Translational neuroscience for physical and mental health

Our lab studies the social neuroscience of physical and mental health across the human lifespan.  We are particularly interested in how the brain--as a biological entity--and the social environment interact to produce behaviours that prevent or reduce the impact of various kinds of physical and mental health outcomes, including chronic diseases (e.g., obesity, diabetes, cancer), infectious illness (COVID-19, SARS), and psychiatric conditions (e.g., PTSD, addictions, depression).

A second major focus of our laboratory is the investigation of new ways of assessing brain health and conceptually important cognitive capacities. Of particular interest are the development and evaluation of brain stimulation paradigms to quantify cortical resilience (i.e., the ability of the brain to recovery quickly from suppressive perturbations). These and other related protocols may facilitate early detection of dementia and other brain pathologies affecting the frontal lobes, and provide new ways of measuring brain health indices in clinical assessments, clinical research trials and population health studies.

Equipment and Facilities:

The Prevention Neuroscience Laboratory is equipped with a MagVenture MagPro x100 rTMS system (cTBS capable, with EMG), a neuronavigation system, several mobile brain imaging systems (multichannel fNIRS), and Tobii Pro Spectrum eye tracking equipment.

Where to find us:

We are located in Room 2105 Burt Matthews Hall (BMH). If you are here for a study, please take the Columbia Street entrance to the University, enter BMH from the main entrance on Ring Road; once inside, make a right turn and proceed upstairs to the lounge area on the second floor. A research assistant will meet you in the lounge area.

News

Monday, July 13, 2020

Alumni news

Lab alumnus Huaqi Li will be starting her MD this fall at the University of Toronto!

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Racism in Canada: past and present

This commemorative piece describes life-changing, systematic racism experienced by people of colour living in Halifax in the mid- to late 20th century. In Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I grew up, my childhood friends and I knew only a small part of the story of Africville.