On April 3rd, 2018, Psychology Associate Professor Nafissa Ismail was awarded the University of Ottawa’s Young Researcher of the Year Award in honour of her outstanding contributions. Since 2012, she has demonstrated an exceptional level of productivity as a young researcher here at uOttawa. Nafissa’s expertise in her field is recognized internationally by her peers. Her research area is novel, yet in line with current problems with mental health in our society. Her investigation focus is on the neurochemical mechanisms through which immune challenge and hormones during puberty alter the brain and behavior. She leads a very large and productive training laboratory named Neuroimmunology, Stress and Endocrinology (NISE) Lab.
“Professor Ismail is a brilliant scholar who has already accomplished so much in her short career, and will undoubtedly be one of our leading researchers in the years to come,” said Professor John Sylvestre, Vice-Dean, Research at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Our sincere congratulations to Professor Ismail on this well-deserved honour.
The Young Researcher of the Year Award is presented annually to faculty members who have made exceptional contributions to research and the training of students at the University of Ottawa. Two prizes are awarded: one in the humanities and social sciences and the other in the pure and applied sciences.