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.
A funeral and memorial service will take place Friday, April 24 in Toronto. More details and online condolences at

John F MacDonald

Spring 2014 Newsletter!

Our most recent newsletter includes the list of trainees who were awarded a travel award for the Montreal meeting and more! Read it now:
CAN Connection - Spring 2014

CAN connection

Canadian Neuroscience Meeting 2014

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,
book your room at the Montreal Bonaventure Hilton

CAN Social at SfN in San Diego

Thank you for making the CAN Social at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego a great
get-together once again this year.

We were also happy to meet many of you in person at our exhibit booth at SfN, and look forward to seeing you next in Montreal!

CAN invites its members to thank Air France

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.

Shayna Rosenbaum

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.


Neuroscience Research Funding Opportunities

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,
and the

International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia.

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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"

International Innovation Feature

Everything in moderation: excessive nerve cell pruning leads to disease

Dr. Phillip Barker

Dr. Phillip Barker

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. +++ »

Definitive imaging study finds no link between venous narrowing and multiple sclerosis

Dr. Anthony Traboulsee

Dr. Anthony Traboulsee

A study led by Dr. Anthony Traboulsee of the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health to see whether narrowing of the veins from the brain to the heart could be a cause of multiple sclerosis has found that the condition is just as prevalent in people without the disease. +++ »

To live and learn: making memories has to be a speedy business

Dr. Wayne Sossin

Dr. Wayne Sossin

The brain is plastic – adapting to the hundreds of experiences in our daily lives by reorganizing pathways and making new connections between nerve cells. This plasticity requires that memories of new information and experiences are formed fast. So fast that the body has a special mechanism, unique to nerve cells, that enables memories to be made rapidly. +++ »

Scientists shed light on the brain mechanisms behind a debilitating sleep disorder

Dr. John Peever

Dr. John Peever

Researchers at the University of Toronto discover how the body’s muscles accidentally fall asleep while awake

Normally muscles contract in order to support the body, but in a rare condition known as cataplexy the body’s muscles “fall asleep” and become involuntarily paralyzed. Cataplexy is incapacitating because it leaves the affected individual awake, but either fully or partially paralyzed. It is one of the bizarre symptoms of the sleep disorder called narcolepsy. +++ »

IRCM researchers identify new proteins crucial for hearing

Michel Cayouette

Dr. Michel Cayouette

A team of researchers led by Dr. Michel Cayouette at the IRCM made an important discovery, published online yesterday by the scientific journal Developmental Cell, that could better explain some inherited forms of hearing loss in humans. The Montréal scientists identified a group of proteins crucial for shaping the cellular organ responsible for detecting sounds. +++ »

A Pain Pump

Dr. Yves De Koninck

Dr. Yves De Koninck

Yves De Koninck’s team shows that chronic pain depends on a cellular disorder that can be corrected

Researchers from the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval have just taken a step towards the development of a new class of drugs to relieve chronic pain. +++ »