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.
October 24-25, 2014, Toronto at the Omni King Edward Hotel, Toronto. The International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) is holding a conference on “Biomarkers in Neuropsychiatric Disorders” The conference features an international faculty of leaders in the field. Conference website
April 12 - 18th 2015, Bertinoro, Italy
International Astrocyte School (IAS 2015). Fourteen top-level researchers and 30 selected students will come together for an intense one-week course, with particular emphasis on Gliotransmission in the normal and diseased brain. Applications are open until 19 December 2014. Additional information is available through the
May 24 - 27, 2015, Vancouver
2015 Canadian Neuroscience Meeting - More details on the
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.
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
Research by Dr. Sylvain Williams shows that the flow of activity in the hippocampus, a brain region essential for memory, is actually bidirectional, rather than just unidirectional
A study just published in the prestigious Nature Neuroscience journal by Sylvain Williams, PhD, and his team, of the Research Centre of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University, opens the door towards better understanding of the neural circuitry and dynamic mechanisms controlling memory as well of the role of an essential element of the hippocampus – a sub-region named the subiculum. +++ »
New research led by University of Toronto neurologist Andrew Lim sheds light on sleep disruption in aging adults.
“In many older people with insomnia and other patterns of sleep disruption, the underlying cause is unknown,” said Lim, assistant professor of neurology and neuroscientist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences.
“We provide evidence that loss of neurons in a particular region of the brain that controls sleep may be an important contributor to insomnia in many older individuals.” +++ »
Study suggests ways to treat these deficits before the psychiatric symptoms develop
Researchers at the University of Montreal and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre have traced the origins of ADHD, substance abuse and conduct disorder, and found that they develop from the same neurocognitive deficits, which in turn explains why they often occur together. “Psychopathology exists on multiple continua of brain function. Some of these dimensions contribute to a multitude of problems, others contribute to specific problems. Together, they explain patterns of comorbidity such as why ADHD and conduct problems co-occur with substance misuse at such a high rate,” explained the study’s lead author, Professor Patricia Conrod. +++ »
Discovery sheds light on where visual memories are born
“When a tiger starts to move towards you, you need to know whether it is something you are actually seeing or whether it’s just something that you remember or have imagined,” says Prof. Julio Martinez-Trujillo of McGill’s Department of Physiology. The researcher and his team have discovered that there is a clear frontier in the brain between the area that encodes information about what is immediately before the eyes and the area that encodes the abstract representations that are the product of our short-term memory or imagination. +++ »
Findings suggest a brain cell’s activity helps determine whether it will hold a subsequent memory
Understanding how and where memories are normally stored in the brain will be the key to developing new treatments for memory disorders. Memories are thought to be created through the strengthening of connections between brain cells (neurons) to form a memory. In a new study led by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), researchers have discovered one important factor that determines which precise neurons are selected to store a given memory and where this memory is stored. The study is published in the August 6 online edition of Neuron. +++ »
Genes, pathways identified could inform new approaches to treatment
As part of a multinational, collaborative effort, researchers from Canada’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have helped identify over 100 locations in the human genome associated with the risk of developing schizophrenia, in what is the largest genomic study published on any psychiatric disorder to date. The findings, published online in Nature, point to biological mechanisms and pathways that may underlie schizophrenia, and could lead to new approaches to treating the disorder, which has seen little innovation in drug development in more than 60 years. +++ »