Name: Soheila Karimi PhD
Dept. of Physiology and Pathophysiology
Senior Scientist, Regenerative Medicine Program
Principal Investigator, Spinal Cord Research Center
Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
University of Manitoba
Soheila Karimi is an Associate Professor with the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology, and the Regenerative Medicine Program at the University of Manitoba. Soheila leads a program in neural regeneration and stem cell research that has focused on understanding disease mechanisms and therapeutic development for multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury. She received her PhD in neurosciences from the University of Saskatchewan followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Toronto Western Research Institute and University of Toronto. Soheila established her neuroscience program at the University of Manitoba in 2010. Karimi’s research team has made significant contributions to discovery of disease mechanisms that regulate cell replacement, myelin repair, glial scar and neuroinflammation in spinal cord injury and MS. Her team has also discovered novel targets for development of pharmacological and cellular therapies for MS and traumatic spinal cord injury. Soheila’s research has been supported continuously by multiple national and international agencies including the Canadian Institute of Health Research, the MS Society of Canada and the Canadian Paraplegic Association. In addition to her research, Soheila has been actively involved in national and international collaborations and leadership programs to serve the neuroscience community. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Neuroscience and serves in the Executive Committee of the International Women in Multiple Sclerosis (iWiMS) in addition to several others activities.