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Dr. Minh Dang Nguyen Profile

Submitted by sjotwani on Sun, 04/24/2016 - 8:22am

Title: Associate Professor

School: Cumming School of Medicine 

Department: Cell Biology and Anatomy 

Address: Rooms 150,151,153 and 140A, HMRB Building
               3330 Hospital Drive NW

               Calgary, AB T2N 4N1

Contact: 403-210-5494

Email: mdnguyen@ucalgary.ca  

Research Interests

What happens in our brains as we age? This is a critical question that drives the research of my laboratory at the University of Calgary since September 2005. The main goal of my research program is to understand the basic mechanisms governing brain aging and neurodegenerative disorders; the increased age being the main risk factor for neurodegeneration. To tackle these two problems, we use a very basic molecular cell biology approach to study the neuronal cytoskeleton (the internal scaffolding that provides structure for the cell, as well as transports materials and sends signals to other parts of the cell) and its associated signaling proteins. Mutations or alterations in the neuronal cytoskeleton can lead to premature aging and neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. This work sometimes leads us to revisit the physiological functions of these molecules such as during neuronal development, maturation, plasticity and investigate their potential to promote repair (for further details, see Philosophy of Research - http://people.ucalgary.ca/~mdnguyen/philosophy.html )

Awards and Recognition 

- Top 40 under 40, Avenue Magazine Calgary
- Canadian Institute of Health Research New Investigator Award
- Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) Scholar Award
- Human Frontiers Career Development Award
- Brenda Strafford Chair in Alzheimer Research

Awarded Grants

CIHR, AIHS, NSERC, Human Frontiers Science Program, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Society of USA/Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Cancer Research Society of Canada, Alberta Cancer Foundation.

Expertise

Molecular and cellular biology, see www.ucalgary.ca/~mdnguyen

Training Environment

Please contact former trainees

Significance

See Philosophy of Research - http://people.ucalgary.ca/~mdnguyen/philosophy.html )

Publications