Brain and Mind Institute

2017 News & Announcements

Past News and Announcements

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).  
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April 18, 2017 | Ammouncement
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 Gradudate 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 respresents 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! 
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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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