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Mentor of the Month – Professor and Neuroscientist

Our Mentor of the Month series welcomes Dr. Aaron Newman. So here’s your chance to ask everything you wanted to know about working as a professor and a scientist!!!

Aaron Newman is an Associate Professor in Psychology, Psychiatry, Surgery, and Pediatrics (Division of Neurology) at Dalhousie University, where he directs the NeuroCognitive Imaging Laboratory. He is director of the NSERC CREATE-funded RADIANT training program in neurotechnology commercialization and entrepreneurship, and Canadian coordinator of the Trans- Atlantic Neuroscience Teaching Network (TANTEN). He is also a staff scientist at both the Queen Elizabeth II and IWK Health Centres in Halifax.

Dr. Newman completed his undergraduate work at the University of Winnipeg and his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Oregon under the mentorship of Dr. Helen Neville. Following this he held a CIHR postdoctoral award under Drs. Daphne Bavelier, Elissa Newport, and Ted Supalla in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester, and then worked as a Research Associate at the Rochester Center for Brain Imaging before coming to Dalhousie.

Dr. Newman’s research develops novel applications of neuroimaging techniques (EEG, MEG, and MRI) to study neuroplasticity — how the brain is shaped by experience. This includes how second languages are learned, how speech-language therapy can lead to recovery from stroke, and how hearing loss can lead to re-wiring of the brain that can in turn affect cochlear implant outcomes. All of the research conducted by the NeuroCognitive Imaging lab is aimed at improving diagnosis and treatment of language and other neurological disorders, and ultimately people’s quality of life.

His research has been funded by the Canada Research Chairs program, the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, MED-EL, and the Hearing Foundation of Canada.

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