Naweed Syed

Chief Scientist | Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

Type: Scientist

Site: Calgary

Stream: Prime

Dr. Naweed Syed is a Professor with the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He also served for 10 years as the Department Head Anatomy and Cell Biology, Research Director HBI at the CSM and also the Postdoctoral Program Director – Office of the Vice President (Research) from 2012 – 2016. Dr. Syed has served and chaired almost all of the University’s senior committees and was Special Advisor to Vice President Research for several years.

Dr. Syed has been the recipient of many international and national awards including: Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship (USA), Parker B. Francis Fellowship (USA), Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Scholarships and Scientist Awards, Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) Investigator Award and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. In 2016, Dr. Syed was awarded the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence – the highest civilian award for research and innovation) from the Pakistan Government. He has also been the recipient of Canada -150 Medal from the Canadian Senate.

In collaboration with his German colleagues, Dr. Syed’s team was the first to develop a bionic hybrid which enabled direct dialogue between the brain cells and the electronics. This study was highlighted in Time Magazine and on the Discovery Channel. Dr. Syed has published 129 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Nature, Science, Neuron and the Journal of Neuroscience. He holds multiple research grants from the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Natural Science and Engineering Council of Canada. He has also been a co-PI on CIHR and CFI team grants. Dr. Syed also serves on several national and international grant panels and is a member of scientific advisory boards.

Dr. Syed’s research is focused at cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying brain development and plasticity. Specifically, he studies how networks of brain cells assemble during development and modified throughout life to form the basis for learning and memory. He also investigates how various anesthetic agents affect communications between brain cells and induce cytotoxicity. Research Interests: Brain development, plasticity and regeneration, brain-machine interfacing, neuron-chip technology, bionic hybrid, synapse formation and neurodegeneration.