Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders are one of the major areas of study in the Christie Laboratory, so the annual Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) conference (with the pre-conference Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) sessions) is an excellent conference for us to attend.
This year Anna Patten presented a FASt talk for the FASDSG and Christine Fontaine presented a poster during the RSA conference. Both the talk and the poster were well received and we have returned to Canada brimming with new ideas!
The International Behavioural Neuroscience Society conference is being held in Victoria, BC this week and two former Christie lab members have travelled to Victoria to attend.
Awesome to see you again ladies!!
Many members of the Christie laboratory attended the CAN conference is Vancouver, BC this week. We had a total of 7 posters presented at the conference.
The Christie Laboratory is lucky to have a large number of new students working over the summer.
We have two students who received NSERC Summer Intership awards: Matthew Noseworthy and Luke Neufeld. Yuebo Yang and Christine Chiu received Summer Undergraduate Research Awards (SURA). Adryelle is a co-op student doing an internship in our laboratory, and Arian Zand will be doing his directed studies project over the summer. We also have a visiting student from India, Tanvi Potlari, who received a MITACS award. Finally, we have three new volunteers: Juan Trivino, Francesca Bell-Peters and Emily Friedrich.
Scott Sawchuk has joined the Christie laboratory as a Masters student. Scott has previously been a volunteer in the laboratory, and completed his honours in 2013. His work has focused on FASD and how prenatal alcohol exposure might affect one carbon metabolism. For his Masters his focus is going to be on Fragile X syndrome. Welcome Scott!!
Congratulations to the following honours students from the Christie Lab who have successfully defended their theses this semester:
Aaron Truesdell (Biology): “Minocycline treatment rescues decreased dendritic complexity in a murine model of Fragile X Syndrome”
Karthik Gopalakrishnan (Biochem): “Quantification of the mitogen activated protein kinase pathway in the dentate gyrus at different time points following mild traumatic brain injury”
James Dunbar (Biochem): “Revealing the developmental profile for glutathione in key brain areas in comparison to the profile of a rodent model of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders”
Laila Drabkin (Biology): “Keeping your eye on the ball: Investigating the role of The Neurotracker in detecting Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in youth athletes”
Jason Chiu (Biology):
Julie Munich (Biology): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Odour Memory: A Rodent Model of Prenatal Ethanol Exposure”
Murphy Walker and Christine Chiu have also completed their Directed Studies projects this semester.