Brain and Mind Institute

Current News & Announcements

Past News and Announcements

October 19, 2017 | Announcement
BrainsCAN Human Cognition and Sensorimotor Core positions
The following three Human Cognition and Sensorimotor core positions in BrainsCAN are now posted on the Human Resources website Working at Western: Sleep & Electrophysiology Lab Coordinator, Clinical Research Recruitment Coordinator, and Community Research Coordinator

October 19, 2017 | Announcement
The Brain and Mind Institute hosted its first Distinguished Speaker visit from October 19 - 20, 2017.  Dr. Robert Zatorre from Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University delivered a talk on Thursday, October 19 at 4:00 pm in WSC55 about “Why do we love music?  A view from cognitive neuroscience”.

October 19, 2017 | Announcement
Two junior (tenure-track) Faculty positions in Computational Neuroscience
The Faculty of Science is inviting applications for two probationary (tenure-track) faculty positions at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in Computational Neuroscience. These positions are initially funded through BrainsCAN, a $66M initiative funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund at Western University. Both successful candidates will become members of the Brain and Mind Institute.

September 20, 2017 | The Wire
The Scholars to Leaders Speaker Series
is a unique initiative of the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies that is open to all students and scholars across all careers at Western. The monthly luncheon events showcase guest speakers who share valuable insight and expertise on critical aspects of leadership from their own career experiences. Dr. Melvyn Goodale will be speaking next Wednesday, September 27 at 12:30 pm about Fifty Years at Western: A Personal History. The Wire

September 15, 2017 | Announcement
Research Technician
position open under BrainsCAN Human Cognition and Sensorimotor Control Core.  For more information and to apply please visit:

September 7, 2017 | Announcement
BMI researcher named Canada Research Chair
Congratulations to Dr. Lisa Saksida for her CRC appointment in Translational Cognitive Neuroscience (Tier 1). Learn More

August 18, 2017 | Announcement
Dr. Ingrid Johnsrude appointed to NSERC Biological Systems and Functions Evaluation Group 
for a 3-year term.  See members list

August 15, 2017 | Announcement
Sleep & Electrophysiology Laboratory Coordinator 
position open under BrainsCAN Human Cognition and Sensorimotor Control Core.  For more information and to apply please visit:

August 11, 2017 | Announcement
Dr. Tutis Vilis' book, "Survival Skills for Graduate Students and Post Docs" is now available on Kindle.
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July 12, 2017 | Journal of Neuroscience
The Journal of Neuroscience identifies popular BMI authored publication

BMI's Stefan Köhler's article titled "Heroes of the Engram", written with Sheena Josselyn and Paul Frankland, is recognized as the most read article in the Journal of Neuroscience.
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July 11, 2017 | Cognitive Neuroscience Society
BMI graduate student is lead author on a new study in Neuropsychologia

BMI's Anna Blumenthal, in Dr. Stefan Köhler's lab, is exploring how we remember the structure of things.
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July 10, 2017 | London Free Press
BMI Postdoctoral Fellow publishes article on filtering out "cocktail party" noise

BMI's Molly Henry is studying how people focus on single conversations.
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June 30, 2017 | Announcement
Neuroimaging Analyst position open under BrainsCAN Computational Core

For more information and to apply please visit:

June 26, 2017 | Media Relations
World's largest sleep study launched at BMI

BMI's Adrian Owen is leading the largest known study on how sleep deprivation effects the brain and cognitive abilities. 
Media Relations

June 23, 2017 | APS
Newly Named Fellows of APS
Congratulations to Jessica Grahn and Stephen Lomber, Professors in the Department of Psychology at Western University, who have been named Fellows of the Association for Psychological Science (APS).
See List

June 22, 2017 | Western News
Owen's book examines borders of consciousness

'Into the Gray Zone', written by Western Neuroscientist Adrian Owen, explores the spaces in between life and death for people in a vegetative state.
Western News

May 9, 2017 | Research Western
Contradicting the common belief that smiling makes people appear younger
BMI Director, Dr. Mel Goodale, along with Tzvi Ganel of Israel’s Ben-Gurion University, study the effect smiling has on age perception.
Medicalxpress          Western News

May 4, 2017 | Research Western
Adversity leads pre-teens to be more impulsive by making their brains more sensitive to rewards
Niki H. Kamkar and J. Bruce Morton of Western’s Department of Psychology and Brain and Mind Institute are exploring how adolescents experiencing tough times are more likely motivated by small instant incentives.
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April 28, 2017 | Announcement
BMI Core Member article published in Gehirn & Geist

Congratulations to Stefan Köhler who's article on the current understanding of neural mechanisms of episodic memory was published in the May issue of the German subsidiary of Scientific American called Gehirn & Geist (translation: Brain & Mind).  
Read More - fee to access article

April 18, 2017 | Announcement
Western names BMI Core Member Faculty Scholar
Brian Corneil, a professor in the department of physiology and pharmacology, a Robarts scientist and a Core Member of the BMI, was recognized along with 10 others from across the University for significant achievements in teaching and research.
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April 18, 2017 | Announcement
Associate Member Receives Young Investigator Award

Dr. Lena Palaniyappan receives Young Investigator Award from the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP). The award recognizes outstanding contributions in neuropsychopharmacology by a young basic scientist or clinical investigator in Canada.
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April 13, 2017 | Research Western
NSERC & SSHRC Awards received by BMI Members
Congratulations to the BMI Core Members and Associate Members who were successful applicants for NSERC & SSHRC awards.
Daniel Ansari, Blake Butler, Melvyn Goodale, Matthew Heath, Ingrid Johnsrude, Julio Martinez-Trujillo, and Ryan Stevenson
Ryan Stevenson
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April 7, 2017 | Radio Western
Sound of Science Podcast is LIVE!
Welcome to the Sound of Science, a radio show featuring Western faculty and student researchers making ground breaking discoveries in scientific research. The first episode features three professors from the Brain and Mind Institute who will shed some light on the wonders of the human brain.
Listen here

April 7, 2017 | Western University
BMI Graduate Student took First Place in 6th Annual 3MT
Tamara Tavares, a Graduate student in Derek Mitchell’s Emotional Cognition Lab at the Brain and Mind Institute, took first place in the 6th Annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The competition is a great opportunity for research students’ to develop their presentation and communication skills and to also develop their capacity to explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience. She will move on to represent Western at the 3MT Ontario 2017 Provincial competition at the University of Waterloo on Wednesday, April 12th. Congratulations Tamara!
Western News          Western Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies

April 5, 2017 | Announcement
International Graduate Student Scholarship recipients
Congratulations to Bailey Brashears (Minda lab), Sudesna Chakraborty (Köhler lab), Maryam Nouri Kadijani (Martinez-Trujillo lab), and Adrian Sardinas (Ansari lab). This scholarship supports up to 4 international graduate students by helping to offset the differential in international (as compared to domestic) tuition and fees. 
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April 4, 2017 | The London Free Press
Robots took over Thompson area at Western University

The Beal Robotics Team 5024 successfully finished qualification matches ranked 1st overall (out of 35 teams) and were the captains of the winning alliance for the inaugural robotics competition at Western University. In addition, the team was also recognized and received the highest award possible, the Chairman's Award. This award honours the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST. The Brain and Mind Institute is a proud sponsor of Beal's Outreach robotics program as it fosters an interest in Neuroscience among High School students. Way to go 5024!
London Free Press          CTV London

March 24, 2017 | Western News
APS recognizes BMI Postdoc with prestigious Rising Star designation
Molly Henry, from Jessica Grahn's Music and Neuroscience Lab, has been named a 'Rising Star' by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Congratulations Molly! 
Learn more      See APS announcement

March 8, 2017 | UNESCO
L'Oréal and UNESCO recognizes BMI postdoctoral researcher
Congratulations to Lorina Naci from the Owen Lab! Lorina was the only Canadian recognized by L'Oréal and UNESCO for her outstanding contribution to science.
Learn more   CTV interview

February 28, 2017 | BBC Drama Awards
Play inspired by the work of BMI researcher
Listen to an award-winning play inspired by the work of CIFAR Koerner Fellow & Co-Director of the Azrieli program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness, Adrian Owen.
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February 17, 2017 | Western Media
New brain scan analysis
Western researchers, including BMI member Dr. Andrea Soddu, have developed a new brain scan analysis to better treat head injuries.
Learn More      CTV Interview

January 13, 2017 | BMI News
DI-BMI Exchange Program
Congratulations to Chao Gu, Kathryn Manning and Molly Henry in receiving support from the DI-BMI Trainee Exchange Programme to conduct collaborative research at Radboud University.
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January 4, 2017 | Globe and Mail
Concussion blood test
BMI member Mark Daley, along with researchers associated with Western, have developed a concussion blood test with 90-per-cent accuracy rate.
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