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Jane Lawrence-Dewar, PhD

 

Scientist

Email: tbh%23net|dewarja  



Education:

  •  PhD Physiology, University of Manitoba, 2007 
  •  BSc Biology, University of Winnipeg, 2002

Appointments and Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Sciences and School of Kinesiology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON 
  • Assistant Professor, Northern Ontario School of Medicine, Thunder Bay, ON
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Perception and Action Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba. 2008–2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford Systems Neuroscience and Pain Lab, Department of Anesthesia, Stanford University, 2006-2007



Research Areas of Focus:

Stroke has devastating consequences for thousands of Canadians each year. Often, patients are left with motor impairments that greatly affect their quality of life. To adjust, patients must adapt their motor movements but the areas of the brain that need to perform these adaptations may also have been affected. Dr. Lawrence-Dewar will use structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the brain and spinal cord to help understand the disruption and reorganization of neural networks in the brain following injury due to stroke and recovering motor control and adaptation during rehabilitation.

 

Projects that Dr. Lawrence-Dewar will guide include:

  • the role of mirror neurons

  • visuomotor adaptation following stroke
  • changes in the neural networks of stroke patients following rehabilitation

 

The rapidly evolving field of neuroimaging is an exciting and challenging environment as new developments in equipment and techniques constantly improve the ways in which we can non-invasively observe the nervous system. Dr. Lawrence-Dewar’s research is motivated by the novel application of these techniques to further our understanding of neural injury, disease and possible recovery from their devastating effects.

 

 Visit Dr. Lawrence-Dewar's Lab website

 




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