Ludmer Centre Student Award for Transdisciplinary Brain Research

Investing in the future: The Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics & Mental Health aims to develop the next generation of brain science innovators and leaders – transdisciplinary researchers capable of maximizing the potential of rapidly evolving neuroinformatics tools and growing datasets – who are advancing our understanding of the brain, in health and disease.

The Ludmer Centre is a collaboration of several McGill faculties and three research centres: the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre, the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, and McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (The Neuro).

 

Who can apply for the award?

Any graduate student in excellent academic standing working with a Ludmer Centre Primary Investigator. Ludmer Centre students work on a range of research projects addressing normal brain development; mental illnesses such as autism spectrum, attention deficit, anxiety, bi-polar, depression and schizophrenia; and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.

 

What?

The Ludmer Centre was founded on the belief that science is on the cusp of a revolution in our ability to understand and treat brain disorders, provided we can bring together the right computational infrastructure, datasets and expertise to build a transdisciplinary, neuroinformatics approach to brain research. Accordingly, this award intends to broaden a student’s ability to engage in transdisciplinary collaborations for the benefit of their research and the Centre.

This award will provide funding for a top-level student to attend specialized courses, to visit a lab in order to acquire new skillsets, to expand their research (e.g., acquire or process datasets), or to attend a conference to gain new perspectives in research.

Each Ludmer Centre Student Award for Transdisciplinary Brain Research will be valued up to $2,500 and be awarded annually to an exceptional student who can demonstrate the impact the experience will have on their research at the Ludmer Centre.

 

How?

The award will be offered to PhD candidates at McGill supervised by Ludmer Centre researchers, including but not limited to students in the Integrated Program in Neuroscience, the Quantitative Life Sciences program, Biological & Biomedical Engineering program, the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Psychology. McGill is home to Canada’s largest interdisciplinary, inter-departmental neuroscience graduate program, with more than 300 students.

McGill aims to attract outstanding neuroscience students to Montreal’s exceptional research environment and to provide these students with the best graduate education available. This award is an opportunity to support and further the education and training of these transdisciplinary students.

 

Our goal

A $50,000 endowment that will support this annual award in perpetuity, ensuring a bright future for our exceptional students for decades to come. If we do not reach our goal to endow an ongoing dedicated fund, all monies raised will be used toward the awards described above until the fund is exhausted.

 

Meet the Project Team: 
Kieran O'Donnell

Assistant Professor in Epigenetics and Epidemiology in Psychiatry at McGill, Principal Investigator at the Ludmer Centre, Researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Hospital Research Centre, and Azrieli Global Scholar in Child & Brain Development

Rosemary Bagot

William Dawson Scholar, Assistant Professor of Psychology at McGill, and Primary Investigator at the Ludmer Centre

Celia Greenwood

Professor in the Gerald Bronfman Department of Oncology, jointly appointed to Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health at McGill and Scientific Director of the Ludmer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital’s Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research

Patricia Pelufo Silveira

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at McGill, Principal Investigator at the Ludmer Centre, and Researcher at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Hospital Research Centre

Yasser Iturria-Medina

Assistant Professor in Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill, Primary Investigator at the Ludmer Centre, and Principal Investigator at the Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital (The Neuro)

Joanne Clarke

Administrative Director, Ludmer Centre

Amanda Fritz

Senior Philanthropy Officer, Ludmer Centre

Gregory Kiar

Gregory Kiar, MSE, is a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at McGill University. His thesis work, supervised by Alan Evans and Tristan Glatard, focuses on evaluating the stability of processing pipelines and their results in computational neuroscience. All code and data have been made publicly available.

Thomas Funck

Thomas Funck, PhD Candidate His thesis work, supervised by Alan Evans and Tristan Glatard, focuses on signal processing for multi-modal brain imaging (specifically PET and MRI).