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

Rob McDonald

U of L researchers net $1.8 million to help solve the mysteries of Alzheimer’s disease

University of Lethbridge researchers are looking at the potential for cannabis compounds to treat or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease, as well as to track and possibly stop abnormal proteins from spreading damage in the brain with $1.8 million in funding grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).

Dr. Robert McDonald and his team at the U of L’s Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience (CCBN), will use preclinical animal models to investigate marijuana compounds as potential treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

In the other project, Dr. Robert Sutherland and his team at the CCBN will use an animal model to look more closely at two misfolded proteins associated with Alzheimer’s disease — amyloid beta and tau.

Dr. Majid Mohajerani named first recipient of Dr. Bryan Kolb Professorship/Chair in Neuroscience

A new professorship created at the University of Lethbridge honours the legacy of one of the most influential figures in establishing the study of neuroscience and neuropsychology. It’s first appointee is a rising star who continues to push the boundaries of the field.

Dr. Majid Mohajerani has been named the first recipient of the Dr. Bryan Kolb Professorship/Chair in Neuroscience, which carries a five-year term that may be renewed once for a second five-year term.

The award is an endorsement of the outstanding research Mohajerani has conducted since joining the U of L as part of the Government of Alberta’s Campus Alberta Innovation Program (CAIP) Chairs plan in 2014. At the time, Mohajerani had been serving as a research associate at the International School for Advanced Studies in Trieste, Italy and at the University of British Columbia, and selected the U of L above a number of suitors.

Chelsea Ekstrand

Introducing Assistant Professor, Chelsea Ekstrand

"Academia is not an easy road—it’s a huge commitment filled with many highs and lows and a lot of self-motivation. I’ve been very fortunate to have amazing and supportive mentors along the way that have helped me through the challenging times."
Chelsea Ekstrand joined the University of Lethbridge amid a global pandemic as an assistant professor in the Department of Neuroscience. She wasted no time settling in and getting to know her students. We asked Chelsea a few questions so that we can all get to know her a bit better. Introducing Chelsea Ekstrand.

How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Kaylen Beekman

In this undergraduate research profile, we highlight the work that Kaylen Beekman is doing to understand the effects of lesser-known cannabinoids on gut health.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Nik Josafatow

In this undergraduate research profile, we speak with Neuroscience student Nik Josafatow about his project focusing on the sleeping brain and memory recall.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Davis Juell

In this undergraduate research profile, we feature Neuroscience student Davis Juell, who is spending his summer vacation in the Mohajerani Lab studying Alzheimer's Disease.

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Giselle Tiede

In this undergraduate research profile, we highlight the work of Giselle Tiede, who is spending her summer conducting ground-breaking research on Alzheimer's Disease.

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HYRS - Elisha Wong

During the HYRS program, Elisha Wong sparked her interest in neuroscience and Alzheimer's Disease. Throughout her time in the program, Elisha studied many aspects of Alzheimer's Disease including sex differences in the …

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HYRS - Tabitha Gangur-Powell

Tabitha Gangur-Powell had a dynamic HYRS program experience. At the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre through Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, she spent time in immunology, trace analysis, soil biochemistry, and entomology labs.

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