The Hatrock Award for Open Methods Development 

Dale Hatrock was a Master’s student in the Stratton lab from 2019 until 2021 when he tragically passed away as a result of sudden cardiac illness. As part of his work, Dale was passionate about methods development. In particular, he spent countless evenings developing strategies to grow specialized brain cells (called ependymal cells) in a dish. Ultimately, Dale’s hard work paid off, and our lab can now grow ependymal cells and study them in great detail.  In addition to his devotion for experimental design, Dale was also believed in open science and sharing his trials with his colleagues at large.
In Dale’s honour, The Hatrock Award for Open Method Development has a value of $2,000 and it will be awarded annually by the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute to a trainee at the Neuro who excels in the development of experimental methods and who shares these methods openly.