Trainees and Awards
The Owerko Centre supports the training of students at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels.
Summer Student Workshop Series and Symposium 2020
This summer, the Owerko Centre, in partnership with ACHRI and the Hotchkiss Brain Institute offered a series of workshops for our summer students. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the workshops were presented in an online format which, we are pleased to say, was a great success! We are looking forward to offering the workshops again in 2021 so keep checking our site and social media for more details. As a recap the workshops that were offered this year were:
How to prepare a literature review
How to effectively design an experiment
What you need to know about biostatistics
How to create an academic abstract
Effective verbal academic communications
Effective visual academic communications
As is customary, we finished off our workshops with a final "hurrah" in the form of the Owerko Centre/ACHRI/HBI Summer Student Symposium. A great write up of that can be found here:
At the symposium, a number of awards were given out to summer student across a number of competitions held online. The winners were...
Basic Science Research
Lauren Coulombe, supervised by Dr. Tuan Trang, PhD
A Mechanistic Explanation for the Benefits of Exercise in Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Riley Bohach, supervised by Drs. Gillian R. Currie, PhD, and Deborah Marshall, PhD
A Characterization of the Literature on the Socioeconomic Burden of Rare Diseases: Preliminary Results From a Scoping Review
Jessica Ritchie, supervised by Dr. Jeff F. Dunn, PhD
Head-Mounted Accelerometer Detects Decreased Postural Stability in Self-Reported Concussion
Raziq Kassam, supervised by Dr. Adam Kirton, MD
Utilizing Brain Computer Interface (BCI) for Robotic Painting
Pediatrics/Development and developmental disorders
Rylen Williamson, supervised by Dr. Carolyn Emery, PhD
Evaluating the Zero Tolerance for Head Contact & Policy Change on the Incidence of Head Contacts, Penalties Assessed and Player Behaviour in 13-14 Year Old Ice Hockey Players
CNS injury/Neurodegeneration/Mental health
Ayden Hansen, supervised by Dr. Jeff F. Dunn, PhD
Increased NIRS Light Scattering in the MS Population - Possible Physiological Insight into the MS Brain
Population and community health/Epidemiology
Julianna Park, supervised by Dr. Sheri Madigan, PhD
Prevalence of Multiple Forms of Sexting Behavior Among Youth: A Meta-Analysis
Cellular, molecular and microbial biology/Immunology and inflammation
Julia Casorso, supervised by Dr. Amanda Melin, PhD
Assessing natural sources of ethanol in wild primate foods: testing key predictions of the dietary exposure hypothesis
To learn more about the the annual Summer Student Symposium, click here: https://cumming.ucalgary.ca/summer-student-symposium
If you have any questions about this year's event, or future events, you can also get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to all who submitted an application for the 2019/2020 Owerko Centre Trainee Awards. After a very competitive selection process, we were able to determine winners in the three award categories listed below.
Owerko Centre Trainee Development Award
This award provides an opportunity for Owerko Centre graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to receive further training in new methods and techniques that will enhance their research skills and projects. The award winners will pursue additional training opportunities in the areas listed below their names.
Elizabeth Baker, PhD
Improving Child and Youth Health Outcomes Through Translational Research
Supervisor: Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens
Gillian England-Mason, PhD
Advanced Statistical Training in Structural Equation Modelling (SEM)
Supervisor: Dr. Deborah Dewey
Advanced Statistical Techniques for Eye-Tracking Research
Supervisor: Dr. Susan Graham
Training on the Simple Interactions Tool to Improve Parent-Child Interaction Assessments for Children Exposed to Early Adversity
Supervisor: Dr. Nicole Letourneau
Owerko Centre Knowledge Dissemination and Engagement Award
This award recognizes individuals or groups who have developed community-oriented projects that showcase The Owerko Centre’s commitment to studying neurodevelopmental disorders and child mental health, in a creative and impactful way. This award encourages trainees and fellows to engage with the surrounding community and foster the broader public’s understanding of scientific research.
Owerko Centre Trainee Publication Award
This award recognizes trainees who have first authored papers focused on neurodevelopment and child mental health over a given year in an impactful and creative way.
Paper title: "Reduced white matter fiber density in Autism Spectrum Disorder"
Supervisor: Dr. Signe Bray