CFUW Memorial Fellowship / CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winner 2019-2020


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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 Winners:

JULIANA McLAREN – CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winner



  • 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.


JULIANA McLAREN - CFUW 100th Anniversary National Winner

  • JulianaB.A. Joint Honors in Linguistics and Psychology (Summa Cum Laude), 2018, University of Ottawa
  • M.Sc. Speech-Language Pathology, 2018-2021, Dalhousie University

Juliana’s experiences as a caregiver for her grandmother with dementia inspired her to pursue a career in Speech-Language Pathology. Her research is currently examining the relationship between hearing and memory, using event-related potentials. Hearing loss has been identified as the largest potentially modifiable risk factor for dementia.

Her research uses measures of the brain’s electrical activity to see how hearing loss changes your brain’s memory systems. She hopes that this research will illustrate that hearing health is an important part of overall cognitive health, especially as a tool for dementia prevention.