World Congress on Brain, Behavior and Emotions (Brain 2014). The scientific program will focus on linking basic neuroscience and clinical applications in several specialties from neurology, psychiatry, neurosurgery, neuropsychology, psychology, and geriatrics, to sleep and basic neuroscience. Visit the website for more information
8th Annual Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School. The Frontiers in Neurophotonics Summer School is a unique
opportunity to learn how to use advanced optical methods for your
research. It consists of morning lectures on the theoretical basis of the use of light, optics and probes to study brain cells (both ex– and in-vivo), followed by afternoons dedicated to hands-on experiments on custom microscopes.
Go to the Neurophotonics Summer school website for more details
July 13-15th, 2014, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Biotechnology & Human Health Symposium 2014, Featuring:
- Discussion on the newest therapeutic approaches in the treatment of neurological disease
- Attended by leading business, research, clinical and investment professionals within neuroscience
- One-to-One Partnering Program
- Great Island hospitality and culinary delights
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. Contact: email@example.com, visit the conference website: www.ftdvancouver2014.com/, or download the advertisement.
November 2013 Newsletter!
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 :
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
Shayna Rosenbaum 2013 CAN Young Investigator Awardee
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.
Neuroscience in the Media
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.
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, and the
International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia.
CAN President Feature Interview
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"
Imagine being able to zoom into the brain to see various cells the way we zoom into Google maps of the world and can see houses on a street. And keep in mind that the brain is considered the most complex structure in the universe with 86 billion neurons. Zooming in is now possible thanks to a new brain atlas with unprecedented resolution. BigBrain is the first 3D microstructural model of the entire human brain, and is free and publicly available to researchers world-wide. +++ »
Reducing levels of nerve-growth factor may be a key to developing better pain treatments
Arthritis is a debilitating disorder affecting one in 10 Canadians, with pain caused by inflammation and damage to joints. Yet the condition is poorly managed in most patients, since adequate treatments are lacking – and the therapies that do exist to ease arthritis pain often cause serious side effects, particularly when used long-term. Any hope for developing more-effective treatments for arthritis relies on understanding the processes driving this condition. +++ »
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique that detects the telltale signs of multiple sclerosis in finer detail than ever before – providing a more powerful tool for evaluating new treatments.
The technique analyzes the frequency of electro-magnetic waves collected by an MRI scanner, instead of the size of those waves. Although analyzing the number of waves per second had long been considered a more sensitive way of detecting changes in tissue structure, the math needed to create usable images had proved daunting. +++ »
Victims of childhood maltreatment or sexual abuse often suffer from serious psychiatric disorders as well as sexual dysfunction. The underlying mechanisms mediating this association are poorly understood. A group of scientists lead by Prof. Christine Heim, Director of the Institute of Medical Psychology at Charité University Medicine Berlin, together with Prof. Jens Pruessner, Director of the McGill Centre for Studies in Aging, at McGill University used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine 51 adult women who were exposed to various forms of childhood maltreatment. +++ »
Study compares data from hundreds of people in childhood and old age
A new study shows compelling evidence that associations between cognitive ability and cortical grey matter in old age can largely be accounted for by cognitive ability in childhood. The joint study by the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, The Neuro, McGill University and the University of Edinburgh, UK was published today, June 4 in Molecular Psychiatry. +++ »
Researchers at Western University have used neuroimaging to read human thought via brain activity when they are conveying specific “yes” or “no” answers.
Their findings were published today in The Journal of Neuroscience in a study titled, “The Brain’s Silent Messenger: Using Selective Attention to Decode Human Thought for Brain-Based Communication.” +++ »