June 9-21 2013, Ottawa: 6th UOttawa Computational Neuroscience Summer School, organized by the Center for Neural Dynamics at the University of Ottawa, and supported by the NSERC-CREATE program in Quantitative Biomedicine, the CIHR training program in Neurophysics and the Organization for Computational Neuroscience. Details at: www.neurodynamic.uottawa.ca/summer.html
June 14-16 2013, London, Ontario Symposium on Brain Plasticity, Learning, and Education
The Royal Society of Canada, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and the Ontario Brain Institute are sponsoring a symposium on Brain Plasticity, Learning, and Education, which will take place at the University of Western Ontario from June 14 to 16, 2013. Leading neuroscientists from both Canada and Israel will be speaking (8 from Canada and 8 from Israel).
July 7-9th in Prince Edward Island: 4th Annual Biotechnology and Human Health 2013. The focus of this symposium is the role of neuro-inflammation and autoimmunity in the pathogenesis of neurological disease which will provide insight into how inflammatory processes play an important role in the development of many neurological conditions and represent key therapeutic targets. Internationally-recognized speakers will discuss their work at the forefront of this emerging field as well as key leaders engaged in the translation of basic research to clinical practice. Details at www.biotechnologyandhumanhealth.com.
Shayna Rosenbaum 2013 CAN Young Investigator Awardee
The Canadian Association for Neuroscience is proud to announce Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum, from York University, will receive the CAN 2013 Young Investigator Award at the opening ceremony of the upcoming Annual meeting in Toronto, on May 21.
Read Dr. Shayna Rosenbaum's profile and find representative publications on the 2013 Award page.
Canadian Neuroscience Meeting 2013
The meeting will take place in Toronto, May 21 to 24, 2013. Visit the meeting website for all the details:
Brain Canada is pleased to launch a consultation with the research community, research institutions and potential funding partners, about its planned Platform Support Grants (PSGs), intended to contribute to the operating costs of national or regional research platforms that serve large numbers of researchers in the neurosciences. Brain Canada intends that the PSGs will make possible the coordination and linking of existing local, provincial, or regional infrastructure into a national platform
The page currently features new funding opportunities from :
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, and
Show your support for research
Air Canada and United Airlines have recently announced they will no longer transport non human primates used for research. Many neuroscientists studying to understand and find cures for diseases such as schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, will be affected by this decision. Alternative ways of transport, by land or sea, are more taxing on animals.
Use these links to contact Air Canada and United Airlines (via the SfN) CEOs to urge them to reconsider their position on this important issue.
Animal research is important and closely regulated in Canada – Learn more about it on the CCAC website.
Neuroscience in the News
“What we’re best at in Canada is coming up with new ideas.” -David Kaplan
The Globe and Mail recently featured a story about current innovations in Neuroscience Research. 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).
On the CBC, Henry Friensen Prize winner Marc Tessier Lavigne was interviewed by host Paul Kennedy of Ideas. Listen to Building Brains.
Canadian Neuroscientists : 2012 Honours and Awards
The Canadian Association for Neuroscience wishes to congratulate the many Canadian neuroscientists who received important national or international awards or distinctions in 2012, including:
• New fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the • Royal Society of Canada and of the • Royal Society of London.
• Howard Hughes Medical Institute Senior International Research Scholar
• Margolese Neuroscience Prize
• and more
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"
National Post Supplement
CAN has contributed an editorial for a Neuroscience supplement that was published with the National Post on August 28th.
This article highlights the importance of neuroscience research in Canada, and the necessity to ensure its proper funding. Follow this link to view a pdf version of the document.
Research from Western University and Lawson Health Research Institute sheds new light on a gene called ATRX and its function in the brain and pituitary. Children born with ATRX syndrome have cognitive defects and developmental abnormalities. +++ »
In the first large-scale review of 400 research papers in the neurochemistry of music, a team led by Prof. Daniel J. Levitin of McGill University’s Psychology Dept. has been able to show that playing and listening to music has clear benefits for both mental and physical health. +++ »
Researchers at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute have discovered that stress circuits in the brain undergo profound learning early in life. Using a number of cutting edge approaches, including optogenetics, Jaideep Bains, PhD, and colleagues have shown stress circuits are capable of self-tuning following a single stress. +++ »
For chronic pain sufferers, such as people who develop back pain after a car accident, avoiding the harmful effects of stress may be key to managing their condition. This is particularly important for people with a smaller-than-average hippocampus, as these individuals seem to be particularly vulnerable to stress. +++ »
Powerful treatment improves patients’ lives and provides new insight into mechanisms of the disease. A new study by Multiple Sclerosis researchers at three leading Canadian centres addresses why bone marrow transplantation (BMT) has positive results in patients with particularly aggressive forms of MS. +++ »
A team of basic and clinical scientists led by the University of Montreal Hospital* Research Centre’s (CRCHUM) Dr. Nathalie Arbour has opened the door to significantly improved treatments for the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS). +++ »