Naweed Syed

Dr. Naweed Imam Syed


Professor - Medicine

Cumming School of Medicine

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office: +1 (403) 220-5479


Educational Background

B.S. Physiology, University of Karachi, 1980

Doctor of Philosophy Neurophysiology, University of Leeds, 1988

M.S. Neurophysiology, University of Karachi, 1982


Areas of Research

Molecular Mechanisms

My research program is focused at defining the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying nervous system development and synaptic plasticity. Specifically, my lab seeks to identify genes and the underlying molecular cascade that allows neurons to extend their projections en route towards their targets and establish neuronal connectivity during development to control all brain functions. We have developed several neuron-chip recording techniques that allow us to monitor neuronal activity from large networks of brain cells at the resolution of single cells. Our lab also studies the impact of various extrinsic factors that influence neuronal synaptic plasticity between brain cells.

Participation in university strategic initiatives


  • award, 2016
  • award, 2015
  • award, 2014
  • award, 2013
  • award, 2012
  • AHFMR Scientist Award, 2005
  • CIHR Investigator Award, 2005
  • AHFMR Scientist Award, 2004
  • Calgary's Best Canadian Award, 2004
  • CIHR Investigator Award, 2004
  • Outstanding Scientist Award, 2004
  • award, 1978