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September 2013

Expanding her research horizons

It was an email from her university that set Daniela Samaniego Castruita’s Mitacs Globalink application in motion. “The program caught my attention right away; after going online and reading about all of the interesting research projects, I knew I had to apply,” says Daniela.

Hailing from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Daniela is stationed at the University of Saskatchewan for 12 weeks to work alongside Professor Adelaine Leung in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Her interest in neurocognitive and neurodegenerative diseases paired perfectly with Professor Leung’s research project on depression.

In the lab, Daniela is using preclinical rodent models to examine an area of the brain known to play a key role in memory and emotional processing. Daniela’s results will play an important role in better understanding which drugs are effective treatments for depression.

When asked what her favourite experience in Canada has been, Daniela has a difficult time narrowing it down to one:  “I’ve enjoyed each and every experience in Canada, but I’d have to say my favourite has been the Mitacs Step workshops. I loved the practical skills the workshops taught me.”

Grateful for her research internship, Daniela explains how she has benefited from Mitacs Globalink: “This experience has broadened my horizons to different opportunities in my field of research. I’m looking forward to continuing my graduate studies to become a professor in neurocognitive science.”

Image credit: Saad Faruque

Mitacs thanks the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan for their support of the Globalink research internship in this story. Across Canada, the Globalink program also receives support from Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, the Government of New Brunswick, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, and Research Manitoba.

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