Biotechnology & Human Health Symposium 2014, Featuring:
- Discussions of the newest therapeutic approaches in neuroprotection and repair
- Attended by leading business, research, clinical and investment professionals within neuroscience
- One-to-One Partnering Program
- Great Island hospitality and culinary delights
For more information on the conference, visit http://www.biotechnologyandhumanhealth.com/
July 26-31, 2014, Québec City, Canada
23rd Annual Meeting of the Organization for Computational Neurosciences (OCNS)
The main meeting (July 27 – 29) will be preceded by a day of
tutorials (July 26) and followed by two days of workshops (July 30 –31).
Invited Keynote Speakers:
Chris Eliasmith, University of Waterloo, Canada
Christof Koch, Allen Institute for Brain Science,USA
Henry Markram, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Frances Skinner, TWRI/UHN, University of Toronto, Canada
For up-to-date conference information, please visit
OCNS is the international member-based society for computational
neuroscientists. Become a member to be eligible for travel awards and more.
August 3 - 17, 2014 - Minneapolis, MN
Fourth Annual Computational Sensory-Motor Neuroscience Summer School (CoSMo 2014)
University of Minnesota
The course is about experimental, computational and medical aspects of sensory-motor neuroscience with a focus on data/model sharing. Covered topics include Bayesian approaches, motor control, computational neuroimaging, sensory-motor transformations and prosthetics.
The course is aimed at students and post-doctoral fellows from diverse backgrounds including Life Sciences, Psychology, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics and Engineering. Basic knowledge in calculus, linear algebra and Matlab is expected. Enrollment will be limited to 40 trainees.
The school is co-organized by Drs Gunnar Blohm, Paul Schrater and Konrad Körding. It receives funding from the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) via an NSERC-CREATE training grant on "Computational Approaches in Neuroscience – Action, Control & Transformations", and from the National Science Foundation (NSF, USA).
September 4 - 7, 2014, Basel, Switzerland
The World Congress on NeuroTherapeutics: Dilemmas, Debates & Discussions (DDDN)
October 23-25, 2014, The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel
9th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias
The ICFTD is the only regularly scheduled international conference devoted to frontotemporal dementia (FTD), making it an important opportunity for FTD clinicians, researchers, trainees and caregivers from around the world to share knowledge with the goal of improving care for patients with this devastating neurodegenerative disease. Visit the conference website: www.ftdvancouver2014.com/, or download the advertisement.
May 24 - 27, 2015, Vancouver
2015 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting - More details will be posted soon!
June 27 - 30, 2015, Vancouver
Brain 2015: XXVIIth International Symposium on Cerebral Blood Flow, Metabolism and Function and the XIIth International Conference on Quantification of Brain Function with PET, organized by the International Society for Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism.
The TANG Prize for Achievements in Psychology honours a living internationally-recognized scholar in Psychology or a closely-related field who has made an exceptional contribution to the field anywhere in the world. It includes a $100 000 CAD prize.
The Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto is accepting applications for this prize until August 15, 2014.
More details at http://www.psych.utoronto.ca/tangprize/
Canadian Neuroscience Meeting 2014
Thank you for making our meeting in Montreal such a great success!
Dr. Stephanie Borgland, from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Dr. Brian Chen, from McGill University, are both winners of CAN Young Investigator Awards for 2014. Both were judged equally deserving of this distinction, which recognizes research excellence of a young neuroscientist.
Read their profiles here: Brian Chen - Stephanie Borgland
2014 CAN Young Investigator Awards
Dr. Stephanie Borgland, from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Dr. Brian Chen, from McGill University, are both winners of CAN Young Investigator Awards for 2014. Both were judged equally deserving of this distinction, which recognizes research excellence in a young neuroscientist.
Read their profiles here: Brian Chen - Stephanie Borgland
In Memoriam - John F MacDonald
The Canadian neuroscience community mourns the loss of an important member of our community, Dr. John F MacDonald, who passed away April 22.
Members of our community have written an obituary for this quintessential Canadian scientist: In memory of John F MacDonald
Online condolences at www.rskane.ca.
A recent study published in the journal Annals of Neurology reports that healthy tissue grafted to the brain of people with Huntington’s disease, in the hope of countering this neurological disorde, also develop signs of disease several years after transplantation. This discovery has not only profound implications for our understanding of the disease and how to treat it, but could also lead to the development of new therapies against various neurodegenerative disorders. +++ »
Scientists have long hypothesized that our overall understanding of the world is based on collections of experiences, rather than distinct, individual memories. In a new study led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), neuroscientists demonstrate for the first time that long after a set of related memories is formed the brain amalgamates the memories based on their commonalities, forming a pattern or category. +++ »
Over the past several decades, neurostimulation techniques such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) have gradually gained favour in the public eye. In a new report, published in the prestigious scientific journal Neuron, IRCM ethics experts directed by University of Montreal’s professor Éric Racine raise important questions about the rising tide of tDCS coverage in the media, while regulatory action is lacking and ethical issues need to be addressed. +++ »
Researchers find a small molecule that predicts treatment response for depressed patients
Levels of a small molecule found only in humans and in other primates are lower in the brains of depressed individuals, according to researchers at McGill University and the Douglas Institute. This discovery may hold a key to improving treatment options for those who suffer from depression. +++ »
Discovery may lead to relief for victims of a range of neurological disorders
University of Toronto biologists leading an investigation into the cells that regulate proper brain function, have identified and located the key players whose actions contribute to afflictions such as epilepsy and schizophrenia. +++ »
A team of UBC neuroscientists has found that synapses that are too strong or ‘sticky’ can actually hinder our capacity to learn new things.
University of British Columbia researchers have discovered that so-called “sticky synapses” in the brain can impair new learning by excessively hard-wiring old memories and inhibiting our ability to adapt to our changing environment.