Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
I grew up in Prince Edward Island, where I completed my education at UPEI.
What compelled you to pursue stroke research?
I have always been fascinated by the capacity of the brain to attempt to repair itself after injury. Following a stroke, we know changes take place in the brain that can result in improvements, and we are trying to understand how this happens using preclinical models. I love the challenge of this bedside-to-bench approach.
What is the focus of your research?
My research focuses on evaluating novel treatments following stroke. I study both motor function and cognition, and evaluate a variety of pharmaceutical and rehabilitative treatments.
How do you and others benefit from being part of the National Trainee Association?
Being a part of the National Trainee Association gives me the opportunity to network with peers, connect with mentors, pursue funding opportunities available exclusively to CPSR trainees, and nurture collaborations with other researchers in my field during this critical point in my career.
What other interests do you have?
When not in the lab, I split my time between my extracurricular activities: I am a member of the uOttawa Postdoctoral Association, a board member for a local sports league, and a competitive athlete!