Western Women in Neuroscience

Upcoming Talks

October 26, 2018

Speaker Series event - Dr. Elizabeth Theriault

Talk: WIRB 4190 - 11am
Q&A: WIRB 3189 - 3pm

After obtaining a PhD in neurosciences from McMaster University, Dr. Elizabeth Theriault completed postdoctoral studies at Harvard Medical School. From 1985-1999 she worked as a research scientist at the University of Toronto, principally in the area of neurotrauma and neuroprotection. In 1999, she was appointed Dean, Science and Technology, and the first Director of Research at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Applied Learning in Oakville, Ontario. In 2003, Theriault was seconded by the federal government to the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo as one of six dedicated Science and Technology Counsellors around the world who represent Canada in key OECD countries. From 2009-2016 she was the Assistant Scientific Director for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, based at UBC in Vancouver. Dr. Theriault is currently Vice President, Research and Informatics at the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) in Toronto, Ontario where she is responsible for providing overall leadership of OBI’s five Integrated Discovery research Programs and the informatics and analytics platform (Brain-CODE). Part of Dr. Theriault’s role at OBI is to ensure milestones and deliverables are set and achieved for both the research and informatics teams in alignment with OBI’s vision and mandate, and ensuring that Brain-CODE continues to evolve as a state-of-the-art extensible informatics platform that manages the collection, curation, analysis and sharing of different data types across multiple brain disorders.

October 18, 2018

Career Q&A with Dr. Emma Burrows
WIRB 4190 @ 2pm

Visiting researcher Dr. Emma Burrows will be giving a talk about how she is working to empower women in STEM. She is cofounder of WiSPP an organization that is a grass roots collective of 5 large medical research institutes who have dropped competition to work together to advance women in science leadership. They run a number of programs, research projects and talks to change culture and empower women in these organisations. More details www.wispp.org.au. Dr. Burrows is also on the board of Women in STEMM Australia. 

Past Talks

June 1, 2018

Speaker Series - Dr. Joelle Thorpe

Talk: 11am - WIRB 4190 - Life after the Lab: A Case Study

Q&A: 12:30pm - WIRB 5107

Social: 4pm - Grad Club

Have you ever wondered what to do with your life after graduate school? Wanted to try something new, yet struggled with the idea of leaving the bench? Questioned whether you will feel fulfilled if you leave academia? Thought you were alone in experiencing these doubts and insecurities? You aren’t! Dr. Joelle Thorpe felt all of these things (and more) during her transition from scientist to policy analyst, and will share how she navigated this time in her life, the lessons she learned along the way, and what a career in science policy looks like.

Dr. Joelle Thorpe received her MSc in Biology from Queen’s University and has a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour from McMaster University. After earning her doctorate, she worked as a Clinical Research Associate in the Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine at Queen’s University. During this time, she developed an interest in ethics, and served as a board member on the Queen’s University & Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Health Sciences Research Ethics Board. She then moved on to complete a Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship with Defence Research and Development Canada, where she investigated the ethical and policy implications of emerging human enhancement technologies. Dr. Thorpe is currently a Policy Analyst in the Office of the Chief Scientist at Defence Research and Development Canada in Ottawa.

April 3, 2018

Dr. Susan Shore will be giving a talk as part of the Neuroscience Colloquium series. We are hosting a Q&A session after the talk!

Talk: 9am - University Hospital, Aud B

Q&A: 1pm - RRI 3240

January 30, 2018

Dr. Karen Campell, Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging at Brock University, will be giving the inaugural WiNS Speaker Series talk!

Talk: 11am WIRB 4190

Q&A: 12pm WIRB 5107

Social: 4pm Grad Club

Finding the aging brain's natural capacity

Our understanding of how age affects the mind and brain is largely based either on tightly controlled, though largely artificial, experimental tasks or, on the completely uncontrolled resting state. Neither of these approaches is ideal, as the former introduces a number of task demands (e.g. maintaining instructions, decision making) that are usually external to the cognitive process under investigation (e.g., language comprehension), while the latter offers no control over participants’ thoughts whatsoever. In this talk, I will advocate for a more naturalistic approach to neurocognitive aging – driving neural activation with stimuli that more closely approximate everyday life and measuring age differences (or lack thereof) in resulting network responsivity/connectivity.

November 7, 2017

Dr. Jenny Bizley will be giving a talk as part of the Neuroscience Colloquium series. We are hosting a Q&A session after the talk!

Talk: 9am - University Hospital, Aud B

Q&A: 11am - NSC 245A

October 20, 2017

Dr. Adelle Forth will be giving a talk as part of the Psychology Colloquium series. We are hosting a Q&A session in the morning before the talk!

Q&A: 10am - NSC 245A

Talk: 3pm - UCC 56

September 25, 2017

Michelle Moerel will be presenting her talk entitled "An ultra-high field fMRI exploration of the human auditory cortex" on Monday, September 25 at 11 am in the Fisher Room at the Robarts Research Institute.

There will be a pizza lunch for the BMI trainees following the talk. It will be held in the BMI lounge/lunchroom, Room 245B.

September 19, 2017

Join Western WINS for our first Q&A of the year with Dr. Lynn Raymond!

Neuroscience Invited Speaker talk
"Aberrant synaptic plasticity in prodromal Huntington disease"
Sept 19, 9am, University Hospital, Aud B
Western WINS Q&A
Sept 19, 3:15pm, Fisher Conference Room

We have scheduled a Q&A with Dr. Lynn Raymond. This will be a great opportunity to chat with Dr. Tyler, ask questions and gain insight from a fellow woman in neuroscience.

October 14, 2015

Dr. Lorraine Tyler

We have scheduled a Q&A with Dr. Lorraine Tyler. This will be a great opportunity to chat with Dr. Tyler, ask questions and gain insight from a fellow woman in neuroscience. 

Lorraine K Tyler is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. She heads the Centre for Speech, Language and the Brain, an interdisciplinary research group which combines neuroimaging, neuropsychological, and behavioural methods to reveal how the human brain is organised to support language, perception, and meaning.


The Q&A will be held at 10:00 am, Wednesday October 14, location TBD. Please join us!

March 26, 2015 - Dr. Rita Gardiner, "Leadership" ***POSTPONED***

Please join us as we hear Dr. Rita Gardiner, from the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research, speak about leadership. The talk will be held in Nat Sci 245B (the BMI lounge), from 1:30-2:30 on Thursday, March 26.

March 12, 2015 - Panel Discussion with Dr. Prudence Allen and others, "Work/Life balance"

We will hear about work/life balance from a panel of professors who are all mothers at different stages of their careers. Come ask questions and see what they have to say about balancing careers and life. 

December 9, 2014 - Q&A with Dr. Psyche Loui

Dr. Psyche Loui has agreed to meet with our group for a Q&A! Those who attended the Q&A with Laurel Trainor will know that it's a great chance to ask questions and gain insight from a fellow woman in neuroscience. She is a professor at Wesleyan University who studies the brain structure and function that underlies musical processes.


The Q&A will be held in Nat Sci 245A (the 2nd floor BMI conference room) at 10:45 am this coming Tuesday, December 9. Please join us!

November 7, 2015 - Q&A with Dr. Laurel Trainor

Dr. Trainor is a professor in the department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University. She’s the founding director of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, and has done groundbreaking neuroscientific research on musical development in children and infants. 

Please join us, and come ready with questions regarding her research, her experience as a professor or institute director, being a woman in academia, or anything else that may be relevant. Of course if you don’t have any questions in mind, you’re still very welcome to attend.