Department of Neuroscience (CCBN)


Welcome to the Department of Neuroscience

We are a group of neuroscientists who approach the study of the brain from the point of view of the behavioural and cognitive function of distributed neural systems.

Our Department at the University of Lethbridge was the first established neuroscience department in the country and home to some of Canada’s most famous neuroscientists. Our faculty have a wide range of interests that span topics such as memory, neuroplasticity, comparative neurology, brain development, neurodegenerative disease, recovery after injury, decision making, gambling, play, sleep and stress. And all of our faculty have national and international reputations for their work. The Department is located in the Science Commons, Canada's more advanced faility for science education and research. This new $280-million facility truly puts science on display and will inspire the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs and leaders. With open and flexible laboratories, makerspaces and specialized outreach spaces, students from kindergarten to PhD-level, faculty and community members will have boundless opportunities for hands-on learning, collaboration and discovery.

Department Highlights

Robert Sutherland

University of Lethbridge neuroscientist Dr. Robert Sutherland to receive distinguished contribution award

Marking a stellar career as a researcher and professor, ULethbridge’s Dr. Robert Sutherland has been named winner of the 2022 Donald O. Hebb Distinguished Contribution Award by the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour & Cognitive Science (CSBBCS).

The award recognizes those who’ve made a significant contribution to the study of brain, behaviour and cognitive science through their research, training of others and leadership in the field.

Sutherland will receive his award on Tuesday, July 19 at the CSBBCS annual meeting in Halifax, where he will also deliver the Hebb Award Lecture.

Drs. Jamshid Faraji, left, and Gerlinde Metz

Study examines importance of social interaction on brain health in wake of pandemic isolation

ULethbridge researchers say social interaction, especially in the wake of pandemic isolation, is important to brain health. Males and females in this study, which used a rodent model, benefited from both physical and social enrichment, but physical interaction was most important to males and social interaction was most important to females.

“We have to be careful when we look at animal research and compare it to humans, but I think we can learn some good lessons from these studies. Right now, our population faces a severe mental health crisis and is aging rapidly. Pregnant mothers and elderly are especially vulnerable, and they feel the hit of the pandemic and the effects of social distancing.”

University of Lethbridge chosen to conduct dosage study for novel Parkinson’s disease formulations

Gb Sciences, Inc. (OTCQB:GBLX), a leading plant-inspired biopharmaceutical research and development company, has selected the University of Lethbridge to complete a dose range study of Gb Sciences’ patent-protected formulations in a rodent model of Parkinson’s disease (PD).

“Gb Sciences is an innovator in drug discovery and development, and they have promising drug candidates for the treatment of Parkinsonian movement disorders. With the state-of-the-art behavioral measurement methods at the University of Lethbridge and the exceptional innovative programs, this promises to be an outstanding, productive partnership,” says Dr. Robert Sutherland, professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at ULethbridge; Board of Governors Research Chair in Neuroscience; and director of the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience.

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Nicola Schatz

“Scientific research at uLethbridge is genuinely collaborative. Within a single lab and across multiple labs, you can help on various projects by sharing equipment, ideas and expertise in different protocols.”

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U of L neuroscientist elected to the Royal Society of Canada

During his lengthy career, Dr. Rob Sutherland has made exceptional contributions to neuroscience.

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