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Benedict Albensi PhD

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Current Position

Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of Manitoba; Principal Investigator, St. Boniface Research Ctr.; Adjunct Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Manitoba Research Affiliate, Center on Aging


Dr. Albensi received training in both basic and clinical research and also worked in the industrial sector on several novel drug discovery projects.

Prior to graduate training, he worked at NPS Pharmaceuticals in Salt Lake City, UT, USA, researching how natural products could be potentially used as novel drugs in CNS disorders.

Dr. Albensi continued his academic training and received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Utah s Medical School in 1995. His PhD work focused on evaluating neonatal brain injury with MRI and histological procedures. As a result of this effort, he received the William D. Carey Science Award €“ from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Subsequently, he was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA. Following this, he went on to work as a Postdoctoral Scholar with Dr. Mark Mattson, an internationally recognized leader in neurodegenerative research, at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging €“ University of Kentucky.

He joined the Clinical Research Department at Parke-Davis/Warner-Lambert in Ann Arbor, MI (Pfizer acquired PD-WL in 2000). Following this clinical research experience, he was appointed as Project Staff in the Department of Neurological Surgery €“ Cleveland Clinic Foundation and also as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio.

He now has several appointments in Canada, which include serving as an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at the University of Manitoba and as a Principal Investigator at St. Boniface Hospital Research.

Research Focus:

Basic laboratory and clinical research; CNS; hippocampus; hyperexcitability; excitotoxicity; glutamatergic neurotransmission; calcium overload; synaptic plasticity & memory encoding (paradigms of LTP/LTD and Morris water maze, Barnes maze, etc.); neonatal and adult models; aging; NMDA receptor functioning; memory alterations associated with stroke, trauma, Alzheimer s dementia, epilepsy, autism; electrophysiology; neuroimaging (MRI, fluorescence, calcium, confocal); GeneChip (Affymetrix); electrical stimulation of brain tissue; drug discovery/development; natural products; science education; medical science writing/editing.

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