2014 CSBBCS Vincent Di Lollo Early-Career Award Winner: Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum
Dr. Rosenbaum received her Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Toronto in 2003, and did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute before joining the faculty of York University. Her research examines how memory is represented in the brain, how cognitive functions are affected by brain damage, and how such deficits can be managed in patients. Her neuroimaging and patient studies have shown that, contrary to conventional views, the hippocampus is needed for supporting some aspects of remote spatial memory, and is also involved in future decision making and theory of mind.
Dr. Rosenbaum has published these and related findings in over 40 papers, including articles in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and the Journal of Neuroscience. Her work has gained diverse media attention in Canada (CBC News, CTV, Toronto Star, National Post, MacLean's) and in the USA (The New York Times, USA Today). Her past honors include the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation Early Researcher Award, Baycrest Award of Research Excellence, CIHR New Investigator Award, York Faculty of Health Early Career Research Award, a Sloan Research Fellowship and the 2013 CAN-CAN Young Investigator Award.