Faculty Members

Dr. Ian Winship

Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
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About Me

Dr. Winship is an Associate Professor and a former Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Scholar (2010-2017) in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta. As Director of the Neurochemical Research Unit (NRU), he works with a diverse group of scientists that are investigating the fundamental neurobiology of the CNS and performing clinical translational research to develop new therapies for psychiatric and neurological disorders.


PMCOL 412 (stroke, epilepsy, and pharmacotherapy)

PSYCH 511 (models of psychiatric disorders)


Research in the Winship lab combines advanced imaging and behavioural neuroscience to better understand how the integrated CNS functions and identify key pathophysiological or adaptive processes in brain disease. These insights are used to develop new therapies for disorders including stroke, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia. Key areas of current research include the pathophysiology of schizophrenia (CIHR, in collaboration with John Howland, USask), collateral blood flow and collateral therapeutics during stroke (HSFC; QNRF, in collaboration with Ashfaq Shuaib), and plasticity after stroke as a target for therapy (CIHR, in collaboration with Karim Fouad).

Research Keywords

animal models, blood flow imaging, chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, collateral blood flow, collateral therapeutics, extracellular matrix; rehabilitation, functional neuroanatomy, maternal immune activation, schizophrenia; extracellular matrix; animal models, stroke, stroke; spinal cord; plasticity; recovery, two photon microscopy

Team Members

Technologists: Yonglie Ma and Tricia Kent

Graduate Students: Mischa Bandet, Wes Paylor, Eszter Wendlandt, Junqiang Ma, Somnath Gupta, Sima Abbasi Hibashi, Celestina Tanase

Administrative assistance: Trudy Valliere