Cindy Barha

Cindy Barha is a postdoctoral research fellow supervised by Drs. Teresa Liu-Ambrose and Robin Hsiung. Cindy’s primary research interests focus on the interactions between the stress and reproductive axes in determining developmental trajectories across the lifespan, with a concentration on how these interactions influence normal age-associated cognitive decline as well as risk for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, she is interested in understanding how sex differences in the cognitive-enhancing ability of exercise training are related to hormones and genotype. Cindy received a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She is currently supported by a fellowship from the Alzheimer’s Association (USA).

Katherine Plewes

Dr. Katherine Plewes completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of British Columbia (UBC), followed by a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene at the University of Liverpool, the Clinician Investigator Program at UBC, and a DPhil in Clinical Medicine at the University of Oxford. In 2002, she started working in Southeast Asia with the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit (MORU) and for the last 11 years has contributed to research focused on the pathophysiology and treatment of severe malaria at clinical field sites in Bangladesh. Her DPhil research included conducting a randomized controlled trial of acetaminophen to assess its potential renoprotective role in Bangladeshi patients with severe malaria. She continues her work with MORU as a Clinician Investigator, involved in clinical studies conducted in Bangladesh focused on malaria pathophysiology and treatment. In Vancouver, she is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC Division of Infectious Diseases; Co-director of the UBC Tropical and Geographic Medicine Intensive Short Course; Vice-chair and Education Lead of the Tropical Medicine Group of BC; British Columbia designate physician to the Public Health Agency of Canada Canadian Malaria Network; and Site Director for the Vancouver GeoSentinel Global Surveillance Network site.