The Training and Capacity Building Program would like to welcome Dr. Jérôme Robert to the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). Dr. Robert was awarded a 2017 Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Trainee Award co-funded by the CCNA Training and Capacity Building Program for his project “Tissue engineered human cerebral blood vessels: A platform for lipoprotein studies on cerebrovasculature health.” Dr. Robert is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and is supervised by Dr. Cheryl Wellington, CCNA Team 3 (Protein Misfolding). To date, Dr. Robert has made considerable progress in growing functional, three-dimensional and human-derived cerebral blood vessels in vitro using tissue engineering technology, and has used these vessels to analyze the accumulation of beta-amyloid peptide, which is a pathological hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The primary goal of Dr. Robert’s research, in collaboration with the CCNA, is to use this novel platform to better understand how blood and brain lipoproteins affect human cerebral vessel health.
For a full description on Dr. Robert’s project, please visit the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) website.