Welcome from the Neuroscience Research Cluster Leader

Adil Nazarali

Welcome to the Neuroscience Research Cluster.

The activities of our clinician and basic neuroscience researchers at the University of Saskatchewan are focused on obtaining a comprehensive understanding of the development, structure and function of the nervous system. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of the causes of neurological disorders, cognitive dysfunction and nervous system disease mechanisms.

Our clinicians and basic researchers develop a dynamic synergy to bring “bench” research to the “bed side” with an ultimate goal to directly impact patient care and health outcomes. We are working to develop new treatment strategies for patients with several neurological diseases. Research is targeted to cellular and biological mechanisms of aging, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, diabetes, epilepsy, head and spinal cord injury, mental health and psychiatric disorders, multiple sclerosis, pain, Parkinson’s disease and stroke.  

The research laboratories of many of our neuroscience researchers are housed in the new Academic Health Sciences Building where we foster an interactive environment through shared space and facilities to enhance collaborative and interdisciplinary research. Our researchers utilize a range of techniques from behavioral testing, cell biology, electrophysiology, electron and multiphoton microscopy, brain imaging, molecular biology and the synchrotron light source located at the University of Saskatchewan.

You are welcome to explore our website and learn more about our researchers, trainees, research projects, news items and opportunities.  

I would be happy to hear from you, so please feel free to contact me with your questions or comments. 

Adil J. Nazarali

Upcoming Event

Saskatchewan Brain Bee

We are inviting Saskatchewan high school students to participate in the 2nd annual Saskatchewan Brain Bee 2016!

What is Brain Bee?

The Saskatchewan Brain Bee is a Spelling Bee-styled Neuroscience competition for high school students (grades 9-12) that tests knowledge of the brain and nervous system. The winner of each Local Bee will be invited to compete at the National Canadian Brain Bee Championship. Our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will receive cash prizes! Also, the top winner will receive a trophy and a free round trip to the National Championship!

When and where is Brain Bee?

The Saskatchewan Brain Bee will be held on Saturday March 19th, 2016 (details will be emailed to all registered participants). Registration will begin at 10am followed the Brain Bee competition, and a free lunch.

How do I sign up?

High school students (grades 9-12) can register at https://saskbrainbee2016.eventbrite.com OR by contacting the local Brain Bee coordinator, Katherina Lebedeva via email: saskatchewan@brainbee.ca BEFORE March 5, 2016.

More information about the Brain Bee in Canada and how to prepare for the competition: http://brainbee.ca/ OR at https://saskbrainbee2016.eventbrite.com..

“What seems astonishing is that a mere three-pound object, made of the same atoms that constitute everything else under the sun, is capable of directing virtually everything that humans have done: flying to the moon and hitting seventy home runs, writing Hamlet and building the Taj Mahal – even unlocking the secrets of the brain itself. – Joel Havemann, from “A Life Shaken”