We would like to thank you for your generous support and donations to the 11th Annual Jonathan and Joshua Memorial Golf Tournament & Gala.

This year was our most successful yet, increasing our total donation for 2017 to $96,250.00 versus $53,130.00 last year. Every dollar raised goes directly to students pursuing their Doctoral or PhD: specializing in neuroscience and mental health research at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University.

With your support, we are helping students, such as our most recent recipients; Niveen Fulcher, Christopher Norris & Renee Tamming to achieve their educational and research goals.

Three recipients attended the tournament and gala this past September and spoke about their research. The students appreciate the support and hospitality shown by our guests and sponsors alike. A congratulation is owed to all of the recipients this year for earning this recognition and important scholarship.

For the third consecutive year, this award can call itself the largest group of scholarships of its kind in Canada! We are proud of this honour as it is a true testament to the commitment of our mission.

Please mark your calendars for the 12th Annual Jonathan and Joshua Memorial Tournament on Saturday, September 15th 2018 at Bushwood Golf Club.

Thanks again for your tremendous support.


Bob Mckinnon

Tamara Tavares
Jonathan & Joshua Memorial
Graduate Scholarship in Mental
Health Research 2015-2016

Dear Mr. McKinnon,
My name is Tamara Tavares and I am PhD candidate in the neuroscience program at The University of Western Ontario. I am extremely grateful to be recipient of the Jonathan and Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Mental Heath Research for the 2015-2016 year. I would like to extend my exceptional gratitude for your support through this scholarship, and similarly, I would like to thank your family and friends for their incredible support in the Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Golf Tournament. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate training I have held a very keen interest in mental health which has underpinned my goal of becoming a clinical researcher. My PhD work is examining the early deficits in Frontotemporal Dementia by using a combination of neuroimaging techniques, neurophsycological assessment and genetic and protein analyses. By investigating when the early deficits begin, we can help establish better diagnostic tools to identify patients early on in the disorder. My other line of research examines how emotion influences aspects of cognition such as decision-making or attention in healthy individuals. Importantly, the knowledge we obtain from this work can be applied to better understand emotion-related illnesses such as depression or anxiety, and can help develop and implement effective diagnostic and treatment strategies.
Outside the lab I enjoy volunteering for organizations that are aimed at supporting individuals with mental health difficulties. I volunteer at the Canadian Mental Health Association as Peer Supporter where I provide one-on-one social support and establish a friendly and supportive relationship with an individual suffering from a mental health illness. As well, I am a volunteer at the Merrymount Family Support and Crisis centre, where I offer support to children, aged 2-5, whose family is experiencing stress or a crisis.
All in all, your contribution has made it possible for me to continue dedicating my time and effort to my research, in hopes that one day this research will lead to improved patient care. Thank you for your wonderful generosity!

Best Wishes,
Tamara Tavares
PhD Candidate, Neuroscience
Brain and Mind Institute
Nole Hiebert
Jonathan & Joshua Memorial
Graduate Scholarship in Mental
Health Research 2015-2016

Dear Mr. McKinnon,
I would like to thank you again for supporting me with the Jonathan and Joshua
Memorial Graduate Scholarship in Mental health Research. Receiving this scholarship is a great honour and gives me motivation to continue my research in the field of mental health.
My research continues to be focused on understanding the cognitive deficits of obsessive-compulsive-disorder (OCD). Since last we spoke, I am halfway through my first study and eager to examine the preliminary findings. Many of my patients are very thankful to me for conducting this research in hopes that it will help them better cope with their OCD symptoms in the future. Upon completion of my doctorate, my dream is still to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist. My ultimate aim is to combine research in neuroscience and clinical practice as a clinician-scientist. I would like to thank you agin for this reward, as it helps me not only financially, but also with building confidence with research.
I am happy to report that with the help of this scholarship, I was awarded an Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship from the National Science and Engineering Research Council, which will fund me for the remainder of my degree. I am happy to receive this award and allow the opportunity for another student to receive your scholarship.
In this extremely competitive climate, your scholarship recognizes student’s contributions to mental health research and propels them towards reaching their research and career goals.

Nole Hiebert,
PhD candidate, Physiology and
Pharmacology, Brain and Mind Institute
Aaron Regis
Jonathan & Joshua Memorial
Graduate Scholarship 2015-1016

Dear Mr. McKinnon,
My Name is Aaron Regis, and I am a PhD student working in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry.
I am writing to thank you for your support through the Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship, an award I am honoured and thankful to have received this academic year. This award has given me more time and freedom to ask valuable questions and continue pushing my research program forwards, allowing me to take further steps to reaching my research goals. Your generous donation is very much appreciated.
Here is a little bit about myself. I completed my undergraduate education at Western University focusing on the fields of Neuroscience and Physiology, and was inspired to further my knowledge in the fields of Neuroscience and Human Neurodegeneration. I followed my passion for research and began my PhD training in the fall of 2014.
My research focuses on the mechanisms responsible for cognitive decline in the elderly,a very common symptom seen in dementia and following other brain insults including ischemic stroke. Clinically it is observed that patients who suffer from both Alzheimer’s disease symptoms and experience a stroke are much more likely to experience a permanent and accelerating decline in cognitive capabilities over time, compared to individuals who suffer from either dementia or stroke alone. While the clinical findings are clear, we have a limited understanding of how these disease states interact to result in cognitive decline in the subset of patients. Our lab directly focuses our efforts on understanding the effects of combining models of dementia and stroke to better understand how these conditions interact from both s behavioural and cellular mechanistic standpoint. It is our hope t hat by better understanding how combined disease states affecting the brain are interacting, we many employ therapeutic interventions to counteract the effects of these brain injuries to preserve the cognitive capabilities in our patients.
I work with highly talented basic scientist named Dr. Shawn Whitehead who specializes in the basic science aspect of neurodegenerative diseases. I am proud to also be supervised by a world-renowned neurologist, Dr. Vladimir Hachinski, an expert in the fields of dementia and stroke. Our clinical team of neurologists epidemiologists bring observations from the clinic to our team of basic scientists. Here we use rodent models of Alzheimer’s diseased stroke to try to understand the mechanistic basis for cognitive decline.
Upon completion of my PhD, I hope to continue following my passion for research in the field of neurodegenerative disease research and intervention as either a Basic Scientist or Clinician Scientist. My goal is to make a lasting impact on how neurodegenerative conditions are both understood and treated, in hopes of benefiting the well-being and cognitive capacity of patients suffering from these conditions.

Thank you again for your generous contribution, Mr. KcKinnon.

King Regards,
Aaron Regis, BMSc
PhD candidate 2019
Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Matthew Edwards
Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship 2014-2015

Dear Award Donor,
My name is Matthew Edwards and I am PhD student in the department of Biochemistry.
I am reading the recipient of the Jonathan & Joshua Memorial Graduate Scholarship for 2015 and i would like to extend my deepest gratitude for your support.
Receiving this award has strengthened my research greatly, as I put the funds towards attending tech Joint Meeting of the 20th Biannual Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience and the 5th Annual NeuroDevNet Brain Depelopment conference in Montreal, Quebec this past July. Attending this conference was a tremendous opportunity for me as a graduate student. It allowed me to interact and network with leading neuroscientists from around the world. This has advanced my research, as I was able to learn about new and groundbreaking techniques, receive insight into my own research, and create relationships with scientists with whom I may want to continue my research with in the future. My ultimate career goal is to become a principal investigator in academia, and making connections with people in the field of neuroscience is extremely important in attaining my goal.
Without the funding from this award I may not have been able to attend this
conference, and therefore would not have had the opportunity to experience all of the novel and innovate research that is taking place across the world. Receiving this award has truly advanced my scientific career – thank you!

Matthew Edwards