NeuGeneration 2018

Speakers Series

Presenters for NeuGeneration 2018 Conference


Dr. Claire Davies

Engineering & Neuroscience

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Claire Davies comes from a diverse background having attended Queen’s University for her undergraduate degree, the University of Calgary for her masters and the University of Waterloo for her doctorate.

She did a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Surgery at the University of Auckland before taking an academic role in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Auckland, and is now at Queen's.

From an industrial standpoint, for several years she was a rehabilitation engineer at the Saskatchewan Abilities Council, developed an industrial biomedical engineering Master's program with Fisher and Paykel Healthcare in New Zealand, and has acted as an expert witness in both the Auckland and Christchurch High Courts.

Dr. Jane A. Foster

Gut-Brain Interaction


Dr. Foster is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. She holds a research appointment as a Scientific Associate with the University Health Network and as a Scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, ON.

Dr. Foster is an active researcher in two large translational networks - the Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network (POND) and the Canadian Biomarkers in Depression (CAN-BIND). Dr. Foster’s research focuses on the role of immune-brain and gut-brain interactions on neurodevelopment, behaviour, and brain function.

Dr. Foster hopes that her research accomplishments lead to a better understanding of how these relationships contribute to psychiatric disorders such as neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety and depression.

Dr. Chris Dulla

Epilepsy & Traumatic Brain Injury

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Chris Dulla Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the department of Neuroscience at Tufts University School of Medicine. Throughout his career he has focused specifically on understanding the synaptic mechanisms which underlie epileptic network activity. Chris received his B.S. from the University of Arizona in 2000. He went on to complete his doctoral training in the lab of Dr. Kevin Staley at University of Colorado where he focused on the role of adenosine in mediating CO2-induced changes in excitability and network activity.

Chris then completed his post-doctoral training at Stanford University in the lab of Dr. John Huguenard where he continued his studies of epilepsy and focused on how cortical malformations disrupt cortical glutamatergic neurontransmission.

The Dulla Lab focuses on molecular and cellular underpinnings of epileptogenesis. Techniques used in the lab center around electrophysiology, imaging, and EEG. Chris has also always enjoyed developing novel technical approaches and currently is exploring laser-scanning photostimulation of astrocytes, high-speed imaging of neuronal activity, and models of epilepsy and brain injury.

Dr. Eric Dumont

Substance Abuse & Addiction

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"My research program aims at understanding the neurophysiological mechanisms governing behaviours in mammals. In particular, I try to understand how the brain resolves the adaptive conflict imposed by engagement in individual/species surviving behaviours despite several threats or negative consequences. In fact, numerous human mental health diseases including anxiety disorders, substance abuse, and obsessive-compulsive disorders seem to result from a poor neurophysiological resolution of this conflict and we strive to discover the underlying cellular and molecular dysfunctions."

"I teach cellular and molecular neuroscience using an active class-learning model whereby students are invited to a journey through the critical steps that lead from the initial discovery to the most recent outstanding questions driving current research of a few selected fundamental concepts in cellular neuroscience. In parallel, I use the content of my courses as a vehicle to encourage independent learning, problem-solving and communication skills."

Dr. Nader Ghasemlou

Neuroimmunology of Pain


Dr. Nader Ghasemlou is the Assistant Professor, Departments of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine and Biomedical & Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University.

He is also the Director at the Pain Chronobiology & Neuroimmunology Laboratory

Dr. Ghasemlou received his BSc and MSc at Queen’s University, and completed his PhD at McGill University with a focus on the neuroimmunology of spinal cord injury. He was a Banting Fellow during his post-doctoral research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, where his work focused on pain behaviour and physiology.

Dr Ghasemlou joined Queen’s University in 2015, and his laboratory has received funding from CIHR, NSERC, National MS Society (USA), Conquer Paralysis Now Foundation, the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society, and other local, national, and international groups.

Dr. James Danckert

A consequential experience: Exploring the cognitive, neural and genetic profile of boredom.


Dr. James Danckert was trained as a Clinical Neuropsychologist in Melbourne, Australia, where he also received his PhD. He completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Western under the guidance of Dr. Mel Goodale, before taking up a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo in 2002.

His work has broadly explored brain-behaviour relationships in many different neurological populations including patients with Alzheimer's Disease, Schizophrenia and most prominently, stroke survivors. He has examined the brain bases of attention, visuomotor control and decision making.

His current focus on boredom stems from an interest in the consequences of traumatic brain injury where he has shown that patients report elevated levels of boredom post-injury.