Upcoming Talks and Events
Events & Workshops
Prof. Zahra Moussavi
Director, Biomedical Engineering Program
Professor & Canada Research Chair
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Manitoba
Memory and cognitive declines are associated with normal brain aging but are also
precursors to dementia, in particular the so called the pandemic of the century,
Alzheimer’s disease. While currently there is no cure or “vaccine” against dementia,
based on brain’s plasticity, there are hopes to delay the onset or to slow the progression
Alzheimer’s disease is multi-facet condition; thus, the key to its management is in multidisciplinary approaches. The clinical diagnosis of neurodegenerative disorders, in general,
is based on an extensive evaluation of cognition and behavioral performance along with
functional status, which provides a variable grade of accuracy especially at early stages of
the disease. In this talk, I will review diagnostic objective methods that can assist
Alzheimer’s diagnosis. In particular, I will elaborate on the application and research
outcomes of virtual reality egocentric spatial assessment for and its potentials for a
differential diagnosis of Alzheimer’s versus other types of dementia.
Zahra Moussavi is a professor, a Canada Research Chair, and the founder and
director of Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at University of Manitoba. Her current
research focuses are on medical devices instrumentation and signal analysis for sleep apnea
management and Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment using virtual reality, rTMS and EVestG
technologies. She is the recipient of several awards including the “Canada’s Most Powerful
Women (Top 100)” and “Manitoba Distinguished Women” in 2014 and IEEE EMBS
Distinguished Lecturer, 2014 and 2019. She has published more than 259 peer-reviewed
papers in journals and conferences, and has given 94 invited talks/seminars including 2 Tedx
Talks and 9 keynote speaker seminars at national and international conferences. Aside from
academic work, on her spare time, she writes science articles for public; also has developed
and offered memory fitness programs for aging population.
Associate Professor John Dueber
University of California, Berkeley
The capacity to diversify genetic codes advances our understanding and engineering of biological systems. A method to continuously diversify user-defined regions of a genome without requiring the integration of nucleic acid libraries would enable forward genetic approaches in systems not amenable to high efficiency homologydirected integration, rapid evolution of biotechnologically useful activity through accelerated and parallelized rounds of mutagenesis and selection, and cell lineage tracking. Here we developed EvolvR, the first system that can continuously diversify all nucleotides within a tunable window length at user-defined loci. Our results demonstrate that EvolvR enables multiplexed and continuous diversification of user-defined genomic loci that will be useful for a broad range of basic and biotechnological applications.
John Dueber is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at University of California, Berkeley. He earned his Ph.D. in 2005 engineering synthetic signaling switch proteins to investigate how domain recombination events could reprogram the signaling behaviors of proteins at the University of California, San Francisco. As a QB3 Distinguished Fellow, mentored by Prof. Jay Keasling, he focused on the use of synthetic biology approaches for improved metabolic engineering performance.
For more information go here: https://mbd.utoronto.ca/event/myogenesis-discussion-group-may-2019/
For more information go here: https://mbd.utoronto.ca/event/global-speaker-series-daniel-anderson-june-2019/
Presenter: Daniel G. Anderson, PhD – Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Events & Workshops
For more information go here: http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/ProfessionalDevelopment/Events/UpcomingEvents/20190524Healthcare
Presenter: Marzyeh Ghassemi, Jennifer Gibson, Avi Goldfarb, Tom Lawry, Dr. Brian Hodges, Mara Lederman, Lydia Lee, Will Mitchell
For more information go here: https://medicine.utoronto.ca/event/alumni-reunion-stress-free-degree-ai-and-health-care
On behalf of the Program team, you are invited observe the outcomes of the Spring 2019 Discovery Program at the Final Symposium on the morning of May 31st, 2019.
Interact with the senior science students from TDSB Secondary Schools (George Harvey Collegiate Institute & Western Technical-Commercial School) as they share how they have worked through the semester to meet challenges in the context of Diabetes from biological, chemical and physical perspectives. Prof. Jonathan Rocheleau is the keynote speaker for this session.
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Presenter: Dr. Rick Penciner MD, MSC, CCFP(EM), FCFP