July was an exceptionally busy month for the NiSSL team. Blake was pleased to deliver a talk on the opening day of the International Multisensory Research Forum in Brussels, while Cailey gave a wonderful poster presentation at the Conference on Implanatable Auditory Prostheses in Tahoe City. Chenxi and Sophia both presneted talks at the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Sciences meeting in Guelph, while Austin presented his work at the Human Brain Mapping meeting in Montreal.
This month the NiSSL team welcomes Karen (Yu) Du, who will begin a postdoctoral fellowship where she will examine contextual cues and sound sensitivity, and will continue her exciting work on sensory cues for spatial navigation.
Congratulations to Austin Robertson on the successful defense of his Master's project examining the myeloarchitecture of the auditory cortex. Also, a very warm welcome to Facundo Lodol, who is returning to the NiSSL team in September to examine neural correlates of Misophonia.
Blake was delighted to chair an amazing session on cognitive processes involved is effortful listening at the Gordon Research Conference on the Auditory System. This was followed by an excellent symposium at the Canadian Society for Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Science that focused on how unexpected research findings can influence the way we think about complex problems in exciting new ways!
This month, Austin and Jessica presented their work on auditory cortical myelination and the effects of sign language experience on visual perception, respectively, at the Canadian Association for Neuroscience meeting in Toronto, ON.
In addition, we were delighted to welcome Aimee Dawe who will be completing a Head and Heart Indigenous Research Fellowship in the lab, and Caroline Zhaksylyk who received a BrainsCAN Diversity in Neuroscience Summer Fellowship to support her work in the lab!
It's been a busy month! Cailey Salagovic presented her work at the Rotman Conference on the Aging Brain, undergraduate thesis student Jania Hemnani presented at the IDSTEM meeting, and Jania and Facundo presented their thesis work at the Psychology poster session!
Congratulations to Austin Robertson and Zhaleh Alipour on their wonderful talks at Neuroscience Research Day. To top it off, Zhaleh also placed in the NeuroArt competition organized by Jessica Lammert!
A warm welcome to Emma Neto, who is joining the NiSSL group to pursue research in the area of multisensory integration through the Department of Psychology. We are also very fortunate to have Jessica Lammert, Cailey Salagovic, and Kate Raymond staying on for another round!
Congratulations to Jessica Lammert, Cailey Salagovic, and Kate Raymond who all successfully defended their Master's projects this summer. This was no simple feat given the significant challenges associated with the suspension of in-person research activities, but Jessica, Cailey, and Kate showed amazing levels of dedication and flexibility - truly wonderful models for our more junior trainees (and myself!)
Congratulations to Dan Miller and Alex Levine along with Gabriel Mattatall (Menon Lab) and Roy Haast (Khan Lab) on their successful BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Collaborative Grant. Looking forward to supporting this ambitions and exciting pilot!
Congratulations to Kate Raymond and Jessica Lammert, both of whom were awarded NSERC CGS-M awards for their exciting Master's research projects!
Happy Holidays from the NiSSLab!
The lab is looking for graduate students interested in studying mechanisms of crossmodal plasticity. Details on graduate program points of entry can be found here. Applicants with a strong background in experimental design, computer programming in Matlab/Python, and statistical analyses are particularly encouraged. Please feel free to email for additional information!
NiSSL undergraduate students James Patience and Nikhil Patil presented a poster at the Western Undergraduate Research Conference.