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What's Happening in the MIND Lab

Participant Recruitment

We will soon be seeking healthy volunteers (20-69 years of age) to participate in our project: “Establishing the Neurochemical Fingerprint of Aging and Age-related Dementias Using Multimodal Metabolomics”. Please contact us for additional information if interested in participating.

Positions Available

Join the team at the Badhwar MIND Lab! See our Join Us page.


September 2020

Création d’un fonds pour soutenir la recherche sur le vieillissement

La Faculté de médecine de l’Université de Montréal et le Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM) s’allient afin de créer un fonds ayant pour objectif de soutenir les recherches sur la thématique de la neurodégénérescence liée au vieillissement.

Rendu possible grâce à la Fondation Courtois, ce fonds sera dédié à AmanPreet Badhwar, chercheuse au CRIUGM et professeure au Département de pharmacologie et physiologie...

Dr. Badhwar is now affiliated with the Institute of Biomedical Engineering/Institut de Génie Biomédical at the University of Montreal and can supervise students in the program.

Congratulations to Sabrina Loudjani for getting her manuscript accepted in Frontiers for Young Minds. Great job at communicating science to a younger audience!

August 2020

Dr. Badhwar will be moderating the CCNA Trainee Research Panel - "What is a Biomarker?" during the CCNA Partners Forum and Science Day, October 14-17, 2020.

Dr. Badhwar received funding from Quebec Bio-Imaging Network.

July 2020

Congratulations to Sabrina Loudjani for receiving the MITACS Research Training Award for her 2020 summer internship!

April 2020

Dr. Badhwar was awarded the Fonds de recherche du Québec des subventions salariales at the Junior 1 level.

Press and Media Coverage

  1. Art and Alzheimer’s – CBC Radio One, October 2019
  2. The lines that connect (interviewed by Interalia Magazine), Interalia Magazine, 2018
  3. CCNA Trainee Profile: Amanpreet Badhwar, CCNA Team 9 (Developing New Biomarkers)
    Link: https://ccna-ccnv.ca/news/ccna-trainee-profile-amanpreet-badhwar-ccna-team-9-developing-new-biomarkers/
  4. Levels of Thoughts - OHBM 2017
  5. The Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration and Aging (CCNA) (pdf)
  6. Interalia Magazine: In Dialogue with Art and Science, November 2016
    Link: http://www.interaliamag.org/interviews/amanpreet-badhwar/
    PRSA_20161129.pdf (pdf)
  7. Brain Art Competition 2016
    Link: http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog/brain-art-competition-neuro-bureau
  8. Brain Art Competition 2015 (Winner- Best Multimodal Brain Illustration)
    Link: http://www.neurobureau.org/galleries/brain-art-competition-2015/
  9. Crossing Fibers: A Retrospectroscopic View (Group exhibition 2015: Honolulu, USA; Berlin, Germany; Leipzig, Germany)
    The Neuro Bureau: Berlin (pdf)
    The Neuro Bureau: Honolulu (pdf)
    The Neuro Bureau: Leipzig (pdf)
  10. Une artiste aux 18es Journées de la culture 2014 au profit de la Société Alzheimer de Montréal (pdf)
  11. Journées de la culture
    JourneesDeLaCulture.pdf (pdf)
  12. 2014 Great Italian Art & Food Challenge (pdf) (Group Exhibition 2014: Milan, Italy)
  13. January 2014 - Age Plus Prize Winner: AmanPreet Badhwar McGill University
    Link: http://www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/47637.html   (show excerpt)

    January 2014 - Age Plus Prize Winner: AmanPreet Badhwar
    McGill University

    Impaired structural correlates of memory in Alzheimer's disease mice.

    Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and related dementias are the most common causes of disability in people over 65, affecting over 500,000 Canadians. One factor in the progressive cognitive deterioration in AD could be a decline in how well the brain adapts its structure to changing demands, a process known as neuroanatomical plasticity.

    AmanPreet and her research team compared mice with an AD-like disease with normal mice on a set of memory and learning tasks, and measured changes in the size of brain structures using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). She also tested the effects of a proposed drug for AD, pioglitazone, on cerebrovascular function, memory, and neuroanatomical plasticity.

    The hippocampus, a brain structure important for memory, enlarged in normal mice after training. The AD mice, however, did not remember as well as the normal mice and showed smaller increases in hippocampal volume. Pioglitazone greatly improved cerebrovascular function, mildly improved memory, but did not improve neuroanatomical plasticity. Together, these findings suggest that reduced neuroanatomical plasticity and impaired function of the blood vessels in the brain both contribute to cognitive decline in AD.

    Currently, AmanPreet is a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal. Her project combines cutting-edge quantitative MRI methods, positron emission tomography and genetics to characterize the extent and nature of metabolic and vascular abnormalities in AD patients. Her goal is to become a professor and conduct translational research bridging basic and applied science to improve the lives of patients with dementia.

  14. Brain Art Competition 2014 (Winner- Best Representation of the Human Connectome)
    Link: http://www.neurobureau.org/galleries/brain-art-competition-2014/
  15. Flashback-Flashforward, Alzheimers Society Of Montreal (pdf)
  16. Mists Of Recollection, Alzheimer Society of Montreal (pdf)