Dr. Gary Armstrong

Researcher, Université de Montréal

Dr. Gary Armstrong is promising young investigator with broad scientific interests in neuroscience. Dr. Armstrong attended Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario for his Undergraduate degree in the Department of Biology (’03) and subsequently stayed to complete a Master of Science (‘05) and Doctoral Degrees (‘09) under the supervision of Dr. Mel Robertson. His Doctoral studies explored the neuronal consequences of oxygen deprivation and similar phenomena related to the events that occur in the brain after stoke. Following his Doctoral studies Dr. Armstrong took up a Post-Doctoral position with Dr. Pierre Drapeau at the Université de Montréal in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, and more recently Neuroscience, where he began to investigate the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying the neurodegenerative disease Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) using zebrafish as an animal model. His research utilizes cutting-edge molecular genetic and cell physiological techniques to address fundamental questions pertaining to the pathogeneses of ALS with the ultimate goal of generating target sites for the development of new treatments for individuals afflicted with this devastating disease. Dr. Armstrong has earned fellowships from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and has received numerous teaching and academic awards and is a recipient the Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal.

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