In this episode, we interface with Lynn Raymond, Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Louise A. Brown Chair in Neuroscience.
We chat about becoming a clinical scientist, working on Huntington’s Disease, UBC’s UG neuroscience program, the importance of collaborative science across health and healthcare, leadership and more.
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Director, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Louise A. Brown Chair in Neuroscience
Dr. Lynn Raymond combines neuroscience research with clinical practice in Neurology. Her lab investigates pathogenic mechanisms of Huntington disease (HD), as well as glutamate receptor structure-function, modulation and signaling. Working with HD mouse models, Dr. Raymond made significant contributions to focusing the field on altered striatal neuronal NMDA-type glutamate receptor (NMDAR) trafficking and excitatory synaptic signaling as central mechanisms of early striatal dysfunction. More recently, her lab has focused on early changes in cortical-striatal and cortical pyramidal glutamatergic synaptic plasticity, which may contribute to impairments in learning and cognitive flexibility, as well as promote selective neuronal degeneration. The lab also developed an automated home-cage system for assessing motor learning, and uses electrophysiological and optogenetic approaches to study cortical and striatal activity in awake behaving mice in vivo to determine circuit changes underlying HD. Dr. Raymond served as President for the Canadian Association for Neuroscience. She is Director of the HD Medical Clinic at UBC and a practicing neurologist. As Site PI of several clinical trials and observational studies, she contributes data to publications on multi-centre studies in HD
Learn more about Lynn here
Dr. Payam Zahedi
Strategic Planning & Operations Director, UBC School of Biomedical Engineering
Payam is a born problem solver and dot connector who believes that real impact only occurs when everyone is given the means to chase it. He's the Director of Strategic Planning and Operations at UBC's School of Biomedical Engineering and holds a BASc in Biomedical Engineering and an MSc and PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, from the University of Toronto. He believes we are better together and is an advocate for equity and inclusivity. In his spare time, when he's not chasing his two sons around, he's experimenting in the kitchen, reading crime fiction and untangling the mechanisms of effective leadership.
Communications & Engagement Manager, UBC School of Biomedical Engineering
Miguel is an unflinching optimist. He is a communicator and writer whose work has appeared in literary magazines and on stages around the world. His most recent publications include Harpur Palate, the Literary Review of Canada, Plainsongs Magazine, and Soliloquies Anthology. He believes in authenticity; in doing and saying what you actually believe, and he is an obsessive student of leadership from the biological and anthropological perspectives. You've likely heard him rant about it, and he's not sorry.