Faculty

Dr. Krista Baerg (Associate Member)

Dr. Lane Bekar  (Neuroscience Cluster Executive)
Department of Pharmacology
(306)-966-1201
lane.bekar@usask.ca

Dr. Bekar’s work focuses on characterizing the role of inflammation, stress, and diet on neurodegenerative processes in non-transgenic mice. Interests: Alzheimer’s; Parkinson’s; neurodegeneration; inflammation; stress; high sucrose diet.

Recent Publications

Dr. Veronica Campanucci
Department of Physiology
(306) 966-5934
veronica.campanucci@usask.ca

Dr. Campanucci explores the impact of diabetes and chronic inflammation on the nervous system. Interests: diabetes; patch-clamp electrophysiology; live imaging in vitro; inflammation; transgenic mice; mitochondrial morphology and traffic.

Recent Publications

Dr. Francisco Cayabyab (Neuroscience Cluster Leader)
Department of Surgery 
(306) 966-8191
frank.cayabyab@usask.ca

Dr. Cayabyab works on adenosine receptor signaling in neurological diseases, and the biology of breast cancer and brain cancer.  Interests: stroke; Parkinsons's disease; epilepsy; neurophysiology; confocal imaging; biochemistry; synaptic plasticity and behavior.

Recent Publications

Dr. Jennifer Chlan
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
(306) 966-6557
jen.chlan@usask.ca

Dr. Chlan’s research focuses on the neurodevelopment of schizophrenia and Autism, the neuropathology of Alzheimer's Disease, and educational research. Interests: neurodevelopment; molecular neuropsychiatry; neuroanatomy.

Recent Publications

Dr. John Howland
Department of Physiology
(306) 966-2032
john.howland@usask.ca

Dr. Howland’s behavioural neuroscience laboratory is interested in animal models of schizophrenia, learning and memory, behavioural and electrophysiological effects of stress, limbic-cortical interactions, synaptic plasticity, epilepsy.

Recent Publications

Dr. Michael Kelly

Dr. Michael Levin

Dr. Ivar Mendez
Department of Surgery
(306) 966-8641
ivar.mendez@usask.ca

Dr. Mendez’ research focus is in brain repair, functional neurosurgery, robotic neurosurgery and computerized systems in neurosurgical applications. Interests: Parkinson’s disease; stem cells; robotics; neuromodulation.

Recent Publications

Dr. Darrell Mousseau (Neuroscience Cluster Executive)
Department of Psychiatry
(306) 966-8824
darrell.mousseau@usask.ca

Dr. Mousseau’s goal is to identify the neurochemical and biochemical overlaps between depression and Alzheimer's disease. Interests: monoaminergic dysfunctions in brain and peripheral tissues; Alzheimer's disease; breast cancer; prostate cancer.

Recent Publications

Dr. Sean Mulligan
Department of Physiology
(306) 966-2422
sean.mulligan@usask.ca

Dr. Mulligan’s research focuses on mechanisms of peripheral pain signaling and pain pathophysiology. Interests: two-photon imaging; migraines; diabetes.

Recent Publications

Dr. Phyllis Paterson (Neuroscience Cluster Executive)
College of Pharmacy & Nutrition
(306) 966-5838
phyllis.paterson@usask.ca

Dr. Paterson studies the role of nutrition in enhancing recovery mechanisms after stroke. Interests: nutrition; stroke; global brain ischemia; neuroinflammation; neuroplasticity; synchrotron-based techniques for brain imaging.

Recent Publications 

Dr. Lissa Peeling

Dr. Alex Rajput
Department of Medicine-Neurology
(306) 844-1411
alex.rajput@usask.ca

Dr. Rajput’s primary research employs analysis of frozen human brain tissue, clinicopathological correlations, genetics, and neurochemistry to examine movement disorders. Interests: Parkinson’s disease; essential tremor; progressive supranuclear palsy.

Recent Publications

Dr. Changiz Taghibiglou
Department of Pharmacology
(306) 966-8816
changiz.taghibiglou@usask.ca

Dr. Taghibiglou studies excitotoxicity in stroke and neurodegenerative diseases, and lipid neurobiology. Interests: stroke; epilepsy; traumatic brain injury; breast and prostate cancer; Cellular prion protein; lipid rafts; designing short bioactive peptides.

Recent Publications

Dr. Jose Tellez-Zenteno
Department of Medicine-Neurology
(306) 966-8011
jose.tellez@usask.ca

Dr. Tellez-Zenteno explores clinical outcomes after epilepsy surgery, management of antiepileptic drug use, and the development and validation of new diagnostic tools for epilepsy. Interests: temporal lobe epilepsy, epilepsy surgery; epidemiology of epilepsy.

Recent Publications

Dr. Wolfgang Walz
Department of Psychiatry
(306) 966-7618
wolfgang.walz@usask.ca

Dr. Walz’s laboratory developed a new rat cavitation model which mimics lacunar infarction. Interests: lacunar infarction; astrocytes; neutrophils; microglia; ischemia; inflammation; batimastat; minocycline; matrix metalloproteinases.

Recent Publications

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Dr. Yanbo Zhang (Neuroscience Cluster Executive)
Deparment of Psychiatry
(306)844-1312
yanbo.zhang@usask.ca

Dr. Yanbo Zhang’s research focuses on (1) the impacts of psychiatric medications and brain stimulation treatments on brain development and repair; (2) the gene-environmental interaction and its role in mental disorder development. Interests: schizophrenia, mood disorder, post stroke depression and cannabis and other substance addictions.

Recent publications