Stress has been implicated in many mental and physical illnesses. Stressful events may serve to promote or exacerbate pathological states, including depressive disorders, cardiovascular disease, and immunologically related pathologies. Our work has focused on determining the conditions that increase vulnerability to stress related pathologies, including the contribution of various organismic (genetic, age) and experiential variables (stressor history, early life trauma, chronicity of events, maternal factors), and the identification of the neurochemical underpinnings for stressor-related pathology. As well, we have been assessing the processes by which the brain influences the immune system, and conversely the processes by which immune activation comes to affect brain functioning.
Please note, the Department of Neuroscience has been informed that it is being evicted from our current premises by March 1, 2017. We are, as of yet, uncertain of the plan for accommodating research and training programs until we are able to move into new permanent facilities upon the completion of the Health Sciences Building in the Fall of 2017 (date unknown). For more information, go to the departmental homepage carleton.ca/neuroscience, or to savecuneuro.ca
The Department of Neuroscience is doing all that it can to change this situation and to ensure the well-being of our students. Those of us who are Canada Research Chairs have written a letter asking the federal and provincial governments to provide some flexibility for Universities to meet the building renovation deadlines. We have also posted a petition to the federal government, asking alumni, students, parents, and researchers from around the world to sign and help us to make our case.