Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary field, encompassing different aspects of psychology, biology, chemistry, neurophysiology, genetics and epidemiology. Doctoral students will work alongside top researchers in state-of-the-art facilities in microscopy, histology, neurochemistry, behavioural analysis, electrophysiology and molecular genetic analysis. PhD students will have the opportunity to develop research projects aimed at finding the answers to mental health diseases including addiction, depression, Parkinson’s disease, obesity, dementia and traumatic injury.
Ottawa is home to numerous federal government departments and large research labs such as Health Canada, Environment Canada and the National Research Council, as well as major medical research facilities in hospitals. Many career opportunities are just down the road.
Faculty Research Highlights
- Social neuroscience
- Association between the immune system, stress and psychiatric disorders
- Neuroendocrine regulation of eating and metabolism
- Sleep and health
- Effects of environmental toxins and vulnerability to mental disorders
- Brain development
- Plasticity and recovery of brain function
- Neuronal mechanisms underlying learning and memory processes
- Neuronal activity in the human brain during cognitive processes
- Molecular and genetics mechanisms underlying behaviour
Graduate Supervisor: Professor Shawn Hayley