Annual Research Meeting 2018

ICORD held our fifteenth Annual Research Meeting on March 12 and 13. This year’s conference featured two visiting speakers, eleven research talks by ICORD and RHI researchers, and 51 poster presentations by ICORD staff and trainees from labs at UBC Vancouver, SFU, UBC Okanagan, and BCIT.

Plenary lectures

  • Dr. Zhigang He (Harvard University) From axon regeneration to functional restoration
  • Dr. Michael Boninger (University of Pittsburgh) The hype and hope of assistive technology

ARM attendees at the first poster session

Research talks by: Drs. Stacy Elliott, Jacquelyn Cragg, Barry White, Brian Kwon, Cheryl Wellington, Kathleen Martin Ginis, Babak Sharifi, Ben Mortenson, Corree Laule & Wayne Moore, Alex Williams, and Chris Turner.

Some people say their favourite part of the Annual Research Meeting is the trainee and staff poster session. ICORD is pleased to be able to awards for $750, $500 and $250, in all 4 categories. The overall quality of posters is always high, which leaves the judges with some difficult decisions. This year they had the honour of presenting the inaugural Mario Cruz Staff Award in memory of former Ramer Lab Manager Mario Cruz, who died of cancer in 2016. Congratulations to everyone who presented this year, and to the winners:


3rd: Chris Shamatutu
2nd: Arshdeep Marwaha
Winner, John Steves Award for best poster by a trainee at the undergrad level: Stephanie Kran
All from the Krassioukov Lab!


Honourable mention: Amanda Lee, Krassioukov Lab, Brian Hayes, West Lab
3rd: Alison Williams, Lam Lab
2nd: Rhyann McKay, Gainforth Lab
Winner, W.L. McLeod Award for best poster by a trainee at the Masters level: Mary Fossey, West Lab,

Jasmin Ma (Martin Ginis Lab) presents her research

Honourable mention: Seth Tigchelaar, Kwon Lab, Cameron Gee, West Lab
3rd: Jasmin Ma, Martin Ginis Lab
2nd: Sohrab Manesh, Tetzlaff Lab
Winner, Aaron Moser Prize for best poster by a trainee at the PhD level: Vera-Ellen Lucci, Claydon Lab.

Post Doctoral Fellows:
Honourable mention: Oscar Seira, Tetzlaff Lab
3rd: Catherine Jutzeler, Kramer Lab
2nd: Mali Meibod, West Lab
Winner, Gordon Hiebert Prize for best poster by Postdoc: Rahul Sachdeva, Krassioukov Lab


Honourable Mention: Gevorg Eginyan, Lam/West Lab
3rd: Ward Plunet, Tetzlaff Lab
2nd: Kevin Dong, Kwon Lab
Winner, Mario Cruz Award for best poster by a staff member: Andrea Ramirez, Krassioukov Lab

Poster winners winners with ICORD Director Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff and visiting speakers Drs. Zhigang He and Michael Boninger after the meeting. Back row (L-R): Dr. Michael Boninger, Kevin Dong, Arshdeep Marwaha, Mary Fossey, Chris Shamatutu, Dr. Ward Plunet, Dr. Wolfram Tetzlaff, Dr. Rahul Sachdeva, Sohrab Manesh, Dr. Zhigang He, Vera-Ellen Lucci, Rhyann McKay. Front row (L-R): Alison Williams, Dr. Mali Meibod, Dr. Catherine Jutzeler, Jasmin Ma, Andrea Ramirez