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Neil Merovitch

TitleGrad Student - PhD Candidate
InstitutionThe Hospital for Sick Children
DepartmentNeurosciences & Mental Health
Address555 University Avenue
Toronto ON M5G 1X8
Phone416-813-1500
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-0107-8454 Additional info
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    University of Toronto, Toronto, ONPhDPhysiology
    Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS MSc2016Physiology & Biophysics
    Dalhousie University, Halifax, NSBSc (Hons)2012Biology
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    2017First Place Poster Award, 3rd Zebrafish for Personalized/Precision Medicine Conference
    2017 - 2022Graduate Bursary, University of Toronto
    2017Jackson Mooney Patient Grant, Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada
    2017Travel Award, Canadian Association for Neuroscience
    2009David Andrew Dougall Memorial Bursary, Dalhousie University, Department of Biology
    2007Entrance Scholarship, Dalhousie University

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    Overcoming adversity! Neil Merovitch was diagnosed as a child with a devastating neurological disorder called dystonia. The disorder causes intermittent or persistent muscle contractions resulting in repetitive movements and abnormal posture. The condition has slowly progressed from affecting just his cervical spine to the rest of his body. During high school he underwent deep brain stimulation (DBS), a treatment pioneered in Toronto, in an attempt to stop the progression of the disorder. Following this, he attended Dalhousie University, obtaining a Honours Bachelor of Science and Master’s degree in Physiology. Throughout this time, it was his persistent and relentless advocacy for students with disabilities that enabled him to succeed.

    Neil is currently finishing the third year of his Ph.D. in Physiology at the University of Toronto in the lab of Zhengping Jia, a Professor and Senior Scientist in the Neurosciences & Mental Health Program at The Hospital for Sick Children. He is studying the circuitry and synaptic mechanisms underlying social memory, our ability to distinguish between new and familiar individuals.

    In Jia’s lab, Neil is working with mouse models to understand the neurological basis of social memory deficits, which are seen in some individuals with neurodevelopmental and intellectual disabilities. They use a combination of behaviour, electrophysiology and optogenetics to investigate these deficits. Neil’s goal is that one day his research may help others in the same way that research on dystonia has helped him.


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    1. Merovitch N, Doyle JM, Wyeth RC, Stoyek MR, Schmidt MK, Wilfart FM, Fine A, Croll RP. Data on horizontal and vertical movements of zebrafish during appetitive conditioning. Data Brief. 2016 Dec; 9:758-763. PMID: 27844042.
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    2. Doyle JM, Merovitch N, Wyeth RC, Stoyek MR, Schmidt M, Wilfart F, Fine A, Croll RP. A simple automated system for appetitive conditioning of zebrafish in their home tanks. Behav Brain Res. 2017 01 15; 317:444-452. PMID: 27659557.
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