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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 | 9:53pm
The International Basal Ganglia Society (IBAGS) is a scientific society with the distinct goal of promoting the understanding of normal basal ganglia function and the pathophysiology of their disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, depression and schizophrenia. IBAGS triennial meetings bring together research scientists from all disciplines, as well as clinicians who are actively involved in the treatment of basal ganglia disorders, to discuss the most recent advances in the field and to generate new approaches and ideas for the future. The society was founded in 1983 and since that time at the end of each meeting a President is elected and the next conference is held in 3 years' time in the President elect country of origin. For the past 3 years, my mentor Professor Hagai Bergman, of the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC), has served as the President of the IBAGS and therefore this IBAGS was held in Israel.
It is difficult to even begin and describe the sheer excitement of meeting in person all the leading researchers from your field. This conference was marked by outstanding scientific quality, the participation of all major researchers in the field and outstanding organization. The range of discussions was as broad as this of the work presented, starting from experimental results of song learning in song birds and ending in data from human patients of Parkinson's disease and other basal-ganglia related disorders. The conference was opened by basic science and clinical tutorials, given by the world's leaders in both areas. A special session of the computational aspects of basal ganglia function and its models was also held. The closing gala dinner was marked by great atmosphere and enthusiasm. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to participate in the IBAGS conferences during my PhD program and especially proud of the fact that the current IBAGS was held in Israel and that Professor Bergman did such a fabulous job of organizing it.
Below are some select pictures from the conference that I would like to share with you.
This is me and Prof. James Tepper
Thursday, January 10th, 2013 | 4:51am
Submitted by Noah Pascoe on Tue, 2013/01/08 - 4:31pm
When I began my position with Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University at the end of the summer, there was a major misconception held by some of my friends when I told them the name of the organization, specifically the ones who are unaware of the institution:
“Hebrew University? Oh, neat, so is that something to do with Jewish studies? Zionism? Are you working at an Israeli advocacy group, Noah?”
And to be fair, to those who aren’t as familiar with Israel, hearing the words Hebrew University certainly denotes a more Jewish nature before anything else. After all, Oxford is not called English University and University of Delhi does not feature Hindi in its title. Hebrew University is a flagship for Jewish studies and language studies, but has evolved to become a beacon for medical research, agricultural innovations and technological advancements, among other things.
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Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 | 8:25am
Check out my latest Vlog post. I am so excited to share my latest breakthrough research with you on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), carried out at the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine at the laboratory of Hagai Bergman, Simone and Bernard Guttmann Professor of Brain Research at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) and the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC). DBS has provided significant therapeutic benefits for movement disorders like Parkinson’s and for disorders like chronic pain and major depression. Our research could possibly improve the current DBS method. In DBS an electrode is implanted in a deep region of the brain, serving as a “brain pacemaker” delivering electrical stimuli at the implantation site. The result is that the patient receives a measure of immediate relief from these symptoms.
Friday, September 28th, 2012 | 7:21am
Check out this incredible blog post from the blog My New York Minute, a blog about prostate cancer.
Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 | 4:48pm
Well, summer is here in Winnipeg, Winter in Nairobi and already well into the heat of Jerusalem! We’re busy in all locations working on our collaborative projects. Prof. OferMandelboim and I decided it was time to get together and evaluate what we’ve got and where to go next with the projects so I made a quick but extremely productive trip to the Mandelboim lab at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada (IMRIC) in Jerusalem, just a plane ride away! It was a whirlwind trip but I managed to spend time with most of the students and discuss their work, as well as attend a great Sunday morning lab meeting where Ariella Glasner from Ofer’s lab who presented some novel data for discussion.
Our most active study right now is the microRNA project where we are looking at what role, if any, microRNA plays in protection from HIV infection. Preliminary studies have given us some promising results and we are now full steam ahead to follow up with new data. At this time we are focused on enrolling new study participants collecting samples in the clinics in Nairobi – this started just a few weeks ago and is progressing smoothly. All the teams involved (Canada, Israel, and Kenya) are excited to move forward with this work.
Ofer and I brainstormed some new investigations we could do and we’re pretty excited to get started! Because of my past work in the Level 4 lab, we discussed some of the work we could do with level 4 pathogens such as Ebola or Spanish Flu 1918. We are in the midst of finalizing our thoughts and scientific design on this and plan to initiate these studies this fall. This work will really provide insight into understanding how Natural Killer (NK) cells function in the context of these viruses which can then provide us with details on how to better approach such pathogens for development of vaccines or treatments!
Ofer and I are now left with thinking about new avenues for grant support to continue our work together….we’ve really been having fun and would love to expand our studies as much as possible as our research unfolds. I’ve had several students keen to be involved and work on these projects so we’re trying to find a way to make it happen.
The visit was great – motivating, exciting and inspirational I thoroughly enjoyed my time with his group and you can see why they are such a dynamic productive lab – they have a super supervisor!
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