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.
It may now be possible to identify the first-stage Parkinson’s patients who will go on to develop dementia, according to a study conducted at the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal by Dr. Oury Monchi, PhD, and his postdoctoral student, Dr. Alexandru Hanganu, MD, PhD, both of whom are affiliated with Université de Montréal. These findings were published in the journal Brain. +++ »
A new University of British Columbia study identifies an important molecular change that occurs in the brain when we learn and remember.
Published this month in Nature Neuroscience, the research shows that learning stimulates our brain cells in a manner that causes a small fatty acid to attach to delta-catenin, a protein in the brain. This biochemical modification is essential in producing the changes in brain cell connectivity associated with learning, the study finds. +++ »
A new technique that targets proteins that cause disease and destroys “bad apples” in the cell has been developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia’s Brain Research Centre, part of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
The findings, published this month in Nature Neuroscience, has important implications for a variety of diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, stroke and even cancers, the researchers say. +++ »
A study led by University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute researchers has revealed how the fatal neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is transmitted from cell to cell, and suggests the spread of the disease could be blocked.
“This work identifies an important piece of the puzzle in determining how the disease is transmitted throughout the nervous system,” says lead investigator Dr. Neil Cashman, UBC’s Canada Research Chair in Neurodegeneration and Protein Misfolding. “By understanding how this occurs, we can devise the best ways to stop the progressive neurological damage seen in ALS.” +++ »
There are usually three main tools for fighting brain cancer: surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. But for patients with ependymoma, a type of childhood brain tumour most common in babies, despite many clinical trials none of the standard chemotherapy medicines have been shown to help. While treatments for many other childhood cancers have changed and improved over the past two decades, chemotherapy for ependymoma has remained stagnant. The underlying cause of the chemo-resistance has baffled doctors until now. +++ »