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Lisa M Saksida

Lisa Saksida’s research focuses on memory and perception, using several converging methods of inquiry including localised pharmacological methods, transgenic and knock-out mice, and computational modeling. She also has a particular interest in the development of translational methods for cognitive assessment, and has 20 years’ experience in the assessment and analysis of high-level cognition in animal models, including mouse, rat and rhesus macaque. Since 2000, Saksida has worked on the development of a touchscreen-based cognitive assessment system specifically for mouse models. This system allows for a comprehensive cognitive phenotyping of mouse models, assessing multiple aspects of cognition using tasks that are highly translatable to human patients.


Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction, 1998.

Sir James Lougheed Award of Distinction, 1998.

Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute Scholarship, 1994.

NATO Advanced Study Institute Scholarship, 1993.

Relevant Publications

J. Nithianantharajah et al, "Bridging the translational divide: identical cognitive touchscreen testing in mice and humans carrying mutations in a disease-relevant homologous gene," Nature Scientific Reports, 2015, in press.

J. Nithianantharajah et al, "Synaptic scaffold evolution generated components of vertebrate cognitive complexity," Nature Neuroscience, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 16-24, 2013.

M.D. Barense et al, "Intact memory for irrelevant information impairs perception in amnesia. Neuron, vol. 75, no. 1, pp. 157-167, 2012.

S. M. McTighe et al, "Paradoxical false memory for objects after brain damage," Science, vol. 330, no. 6009, pp. 1408-10, 2010.

R. Cowell et al, "Functional dissociations within the ventral object processing pathway: cognitive modules or a hierarchical continuum?," Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol.22. no. 11, pp. 2460-79, 2010.



Senior Fellow Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness


Western UniversityThe Brain and Mind Institute


PhD (Robotics and Neural Basis of Cognition) Carnegie Mellon University

MSc (Artificial Intelligence) University of Edinburgh

MA (Biopsychology) University of British Columbia

BSc (Psychology) University of Western Ontario



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