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Anne Louise Wheeler

Title:
Scientist, Neuroscience and Mental Health Program
Designations:
B.Sc, PhD, Postdoctoral
Email:
anne.wheeler@sickkids.ca
Alternate Contact Name:
Diana Arthurs
Alternate Phone:
416 813-7654 ext. 309451
Alternate Email:
diana.arthurs@sickkids.ca
U of T Positions:
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology

Biography

Dr. Anne Wheeler’s expertise is in traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neuroimaging and experiences in collaborative projects that harness large-scale multimodal data position her to lead this study that will characterize subtype of mild TBI based on injury and resilience factors. She is the Catalyst Scholar in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) research at The Hospital for Sick Children. Wheeler’s lab examines mechanisms of impairment and recovery following brain injury, incorporating multiscale neuroimaging approaches with cognitive, behavioral, and genetic data. Wheeler’s experience in assessing network-based structure and function of the brain across species has allowed her to establish optimal MRI methods for tracking injury-related changes over time.

Research

Wheeler is using brain imaging in patient populations and mouse models to look for biomarkers of TBI in order to identify brain damage, inform prognosis and monitor which treatments work. MRI based biomarkers, especially those derived from recent advanced acquisition methods, are able to detect subtle microscopic alterations in the brain. Wheeler’s research involves acquiring structural and functional longitudinal neuroimaging in a paediatric sample and the application of advanced processing and network analysis methods with the goal of identifying biomarkers that can function in a personalized medicine approach. These neuroimaging biomarkers will be combined with blood-based biomarkers and validated in animal models.

Education and experience

  • 2000–2004: B.Sc, Dept of Biology, McGill, Montreal, QC 2004 – 2011: PhD, Neuroscience, U of T, Toronto, ON
  • 2011–2015: Postdoctoral, Neuroimaging, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON
  • 2015–present: Scientist, Neurosciences and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON
  • 2016–present: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

Achievements

  • 2006: Institute of Medical Science Entry Award, University of Toronto
  • 2007,2009,2010: Harry C Sharpe Fellowship, University of Toronto
  • 2008: Travel Award, University of Toronto Neuroscience Program 2009: Sir Joseph Flavelle Fellowship, University of Toronto
  • 2009: Travel Award, University of Wisconsin Symposium on Emotion
  • 2010: FENS travel award, Society for Neuroscience
  • 2011: Frist-Jus Annual Memorial Award in Neuropsychopharmacology Travel Award, University of Toronto, Dept. of Psychiatry
  • 2014: Best Poster Award, Schizophrenia Research Day, CAMH
  • 2015: Travel award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 2015: Traumatic Brain Injury Catalyst Scholar Award
  • 2016: Best Psychiatry paper, plenary talk at University of Toronto Psychiatry Day
  • 2015: Member, Canadian Association for Neuroscience 2015: Member, Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium
  • 2018: Member, CIHR Peer Review Committee: Systems & Clinical Neurosciences
  • 2019: Associate Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • 2019: Executive Committee Member, Canadian Concussion Network

Publications

  1. Wheeler ALWessa M, Szeszko PR, Foussias G, Chakravarty MM, Lerch JP, DeRosse P, Remington G, Mulsant BH, Linke J, Malhotra AK, Voineskos AN. (2015). “Further Neuroimaging Evidence for the Deficit Subtype of Schizophrenia: A Cortical Connectomics Analysis” JAMA Psychiatry. 72(5): 446-55. 
  2. Nawani H, Smith ML, Wheeler AL*Widjaja E*. (2019) “Functional Connectivity Associated with Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Focal Epilepsy”. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. Jul;40(7):1213-1220. 
  3. Wheeler ALTeixeira CM, Wang AH, Xiong X, Lerch JP, McIntosh AR, Parkinson J, Frankland PW. (2013). “Identification of a functional network for long-term fear memory in mice” PLoS Computational Biology. 9(1): e1002853. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pcbi.1002853 
  4. Wheeler ALCreed MC, Voineskos AN, Nobrega JN. (2014). “Changes in brain functional connectivity after chronic haloperidol in rats: a network analysis” International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. 17(8): 1129-38. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1461145714000042 
  5. Hamani C, Amorim B, Wheeler ALDiwan M, Driesslein K, Diwan M, Covolan L, Butson C, Nobrega JN. (2014). “Deep brain stimulation in rats: Different targets induce similar antidepressant-like effects but influence different circuits.” Neurobiology of Disease. 71(C): 205-214. 

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