Training

Training Office

The clinical and research labs associated with the uOBMRI host a large number of trainees in the following programs:

Objectives:

  • Foster collaboration among trainees and researchers
  • Facilitate the management and placement of summer, undergraduate honours, UGME and PGME students
  • Encourage trainee integration from basic to clinical research
  • Improve the trainee experience by emphasizing career guidance and educational development
  • Create an integrated network to help strengthen the visibility of trainees within the uOBMRI family

 

Seminars

Speaker

Seminar Title

Location, Date & Time

     
  DECEMBER  

Parkinson Research Consortium Progress in Motion

Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., Ph.D.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dept. of Neurology and

Neurosurgery|McGill University Montreal General Hospital

Subtyping of Parkinson’s Disease and The Future Application of Imaging Biomarkers

Friday, December 15, 2017 | 2:30-3:30pm


uOttawa, Roger Guindon, Health Sciences Bldg,

451 Smyth Rd. Seminar Room 1421

Fellowships

The uOBMRI, along with its partners and affiliations, award a variety of fellowships to its students and trainees. These fellowships give students a unique opportunity to focus their efforts towards specific areas of brain-related research.

uOttawa Faculty of Medicine Dean Jacques Bradwejn and Guoqiang Chen, Chancellor of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine sign a MOU in Shanghai

On October 18, 2013, the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine signed a five-year formal agreement, committing to a joint fund for research and medical education over five years. This yearly funding will establish a joint medical research program to support on-going and new research linkages between researchers at both universities.

We will soon announce the next call for proposals in designated application research fields.

Université Paris-Descartes

Annual funding opportunities are available for collaborative projects in the neurosciences between the University of Ottawa and Université Paris-Descartes. Our goal is to facilitate and strengthen collaborative relationships between the two universities and to establish the scientific foundations of a joint training and research program.

We will be announcing the next call for proposals in the field of neuroscience soon.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Annual funding opportunities are available for collaborative projects between the University of Ottawa, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC).

This agreement was designed to promote technical, educational and scientific collaborations between the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and IMRIC. Our goal is to facilitate and strengthen collaborative relationships between these organizations and to establish the scientific foundations of a joint training and research program.
We will be announcing the next call for proposals soon.

Neuromuscular

The University of Ottawa Centre for Neuromuscular Disease represents a multidisciplinary research and training initiative that unites world-class basic and clinical researchers working towards the common goal of diagnosing, characterizing and developing transformative therapies for patients with neuromuscular disease.

Learn more about fellowships and other opportunities related to neuromuscular diseases.

Parkinson’s Research Consortium

Parkinson’s Research Consortium logo

The Parkinson Research Consortium (PRC) was established in Ottawa more than 10 years ago with the goal to create a hub for innovative ideas in Parkinson's Disease research. The PRC is composed of a select group of scientists from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) with diverse scientific talents and expertise in genetics, molecular biology, neuroscience and patient care.

Our call for fellowship submissions will be posted shortly.

Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery

The Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery is a joint initiative of the Heart and Stroke Foundation and Canada’s leading stroke research centres. Headquartered at the University of Ottawa, the Partnership supports cutting-edge research to improve recovery and quality of life for people who experience a stroke.

CPSR Training Awards

Clinical Fellows

Opportunities for uOBMRI clinical fellows are currently being developed and will be posted shortly.

Summer Studentships

Summer studentships are available on a competitive basis for undergraduate medical students at the University of Ottawa who are enrolled in their first or second year of training.

Summer Studentships

Research opportunities
Research Opportunities

Graduate (MS.c./Ph.D.) student  -  Post-Doctoral Research Fellow  -

Dr. Patrick M. Giguere

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada

We are seeking highly motivated candidates to work on different research projects within the field of molecular pharmacology of G protein-coupled receptors.

G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) represent the most diverse class of human receptor having key roles in an incredible array of functions in human body as well as many pathophysiological conditions. The discovery of modulators of these receptors and our increase understanding has greatly affected modern medicine. In fact, we estimate that between one-third to one-half of currently marketed drugs act through GPCRs making them the most common and extensive validated class of therapeutic targets.

The overall goal of our research is to enhance, improve, accelerate and facilitate the discovery or the development of new GPCRs modulators. Our lab employs pharmacological, biochemical and structural approaches to develop a new level of understanding of GPCR ligand molecular recognition, pharmacology and functional selectivity as well as through the creation of innovative drugs discovery platforms and tools. To achieve our research goals, we use various state-of-the-art high-throughput cellular screening system and assays. Some of the active targets in the lab include the opioid receptor system and biogenic amines GPCRs. We believe that the development of functionally selective allosteric modulators will allow the development of drugs which can remotely control these receptors with reduce side effects and problems associated with tolerance, dependence or overdose, and would overcome the caveats of orthosteric-targeting drugs.

The Giguère lab supervises students from the graduate program in Biochemistry or Neuroscience but welcome further supervisions in other programs as co-supervisor.

Application -

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow  - Please send a statement of research experience and goals, a Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three independent referees by email to patrick.giguere@uottawa.ca

Graduate (MS.c./Ph.D.) student  - Please send a statement of research experience and goals, a Curriculum Vitae, contact information and official transcripts to patrick.giguere@uottawa.ca

 www.giguerelab.com

 @TheGiguerelab

 EMAIL: patrick.giguere@uottawa.ca

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow – Diet, gut microbiology, and mental health

University of Ottawa; Ottawa, ON, Canada

$50,000/year

We are seeking highly motivated Canadian or International postdoctoral candidates to work on research projects investigating the impact of diet on mental health through modulation of the gut microbiota and gut health led by Dr. Krista A. Power. The laboratory is located at Roger Guindon Hall, School of Nutrition Sciences (SNS), Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. The candidate should hold a PhD in neuroscience/psychology/neurobiology/molecular biology/microbiology or a related field. Knowledge of gut-brain cross-talk and use of mouse models to assess mental health and disease is required. Experience working with standard molecular/cellular biology methodologies (e.g. qRT-PCR, targeted protein quantification, histology/immunohistochemistry), and leading mouse experiments (and conducting standard animal utilization procedures), tissue processing, and analyses are required. The candidate must have a strong publication record and experience training/mentoring students and working well in a research team environment.

The University of Ottawa is recognized as the first and largest bilingual university in North America, housing 40,000 students and 5,500 employees within a dynamic and stimulating environment where research and knowledge are fundamental to all aspects of university life. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art research core facilities located at the Roger Guindon Hall campus https://research.uottawa.ca/resources/research-funding/infrastructure/core-facilities and work in the newly built School of Nutrition Sciences laboratories with a multidisciplinary team in food science, biochemistry, nutrition, and gut microbiology.

The successful candidate will apply for an annual fellowship of $50,000. Only candidates who received their PhD after September 2014 will be considered. The postdoc positions are full-time for 2 years and available from September 2017 (start date is flexible).

Please send a statement of research experience and goals, a Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for three independent referees by email to kpower2@uottawa.ca

Dr. Krista A. Power, School of Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa; Roger Guindon Hall, 451 Smyth Road, Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5, Canada

Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $50,000.00 /year
Required education: Doctorate
Required language: English

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIPS IN NUTRITION AND MENTAL HEALTH

Applications are now being accepted for three doctoral scholarships to support graduate student research related to the links among food, nutrition, digestion, absorption, nutrient bioavailability, gut microbiota and mental well-being. These scholarships will be given to doctoral students to conduct research under the primary supervision of a tenured or tenure-track professor in the School of Nutrition Sciences, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. Each scholarship is being awarded for three consecutive years

Eligibility Criteria:

At the time of accepting the scholarship, candidates must be able to demonstrate that they meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  1. Be registered as a full-time student in a PhD program at the University of Ottawa, with a primary supervisor from the School of Nutrition Sciences whose research is in the area of food and gut microbiology, nutrient bioavailability and physiological impacts, food biochemistry, nutrition and health, food properties and transformation for health (this includes co-supervision arrangements);
  2. Have all appropriate documents to study in Canada (e.g. study permit) at the time of beginning the scholarship; (Note: the timeline for starting the scholarship may be delayed by up to 4 months to enable award recipients). Information on study permits can be found on the Government of Canada website.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Students cannot hold another doctoral scholarship when accepting this scholarship.
  2. Students who have previously held this scholarship are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply:

A complete application consists of the following, submitted together as a pdf file:

  1. A copy of an official transcript for all undergraduate and graduate studies
  2. Attestation of application for or acceptance in doctoral studies in the Faculty of Health Sciences
  3. A curriculum vitae
  4. A 2-page (single-spaced) statement of the applicant’s proposed doctoral research project, stating the goals and objectives, the approach and methodology, expected outcomes and impacts, and an explanation of how this research aligns with the priority areas targeted for this scholarship
  5. A letter of reference from the applicant’s proposed doctoral supervisor stating the qualities of the candidate to justify support of this scholarship
  6. Two completed reference forms from academics and mentors who have contributed to their scholarship, excluding the proposed doctoral supervisor.

Application deadline:  Applications must be submitted via email to the Graduate Director of the School of Nutrition Sciences (nutrition@uottawa.ca) no later than August 15, 2017.

Value and duration of the scholarship: $25,000 (per year) for 3 years. These scholarships are non-renewable.

Period of attribution: September to August; or January to December

Number of scholarships: 2-3 per year

For more information about the School of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Ottawa, interested applicants are invited to visit the school website at:   https://health.uottawa.ca/nutrition/

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS IN NUTRITION AND MENTAL HEALTH

Applications are now being accepted for two postdoctoral fellowships to support researchers conducting leading-edge research related to the links among food, nutrition, digestion, absorption, nutrient bioavailability, gut microbiota and mental well-being. These fellowships will be given to postdoctoral fellows to conduct research under the supervision of a tenured or tenure-track professor in the School of Nutrition Sciences, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa. Each fellowship is being award for two consecutive years

Eligibility Criteria

At the time of accepting this post- doctoral fellowship, candidates must demonstrate that they meet the following eligibility criteria: 

  1. Have completed doctoral studies in microbiology, neuroscience, biochemistry, nutrition, psychology, food science or a related field
  2. Have all appropriate documents to work in Canada (e.g. work permit); (Note: the timeline for starting the fellowship may be delayed by up to 4 months to enable award recipients to secure appropriate documentation). Information on work permits can be found on the Government of Canada website.

Exclusion Criteria

  1. Fellowship recipients cannot hold another postdoctoral fellowship concurrently with this fellowship.
  2. Postdoctoral fellows who have previously held this fellowship are not eligible to apply.

How to Apply

A complete application consists of the following, submitted together as a pdf file:

  1. Official transcript from the applicant’s doctoral studies
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A 3-page (single-spaced) summary from the applicant detailing their previous research experience and how their interests and experience align with the purpose of this funding initiative
  4. A letter of reference from the applicant’s doctoral supervisor or a thesis committee member, highlighting the qualities of the candidate and how they align with this post-doctoral fellowship
  5. Completed reference forms from two academic mentors who have contributed to the applicant’s education, accompanied by a completed reference questionnaire. These letters cannot be completed by the doctoral supervisor
  6. A letter of support from at least one potential mentor within the School of Nutrition Sciences stating the qualities of the candidate to justify support of this fellowship.

Application deadline:  Applications must be submitted via email to the Graduate Programs Director of the School of Nutrition Sciences (nutrition@uottawa.ca) no later than August 15, 2017.

Value and duration of the award: $50,000 (per year) for 2 years. This fellowship is non-renewable.

Period of attribution: September to August; or January to December

For more information about the School of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Ottawa, interested applicants are invited to visit the school website at:   https://health.uottawa.ca/nutrition/

Postdoctoral position in cellular/computational Neuroscience: Béïque and Naud, uOttawa Brain and Mind Institute

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship starting immediately at the University of Ottawa to investigate features of dendritic integration and inhibitory microcircuit function using experimental and computational approaches. The researcher will join a collaborative group with expertise in cellular electrophysiology, two-photon imaging/uncaging, optogenetics, advanced computational modelling and statistical processing (Drs Jean-Claude Béïque and Richard Naud). Expertise in cellular electrophysiology and/or computational neuroscience is an asset. This fully funded position with attractive conditions is available immediately. The candidate is expected to be competitive for external fellowships.

The researcher will join uOttawa’s Brain and Mind Research Institute’s Center for Neural Dynamics (Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine; Faculty of Medicine). uOttawa’s Neuroscience community is fast expanding, highly dynamic and offers a rich array of collaborative opportunities.

Ottawa, the capital of Canada, is a green, multi-cultural city that offers the highest standard of living in the country and is second worldwide for quality of life (Numbeo index, 2015). The city has many parks including the Unesco World Heritage Rideau Canal and is surrounded by an extensive greenbelt. This bilingual, culturally-rich city lies along the border between the province of Quebec and Ontario and is within driving distance to Montréal and Toronto.

Employer Profile

The University of Ottawa is a bilingual research university in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The university offers a wide variety of academic programs, administered by ten faculties. It is a member of the U15, a group of research-intensive universities in Canada. In the Maclean’s 2015 Canadian University rankings, the University of Ottawa ranked 2nd for Medical/Science Grants, 2nd for Scholarships & Bursaries and 1st for Student Services in the Medical/Doctoral University category.

Please send CV, statement of research interest and names of three references to:

Jean-Claude Béïque (jbeique@uottawa.ca) or Richard Naud (rnaud@uottawa.ca).

Dr. Richard Bergeron

Program Affiliation: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Department and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of Ottawa

General Research interests/Key words:

  • The study of the function of the NMDA receptor in the central nervous system

Position Available: 2–3 motivated and hard-working summer students (preference given to year 3–4) and potential Honors and Graduate students for some of our projects

Please submit your CV, cover letter, and unofficial transcript to Alexandra Sokolovski: bergeronlab.uottawa@gmail.com

Dr. Michael De Lisio

Program Affiliation:School of Human Kinetics | Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ottawa

General Research interests/Key words:Cellular and molecular exercise physiology, Stem cell biology, Cancer and cancer therapy, Obesity

Ongoing Research

Current projects in the ESC lab are focused on the contributions of exercise and obesity in modifying complications from radiation therapy, the role of muscle stem cells in cachexia, and the mechanisms responsible for exercise-induced stem cell mobilization.

The De Lisio lab is currently seeking curious and motivated undergraduate and graduate students starting in the summer and fall

Dr. De Lisio (mdelisio@uottawa.ca) with your CV and a brief statement of research interests

Dr. Vance Trudeau

General Research interests/Key words:His research is directed towards understanding how the vertebrate brain regulates anterior pituitary hormones that control sexual development and reproduction.

http://www.uottawa.ca/brain/people/trudeau-vance#Array

Position Available: PhD Student

Office: SHAPE  \* MERGEFORMAT 613-562-5800 ext. 6165

Work E-mail: SHAPE  \* MERGEFORMAT trudeauv@uOttawa.ca

Dr. Lisa Walker

Program Affiliation:TOH Psychology/OHRI Neuroscience

General Research interests/Key words: Cognitive/neuropsychological functioning in multiple sclerosis

* interested applicant would have to seek funding for the PDF through the MS Society, CIHR or other relevant agency

http://www.uottawa.ca/brain/people/walker-lisa#Array

Position Available: PDF 

Work E-mail:lwalker@toh.on.ca

Dr. Jing Wang

Program Affiliation:Regenerative Medicine,The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI) is an Affiliated Research Institute of the University of Ottawa and the research arm of The Ottawa Hospital

Position Overview:Our research focuses on delineating molecular mechanisms that regulate proliferation and differentiation of adult neural stem cells, with the ultimate goal of defining ways to recruit the stem cells that are resident in the brains, and to thereby potentially promote neural repair. The ongoing projects in the lab are targeting the aPKC-CBP pathway to promote adult neural stem cell differentiation and its therapeutic potential for brain repair. We are currently using stroke and multiple sclerosis as brain disease models to evaluate metformin (an antidiabetic drug) effect at improving stroke recovery and its underlying molecular mechanisms. A variety of molecular, cellular, biochemical and behavioral techniques are used in the laboratory, including transgenic mouse models,primary cell culture, andco-IP and ChIP approaches.

a Graduate (MS.c./Ph.D.) student position

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Experience in Molecular Biology (cloning, mutagenesis, PCR), Cell Biology (cell line or primary cell culture, immunohistochemistry and immunocytochemistry) or in vivo animal model study.
  • Excellence at the academic level and in research

Excellent written and oral communication skills

Individuals who are interested in the position should submit curriculum vitae, a copy of official transcripts, statement of research interest and names of three references to: jiwang@ohri.ca

Graduate Student Positions Available

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Aging

Lab of Prof. M. Natasha Rajah,

McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

The laboratory of Prof. Natasha Rajah, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University (Montreal, Canada) is currently seeking talented and motivated graduate students interested in conducting MRI and fMRI research on memory, aging and dementia prevention.

Our lab's research focuses on conducting cross-sectional adult lifespan studies using neuroimaging methods to investigate healthy brain aging and its impact on memory function. In addition, we study how genetic risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD), biological sex, and sex hormones impact memory and brain function across the adult lifespan.We use a variety of fMRI and structural MRI analytic methods to understand how these aforementioned variables are associated with age-related differences in brain structure, function, and connectivity; and how this in turn impacts memory and other cognitive processes at different stages of adulthood.

Starting date:January 2018 or September 2018

Duration:Funding is available for 2yrs of Master’s (M.Sc.) training, followed by 3yrs of Ph.D. training for two graduate students. Transition from M.Sc. to the PhD program will depend on the students’ research progress. Accepted students must remain in good academic standing and meet the course work requirement for their graduate program.

Academic Requirements:1) Successful completion of a B.Sc./B.A. honours degree with a major or specialization in Psychology/Neuroscience or related field; 2) A competitive GPA; 3) Completion of introductory statistics courses and knowledge of basic statistics (t-test, F-test, simple regression) is a must. Having research experience and completion of an undergraduate honours thesis are assets.A keen interest in cognitive neuroscience, memory, brain aging and neural networks is essential to joining the lab.

Skills:Applicantsmust have: i) basic knowledge about research in the fields of human memory, ii) basic knowledge of human neuroanatomy, iii)good computer skills, and iv) have excellentcommunication skills in English (spoken and written). Communication skills in French are an asset. Having knowledge of Matlab, SPSS and prior experience with MRI processing software is an asset.

Send enquiries to:maria.rajah@mcgill.ca

Post-doctoral Positions Available

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Aging

Lab of Prof. M. Natasha Rajah,

Director, Douglas Brain Imaging Centre,

Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry,

McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

The laboratory of Prof. Natasha Rajah, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University (Montreal, Canada) is currently seeking talented and motivated post-doctoral researchers.Specifically, the lab is seeking post-doctoral researchers with computational neuroscience training and/or training in cognitive neuroscience of aging and memory.

Our research focus is on conducting cross-sectional adult lifespan studies using neuroimaging methods to investigate healthy brain aging and its impact on memory function. In addition, we study how genetic risk factors for late-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD), biological sex, and sex hormones impact memory and brain function across the adult lifespan.We use a variety of fMRI and structural MRI analytic methods to understand how these aforementioned variables are associated with age-related differences in brain structure, function, and connectivity; and how this in turn impacts memory and other cognitive processes at different stages of adulthood.To learn more about our lab please visit:http://www.rajahlab.com

Postdoctoral researchers have the opportunity to design, conduct and analyse structural and/or functional MRI studies. Postdoctoral researchers are encouraged to continue developing their unique research interests; attend educational courses; and, present at conferences.

Starting date:Flexible

Duration:Funding is available for 2yrs (salary commiserate with experience) with possibility of extension.

Academic Requirements:The successful candidate must have: 1) a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related discipline; 2) expertise in aging and/or memory research OR expertise in structural and functional MRI multivariate and connectivity analyses; and 3) peer reviewed publications and a track record of research excellence. The candidate should have a keen interest in the topics of sex differences, brain aging, neural networks and memory function.

Skills:The successful candidatemust have experienceworking in both Windows and Linux environments, and using the following software: MSOffice, SPSS or R, and Matlab. Experience using SPM, FSL, ANTs, PLS and/or AFNI or similar image analysis software is required. Excellent communication skills in English are a must, and the ability to communicate in French is an asset. Programming skills are an asset.

Required documents:You must be eligible to work in Canada.McGill University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Send enquiries to:maria.rajah@mcgill.ca

 

Employment Opportunities

Research Technician  

Contact/Scientist: Dr. Michael Hildebrand

Program: Translational Pain Research 

The Hildebrand lab is actively recruiting a research technician to join our growing translational pain research team. Our lab is studying molecular determinants of nociceptive versus pathological pain in both rodent and human spinal cord. We investigate spinal mechanisms of pain processing using a combination of electrophysiological, biochemical, and behavioural approaches. The ultimate goal of our research is to identify novel therapeutic targets for chronic pain that are conserved between rodents and humans. The technician will help supervise and work alongside undergraduate and graduate students in the lab as well as manage ongoing research and administrative activities.  We are seeking a candidate with a minimum of an undergraduate degree in a neuroscience-related field (MSc preferred) as well as previous experience in western blotting, immunohistochemistry, and cell culture approaches.

The Hildebrand lab is funded by both the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as well as the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Hildebrand is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at Carleton University. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic research-intensive institution. The Department of Neuroscience is a vibrant and rapidly expanding research department, located in the new Health Sciences Building on campus.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae by June 30th 2018 to: mike.hildebrand@carleton.ca.

 

Dr. Michael Hildebrand

Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Carleton University

Affiliate Investigator, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Room 5310, Health Sciences Building

1125 Colonel By Drive

Ottawa, ON Canada K1S 5B6

Tel: 613-520-2600, ext. 3306

mike.hildebrand@carleton.ca

 
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