Aaron Newman is a Professor in the Departments of Psychology & Neuroscience, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery at Dalhousie University, as well as Director of the NeuroCognitive Imaging Lab and Director of the SURGE Science Innovation Sandbox. He led the successful RADIANT NSERC CREATE neurotechnology innovation training program, creating a novel curriculum that includes graduate and undergraduate certificates and an entrepreneurship “boot camp” for graduate students. Over 100 trainees from Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, Japan, Italy, Poland, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, and India have participated in the program to date, and several have gone on to launch companies, including Halifax-based Spring Loaded Technology, Axem Neurotechnology, and NeuroAmel. Dr. Newman’s research program in cognitive neuroscience focuses on how brain organization for language, hearing, and vision can be altered by experience, and in particular how neurotechnologies can contribute to rehabilitation for hearing and language-related problems. In this work he uses numerous non-invasive brain imaging and neurostimulation technologies. His research has been supported by a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) and numerous grants from NSERC, CFI, SSHRC, CIHR, and private foundations, and has resulted in dozens of peer-reviewed scientific publications and over 100 peer-reviewed conference presentations. Dr. Newman has extensive experience collaborating with industry, including NSERC- and Mitacs-funded projects with several startups including Copernicus Labs, Halifax Learning, Mindful Scientific, and SageCrowd.
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