uOttaKnow Podcast

Welcome to uOttaKnow a forward thinking, expert-driven, current affairs podcast produced by the Alumni Relations team at the University of Ottawa. 

Join young alumni award-winning host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08) for thought-provoking discussions on today’s trending topics with researchers and alumni who are at the cutting edge of their fields. Episodes released over the course of autumn 2020 will cover such timely topics as stress and mental health, vaccine research, and educational adaptability.


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Hosted by:
Gwen Madiba
(MA ’12; BSocSc ’08),
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Season 1, Episode 1 ­– Stress, resilience and the brain 

September 22, 2020
Transcription of episode 1

In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Nafissa Ismail, PhD, University Research Chair in Stress and Mental Health with the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Ismail explores the impact of prolonged stress on the brain and shares strategies to build resilience during challenging times.

Guest of episode 1

Nafissa Ismail, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Psychology
University of Ottawa


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