V Wee yong lab calgary

MS Society of Canada
Hotchkiss Brain Institute

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The laboratory of Dr. V. Wee Yong is located at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute in the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary.  Calgary is a cosmopolitan city in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, considered to be one of the most scenic places in the world for outdoor pursuits.  Calgary has a world-class neuroscience program where members publish regularly in top journals.  The Yong Laboratory is also part of the MS NeuroTeam of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute; the MS NeuroTeam is internationally recognized for basic science discoveries in neuroimmunology and neurodegeneration in MS, and for translation of new medications into clinical trials in patients.  The research infrastructure and equipment are state-of-the-art and trainees have good access to laboratory, institute, medical school and university-wide facilities.  The Yong Laboratory regularly houses 15 – 20 individuals that include a mix of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research associates and technicians.  The major focus is on the neuroimmunology of multiple sclerosis and a section of the laboratory investigates the neuroimmunology of glioblastomas to control the growth of glioma stem cells.  The laboratory is productive, with 280 peer-reviewed publications that receive over 18,000 citations and a h-index of 76 (Web of Science, Jan 20 2018).  The trainees through the Yong Laboratory graduate into successful careers, with 32% (25 of 77 ex-trainees) now being appointed as professors at various institutions around the world.  We are proud to provide a nurturing, stimulating, research-intensive and translational environment for our staff.