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News Release: Joe Doupe Memorial Lecture

September 3, 2014 — 

The University of Manitoba’s College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, proudly presents this year’s Joe Doupe Lecture, featuring Brian Schmidt [B.Sc. Med/80, MD/80]. The full story can be read here on UM Today.

Who: Dr. Brian Schmidt
What: “Neural Control of Walking: The B.Sc. (Med.) project that wouldn’t go away”
When: Thursday, September 4, 2014 from Noon – 1 p.m.
Where: Frederic Gaspard Theatre, Basic Medical Sciences Building, Bannatyne Campus, University of Manitoba

This annual lecture recognizes and honours Dr. Joseph Doupe’s legacy within the University of Manitoba College of Medicine and spirit of enquiry he instilled in his medical students. Dr. Doupe, recruited in 1947 as Director of Physiology and Medical Research, assembled the medical school’s first research group. He was Professor and Head of the Department of Physiology from 1954 – 1966 and served as an inspiration to all.


About the lecturer

Dr. Brian Schmidt is a clinician-scientist and professor in the Section of Neurology, Department of Internal Medicine and an adjunct professor in the Department of Physiology, University of Manitoba. He received his MD from the University of Manitoba in 1980 and completed specialty training in Neurology at the Montreal Neurological Institute/McGill University in 1984. His interest in spinal cord research was stimulated by a B.Sc. (Med.) project during the summers of 1977-78 under the mentorship of Dr. Larry Jordan in the Department of Physiology. Dr. Schmidt has been a member of the Spinal Cord Research Centre since returning to Manitoba in 1988. His research focuses on determining fundamental mechanisms of motor control, locomotion in particular, His research has long-standing support from the MRC/CIHR as well as numerous local and several international agencies. In addition to supervising summer students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows he has been an advisory committee member for over 30 graduate students.


For more on the spinal cord and walking, check out the story on Page 10 of the most recent ResearchLIFE magazine. You may be giving the brain more credit than it deserves.


For more information contact Ilana Simon, Director of Communications & Marketing, College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, 204-789-3427, (cell)204-295-6777 or ilana [dot] simon [at] med [dot] umanitoba [dot] ca


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