Congratulations to Santina, Jennifer and former lab members on your recent publication in Channels!

Congratulations to Santina, Chris R, Jennifer, Jeff, and Chris D on the most recent publication from Dr. Hildebrand’s lab. Thanks also to our collaborator, Dr. Natalina Salmaso, for the tremendous support and input that she provided on this project. The publication titled " Differential expression of GluN2 NMDA receptor subunits in the dorsal horn of male and female rats” is published in Channels. A link to the article can be found here:

Dr. Hildebrand to Deliver Upcoming Webinar!

Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

Dr. Hildebrand will be participating in an upcoming webinar series for Pfizer Early Career Award Recipients. To register for the webinar go to:

PhD Candidate Annemarie Dedek Wins CAN-ACN Brain Star Award!!

The Hildebrand lab would like to congratulate Annemarie Dedek for winning the CAN-ACN Brain Star Award for her work on Bridging the gap between animal models and human clinical trials for chronic pain. Please go to to learn more. CONGRATS Annemarie 🙂

Congratulations Hadir and Newton on your recent publication in Molecular Brain!

Monday, March 9th, 2020

Congratulations to Hadir and Newton on the most recent publication from Dr. Hildebrands lab. The publication titled "Conserved contributions of NMDA receptor subtypes to sunaptic responses in lamina II spinal neurons across early postnatal development is published in Molecular Brain. A link to the article can be found here:

Dr. Mike Hildebrand to deliver upcoming webinar on pain processing: 

Dr. Mike Hildebrand will be delivering a webinar highlighting the recent work conducted in his lab aimed at identifying molecular determinants of pain to inform the rational development of more effective therapeutics for chronic pain. 

Date: Tue, Feb 4, 2020 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST
Title: Bridging the Translational Divide: Development of Parallel Rodent and Human Models of Pathological Spinal Pain Processing  

To register for this webinar please go to the following website: 

May 28, 2019

Source - Brain: A Journal of Neurology

Summary: The tyrosine phosphatase STEP61 is the molecular brake that is lost to drive a coupling between KCC2-dependent disinhibition and the potentiation of GluN2B NMDARs in a pathological spinal mechanism that is conserved between rodent and human models of chronic pain. The ex vivo human BDNF model developed in this paper helps form a translational bridge between rodents and humans for identification and validation of novel molecular pain targets.

Link: B​​rain, Volume 142, Issue 6, June 2019, Pages 1535–1546

Canadian Association of Neuroscience Annual Meeting

May 22-25, 2019, Toronto

Chris will be presenting his work at CAN 2019. His work looks at the role of GluN2D function and modulation in spinal cord pain signalling. Check out his poster during Poster Session 2 on Friday May 24 from 3:30PM - 5:30PM.

Source: American Pain Society | Chicago, IL

American Pain Society Annual Meeting

Annemarie will be presenting her work at the APS Spring Pain Meeting in Milwaukee, WI. This year's meeting is centered around "Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Innovations in the Treatment of Pain". Annemarie's talk will be during Session 8: Translational Pain Models. 

Date: 04/03/2019

Place: Wisconsin Center, 400 W Wisconsin Ave

Tropical Space Garden, Penang, Malaysia | Source: Remi Deleplanque, Shutterstock

Dr. Hildebrand at The International Calcium Channel Meeting Penang, Malaysia

Mike will be speaking on the "Contributions of T-type channels towards spinal pain processing" at the Calcium Channel Network's triennial conference

Date: 04/02/2019

Dr. Hildebrand Presents at the Science Cafe Seminar Series

Mike will be presenting at Carleton University's Science Cafe Seminar Series. For more information, see Carleton University's Science Cafe web-page.

Date: 02/27/2019

​Sunnyside Branch of the Ottawa Public Library at 1049 Bank Street

Immunostaining of the Superficial Dorsal Horn of the Human Spinal Cord

OHRI's Neuroscience Program Seminar Series

Come see Mike present on chronic pain and his current research at The Ottawa Hospital's Neuroscience Seminar Series.

Date: 02/19/2019

University of Ottawa, Roger Guindon Hall, Seminar Room 1421

Neuroscience Colloquium Series: Molecular Determinants of Pain

Friday, January 25, 2019

Annemarie Dedek presents her work at Carleton University's Neuroscience Colloquium Series. Her talk centered around the role of STEP61 as the molecular linker between excitation and inhibition in the superficial dorsal horn of the spinal cord.

Click to see the schedule for future Neuroscience Colloquium Talks

The 5th annual Brain Health Awareness Week, Oct. 15-19

Dr. Mike Hildebrand is presenting during Brain Health Awareness Week on October 15.

Date: 10/15-19/2018

Place: Algonquin College

Hadir Mahmoud Successfully Defends her Master's Thesis

August, 2018

Congratulations to the Hildebrand lab's Hadir Mahmoud for her well-deserved M.Sc. in Neuroscience. Hadir began as an undergraduate honour's thesis student in the Hildebrand lab where she won top prize at Carleton University's Undergraduate Research Day. From there she continued on into her M.Sc. in our lab, earning respect from her peers and faculty for her hard work and dedication. We are excited for Hadir's next step. Congratulations Hadir and Good Luck! 

2nd Ottawa Spinal Cord and Brain Repair and Regeneration Symposium

Annemarie is presenting tomorrow at the 2nd Ottawa Spinal Cord and Brain Repair and Regeneration Symposium 2018.

Date: 10/16/2018

Place: TBA

The Hildebrand Lab Finds New Space on the Internet

Tuesday, September 2, 2018

Welcome to the Hildebrand Lab's new website! We are excited to have this new avenue to share the latest and greatest of our lab news and research. Check out our People's page to meet the lab, our Research page to see what we do, and our Positions page if you are interested in joining the team. A big thank you to Newton, a summer research intern in our lab, for designing the website.

Hildebrand Lab at the Salter Symposium

Friday, August 3, 2018

Dr. Hildebrand and two of his students attended the Salter symposium on August 3-4, 2018.