Seminar & Visiting Speaker Series
Friday, October 28th, 2016
PX236/238 PsychHealth Building
Dr. Md Nasir Uddin
Staff Scientist & Brain Canada Platform
Topic: Quantitative MRI in Multiple Sclerosis
Short Bio: I received my BSc in Physics from Jahangirnagar University,
Bangladesh. I then worked as a Lecturer in the same university for two
years before moving to Canada in 2008. Then, I received an MSc in
biophysics from Memorial University of Newfoundland before pursuing my
PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alberta. In my PhD I
worked on developing quantitative MRI transverse relaxometry methods and
applications towards Multiple Sclerosis. In January 2016, I moved to
Winnipeg as a Staff Scientist & Brain Canada Platform Grant Coordinator
at the University of Manitoba. Now I am investigating the neural basis
of cognitive decline in MS using MRI.
/sent on behalf of Dr. Stephanie Booth
Dr Sim is available to meet with scientists the afternoon of October 12th or the morning of October 13th contact me at stephanie.booth(a)phac-aspc.gc.ca or 204 789 6031 if you are interested.
DR. VALERIE SIM
AHFMR Clinical Investigator
Department of Medicine
Division of Neurology
Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases
University of Alberta
“Targeting prion disease with "3C" combination therapy”
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Room 540B, Basic Medical Sciences
Dr. Valerie Sim self-identifies as a scientist who practices medicine to support her music habit. By day she is a prion scientist at the Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases at the University of Alberta and a clinical neurologist consultant for rapidly progressive dementia cases locally and throughout Canada. By night she is a violinist and fiddler.
After her undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Calgary and her neurology residency at University of Ottawa, Dr. Sim completed a post-doctoral fellowship in prion disease research at Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIH, Montana, under the supervision of Dr. Byron Caughey. She joined the University of Alberta Division of Neurology in 2009 and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in July, 2016.
In her research lab, Dr. Sim grows prion-infected brain slices in a dish in order to ask: 1) how a prion's size and shape can influence patterns of disease and risks of transmission; and 2) how targeting multiple steps along the disease pathway might produce more effective treatments. >From protein biochemistry to animal treatment experiments, her research publications have received international media attention.
She also promotes science communication, and regularly presents the science of prion disease to diverse communities across Alberta, Canada.
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