Welcome from the Neuroscience Research Cluster Leader

Adil Nazarali

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

Fall Neuroscience Research Retreat

Dear Participants,

On behalf of the Neuroscience Research Retreat Committee, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all who made this event a success! Over 100 neuroscientists, clinicians and trainees attended this inaugural Fall Neuroscience Research Retreat. We would like to thank Dr. Marek Radomski (Vice Dean Research, College of Medicine) and Dr. Jack Gray (Vice Dean Research, College of Arts and Science) for their uplifting introductory remarks to kick off the Retreat. They spoke about the need to cultivate trans-disciplinary research and efforts to support this goal. We would also like to acknowledge the faculty who served as podium and poster judges and the trainees from various labs who helped make the Retreat a resounding success! Finally, this event would not be possible without the funding support from the University of Saskatchewan Interdisciplinary Health Research Cluster Fund. 

Below are the Research Prize Recipients at the Fall 2016 Neuroscience Research Retreat. Congratulations to all the presentation winners and their respective labs!

Platform Presentations:
First Prize: Wendie Marks (Howland Lab)
Second Prize: Merlin Thangaraj (Nazarali Lab)
Third Prize: Brian Kulyk (Kalynchuk Lab)

Theme A Posters - Systems Neuroscience/Animal Models:
First Prize: Josh Palaschuk (Bekar Lab)
Second Prize: Milann Mitchell (Caruncho/Kalynchuk Labs)
Third Prize: Gavin Scott (Howland Lab)

Theme B Posters – Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience/Cell Signalling:
First Prize: Trevor Krysak (Campanucci Lab)
Second Prize: Xin (Ivan) Qin (Cayabyab Lab)
Third Prize: Breanna Arnold (Muir Lab)

Theme C Posters – Clinical and Translational Neuroscience:
First Prize: Chelsea Ekstrand (Borowsky Lab)
Second Prize: Nathan Pham (Taghibiglou Lab)
Third Prize: Lizbeth Hernandez Ronquillo (Tellez Zenteno Lab)

We hope to count on everyone to make next year’s retreat an even bigger success, and we look forward to seeing you at the Fall 2017 Neuroscience Research Retreat!

Dr. Francisco Cayabyab
Coordinator, Fall 2016 Neuroscience Research Retreat
Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan