CFUW Memorial Fellowship
2020-2021 Value: $8,000

Honours those for whom the CFUW Charitable Trust receives memorial donations. At the time of application, the candidate must be enrolled in masters studies in science, mathematics or engineering. This fellowship is tenable in Canada or abroad.

2019-2020 Winner: NATASHA OSBORNE


B.Sc. Biology Concentration Health Sciences (Hons.), Minor in Neuroscience and Mental Health, 2018, Carleton University
M.Sc. Neuroscience, 2018-2020, University of Ottawa

Pregnancy is an important stage in a woman’s life and can have a long-term impact on her children. Mothers who are stressed during their pregnancy birth infants with abnormal gut bacteria and a higher risk of later-life mental illnesses. Natasha’s research will use a mouse model to investigate how prenatal stress affects the microbiota-gut-brain axis in the offspring, and whether pre- and/or probiotic treatments during pregnancy and breastfeeding could counteract the negative effects of stress.

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