Jo Anne Stratton
Regional Director, Alberta
Jo Anne Stratton is currently completing her postdoctoral training with Dr Jeff Biernaskie, Dr John Matyas and Dr Rajiv Midha at the University of Calgary studying the effects of immune cells on pain and regeneration. She completed her PhD at the Florey Neurosciences Institutes with Dr Tobias Merson and Prof Trevor Kilpatrick attempting to understand the complex relationship between function, pathology, plasticity and regeneration initiated following myelinating glia death. JoAnne has been awarded several best oral and/or poster presentation prizes at international and national conferences for her work, and is currently funded by the Arthritis Society. In addition to her academic success, Jo Anne has excelled at leading the young generation of medical researchers. She was elected as president of the student society at her PhD institute, and cofounded the State-wide medical research network for young researchers, SOBR. She has represented trainees on several committees, including the Society for Neuroscience Chapter and the University Neuroscience Graduate Research Course steering committee, and now here, on CATA, as the representative for Calgary-based arthritis researchers. Jo Anne believes it to be important to bridge the gap between the community at large and scientists. She has been an invited speaker to present to lay communities, including high schools, special interest groups and Rotary Clubs across Australia and Canada. Jo Anne’s dedication to contribute meaningful scientific advances that will impact the lives of disease sufferers and communicate these findings, as well as her passion to support and mentor current and future young medical researchers, makes her a valuable asset.