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DCNS attracts global talent to Calgary and shares expertise through fellowships

AS THE DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL NEUROSCIENCES advances clinical care through its extraordinary research, the world is paying attention.

International success stories—such as the ground-breaking ESCAPE trial into endovascular treatment for ischemic stroke—ensure a steady of stream of fellows are eager to train in Calgary.

In fact, the Calgary Stroke Program receives two to three applicants every month and over the years has trained 69 fellows from 17 countries.

Similarly, our programs are attracting clinicians, academics and researchers looking to start or grow their careers in an environment that encourages collaboration.

“I was attracted by a world-class academic program and excellent collegiality, based on what I had heard from my friends in Toronto,” says Dr. Hamid Ebadi, who joined the department last year.

Dr. Ebadi completed training at the Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie in Paris after receiving his MD in Tehran, Iran. 

Our newest recruits also include Dr. Oury Monchi, who is now Research Director of the Movement Disorders Program and Clinical Research Director of the department. Dr. Monchi brought his Parkinson’s research lab from Montréal to Calgary.

Neurologist Dr. Colin Josephson came to Calgary after completing a fellowship in Scotland. “I had the privilege of conducting a clinical-research fellowship at the University of Edinburgh prior to coming to Calgary,” he says.

“What struck me most about the University of Calgary is that it is the premiere institution in Canada in which I can apply the clinical, epidemiological and statistical techniques I learned abroad to improve the provision of care to people affected by epilepsy.”

Dr. Josephson praised the collaborative environment he found here. 
“Calgary provides an unparalleled access to the resources, infrastructure, and the sheer enthusiasm for collaborative research that I require to succeed as a clinician-scientist in neurology.”

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RECRUITMENT

Pediatric and Young Adult Rehabilitation Medicine AARP Position 

The Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary is seeking an academic Physiatrist to join our expanding Pediatric and Young Adult Rehabilitation Medicine program. This position is based at the Alberta Children’s Hospital (ACH). We are looking for an energetic physician to work collaboratively with existing medical, surgical and rehabilitation services and to provide research leadership to the program. 

Clinical responsibilities will include provision of Rehabilitation Medicine consultative services to children and young adults on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Strong applicants will be fully supported to build an original research program that integrates the goals of the investigator with the strengths of our institutional networks.

Please click here for details.

Division of Neurology: General Neurologists

General Neurology Locums: Outpatient and inpatient 9-12 month general neurology locum positions are also available beginning in April 2016.

Please click here for details.

Check out the QuICR site!

QuICR is a province-wide stroke program that aims to improve stroke outcomes through rapid clinical and neuromuscular imaging evaluation combined with fast treatment. 

Click for more information.

 

Dr. Eric Smith joins Royal Society of Canada college

Congratulations to DCNS neurologist Dr. Eric Smith, who has been elected to the Royal College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The college, part of the Royal Society of Canada, is “Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership.”

Dr. Smith, an associate professor of neurology and the Katthy Taylor Chair in Vascular Dementia, was inducted at a ceremony on Nov. 18. He is also joining the editorial board of the journal Neurology, effective Jan. 1.

Volunteers needed for Parkinson's Disease study

Dr. Oury Monchi is seeking volunteers (with and without Parkinson's Disease) for a study. Click here to find out if you can help.

Dr. Robert G. Lee Lectureship

The Dr. Robert G. Lee Lectureship — honouring one of the founders of our department — was held Friday, Dec. 9. 

Our special guest for the inaugural event, neurosurgeon Dr. Allan Levi, presented on groundbreaking research and treatments for spinal cord and peripheral nerve injury at the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine.  

Many thanks to Dr. Levi for sharing his clinical and scientific insights with the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and the Hotchkiss Brian Institute. 

Picture above is Department Head Dr. Rajiv Midha with Dr. Levi and Dr. Lee.

Calgary clinician’s inspirational dedication to stroke research recognized

CTV News Calgary has featured neurologist Dr. Michael Hill as an Inspired Albertan and recognized his recent award by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. 

Click here to watch the video interview. (Flash required)