Congratulations to the Royal Society of Canada Class of 2020

Royal Society of Canada class of 2020

Congratulations to the Canadian neuroscientists newly elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, and to the incoming class of the college of new scientists.

“The Royal Society of Canada is delighted to recognise this year’s exceptional cohort of inductees, as the contributions of these outstanding artists, scholars and scientists have significantly impacted their respective disciplines at both national and international levels.” says RSC President Jeremy McNeil.
Congratulations to the following Canadian neuroscientists elected to this prestigious Society!

New fellows of the Royal Society of Canada

ADDINGTON, Jean – Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary

Jean AddingtonJean Addington is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of schizophrenia, early psychosis and early prevention of serious mental illness. Her work has made significant contributions to the understanding and development of preventative strategies and early intervention in psychiatry, especially for young people at risk of developing psychosis and other serious mental illnesses. Her innovative and internationally recognized research program seeks to transform the lives of these at-risk youth.

DAVIS, Karen – Department of Surgery and Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto

Karen DavisKaren Davis is internationally recognized for her pioneering and influential neuroscientific research using electrophysiology, psychophysics, and brain imaging approaches that has improved our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie pain and its modulation. Through mentorships and leadership roles, and as president of the Canadian Pain Society she has advanced the pain and neuroscience fields and advocated for strategies and neuroethics policies that impact people who are living with chronic pain.

SAKSIDA, Lisa – Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Western University

Lisa SaksidaLisa Saksida has made important theoretical and experimental contributions to understanding the neurobiological basis of cognition. Her collaborative and interdisciplinary approach allows her to span multiple levels of analysis—from molecule to behaviour—to answer fundamental questions about the brain in health and disease, and how the answers to these questions can best be translated, eventually, to the clinic.


College of New Scholars

GRAHN, Jessica – Department of Psychology, Western University

Jessica Grahn is a world leader in Cognitive Neuroscience of Music. She investigates why we move to rhythm, and how movement and rhythm are connected in the brain. In addition to using brain scanning to understand how motor areas in the brain respond to different types of rhythm, she also examines how rhythm and music affect those with dysfunction in movement areas, such as Parkinson’s disease and stroke.

LEBEL, Catherine – Department of Radiology, University of Calgary

Catherine Lebel

Catherine Lebel is a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Pediatric Neuroimaging who conducts interdisciplinary research using advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to study brain maturation and how it is related to cognitive, behavioural, and environmental factors. She is recognized for her foundational contributions to the understanding of brain development in typically-developing children and those with neurodevelopmental disorders such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

WINSTANLEY, Catharine – Department of Psychology, The University of British Columbia

Catharine WinstanleyCatharine Winstanley explores the neurobiology underlying impulsivity and decision making, in order to improve treatments for addiction and compulsive disorders. Her work shows that pairing wins with casinoinspired sounds and lights during gambling simulations increases risky choice in rats and humans, and also alters the sensitivity of the dopamine system. This research may help explain why electronic gambling games are so addictive, and why drug and gambling addictions often co-occur.