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Fares Ould-Brahim

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

I was born in Ottawa, Ontario where I completed my B.Sc. in Biomedical Science at the University of Ottawa. I am currently completing my Master’s in Neuroscience under the supervision of Dr. Jing Wang.

What compelled you to pursue stroke research?

Throughout my undergraduate degree, I found myself working in the fields of forensic psychology, breast cancer and a few clinical studies in paediatric medicine. Despite my diverse interests, I found a passion for pre-clinical research, which led me toward developing and optimizing a novel treatment to promote stroke recovery. Thanks to Dr. Wang, I have the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology and the labs of Dr. William Stanford and Dr. Dale Corbett.

What is the focus of your research?

We hope to optimize neural stem cell transplantation for the treatment of ischemic stroke. To this end, my colleagues and I are treating human neural stem cells with a FDA-approved drug prior to transplantation to promote engraftment, growth and integration.

At what stage are you in your research, and what are your current future plans?

Currently, I am one year into my master’s degree. Following completion of my studies, I hope to continue my education to build a career towards clinical research and patient care.

How do you and others benefit from being part of the National Trainee Association?

The NTA facilitates and encourages collaboration between labs that has allowed the informed progression of my studies. It also provides the opportunity for trainees to really know other stroke research within the NTA and build off of each other’s experiences.

What other interests do you have?

When I’m not at the lab, I enjoy cooking, skiing and a competitive game of soccer with friends and colleagues.