Breaking New Grounds: Dr. Faith Brennan, 2023 Banting Discovery Awardee

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June 2023

We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of Dr. Faith Brennan, an exceptional researcher in the field of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. Dr. Brennan has been awarded the highly prestigious Toronto Elegant Lions Club-Banting Discovery Award for 2023. This is a testament to her groundbreaking research and dedication to pushing the boundaries of our understanding of the immune and neuro systems.

With over a decade of experience in her field, Dr. Brennan has made significant strides in studying how functional recovery from neurological disorders can vary, depending on the region of insult. Her focus is on microglia, the resident immune cells of the central nervous system, following insults to either the brain or spinal cord.

Dr. Brennan’s innovative approach utilizes animal models and tissue sections to study microglia using spatial transcriptomics methods. This allows her to probe deeply into the biological processes at play, unearthing the underlying mechanisms that contribute to differences in functional outcomes following injury.

Dr. Brennan’s impressive track record includes a strong publication record with articles in high impact journals. This reflects not only the quality of her work but also her commitment to sharing knowledge and advancing the field of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences.


The Banting Discovery Award recognizes the contributions of early-career researchers who are making significant strides in health and biomedical sciences. This prestigious award is yet another testament to Dr. Brennan’s dedication and commitment to her field of research.

We look forward to seeing the continued growth and success of Dr. Brennan in her career and the significant impact her research will undoubtedly have in the field of neurology.

Stay tuned for more updates on Dr. Brennan’s research and the potentially transformative impacts it could have on our understanding of neurological disorders and their treatment.

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