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Liisa Galea, BSc Hons PhD
The University of British Columbia
Areas of Interest:
sex differences, neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, hippocampus, inflammation, estrogens, hormone therapy, women, cogntion
Biography & Research:
Liisa Galea is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Lead of Women’s Health Research Cluster, and a Scientific Advisor at Women’s Health Research Institute at the University of British Columbia. Her research goal is to improve brain health for women and men by examining the influence of sex and sex hormones on normal and diseased brain states such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease. She was the first researcher world-wide to develop preclinical models of postpartum depression and was one of the first to study the long-term effects of motherhood on the brain. Dr. Galea obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Western University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University. She is a Distinguished University Scholar, is a twice winner of the NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada)-Discovery Accelerator Supplement, received the Michael Smith Senior Scholar Award, Cattell Sabbatical Award, and the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction award. Liisa was recognized as a Fellow at International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS). She has an H index of 69 (Google) and over 160 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Galea is the chief editor of FiN (Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology IF: 9.059), past section editor for eNeuro and Neuroscience, and serves/served on the editorial boards of Endocrinology, Hormones and Behavior, and Neuroscience. Dr. Galea served on peer review panels for National Institute of Health(US), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), Wellcome Trust(UK) and NSERC. She has secured over $7M as PI. She is a President-Elect of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) and serves on numerous committees (Canadian Association for Neuroscience: Advocacy, EDI, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, IBNS) and advisory boards (e.g. Institute for Gender and Health CIHR).