Archived News

August 2016

  • Many of us in the Culham Lab are remembering former lab postdoc (2004-2006), Cristiana Cavina Pratesi, who passed away on August 1, 2016.  Cristiana was a talented and creative scientist who made many important discoveries.  She was a doctoral student with Carlo Marzi in Verona, a postdoc with Mel Goodale and Jody Culham at Western, a postdoc with David Milner at Durham University and then a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at Durham.  In the Culham Lab, she discovered dissociations between object processing for grasping vs. perception (Cavina-Pratesi et al., 2007), identified a brain region, SPOC, that plays a role in arm transport (Cavina-Pratesi et al., 2010), contributed to a review of parietal lobe function (Culham, Cavina-Pratesi & Singhal, 2006), and was an active co-author on many other papers (for which in many cases, she played a key role in mentoring junior trainees). She was also a warm, funny, curious, generous lab member, colleague and friend. She will be greatly missed by all.
  • Those who wish to remember Cristiana can visit her tribute site or make a donation in her memory.

July 2016

 Sara Fabbri's ambitious paper using Representational Similarity Analysis to investigate object grasping has been published:

May 2016

 March 2016

  • Congratulations to postdoc Erez Freud, recipient of an Israeli Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship.

January 2016

  • Welcome to postdoctoral fellow Kaitlin Laidlaw, who has joined the Culham and Goodale labs following her PhD at UBC.  Congratulations to Kaitlin for winning an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship (which pre-empted a Brain and Mind Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship).
  • Recent papers:

  • Squires, S. D., Macdonald, S. N., Culham, J. C., & Snow, J. C. (2016). Priming tool actions: Are real objects more effective primes than pictures? Experimental Brain Research,  234(4), 963-976.
  • Thaler, L., Paciocco, J. Daley, M., Lesniak, G. D., Purcell, D. W., Fraser, J. A., Dutton, G. N., Rossit, S., Goodale, M. A., & Culham, J. C. (2016). A selective impairment of perception of sound motion direction in peripheral space: A case study. Neuropsychologia , 80, 79-89.
  • Stöttinger, E., Filipowicz, A., Valadao, D., Culham, J., Goodale, M., Anderson, B., & Danckert, J. (2016). A cortical network that marks the moment when conscious representations are updated. Neuropsychologia, 79, 113-122.

October 2015

  • Media coverage of Dr. Jacqueline Snow's recent Journal of Neuroscience paper
    • Snow, J. C., Goodale, M. A., & Culham, J. C. (2015). Preserved haptic shape processing after bilateralLOC lesions. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(40), 13745-13760..

September 2015

April 2015:

Two new papers from the lab have been published:

September 2014:

  • Welcome to two new members of the lab.  Jenni Karl, who won an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship, will be joining the lab following her PhD at the University of Lethbridge.  Ben Chang will be joining the lab as a doctoral student following his Master's from Queen's University.
  • Thanks to those leaving the lab for their valued contributions.  Joey Paciocco (former Master's student and Research Assistant) will be taking on a new position as a Program Coordinator at the Student Success Centre at Western.  Haleemah and Hameedah Ahmed (former visiting scholars) will be returning to the University of Bologna.

July 2014

June 2014

May 2014

February 2014:

January 2014:

  • Sara Fabbri has taken a post doctoral position at Radboud University Nijmegen, Netherlands. We will miss Sara and wish her all the best in her new position

November 2013:

October 2013:

  • Jody Culham did an interview with Nora Young on CBC Radio1's Spark program. She discussed work done in collaboration with Jacqueline Snow (former postdoctoral fellow, now a professor at the University of Nevada Reno) on how real objects differ from photographs. You can listen to the interview here, or download the podcast here.

September 2013:

  • Welcome to Margarita Maltseva, new Master's student in Psychology

August 2013:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Michael Barnett-Cowan, former Banting postdoctoral fellow and new Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo

July 2013:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jacqueline Snow, former postdoctoral fellow and new Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada Reno

June 2013 Recent Papers:

October 2012:

August 2012:

  • Congratulations to Joey Paciocco for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis in Neuroscience.
  • Welcome to Dr. Lucilla Cardinali, who joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.  Lucilla did a Ph.D with Alessandro Farne at INSERM in Lyon, France.

April 2012 Recent Papers: 

January 2012:

  • Welcome to Dr. Michael Barnett-Cowan, who has joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Michael was previously a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute in Tuebingen and did his Ph.D. with Laurence Harris at York.

January 2012 Recent Papers:

December 2011:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Mark Daley, who successfully defended his M.Sc. thesis in Neuroscience.  Following his study leave to do the Master's, Mark resumed his position as Associate Professor in Computer Science.

November 2011:

  • Welcome to Dr. Sara Fabbri, who joined the lab as a postdoctoral fellow.  Sara did a Ph.D with Angelika Lingnau and Alfonso Caramazza at the University of Trento.

September 2011:

  • Welcome to Scott Macdonald, a new Master's student in Neuroscience.  Scott did his bachelor's degree at Mount Allison with Dr. Genevieve Desmarais.

August 2011:

  • Congratulations to Dr. Jason Gallivan, who successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis in Neuroscience. Jason will be doing a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Randy Flanagan at Queen's University.

June 2011 Recent Papers:

June 2011:

  • Congratulations to former PhD student Ken Valyear for winning the Governor General’s Gold Medal for outstanding academic achievement by a graduate student (one of two such awards at Western) and Collip Medal Award for outstanding PhD student graduating from a basic science program in the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. 

December 2010:

December 2010:

  • Ken Valyear successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis, "Perception meets action: fMRI and behavioural investigations of human tool use." He will be doing an NSERC-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship with Scott Frey at the University of Oregon. Congratulations Dr. Valyear!

November 2010:

  • Jody appeared on the 35th anniversary show for Quirks & Quarks on CBC radio to discuss fMRI

June 2010:

October 2009:

November 2009:

October 2009 - Articles in press:

  • Monaco, S., Kroliczak, G., Quinlan, D. J., Fattori, P., Galletti, C., Goodale, M.A., & Culham, J.C. (In press). Contribution of visual and proprioceptive information to the precision of reaching movements. Experimental Brain Research.
  • Wong, Y., Aldcroft, A., Large, M.-E., Culham, J. & Vilis, T. (In press). The role of temporal synchrony as a binding cue for visual persistence in early visual areas: an fMRI study. Journal of Neurophysiology.
  • Danckert, J. & Culham, J. C. (In press). Reflections on blindsight: Neuroimaging and behavioural exploration clarify a case of reversed localization in the blind field of a patient with hemianopia. Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology.
  • Barry, R. L., Williams, J. M., Klassen, L. M., Culham, J. C., & Menon, R. S. (In press). Preprocessing pipeline considerations to compensate for paradigm-related subject movement in BOLD functional MRI. Magnetic Resonance Imaging.
  • Pettypiece, C. E., Goodale, M. A., & Culham, J. C. (In press). Integration of haptic and visual size cues in perception and action revealed through crossmodal conflict. Experimental Brain Research.
  • April 2009 - Three new papers are in press:
  • Pettypiece, C., Culham, J. C., & Goodale, M. A. (In press). Differential effects of delay upon visually and haptically guided grasping and perceptual judgments. Experimental Brain Research.
  • Valyear, K. F. & Culham, J. C. (In press). Observing learned object-specific functional grasps preferentially activates the ventral stream. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Malfait, N., Valyear, K. F., Culham, J. C., Anton, J.-L., & Gribble, P. L. (In press). fMRI activation during observation of others' reach errors. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

January 2009 - A new paper is in press at Journal of Neuroscience:

  • Gallivan, J. P., Cavina-Pratesi, C., & Culham, J. C. (In press). Is that within reach?: fMRI reveals that the human superior parieto-occipital cortex (SPOC) encodes objects reachable by the hand. Journal of Neuroscience.

A new paper is in press at Neuropsychologia:

  • Cohen, N. R., Cross, E. S., Tunik, E., Grafton, S. T., & Culham, J. C. (2009). Ventral and dorsal stream contributions to the online control of immediate and delayed grasping: A TMS approach. Neuropsychologia.

September 2008 - A new paper is in press at Journal of Neurophysiology:

  • Kroliczak, G., McAdam, T. D., Quinlan, D. J., & Culham, J. C. (In press). The human dorsal stream adapts to real actions and 3D shape processing: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Journal of Neurophysiology.
  • Jody is off on sabbatical and heading to MIT & Harvard (for two weeks in Sept 2008), the University of Maastricht, Netherlands (Sept-Dec 2008), and the University of Bologna (Jan-May 2009).
  • Charlie Pettypiece began his M.Sc. in Neuroscience, co-supervised by Jody Culham and Mel Goodale, after spending two years in the lab as an undergraduate research assistant and NSERC summer scholar.

August 2008:

  • Congratulations to both Derek Quinlan and Yvonne Wong on successfully defending their Ph.D. theses! Derek will be working as a research project manager for Dr. Graham Reid at Western.
  • We had our annual Culham Lab summer party
  • The new Siemens 3T Tim Trio has arrived at Robarts. See Jody's photos and CFMM photos and updates (broken links).

November 2007:

  • The highly productive but aged 4T at Robarts Research Institute is being decommissioned. We look forward to the arrival of a new Siemens 3T MRI scanner and a Varian 7T MRI scanner, estimated to arrive in the summer of 2008, once construction of the new MRI wing is completed.

July 2007:

  • New pictures from this year's summer Lab BBQ have been posted in the Lab Photos section