Faculty

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.

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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.

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Dr. Hector Caruncho
College of Pharmacy & Nutrition
(306) 966-6301
hector.caruncho@usask.ca

Dr. Caruncho’s research applies a translational approach towards the study of the neurobiology of mood and psychotic disorders. Interests: molecular mechanisms of neuroplasticity; psychoneuroimmunology; biomarkers and drug targets of mental disorders.

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Dr. Francisco Cayabyab (Neuroscience Cluster Executive)
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.

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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.

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Dr. Michael Corcoran (Professor Emeritus)
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology
michael.corcoran@usask.ca

Dr. Corcoran is interested in epilepsy, the neural mechanism of memory, and the substrates of reward. Although Dr. Corcoran no longer has an active laboratory and does not accept students or postdoctoral fellows, he is available to serve on supervisory committees, and he welcomes chances to talk about the brain.

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.

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Dr. Lisa Kalynchuk 
Department of Medicine-Neurology
(306) 966-2920
lisa.kalynchuk@usask.ca

Dr. Kalynchuk's research focuses on the neurobiology of depression, the psychiatric complications of epilepsy, and the effect of chronic stress on the brain and behavior. Interests: mood disorders; epilepsy; stress; hippocampal neurogenesis; GABA; behavior.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Adil Nazarali (Neuroscience Cluster Leader)
College of Pharmacy & Nutrition
(306) 966-6334
aj.nazarali@usask.ca

Dr. Nazarali's research focus is on the determinants of myelination in multiple sclerosis, and the role of master regulatory Hox genes in development. Interests: multiple sclerosis, myelination, aging, epigenetics, mammalian development, Hox genes, sirtuins.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dr. Yanbo Zhang
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.

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