Our Mission

BrainPost is making it easier to stay informed on the latest neuroscience.

Our Story

In 2017, we set out to change the way neuroscience is communicated. Throughout our academic careers, we have come to recognize the gap that exists between scientists across different fields, and between scientists and the general population.

We make neuroscience more accessible by providing easily digestible and accurate summaries of the latest neuroscience publications. By simplifying this process for you, we make it easier to stay connected and well informed on the latest neuroscientific advances.

We hope you enjoy growing your brain!

Meet the Founders

Leigh Christopher completed her PhD in 2016 at the University of Toronto and is now a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University (USA). She studies brain changes and genetics associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Her work helps to better our understanding of the variation and progression of these diseases. 

Kasey Hemington completed her PhD in Medical Science at the University of Toronto (Canada), studying the neural mechanisms of pain with neuroimaging techniques. Her work helps to discover how pain and chronic pain are perceived, and how they are represented in the brain. 

Meet the Team

Shireen Parimoo (see posts) is a graduate student at the University of Toronto. She studies age differences in brain structure and activity, and how these are related to cognitive control and memory.

Sarah Hill (see posts) is a second-year graduate student at the University of British Columbia. She studies the role of neuroinflammation and immune dysregulation in psychiatric disorders. In her (increasingly rare) free time, she likes to rock climb and travel.

Amanda McFarlan (see posts) is a second-year PhD student at McGill University. She studies synaptic plasticity in cortical microcircuits in animal models of epilepsy.

Anastasia Sares (see posts) is a PhD student at McGill University, studying the neural underpinnings of stuttering through behavior and fMRI. She is broadly interested in auditory processing in the brain, especially complex phenomena like language and music.

Deborah Joye (see posts) is a third-year neuroscience PhD candidate at Marquette University in the Evans Lab. She studies how cells within the brain's master clock signal to one another to stay synchronized and keep everything running on time.

Thomas Brown (see posts) is a PhD student at McGill University, in the laboratory of Michel Cayouette, where he studies the role of glial cells in the development of the retina. He is an enthusiastic reader of all things neuroscience. Some of his favorite topics include: brain development, immunology and repair.

Kayla Simanek (see posts) is a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She studies molecular mechanisms of chemotaxis and biofilm dispersal in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Elisa Guma (see posts) is a PhD student at McGill University. She studies how exposure to prenatal maternal immune activation, a known risk factor for psychiatric illness, affects offspring brain development using longitudinal MRI and behavioural assessments in mice as the model species. 

Stephanie Williams (B.A. UChicago ’18) (see posts) is a Kimpton Fellow at Yale Psychiatry.  She uses clinical neuroimaging and computational tools to understand circuit-level neural dysfunction in psychiatric disorders like OCD and Schizophrenia.