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Director / Principal Investigator

Dr. Amanpreet Badhwar is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montreal, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, and a Principal Investigator at the Centre de recherche de l'Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM). She is a member of the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). She is also actively engaged in several committees of the International Organization for Human Brain Mapping.

From the undergraduate to postdoctoral level, Dr. Badhwar’s path has been to study neurological disease by combining different data types, starting with small-scale genetics and brain imaging early in her career, and progressively moving to “big data” in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Dr. Badhwar’s multi-institutional PhD work under the supervision of Professor Edith Hamel at McGill University combined the themes of multimodal research (neuroimaging, proteomics, and measures of neurovascular coupling), to tease apart the contributions of neuronal and cerebrovascular damage on cognitive dysfunction in AD, and the impact of drug treatment on these components.

Elements of Dr. Badhwar’s postdoctoral work sought to characterize the heterogeneity in AD cohorts using resting-state functional MRI connectivity, an emerging biomarker of synaptic or network dysfunction in AD. These investigations contributed to the understanding of connectivity measures in AD from three different perspectives: group-level connectivity, connectivity subtypes, and individual connectivity fingerprint.

Another important aspect of Dr. Badhwar’s postdoctoral work was focused on establishing a biomarker roadmap for the Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging, where she and her colleagues proposed an analytic framework for generating multiomics biomarkers from imaging, genomics, metabolomics and other modalities.

Dr. Badhwar has held several prestigious scholarships over the years, and was recently awarded the Chercheur-boursier Junior 1 from the Fonds de recherche du Québec.



Current Members


Flavie Detcheverry

MSc Candidate

Flavie is finishing her baccalauréat in Cognitive Neuroscience (option neuropsychology) at the University of Montreal. She is passionate about conducting research in aging, with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. She is also interested in using neuroimaging techniques to answer relevant biomedical questions. Flavie joins Professor Badhwar's lab as an intern during the winter session, but hopes to continue as a MSc student under her supervision.

Prior to this, Flavie was a volunteer researcher in the laboratory of Professor Jean Gagnon (Laboratoire d'Électrophysiologie en Neuroscience Sociale). She also continues to volunteer with Parkinson UdeM Committee, where she is putting together vulgarization videos about the disease for their YouTube channel. Flavie is also an Associate Editor for the fourteenth volume of the Journal of Interpersonal Relations, Intergroup Relations and Identity (JIRIRI), a role that allows her to gain experience with the peer review process, as well as the review and editing of scientific manuscripts

Ikrame Housni

MSc Candidate

Ikrame is completing a bachelor's degree in neuroscience at Concordia University. She aims to research biomarkers of neurodegenerative diseases with a keen interest for neurovascular research. She aspires to improve the use of neuroimaging techniques by integrating the impact of intrinsic neurophysiology in the interpretation of data generated by instruments as fMRI. Ikrame joins MIND Lab as a master’s candidate to pursue her academic journey under the supervision of Dr. Badhwar.

Prior to joining the lab, Ikrame gained experience in behavioral and computational neuroscientific research during her years at the Neural ABC Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Christopher J. Steele. She undertook a summer internship at the laboratory of Dr. Paul Cisek where she gained experience in neurophysiological research. These endeavors consolidated her current research interest and led her to conduct an undergraduate research thesis where she researched weak & strong cerebellar connectivity. Ikrame continues to volunteer as a crisis intervener at Suicide Action Montreal (SAM). She is also the executive producer of the podcast "Brainstorm" which mediates discussions between researchers of different expertise on academic topics that aim to make neuroscience accessible to the general public.

Marie Biard, BSc

Medical Student Intern
Faculté de médecine, Université de Montréal

Marie is currently a medical student at Université de Montreal. Previously, she had completed a Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science degree in Neuroscience at Université de Montréal. Her master’s project, conducted in Dr. Claire Bénard’s lab and co-supervised by Dr. Alex Parker, aimed to investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in the long-term maintenance of the nervous system architecture in a nematode model. In addition, Marie is a Swab The World Foundation ambassador, whose mission is to increase ethnic diversity within the stem cell registry. She raises awareness amongst high school and CEGEP by hosting conferences.

Throughout her studies, she became interested in understanding neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, which is becoming increasingly prevalent within our population. Keen on deepening her knowledge of neurocognitive disorders, she will be joining Dr. Badhwar's lab this summer to participate on the VAScular contributions to cognitive decline and dementia Training (VAST) platform.

Diana Ioana Abalasei

Undergraduate Intern
Polytechnique Montréal


Alumni Members


Natasha Clarke

Postdoctoral Fellow

Jennifer Robert

Dawson College Intern

Seungyeon Lee

Dawson College Intern

Sabrina Loudjani

Undergraduate Intern

Steven Jia

Undergraduate Intern

Preslava Aleksieva

Dawson College Intern

Brandon Levine

Dawson College Intern




Join the team at the Badhwar MIND Lab


We are actively recruiting new team members.



Collaborations



Active or Long-term Collaborators


Canada

Antonio Nanci, Université de Montréal, Montréal

Arsalan Haqqani, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa

Danica Stanimirovic, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa

Danilo Bzdok, McGill University, Montréal

David Rudko, Montréal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montréal

Edith Hamel, Montréal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montréal

Howard Chertkow, Baycrest Health Sciences and the Rotman Research Institute, Toronto

Jamie Near, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University, Montréal

Louis Collins, Montréal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montréal

Miroslava Cuperlovic-Culf, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa

Natasha Rajah, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University, Montréal

Pedro Rosa-Neto, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University, Montréal

Pierre Bellec, CRIUGM, Université de Montréal, Montréal

Pierre Haddad, Université de Montréal, Montréal

Ravi Rungta, Université de Montréal, Montréal

Roger Dixon, University of Alberta, Edmonton

Simon Duchesne, Université Laval, Quebec City

Simona Brambati, CRIUGM, Université de Montréal, Montréal

Serge Gauthier, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University, Montréal

Sridar Narayanan, Montréal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montréal

Steffany Bennet, University of Ottawa, Ottawa


International

Athina Tzovara, University of Bern, Switzerland

Dan Lloyd, Trinity College, USA

Daniel Margulies, Institut de Cerveau et de la Moelle épinière-Paris, France

Felix Hoffstaedter, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Hien Nguyen, La Trobe University, Australia

Lucina Uddin, University of Miami, USA

Thomas Hinault, Inserm, France