Congratulations – Student Awards

Please join us in congratulating some of the graduate students who use our facility who have recently received awards.

First, Stephanie Cullen, our first year MSc. candidate who has been with our lab as an undergraduate volunteer since 2016, was awarded the 2018-2019 Alzheimer Society London and Middlesex Master’s Scholarship. The project submitted is in collaboration with Michael Borrie using gait and cognitive assessments in the memory clinic. The applications were reviewed and the candidates were ranked based on relevance of their research to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, academic achievement, and the written recommendations of referees.  

Gait and Brain PhD student, Nick Bray, was awarded Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) for his doctoral thesis project. This project analyses resting state brain MRI in participants who are enrolled in the interventional CCNA SYNERGIC Trial and is titled, “Can a multimodal intervention improve brain functional connectivity in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)? Results from the SYNERGIC Trial.” 

Second year MSc. candidate, Josh Titus, was the successful awardee of The Joseph A. Scott Studentship in Mobility and Aging from the Parkwood Institute Research Student Endowments (PIRSE). Josh submitted his project, which examines blood biomarker in the CCNA SYNERGIC Trial participants, both pre- and post- five months of cognitive training and progressive resistance training combined with Vitamin D.

Finally, Dr. Hassan Haddad, our post-doctoral fellow who is co-supervised by Dr. Rob Bartha, received the PIRSE Research Fellowship in Care of Older Adults. The successful application was awarded for his project entitled, “Predicting Increased Fall Risk in Older Adults Combining Gait Performance and Structural Magnetic Resonance Neuroimaging”, which analyzes brain imaging in the Gait and Brain Study in older adult with MCI.