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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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Section of Neurology: Hospital Neurologist

The Division of Neurology at the University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services is inviting applications for a Hospital neurologist (Neuro-hospitalist). Qualifications include an MD, a specialist certificate in Neurology from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and eligibility for licensure in the Province of Alberta. 

The candidate must be fellowship trained in an appropriate subspecialty or have at least one year of experience in clinical practice and training in Quality Improvement, Hospital Management, or a similar discipline.

Please click here for details.

Section 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.

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.

Neuroimaging in Parkinson’s Disease and Related Disorders Symposium

Join Course Co-Directors Oury Monchi, PhD and Antonio P. Strafella, MD, PhD on June 9-10 at HBI.

Click here for more information.

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. 

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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)