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Marc Vani

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
A: Hi! My name is Marc and I’m from Mississauga, Ontario. I came to uOttawa to do my undergraduate degree in biomedical science. After finishing my undergrad, I decided to stay to complete my M.Sc. in neuroscience.

Q: What compelled you to pursue stroke research?
A: For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the brain. It was for this reason that during my undergrad, I decided to try my hand at research. Although I knew that I was interested in neuroscience, my interest was still relatively broad and superficial. I found Dr. Lagace’s research on adult-born neurons in the context of stroke to be especially interesting, and I was fortunate to be welcomed into her lab initially as a volunteer. I worked on a few of the neurogenesis and stroke projects during my undergraduate degree, and then decided to complete my M.Sc. focused on a new stroke project.

Q: What is the focus of your research?
A: My current research is investigating the cortical circuits that are recruited following stroke. Our goal is to determine which circuits are activated during recovery, and how stimulation of these circuits can modify recovery.

Q: At what stage are you in your research, and what are your current future plans?
A: I began my M.Sc. with Dr. Lagace in September of 2016. Right now, I’m in the data collection part of my project. A future in research has always been appealing to me, whether it be in academia or private industry.

Q: How do you and others benefit from being part of the National Trainee Association?
A: To me, the most important role that the CPSR NTA plays is bridging the gap between basic science and clinical researchers. By attending social hours, online seminars and programs like SPiN, we can really develop an appreciation for each other’s research.

Q: What other interests do you have?
A: During the summer months, you can find me either cycling in Gatineau Park, or tending to my small collection of plants. During the winter, I love skiing, skating and snowshoeing.