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Ng, Marcus C.

Title & Affiliations: Associate Professor of Neurology, Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Fellow of the American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (ACNS), Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society (FAES); Principal Investigator – PrairieNeuro Research Centre, Kleysen Institute for Advanced Medicine

Degrees: BMSc, MD

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Currently Hiring: Research Associate, Post-doc, MSc, Summer student

Brief Bio

Dr. Marcus Ng is a neurologist clinician-researcher who subspecializes in electroencephalography interpretation and the management of seizures and epilepsy.  His interdisciplinary research interest has adopted a highly innovative multidisciplinary approach that takes the most promising set of tools from a variety of fields to tackle the fascinating enigma of why REM sleep is anti-epileptic, while making a number of serendipitous discoveries along the way. 

He has supervised, co-supervised, and mentored over 40 graduate students, residents, and medical students (including BScMed and MEDII) through his active engagements with the graduate biomedical engineering, postgraduate medical, and undergraduate medical programs at the University of Manitoba.  In the past, he has also taught an introductory graduate level course on human EEG.  Winning numerous awards, current members and alumni of his Dreamspike Research Laboratory have successfully transitioned into positions throughout Canada and the United States.  Dr. Ng is also actively engaged in medical education as an examiner for numerous societies where he also serves on numerous committees.  He has been invited to medical journal editorial boards, review research grants and articles, and lecture at national educational courses.  Last but not least, he is also the first-author on the first-ever dedicated clinical atlas to quantitative EEG in the intensive care unit.

Research Directions

The mission of Dr. Marcus Ng’s Dreamspike Research Laboratory is to understand and apply the unique anti-epileptic properties of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Most dreaming occurs in REM sleep, and epileptic activity can be recorded on brainwave recordings as a spike. Where the two meet is the “dreamspike” – an event in which epileptic activity breaks through the usual calming influence of REM sleep against seizures. The goals of the laboratory are to study why this happens, and to use this knowledge to directly help patients.

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Job Opportunities

The Dreamspike Research Laboratory is always looking for talented and highly motivated self-starters who work well in multidisciplinary teams that bridge the clinical and biomedical engineering domains.  

 Two broad position categories are available: (1) data-facing, (2) patient-facing.   

Patient-facing applicants should have excellent people skills and time management with the capacity to interface with a variety of health care professionals from different walks of life. A background in neurology, clinical neurophysiology, or epileptology is strongly preferred.

Data-facing applicants should show strong attention to detail, and a high degree of comfort with very large datasets.  Fluency in MATLAB, Python, R (or other statistical software), Brainstorm (or other source localization software), and/or server data management is strongly preferred.

Currently Hiring: Research Associate, Post-doc, MSc, Summer student,


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