The Program

The CIHR Training Program in Neurodegenerative Lipidomics is a trans-institutional program and collaborative initiative between an interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI). The program applies a targeted systems approach to integrative research that promotes and facilitates cross-disciplinary training and knowledge exchange in order to stimulate new insights to advance critical research in neurodegenerative lipidomics.

The Neurodegenerative Lipidomics training program promotes a research and academic curriculum designed to produce experts and leaders in discrete fields yet able to understand, communicate, and collaborate with specialists from different disciplines. What makes this program unique is that these experts work together in interdisciplinary teams as part of their training - applying a systems biology approach targeting the complex problem of neuronal vulnerability in neurodegenerative disease. The program focuses on training highly qualified students and early-career professionals to apply lipidomic technologies and strategies to identify and reverse pathogenic changes in lipid metabolism that render neurons vulnerable to Alzheimer Disease (AD), Parkinson's Disease (PD), and stroke.

The program supports its training curriculum through an extended mentorship network of Principal Investigators (PI) and peer-mentors, as well as through award funding. The program consists of 18 PIs and, as of January 2014, 112 funded students and fellows in the fields of neuroscience, biology, architecture, engineering, medicine, psychology, analytical chemistry, genetics, molecular biology, engineering, and bioinformatics.