Satellite 3: Canadian Neurophotonics Platform

A Short Course by the Canadian Neurophotonics Platform 

Date: May 28, 9AM to 4:00PM, at the Hotel Bonaventure

One of the greatest challenges of modern science is to decipher the functional connectome of nature’s most complex organ, the human brain. A key to success in this effort is to develop and exploit technologies that allow us to probe and manipulate brain microcircuits from the level of single synapses – and even nanoscale substructures within synapses – to entire circuits in the intact brain in behaving animals.  Light-based tools represent the enabling technology in this endeavour.

Organizer: Ed Ruthazer, McGill University

Preliminary Program (subject to change):

Welcome: Yves de Koninck (Université Laval)

Session 1: New technical advances in Neurophotonics

  • Daniel Côté (Université Laval)
  • Robert Campbell (University of Alberta, Edmonton)
  • Darcy Peterka (Columbia University)

Coffee break | Lobby

Session 2: Imaging the awake-behaving brain

  • Jonathan Britt (McGill University):
  • Chen Yan (The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto)
  • Tim Murphy (UBC)


Session 3- Optical approaches for studying synapses 

  • Paul De Koninck (Université Laval)

Coffee Break

  • Katalin Toth (Université Laval)
  • Jean-Claude Béïque (U Ottawa)

Closing remarks: Yves de Koninck


An all-day short course to articulate new methods and applications of light microscopic imaging and optogenetic manipulation of nervous system tissues. Optogenetics topics include: optogenetic probe development, optogenetic activation and inhibition, with emphasis on region selective expression, light, and probe delivery.  Imaging topics include: in vivo approaches (2-photon fast scanning, wide-field), super-resolution imaging, and methodologies for assessing the structure and function of large brain networks.  Data analysis topics include visualization of activity in large networks, and image processing strategies to improve light microscopic images.


Registration through the CAN registration webpage. Registration fee is $50 if combined with CAN meeting registration or $75 for those wishing to register for the satellite only. Registration fees include lunch and coffee breaks.

If you wish to register for the satellite only, please use the following link:
Neurophotonics satellite only registration

If you wish to register for both the CAN meeting and the satellite, please use this link:
CAN meeting and Neurophotonics satellite registration

Please note that this satellite meeting is limited to the first 150 people who register.


Mario Methot ( for further information.

Sponsored by: The Canadian Neurophotonics Platform funded by Brain Canada and partners