From brain plasticity to new physics


Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships bring top researchers to McGill

McGill University is proud to welcome four new Banting Postdoctoral Fellows who come from as far afield as Australia and Italy to continue their studies in Montreal. Their research ranges from the study of musical improvisation from the 15th to the 18th century to working on DNA nanostructure interfaces. The Honourable Gary  Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), announced the latest recipients of Canada's most prestigious postdoctoral awards at an event held at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario earlier today.

The objective of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships Program is to attract and retain top-tier postdoctoral talent, both nationally and internationally, to develop their leadership potential and to position them for success as research leaders of tomorrow, positively contributing to Canada's economic, social and research-based growth through a research-intensive career. The award provides its recipients with $70,000 for two years.

The winners of the Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship who will be attending McGill are:

Massimiliano Guido             Music in the memory palace - learning processes in music making and performance at the keyboard, 1450-1750: a study on improvisation techniques used for learning music theory while       playing, from the Buxheimer Orgelbuch to Johann Sebastian Bach

Christopher Serpell              Interfacing DNA Nanostructures with Synthetic Polymers for Applications in Biology and Materials Science

Patrice Voss                          Neuroanatomical and neurometabolical markers of crossmodal brain plasticity in the blind using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography and magnetic resonance spectrography (MRS)

Patrick Scott                          Discovery and discrimination of models for new physics with combined terrestrial and astrophysical data

“The Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships make Canada a destination of choice for the world’s top postdoctoral researchers,” said Dr. Alain Beaudet, President of CIHR, on behalf of the three federal research granting agencies.  “Through this program, we are supporting the research leaders of tomorrow – individuals who have the potential to make significant contributions to Canada’s economic and social well-being.”

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