstanley
Thesis title: Behavioural Effects of D2/3 and D3 agonist drugs; Implications for iatrogenic impulse control disorders.
Favourite GPN memory: One of my favourite memories was back before the pandemic when we got to do the Pub Nights at the Gallery as organized by the NTA. During my first year of my program if was such a great way to connect with other trainees and make friends in the program.
Amanda Cheung (PhD)
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Kwon
Thesis title: Optical monitoring of spinal cord oxygenation and hemodynamics in acute traumatic spinal cord injury
Favourite GPN memory: Lots of great memories to look back on — mainly the incredible and lasting friendships I’ve made through my time with the GPN. Grateful to have crossed paths with so many kind, brilliant, and supportive individuals!
Alireza Kamyabi (MSc)
Supervisor: Dr. Brian MacVicar
Thesis title: Contribution of Phospholipase C-Delta to Calcium Signaling in Astrocytes
Favourite GPN memory: I can’t pick a single favourite memory but collectively, besides the immensely rewarding experience of research and discovery, being part of the GPN and helping cultivate a sense of community was a fulfilling and memorable experience for me. Organizing the colloquium journal club, supporting the development of the new neuroscience major, and meeting with MLAs to discuss the importance of funding basic research have all been memorable experiences that will stay with me from my time as a graduate student.
Wansu Qui (PhD)
Supervisor: Dr. Liisa Galea
Thesis title: Perinatal depression and treatment implications for mother and offspring: Lessons from an animal model
Favourite GPN memory: My favourite moment is probably when the GPN and the student association attended the Cajal gallery.