We are glad and proud to annonce that we have received a financial support from the Neuroscience Thematic Research Center (NTRC) of Université Laval to investigate neurovascular impairments underlying the neurological symptoms associated to COVID-19.

We are very pleased to welcome in the coming months two new members, Dr Daniel Manrique Castano who is finalizing a PhD (Dr rer nat) in neuroscience at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany and will join the lab to perform a postdoctoral training, and Mrs Yara El Moghrabi who will join the lab to perform doctoral studies. Daniel and Yara will work on exciting projects dealing with neurovascular interactions in stroke.

Our new lab member, Daniel, is a dedicated science communicator, writing for different media and websites, and winning two international scientific essay contests in the area of biology and physics. He published one popular science book in cosmology and is currently carrying out other editorial projects in neuroscience. He articulates his research activities with science divulgation in his webpage sciencelogs.org!

We are proud to announce that our project entitled “Mechanisms regulating contribution of pericytes to brain repair after stroke” has been approved for funding by the CIHR in the recent Project grant Autumn 2019 competition. Details: https://www.fmed.ulaval.ca/faculte-et-reseau/a-surveiller/nouvelles/detail-dune-nouvelle/concours-de-subventions-projet-de-lautomne-2019-des-irsc/

Our latest research paper entitled “Canonical Wnt Pathway Maintains Blood-Brain Barrier Integrity upon Ischemic Stroke and Its Activation Ameliorates Tissue Plasminogen Activator Therapy”, which was published in the journal Molecular Neurobiology, was covered in the media. Details: https://nouvelles.ulaval.ca/recherche/quand-chaque-minute-compte-1dd9b03ac95f219f3297b7dbfc93f363

We are happy to welcome Mrs Natija Aldib who recently joined the lab to develop an exciting project that aims at developing new cell-based therapies for stroke in collaboration with Dr Armen Saghatelyan at CERVO Research Center, Quebec, Canada.

Congratulations to Dr Rayan Khaddaj-Mallat who received a CIHR prostdoctral for 3 years fellowship for her project entitled “Role of FGFRs in rnodulating fibrogenicity of perivascular cells in cerebrovascular diseases”.

Congratulations to Dr Ayman ElAli for receiving the Louise Rousselle-Trottier 2018 excellence award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canada. The award that recognizes the research excellence of outstanding emerging investigators in the field of vascular health in brain diseases. Details: https://www.fmed.ulaval.ca/faculte-et-reseau/a-surveiller/nouvelles/detail-dune-nouvelle/un-prix-dexcellence-pour-ayman-elali/

Dr Ayman ElAli is presenting at the 11th World Congress of Microcirculation 2018, which was held in Vancouver, Canada

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