CAN is proud to welcome our new President-Elect, Freda Miller, who will take office in May 2014, and the newly elected Board members, Melanie Woodin, Edward Ruthazer, William Colmers and Charles Bourque! Read more in a special edition of the :
November 2013 CAN Connection
Interested in more news? You can read the September 2013 edition also
Our next meeting will take place May 25 - 28 2014 in Montreal
View the meeting website
You can now:
register at our early-bird rate,
submit an abstract for poster presentation, and
book your room at the Montreal Bonaventure Hilton
Air France's commitment to supporting biomedical research is to be commended. Their continued commitment to transporting live animals used for research is very important to neuroscientists.
We invite all our members and neuroscientists everywhere to write to Air France to thank them for this important support. Read more here
The Canadian Association for Neuroscience is proud to announce Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum, from York University, is the CAN 2013 Young Investigator Awardee.
Read Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum's profile and find representative publications on the 2013 Award page.
Have you listened to the "Think about it: A user's guide to the brain" radio series this Summer on the CBC? All shows are still available: Think about it website
Read "A Big Brainstorm is underway in Neuroscience", by Ivan Semeniuk, in the Globe and Mail (includes interviews with CAN members David Kaplan, Tim Murphy and Yves De Koninck).
Also on the CBC, Henry Friensen Prize winner Marc Tessier
Lavigne was interviewed by Paul Kennedy, host of Ideas.
Listen to Building Brains.
Visit our new Funding Opportunities webpage.
The page currently features new funding opportunities from :
Brain Canada - Platform Support Grants
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation 2013 Rapid Response:
Neurodegenerative Diseases of Aging grant program,
International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia.
Sam David, President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, has given a feature interview for the magazine International Innovation.
"International Innovation is the leading global dissemination resource for the wider scientific, technology and research communities, dedicated to disseminating the latest science, research and technological innovations on a global level. More information and a complimentary subscription offer to the publication can be found here"
In April 2009, a Quebec family experienced the worst tragedy for parents: before the age of one, one of their sons died of a rare genetic disease causing congenital microcephaly, intellectual disability, cerebral atrophy, and refractory seizures. The event was even more tragic because it was the third infant to die in this family from the same disease.
This tragedy led Dr. Jacques Michaud, professor in the Faculty of Medecine of Université de Montréal and Doctor at CHU Ste-Justine Hospital, to discover the genetic abnormality responsible for this developmental disorder. +++ »
One of the smallest parts of the brain is getting a second look after new research suggests it plays a crucial role in decision making.
A University of British Columbia study published today in Nature Neuroscience says the lateral habenula, a region of the brain linked to depression and avoidance behaviours, has been largely misunderstood and may be integral in cost-benefit decisions. +++ »
Researchers show that these immune cells attack one of the main manifestations of Alzheimer’s disease
An article published in the journal Cell Reports by researchers from Université Laval reveals the existence of a natural mechanism to prevent one of the manifestations of Alzheimer’s in the brain. Using medical imaging techniques to view live events that occur in living mice with Alzheimer’s, researchers have discovered that a type of white blood cells – patrolling monocytes – selectively attack amyloid aggregates attached to the inner lining of blood vessels in the brain. +++ »
It is well known that there are events that happen in utero that can impact the child’s health as an adult. Changes in the maternal environment can have lasting effects for the child decades later. A new study led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is the first to demonstrate how disturbances (like infections) during pregnancy can result in a surge of brain stem cells in offspring. The study, published in the November 7 online edition of Cell Stem Cell, shows what occurs in the brain when the fetal environment is disturbed. +++ »
With the help of a rat casino, University of British Columbia brain researchers have successfully reduced behaviours in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive gambling in humans.
The study, which featured the first successful modeling of slot machine-style gambling with rats in North America, is the first to show that problem gambling behaviours can be treated with drugs that block dopamine D4 receptors. The findings have been published in Biological Psychiatry journal. +++ »
Mechanism meant to maintain efficiency of brain network involved in neurodegenerative disease
Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital-The Neuro, McGill University, have made important discoveries about a cellular process that occurs during normal brain development and may play an important role in neurodegenerative diseases. +++ »