giuseppe iaria (DIRECTOR)

Giuseppe Iaria Dr. Iaria is Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. He is a member of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health. Dr. Iaria graduated in 1997 with a bachelors degree in Experimental Psychology, completed further training in Neuropsychology in 1999, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2003. He has conducted behavioural and neuroimaging studies in both healthy individuals and brain-damaged patients and worked in different academic/research locations such as the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada), the University of Rome "La Sapienza" (Rome, Italy), the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University (Montreal, Canada), and Le College de France (Paris, France). (Phone: +1 403 220 8482)

ford burles (graduate student - PhD)

Ford's main project at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the contribution of the retrosplenial complex on the human ability to orient, and its relationship to the lifelong condition of getting lost in familiar surroundings (i.e. Developmental Topographical Disorientation). In addition, he is responsible for the development of, the very first online platform providing a comprehensive assessment of human orientation skills. The data collected through this website provides us with a very large database that allows us to gain insight into the processes used by individuals as they navigate and orient (or get lost) in their surroundings. Ford is the recipient of the prestigious Izaak Walton Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarship and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Graduate Scholarship. (Phone: +1 403 220 3828)

Liam mcfarlane (graduate student - master)

Liam's research interest focuses on investigating concussion in professional athletes. As both a researcher and former professional speed skater, Liam is particularly interested in investigating the development of a cognitive training program that will contribute to a faster and more effective recovery from sport-related concussion. At NeuroLab, he is using a cognitive training focused on spatial cognition, and evaluate its positive effects from a cognitive and behavioural perspective in relationshipt with the post-concussion recovery of professional athletes. (Phone: +1 403 220 4069)

alberto umilta (graduate student - phd)

Alberto has joined NeuroLab from The University of Bologna (Italy). His research interest focuses on developing and assessing effectiveness of online cognitive training. At NeuroLab, Alberto will focus on investigating the behavioural and neurological effects of a training program designed to improve individuals' spatial orientation skills. The effects of this training will be assessed neurologically, through the use of both structural and functional neuroimaging, and behaviourally, through the use of spatial orientation tasks in ecological surroundings. (Phone: +1 403 220 4069)

michael McLaren (prospective graduate student)

Michael is joining NeuroLab with a specific interest in combining the state-of-the-art technology with behavioural and neuroimaging approaches to create an effective cognitive training program for people whose orientation skills have declined or never developed. Hi si focusing in creating an interactive virtual environment in which individuals will practice creating and making use of cognitive maps for orientation. He is interested in evaluating the effects of such training, behaviourally and neurologically. (Phone: +1 403 220 3828)


jaimy hannah (summer and honours student)

Jaimy's interest at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the behavioural and neurological mechanisms related to Developental Topographical Disorientation. She is using a series of cognitive tests in order to evaluate the sepcific deficts related to this condition, and the potential to make use of an appositely-designed cognitive training to improve spatial orientation skills. She is supported by the Program for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) Award. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)


kendra potocki (volunteer)

Kendra’s main focus at NeuroLab is to assist with ongoing research into the lifelong condition of getting lost in familiar surroundings, as seen in Developmental Topographical Disorientation (DTD). Kendra holds a BSc with a major in cellular, molecular, and microbial biology, and a minor in psychology. She is specifically interested in investigating the influence that genetics has on spatial abilities, and is currently focusing on the heritability of DTD. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

chelsie hart (volunteer)

Chelsie's interest at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the effects of using virtual environment and virtual reality in performing spatial orientation tasks. She is focusing on quantifying the positive effects of both techniques in order to better define cognitive training targeting different groups of individuals who experience topographical disorientation. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)

kara murias (research associate)

Kara had joined Neurolab in 2012 as a PhD student in the Clinical Investigator Program after completing three years of a paediatric neurology residency, and has received her PhD in December 2015. She is interested in investigating how neurological diseases affect the development of cognitive abilities in children. Her main project at NeuroLab focuses on investigating the effects of perinatal stroke on the emergence of orientation skills. Kara combines a traditional clinical approach with advanced behavioural and neuroimaging techniques aiming to understand the effects of neuro-plasticity on the development of a complex cognitive function such as the ability to navigate and orient in spatial surroundings.


serena schimert (summer student)

Serena's summer experience at NeuroLab is focusing on investigating the effects of concussion on the ability to perform spatial orientation tasks, and how such performance could help in predicting post-concussion symptoms. She is an undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience, and her summer research is sponsered by the Rick "Tiger" Williams Summer Studentship as provided by the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. (Phone: +1 403 220 3715)


Veronica Guadagni (PhD student 2012 - 17)
Irene Liu (MSc and PhD student 2010 - 17)
Aiden Arnold (MSc and PhD student 2010 - 17)
Edward (Ted) Slone (PhD student 2011-16)
Kara Murias (PhD student 2012-15)
Elizabeth Cook (honours student 2015-16)
Antony Wang (honours student 2015-16)
Silvana Valera (honours student 2015-16)
Kara Murias (phd student 2012-15)
Silvana Valera (summer student 2015)
Sana Tariq (research associate 2014-15)
Melissa Yue (honours student 2014-15)
Harold Song (honours student 2014-15)
Taneesha Chawla (summer student 2014)
Zaw Aung (summer student 2014)
Gurjot Sekhon (summer student 2014)
Laura Gerow (honours student 2013-14)
Kathy Kwok (honours student 2013-14)
Felecia Hoey (honours student 2012-13)
Naveet Sohi (honours student 2012-13)
Adrian Gil Castillejo (summer student 2013)
Katharina Müller (international student 2012-13)
Lauren Froese (summer student 2012)
Taya Krivoruchko (honours student 2011-12)
Andrea Moir (honours student 2011-12)
Rachel Sharkey (honours student 2011-12)
Rachel Sharkey (summer student 2011)
Sabine Seyffarth (international student 2011)
Jacqueline Boon (summer students 2011)
Colin Rey (research associate 2010-11)
Mada Wentzel (honours students 2010-11)
Amber Nowakowski (honours students 2010-11)