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Resident Research Day benefits from wealth of submissions  

Resident Research Day received a record 27 abstract submissions this year and squeezed in 18 presentations at the Nov. 25 event.

The diverse topics—from glioblastoma treatment and Mesenchymal stem cell therapy to educational needs assessments for neurologists and the benefits of Physician Assistants— were exceptional, said DCNS department head Dr. Rajiv Midha.

In deciding the winners, Dr. Midha noted the top presentations in both categories were separated by a very small margin. “It was a very difficult decision,” he noted on behalf of the judging panel.

The J. Gregory Cairncross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research was awarded to Dr. Daniel Yavin for his presentation “Intrathecal Morphine Following Lumbar Fusion: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial”.

The Doug W. Zochodne Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research was won by Dr. Michael Tso for “Whole genome expression profiling of blood-brain barrier endothelial cells after experimental subarachnoid hemorrhage”.

Congratulations to everyone who submitted! 

Dr. Michael Tso, left, and Dr. Daniel Yavin, right, with Dr. Rajiv Midha.


Pediatric and Young Adult Rehabilitation Medicine AARP Position 

The Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary is seeking an academic Physiatrist to join our expanding Pediatric and Young Adult Rehabilitation Medicine program. This position is based at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH). We are looking for an energetic physician to work collaboratively with existing medical, surgical and rehabilitation services and to provide research leadership to the program. 

Clinical responsibilities will include provision of Rehabilitation Medicine consultative services to children and young adults on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Strong applicants will be fully supported to build an original research program that integrates the goals of the investigator with the strengths of our institutional networks.

Please click here for details.

Division of Neurology: General Neurologists

General Neurology Locums: Outpatient and inpatient 9-12 month general neurology locum positions are also available beginning in April 2016.

Please click here for details.

Check out the QuICR site!

QuICR is a province-wide stroke program that aims to improve stroke outcomes through rapid clinical and neuromuscular imaging evaluation combined with fast treatment. 

Click for more information.


Dr. Eric Smith joins Royal Society of Canada college

Congratulations to DCNS neurologist Dr. Eric Smith, who has been elected to the Royal College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The college, part of the Royal Society of Canada, is “Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.”

Dr. Smith, an associate professor of neurology and the Katthy Taylor Chair in Vascular Dementia, was inducted at a ceremony on Nov. 18. He is also joining the editorial board of the journal Neurology, effective Jan. 1.

Volunteers needed for Parkinson's Disease study

Dr. Oury Monchi is seeking volunteers (with and without Parkinson's Disease) for a study. Click here to find out if you can help.

Dr. Daniel Fok – PARA resident of the month!

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Fok, PGY4 Neurology resident, on being named PARA Resident Physician of the Month for November. Dr. Fok completed an undergraduate degree and medical school at the University of Alberta before pursuing a residency in adult neurology at the University of Calgary. 

“Dr. Fok is an exemplary resident with a passion for teaching," noted a colleague. "He is able to find important clinical learning points from each case and provide learners with an approach to neurologic conditions that they can use regardless of which specialty they pursue."

The announcement is here.

Congrats, Dr. Fok.


The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) and the Department of Clinical Neurosciences (DCNS) are pleased to announce the fourth annual pilot funding program with the goal to fund early-phase studies in promising new directions of clinical brain research.

HBI and DCNS members are eligible to apply for these $20,000 awards; preference will be given to more junior investigators. The proposed research must have a clear translational or clinical component, with clear benefit to an HBI NeuroTeam; applicants should also demonstrate the potential for their research to generate additional, sustainable funding from other sources.

Full details on this funding opportunity and the application process can be found at:

Applications are due on December 2nd, 2016, and can be submitted via email to Brandi Chuchman