Sivaniya was inspired to initiate the Wisdom Exchange Project to connect research trainees with older adults to form meaningful intergenerational friendships. These relationships are rare to find but often spark an exchange of different stories, perspectives, and ideas!
Danielle is a postdoctoral fellow at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest. Her research investigates risk and protective factors across the lifespan for brain health with aging. She is also interested in personalized dementia risk reduction programs. Danielle is interested and actively engaged in knowledge translation and community outreach.
Giulia is a PhD candidate at McGill University working with Prof. Nathan Spreng. Her research interests lie in understanding mechanisms of inter-regional communication in the brain and their behavioural relevance. Specifically, she is investigating whether and how large-scale network architecture interacts with BOLD signal variability patterns, in healthy aging and preclinical Alzheimer’s populations. Giulia is involved in several community outreach and science communication projects, aimed at getting the public excited and involved in science. WEP is a wonderful opportunity for her to keep sharing the love of science with the community.
Victoria is a postdoctoral fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Department of Health Sciences, where her research is focused on determining neural biomarkers for brain fog in cancer patients. The long term goal of this project is to better understand how the brain is influenced by chemotherapy agents, and support research into methods of preventing and treating brain fog symptoms. She is passionate about science communication for all generations, which WEP provides a great opportunity for.
Kelly is a PhD candidate in McGill’s integrated program in Neuroscience, studying the impact of early life stress on the cellular and molecular properties of brain white matter, and how this biological embedding of trauma might predispose individuals to mental illness. Furthermore, she looks at how the lipid profile of brain white matter changes across the age span. She is passionate about promoting evidence-based strategies for mental wellbeing, including fostering social connections in the aging population.
DR. FLORIS VAN VUGT, PHD
Meaningful Social Connections
Assistant Professor, Université de Montréal
Community Advisory Member
CEZARA HANGANU, RN
Later Life Mental Health
Geriatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Jewish General Hospital
Community Advisory Member
PAST TEAM MEMBERS
Emma Conway, Prior Ontario Co-Lead
Lauren Bechard, Former Ontario Co-Lead
Alicia Duval, Former Quebec Co- Lead
Monica Vaillancourt, Former Quebec Co-Lead
Natalie Slavat, Former Toronto Co-Lead
Rhiannon Ueberholz, Former Content Manager
Marlyn Barrett, Former Community Advisory Board Member
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