Members of Weinberg Laboratory Participate in UBC’s 2016 Vancouver Summer Program (VSP)

PhD Candidate in the lab, Tamara Bodnar, reviews cerebellar anatomy with students enrolled in the Anatomical Sciences course as part of the UBC VSP. Photo credit: Brian Kladko

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program offered at the University of British Columbia, Canada for cohorts of international students to study at the University of British Columbia. The program provides the opportunity for cooperating universities to organize groups of students to take two academic courses in various UBC Faculties while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

This year, three members of the Weinberg Laboratory (Dr. Charlis Raineki, Tamara Bodnar, and Parker Holman) organized and delivered an “Anatomical Sciences” course. Morning classes focused on gross anatomy (Principles of Body Structure and Function) and afternoon sessions covered neuroanatomical topics (Applied Neuroanatomy). 23 international students from universities in China, Hong Kong, Scotland, and Spain also had the opportunity to examine prosections of the human body and brain during several laboratory sessions at the Life Science Centre at UBC.

Check out UBC’s press release regarding this year’s courses as part of VSP.

Instructor Parker Holman helps students in the Vancouver Summer Program in Medicine understand the brain's various parts.

PHD Candidate in the lab, Parker Holman, helps students in the Vancouver Summer Program in Medicine understand the brain’s various parts. Photo credit: Brian Kladko

Clara & Lab July 2016

Clara Bouhali a Visiting High School Summer Student in the Weinberg Lab

From Left: Dr. Joanne Weinberg, Samantha Baglot, Parker Holman, Tamara Bodnar, Dr. Charlis Raineki, Clara Bouhali, Linda Ellis, Vivian Lam, Dr. Ni Lan, Lisa Wang

Clara Bouhali, a high school student beginning her final year of study this fall at Lycée Jean-Pierre Vernant in Sèvres, France, joined the Weinberg lab this July as a visiting summer student. During her time in the lab, Clara was able to gain valuable research experience as she worked alongside graduate and undergraduate students in the lab. Clara was a fast learner, and we loved having her help in the lab! We wish her the best of luck as she finishes up her final year of school and prepares for university!

RSA 2016 Banquet

Members of Weinberg Laboratory attend 2016 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA

Members and Friends of the Weinberg Laboratory at the 2016 Research Society on Alcoholism Banquet (From Left: Samantha Baglot, Vivian Lam, Parker Holman, Karen Moritz, Charlis Raineki, Joanne Weinberg, Kathy Keiver, Linda Ellis, Wayne Yu, Alexandre Lussier, Allison Pritchard-Orr, Tamara Bodnar)


Members of the Weinberg Laboratory attended this year’s Annual Meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) held in New Orleans, LA. Besides presenting original research at symposia, talks, and poster sessions, we also had a chance to catch up with our colleagues and friends during closing banquet. Pictured above with the Weinberg Laboratory are Dr. Karen Moritz from the University of Queensland and Dr. Kathy Keiver and Allison Pritchard-Orr from the University of the Fraser Valley.

Tammy & Ken

Bodnar receives FASDSG Kenneth Warren Merit Award

Tamara Bodnar, a current PhD candidate in the Weinberg Lab, recently received the Kenneth Warren Merit Award presented by the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Study Group (FASDSG) for outstanding research in the field of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder research. This award is presented each year at the annual FASDSG meeting – this year held in New Orleans, LA – and includes a travel stipend to support the awardee in attending the meeting to share his or her research.

Tamara’s presentation Effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on immune function across the lifespan reviewed the exciting research she has completed as part of her doctoral dissertation work at UBC. Tamara is pictured above with former Acting Director and Deputy Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Dr. Kenneth Warren, for whom the award is named.

Congrats Tammy!


Weinberg Lab Members Participate in “Mark Wood RSA 5K Fun Run and Walk”


At this year’s annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), members of the Weinberg laboratory & friends participated in the 2nd annual Mark Wood RSA 5K Fun Run and Walk. The race was named in honor of Dr. Mark Wood, a longtime alcohol researcher and race organizer who passed away in April, 2015. Proceeds from registrants go to benefit the RSA Education Fund to support travel awards for trainees and young investigators.

Erin Graduate

Congratulations to Erin Morgan on completing her B.A. in Psychology!

Congratulations to Erin Morgan, who recently graduated from UBC with a B.A. in Psychology! Erin joined the Weinberg Lab in 2013 as a volunteer, and later completed a Directed Studies project analyzing play behaviour in female adolescent animals. We are lucky that Erin is staying with the lab this summer to finish up several exciting projects in the lab.


New Book Chapter – “The effects of alcohol on fetal development”

Check out our chapter “The effects of alcohol on fetal development” in the recently published book Fetal Development: Research on Brain and Behavior, Environmental Influences, and Emerging Technologies. This collaborative effort among the labs of Dr. Joanne Weinberg, Dr. James Reynolds, and Dr. James Brien, reviews recent advances in the field of FASD research and highlights the cutting-edge research being performed through NeuroDevNet, one of the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada.



Dobson CC, Holman PJ, Comeau WC, Bodnar T, Lam V, Brien JF, Reynolds JN, & Weinberg J. (2016). The effects of alcohol exposure on fetal development. In Barbara Kisilevsky & Nadja Reissland (Eds.), Fetal Development: Research on Brain and Behavior, Environmental Influences, and Emerging Technologies (pp. 331-364). New York, NY: Springer.


Vivian Lam selected as UBC Public Scholar

The UBC Public Scholar Initiative is a one-of-a-kind, pan-university initiative to support and encourage public scholarship that has purposeful social contribution. Vivian was selected as one of 39 PhD students to take part as a member of the first cohort. To find out more about the program – as well as Vivian’s research project, check out the Public Scholars Initiative website.

Congratulations Vivian!