Nov 14, 2023

Congratulations to the Winners of TDRA’s Neuromodulation Workshop Poster Competition

Christopher Morrone and Eleanor Lam
Pictured from left to right: Christopher Morrone and Eleanor Lam

TDRA hosted a Workshop on November 1, 2023, titled ‘Neuromodulation for Neurocognitive Disorders’. Accompanying the excellent roster of speakers, was a poster session featuring the work of 19 trainees, postdoctoral students and other learners. Workshop attendees had the opportunity to peruse the posters over the lunch period, ask questions, and learn more about the exciting work presented. They then voted on their top poster selections. First and second place winner were announced at the end of the Workshop.

In first place was Christopher Morrone, a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, who completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Toronto. Christopher works in the laboratory of Dr. Haung Yu at CAMH, which focuses on examining the mechanisms of pathology in neurodegeneration and depression.

The winning poster, “Mechanisms linking sleep, electrophysiology and proteostasis to cognition in an Alzheimer's disease mouse model”, explores mechanisms linking sleep loss with proteostasis (or protein homeostasis) failure, to highlight early electrophysiological, behavioural, and molecular signs of cognitive decline, with the aim of aiding in therapeutic design for Alzheimer disease.

Second place winner was Eleanor Pak Wai Lam, a Research Analyst at the Centre for Addictions & Mental Health (CAMH), who completed her BSc at the University of Toronto in Mental Health Studies. An advocate for mental health and health equity, Eleanor is interested in research, social work related to multi ethnic cohorts, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the aging population.

Her poster “Asian Cohort for Alzheimer's Disease: Toolkit for recruitment and inclusion of under-represented population in Alzheimer's Disease”, features the Asian Cohort for Alzheimer's Disease (ACAD) study that was formed to increase understanding of AD risks (genetic and lived experiences) in Asian populations; to promote inclusivity and equitable research participation; and help destigmatize dementia.

Crowd discussing poster presentation at TDRA workshop