Resumé

Alison Smith Ph.D.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
416 554 7328
info@alisonsmith.com

Highlights

  • Curriculum developer, e-course creator and instructor at the University of Waterloo. Course entitled: Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology (AHS 150).
  • Eleven years of hands-on neuroscience research experience.
  • Fifteen years of higher education teaching experience (university).
  • Outgoing personality. Experience and comfort presenting to small departmental (<10 persons) and large scientific symposia and training sessions (CHFA): (>200 persons).
  • e-learning experience since 2009.
  • Academic/scientific writing experience since 2005. Medical writing experience since 2009.
  • Excellent copy writing and time management skills.
  • Detail oriented planner. Respected for strong work ethic, loyalty, and critical thinking capabilities.
  • Experience writing white papers, instructor resource manuals (IRM), abstracts, posters, brochures, PPT slide-deck kits, blog-posts, newsletters, magazine articles, grant proposals, e-learning and patient educations materials.
  • Three first author academic publications. 2012 paper featured on the cover of Clinical Neurophysiology.
  • Multiple publications in health and wellness magazines: Best Health, Inside Fitness, HUB magazine.
  • Solid clinical/medical science background with experience in the following therapeutic areas: neuroscience/neurology, health sciences, anatomy/physiology, minor in dermatology, athletic training, massage therapy, kinesiology, and motor learning.
  • Advanced PC and Mac computer skills. Microsoft: PowerPoint, Word, Excel, and Outlook; Adobe Presenter, Camtastia, iMovie, Audacity, WordPress, and RefWorks.

Education

Ph.D. (Neuroscience)
Sept 2005-Sept 2009
Funded by NSERC PGS-D
University of Waterloo
Dept. of Kinesiology
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. R. Staines
Affiliated with Sunnybrook: Centre for Stroke Recovery

M.Sc. (Neuroscience)
Sept 2003-June 2005
Funded by OGS
York University
Dept. of Kinesiology
Toronto, ON, Canada
Supervisor: Dr. R. Staines
Summa Cum Laude

B.A. (Kinesiology/Athletic Therapy)
Sept 1998-April 2003
York University. Dept. of Kinesiology. Toronto, ON, Canada
Magna Cum Laude

Additional Courses

Grammar Essentials for Writers and Editors (CDPB 400)
Ryerson University Publishing Program
Toronto, ON, Canada

Professional Experience

Consulting Science Advisor/Freelance Medical Writer
Current Position

I translate complicated scientific information into easy-to-understand in-person and e-training sessions, blog posts, magazine articles, and books for sales reps, vendors, and the general public.

  • Natural Calm Canada:
    • Provided in-class sales rep training
    • Created seven training videos for their online sales rep and vendor training portal
    • Spoke at CHFA West and East 2017: Training session about the science of magnesium absorption.
    • Wrote a 2000 word article on the relationship between magnesium and anxiety for the HUB magazine.
    • Wrote several blog posts for NaturalCalm.ca
    • Co-authoring a book on magnesium.
    • Appeared on the Goodness Me! Radio Show.
  • Lumina Datamatics:
    • Created 16 instructor resource manual (IRM) chapters, 16 PowerPoint (PPT) course lecture slide decks, and 16 art-only slide decks for a kinesiology textbook published by Cengage Learning.
  •  Monnol:
    • Researched, wrote, and edited a scientific white paper to educated sales reps.

Consulting Medical Writer
2009-Present

I write white papers and academic articles, in addition to product education power point presentations for supplement, wellness, and pharmaceutical brands. I also write magazine articles for leading Canadian health publications and instructor resource manuals (IRM) and powerpoint slide deck kits for health and medical textbook publishers.

  • Natural Calm Canada
    • Academic article for the HUB magazine entitled: The fearful brain: The relationship between magnesium and anxiety.
  • Lumina Datamatics
    • Instructor resource manuals (IRM) and college/university powerpoint (PPT) lecture slide deck kits for health science textbook publications.
  •  Monnol
    • White paper entitled: The Role of Magnesium and Trace Elements in the Management of Depression and Anxiety.
  • Metrix Group Inc. (Canada), contract medical writer.
    • Slide deck kits for Stiefel/GSK sales representative training.
  • Covalon Technologies (Canada), contract medical writer.
    • Poster comparing two antibiotic infused skin-bandaging products.
  • Neurofrontier (U.S.A.), contract medical writer.
    • Slide deck kit creator for neuroscience-based presentations.
  • Demand Studios (U.S.A.), medical writer.
    • Over 300 health & disease articles written for the general public.
  • THINKScience (Japan), substantive copy-editor.
    • Extensively edited scientific papers for Japanese researchers.
  • The Med Writers (U.S.A.), medical writer & editor.
    • Edited and created medical pamphlets, documents, and educational materials for medical professionals.

Freelance Writer
2015-Present

  • HUB Integrated Health Magazine
  • Best Health Magazine
  • Inside Fitness Magazine
  • LiveStrong.com

Website Designer
2013-Present

  • rainbowfoameez.com
  • derekscott.ca
  • alisonsmith.com

Adjunct Faculty Member
2009-2017

  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • Course instructor: Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology

Web-Based Anatomy & Physiology Curriculum Developer & e-Course Creator
2009-2010

  • University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada
  • Curriculum developer and writer of lecture and visual content for e-course: Foundations of Anatomy & Physiology

Documentary Film Producer
2011-2012

  • Film coordinator and copywriter for a documentary focusing on an infectious disease called Lyme Disease, and its effects on the Canadian population.

Neuroscience Consultant
2010-2012

  • NeuroFrontier (U.S.A.)
  • NeuroFrontier is a company that provides corporate project management solutions based on current neuroscientific data.
  • Provided neuroscience research and expertise to support NeuroFrontier training initiatives that educate corporate managers about the relationship between brain function, behaviour, and project outcomes.

Teaching Experience

Course Instructor (Human Anatomy/Physiology)
2009-2017
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Gross Anatomy Lab Instructor
2005-2006
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Neuroanatomy Lab Instructor
2005-2006
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Neuroanatomy Guest Lecturer
2005
University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada

Athletic Therapy II Guest Lecturer
2005
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Athletic Injuries Guest Lecturer
2005
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Motor Learning Lab Instructor
2003-2005
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Statistics Tutorial Leader
2003-2005
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Athletic Therapy I Guest Lecturer
2003-2005
York University, Toronto, ON, Canada

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. (2012). Externally cued inphase bimanual training enhances preparatory premotor activity. Clinical Neurophysiology. March 6; 125(9): 1846-57.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. (2010). Cortical and behavioral adaptations in response to inphase versus antiphase bimanual movement training. Experimental Brain Research. Aug 14; 205(4): 465-77.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. (2006). Bimanual training induced cortical adaptations: Event-related potentials and behavioral responses. Brain Research. Feb 3; 1071(1):165-74.

Published Refereed Abstracts

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. Cortical adaptations associated with self-paced wrist movement in response to in-phase bimanual movement training. Conference Poster (#579.10): Society for Neuroscience 2008.

Smith, A.L., Lindell, M. & Staines, W.R. Cortical and behavioural adaptations associated with in-phase versus anti-phase bimanual movement training using the wrists. Conference Poster. ACRM 2008.

Smith, A.L., Lindell, M. & Staines, W.R. Cortical and behavioural adaptations associated with in-phase versus anti-phase bimanual movement training using the wrists. Conference Poster. CIHR Research Forum, Winnipeg, 2008.

Smith, A.L., Lindell, M. & Staines, W.R. Cortical and behavioural adaptations associated with in-phase versus anti-phase bimanual movement training using the wrists. Conference Poster (#828.27): Society for Neuroscience 2007.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. Cortical networks subserving movement-related cortical potentials to self-paced and cued wrist flexion movements. Conference Poster (#559.17): Society for Neuroscience 2006.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. Rapid learning-related cortical adaptations associated with short-term practice of a bimanual visuomotor task. Conference Poster (#641.9): Society for Neuroscience 2005.

Smith, A.L. & Staines, W.R. Bimanual training induced cortical adaptations: Event-related potentials and behavioural responses. Conference Poster (#432.16): Society for Neuroscience 2004.

Book Publications

Saunders, J. (2014). Wild + precious: A guide to loving yourself, following your bliss, and changing the world. Contributing author for two chapters. Australia: Create Space. 416 pages.

Selection of Published Web-Based Articles (over 300 articles published)

Smith A.L. (October, 2017). Is Your Magnesium Supplement Clinically Proven More Absorbable? https://naturalcalm.ca/is-your-magnesium-supplement-clinically-proven-more-absorbable/

Smith A.L. (June, 2017). Review of CanPrev White Paper Entitled: Magnesium a Complete Primer. https://naturalcalm.ca/canprev-magnesium-glycinate/

Smith A.L. (May, 2017). What the Research Really Says About Magnesium Absorption.
https://naturalcalm.ca /research-really-says-magnesium-absorption

Public Speaking Engagements

Smith, A.L. (2017, Sept). Are you being mislead about magnesium? Lecture conducted from the Toronto Convention Centre for CHFA East, Toronto, Canada.

Smith, A.L. (2017, April). What do we really know about magnesium absorption? Lecture conducted from the Vancouver Convention Centre for CHFA West, Vancouver, Canada.

Smith, A.L. (2017, September). What do we really know about magnesium absorption? Lecture conducted from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for CHFA East, Toronto, Canada.

Academic Honours and Awards

Dr. Smith has secured over $130,000 in academic funding from the following agencies:

PGS-D NSERC: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council
National Tri-Council Doctoral Research Award
Value: $63,000
University of Waterloo

President’s Scholarship
Awarded to Tri-Council Award Recipients
Value: $15,000
University of Waterloo

Kinesiology Award
Awarded to Tri-Council Award Recipients
Value: $15,000
University of Waterloo

Provost’s Doctoral Entrance Scholarship
Value: $5000
University of Waterloo

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)
Provincial Research Award
Value: $15,000
York University

Master’s Program Entrance Scholarship
Value: $3000
York University

Lilly D’Urzo Scholarship
Value: $1200
York University

York Scholarship
Value: $1000
York University

Stuart A. Roebuck Memorial Scholarship
Value: $1000
York University

Kinesiology Award
Value: $1000
York University