Earl Russell Chair in Pain Management – Western University

Position Profile: The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, at Western University, is inviting applications for the position of Earl Russell Chair in Pain Management. The successful candidate will take a leadership role as the Earl Russell Chair in Pain Management through their research program. Applicants should have: 1) familiarity with, and deep commitment to the treatment of pain 2) experience and expertise in working in an interdisciplinary setting 3) leadership skills and experience in creating an effective team to study pain, 4) well developed teaching and interpersonal skills, and 5) an accomplished research track-record in pain. The successful candidate will be appointed in the department that most appropriately fits their expertise with a potential cross appointment in a relevant basic science department.

Academic and Clinical Expectations: The candidate will have protected research time within the appointed department. Clinicians who have a devoted research commitment to studying pain, and fellowship training or clinical experience with treating pain patients, are encouraged to apply. Clinical duties and expectations to be determined by the clinical academic department.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an MD or equivalent degree and will hold or be appointed at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with continuing (Clinical Academic) appointment, depending on qualifications and experience. The successful candidate will have completed a residency from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or equivalent and fellowship training in a field related to pain medicine. The candidate should have or be eligible for registration by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and should have or be eligible to attain active hospital privileges at London Health Sciences Centre and/or St. Joseph’s Health Care London.

Compensation Details: The Chair appointment is for a five-year period, with the possibility of renewal for one additional term pending review recommendation. Compensation will be based on qualifications and experience and will be composed primarily of the following sources: fee for service, alternative funding plan and academic support.

The City: London, Ontario is Canada’s 10th largest city with a population of 400,000, a catchment area of 2.4 million, and is situated in southwestern Ontario between Toronto and Detroit. The region has a strong economy and excellent primary and secondary school systems for residents with children. It is a safe and culturally diverse city. With parks, tree-lined streets and bicycle trails, London is known as the “Forest City”. London boasts an international airport, galleries, theatre, music, and sporting events. See www.ledc.com/why-london to learn more.

The University: Western University is a research-intensive university with full-time enrolment of 34,000 students and a full range of academic and professional programs. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry provides an outstanding educational experience within a research-intensive environment where tomorrow’s physicians, dentists and health researchers learn to be socially responsible leaders in the advancement of human health. Western has extensive strengths in neuroscience and a thriving graduate program in neuroscience that provided a foundation for the establishment of the Western Institute of Neuroscience in 2022. The successful candidate will have access to research facilities and state-of-the-art instrument cores at Western that have been supported through major recent investments. These facilities and cores include but not limited to, a Biomedical Research Facility for animal housing (opens in 2023), a Neurobehavioral Core, a Western Advanced Microscopy Core, a Centre for Functional and Metabolic Mapping that includes 3T up to ultra-high field MRI imaging, and a new containment level 3 facility for imaging pathogens for knowledge translation.

St. Joseph’s Health Care hosts a multidisciplinary pain clinic seeing over 1000 new patients each year while a robust functional neurological program is situated at the University hospital. Dedicated clinical services for pain management include a multidisciplinary pain clinic and a functional neurosurgery program which both offer opportunities for patient recruitment to clinical studies.

With roots going back a century and a half, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) is one of Canada’s largest research-intensive acute tertiary and quaternary care teaching hospitals. Attracting top clinicians and researchers from around the globe, we excel in specialized care programs and services. As leaders in innovation and health system transformation, we advance health care for patients in Ontario, our nation, and the world.

To apply:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin after August 1, 2023, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2024, or as negotiated. Interested candidates should send a letter of intent that includes a) an overview of past research and description of proposed research plan, b) plan to build collaborations, networks, and knowledge translation locally and beyond, c) history and commitment to mentorship, d) statement on commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, along with a curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three referees and also complete, sign and include the form at the following link: http://uwo.ca/facultyrelations/physicians/Application_FullTime_Clinical.pdf to:

Dale W. Laird, PhD, Assistant Dean, Research Chairs and Awards
Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Clinical Skills Building, Western University
London, Ontario CANADA N6A 5C1
E-mail: selection.committee@schulich.uwo.ca

Business Addresses: Western University, 1151 Richmond Street, N., London, Ontario N6A 5B8, www.uwo.ca;
London Health Sciences Centre, 800 Commissioners Road E., London Ontario, N6A 5W9, www.lhsc.on.ca;
St. Joseph’s Health Care London, 268 Grosvenor Street, London Ontario, N6A 4V2, www.sjhc.london.on.ca

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.

In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodation for interviews or other meetings, please contact the Selection Committee at 519-661-2111 ext. 88141.

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Study first to examine how early memory changes as we age at a cellular level

SickKids researchers discover that a matrix called the perineuronal net may be responsible for why human memories become more specific throughout childhood.

How do our brains become capable of creating specific memories? In one of the first preclinical studies to examine memory development in youth, a research team at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) may have identified a molecular cause for memory changes in early childhood. Continue reading

Neuroscience Master’s or PhD position available in brain injury and neuroinflammation at the University of Calgary

Dr. Alex Lohman’s Lab at the University of Calgary and Hotchkiss Brain Institute is actively recruiting a Master’s or PhD level graduate student to study microglia remodelling in adolescent brain injury. The Lohman Lab uses pre-clinical rodent models of repetitive, mild traumatic brain injuries (RmTBI) to investigate the acute impact of these injuries on the maturing adolescent brain and chronic implications on neurological health with a focus on neurodegeneration. The recruited student will work as part of a collaborative team to understand how unique microglia phenotypes that present following adolescent RmTBI affect synaptic structure, neuronal communication and circuit function as it relates to neurobehavioral deficits, and will determine the efficacy of therapeutically targeting identified axes in microglia signalling networks to improve functional outcomes. The lab utilizes flow cytometry, high resolution confocal imaging, in vivo multiphoton cranial window imaging, behavioural paradigms and molecular and biochemical assays to dissect signalling mechanisms controlling neuroinflammatory responses to injury. Interested candidates should have a background in general neuroscience and cell biology. Prior training and laboratory experience in areas of neurobiology, neuroimmunology or brain injury is preferred.

Contact information

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Lohman at alex.lohman@ucalgary.ca

Please provide a current curriculum vitae (CV), a research statement of interests and goals, and a copy of unofficial transcripts.

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Mimicking brain plasticity in children to control post-traumatic stress

Marisol Lavertu-Jolin, étudiante de doctorat au moment des travaux et première auteure de l’étude, et Graziella Di Cristo, spécialiste en neurosciences au CHU Sainte-Justine CRÉDIT : CHARLINE PROVOST
Marisol Lavertu-Jolin, et Graziella Di Cristo

The CHU Sainte-Justine team, led by Graziella Di Cristo, has made an important breakthrough in the treatment of people suffering from symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress.

Could we temporarily increase brain plasticity in adults to decrease fear and anxiety responses in people who have experienced trauma? CHU Sainte-Justine Neuroscientist Graziella Di Cristo and her team were determined to find out. In a new study on mice, she was able to control fear responses by inducing desensitization to fear memories simultaneously with a temporary increase in brain malleability through control of gene activation. This is an exciting breakthrough for the treatment of people with symptoms related to post-traumatic stress. Continue reading

Tenure Track Position in Neuroscience, University of Saskatchewan

Applications are invited from qualified individuals for a tenure-track faculty position in neuroscience in the Western College of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan.


Applicants engaged in all research areas of neuroscience are encouraged to apply, but neuroscience at the behavioural or systems level that could be relevant to veterinary medicine is of particular interest. The ideal candidate would be able to engage with existing research strengths in the department and teach important neuroscience curriculum that has clinical correlation to the veterinary medicine program.

The WCVM Department of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences comprises multiple research foci including reproductive health, neuroscience and behaviour, anatomy/morphology, pharmacology and toxicology, molecular biology and organ pathophysiology.

The ideal candidate should be able to utilize innovative multidisciplinary and translational approaches that intersect with the research foci of faculty in the department and thus build on our strengths of collaborative and interdisciplinary teaching, research and service related to the health and disease of animals.

To that end, the WCVM houses an Animal Care Unit, an imaging centre including live imaging, confocal and electron microscopes, an ultrasound imaging station, a Cytation-5 High-throughput Cell Imaging Multi-Mode Reader and access to a variety of other research facilities (https://wcvm.usask.ca/research/all-facilities.php). The University of Saskatchewan is also home to the Neuroscience Research Cluster and the Cameco MS Neuroscience Research Centre.

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is the premier centre for veterinary medical education and expertise in Western Canada. Nearly 350 undergraduate students are enrolled at the internationally recognized college that also includes the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre, a state-of-the-art primary care and referral hospital; the BJ Hughes Centre for Clinical Learning; and Prairie Diagnostic Services, which provides expertise in support of animal health diagnostics, teaching and disease surveillance.

The University of Saskatchewan has the widest array of health science colleges in Canada, including the WCVM, College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, and School of Public Health. Collaborative opportunities exist with these and other facilities on campus including the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), InterVac (International Vaccine Centre), the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Canadian Light Source and Canada’s national synchrotron facility, Environment Canada, the Toxicology Centre, the School of Environment and Sustainability.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The University of Saskatchewan is in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The university has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000.


Applicants must have a PhD degree in Neurosciences. A DVM would also be an asset. Postdoctoral research experience and teaching experience would be ideal.

Salary bands for this position are as follows: Assistant Professor: $98,178 to $117,978; Associate Professor: $117,978 to $137,778. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position has a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long-term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

Application Process:

Interested candidates must submit:

  • a cover letter outlining their qualifications and suitability for the position
  • a detailed curriculum vitae
  • a statement of research interests, plans and their intersection with department strengths (maximum three pages)
  • a teaching philosophy statement (one page)
  • a statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) summarizing the candidate’s experiences with EDI and how those experiences will enhance the department (one page)
  • contact information for three references

Contact information

Appropriately signed electronic or paper-based applications should be sent to:

Daniel J MacPhee, Professor and Head

Dept. of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences

University of Saskatchewan

52 Campus Drive

Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4 Canada



While review of applications will begin on August 15, 2023, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2024.

Senior Bioinformatics Analyst – University Health Network, Toronto

Source: University Health Network

Job Title: Senior Bioinformatics Analyst

Job Number: CAAR919696

Job Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Posted: 16 May 2023

Job Description:

Job Posting #: 919696

Union: Non-Union

Site: Toronto Western Hospital (TWH) – Krembil Discovery Tower

Department: Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute, Krembil Research Institute

Reports to: Co-Director and Senior Scientist

Hours: 37.5 per week

Salary: $36.88 to $46.10 per hour commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN per hour commensurate with experience and consistent with UHN compensation policy

Status: Permanent Full-Time

Shifts: Days

Posted Date: May 17, 2023

Closing Date: Until filled

The University Health Network, where “above all else the needs of patients come first”, encompasses Toronto General Hospital, Toronto Western Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the Michener Institute of Education. The breadth of research, the complexity of the cases treated, and the magnitude of its educational enterprise has made UHN a national and international resource for patient care, research and education. With a long tradition of ground breaking firsts and a purpose of “Transforming lives and communities through excellence in care, discovery and learning”, the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest research teaching hospital, brings together over 16,000 employees, more than 1,200 physicians, 8,000+ students, and many volunteers. UHN is a caring, creative place where amazing people are amazing the world.

Position Summary

University Health Network (UHN) is looking for an experienced professional to fill the key role of Senior Bioinformatics Analyst in our Donald K. Johnson Eye Institute.

We are looking for a bioinformatician with demonstrated experience single-cell RNA sequencing analysis. The anticipation is that this qualified person will be able to work with scRNAseq and spatial Seq datasets and be able to incorporate the latest multiomic analysis tools.

This is an opportunity to work with state-of-the-art data in the context of novel stem cell and disease models of eye and congenital brain disorders. There will also be opportunities for collaborative work in adult onset neurodegeneration.

The successful applicant will be expected to bring novel ideas and approaches to the research program and contribute to the scientific development of the analysis plan and manuscript preparation.

A competitive compensation package will be offered based on demonstrated experience.


  • Establish NGS data analysis pipelines for read alignment, targeted sequencing, mapping, annotation, variant calling, cell clustering and differential gene expression analyses.
  • Identify areas for improvement in NGS data processing/interpretation and propose and implement solutions.
  • Explore public biological databases and open source bioinformatics tools, suggest integration approaches and build prototype models.
  • Work closely with researchers to provide technical support for scientific discoveries and model developments.
  • Has solid grasp of the fundamentals and jargon of the domain-specific material.
  • Work with research groups to plan, implement and coordinate all aspects of data collection and/or analysis.
  • Participates partially or fully in initial project design, selection and development of procedures.
  • Participates directly in mid-level data analysis, including application of statistical analysis techniques using standard software.
  • Performs complex data manipulations without assistance.
  • Performs data conversions (as required) without assistance or existing tools.
  • Participates directly in mid-level complexity software or data analysis/visualization method development and implementation.
  • Assists in interpretation of results and preparation of material for presentation, publication, and/or grants.
  • Assesses literature in the field of study.


  • Completion of MSc/PhD/M.D. degree, in relevant field of study.
  • Published experience in scRNAseq data analysis.
  • Interest in neuroscience and willingness to learn about retinal disease.
  • Ability to advise/mentor fellow institute members in bioinformatics analysis strategies.
  • Ability to work independently from home and on-site, and also function as part of a team.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and use good judgment in assessing difficult situations.
  • Attention to detail, excellent organizational and time management skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Problem-solving initiative.

Why join UHN?

In addition to working alongside some of the most talented and inspiring healthcare professionals in the world, UHN offers a wide range of benefits, programs and perks. It is the comprehensiveness of these offerings that makes it a differentiating factor, allowing you to find value where it matters most to you, now and throughout your career at UHN.

  • Competitive offer packages
  • Government organization and a member of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP https://hoopp.com/)
  • Close access to Transit and UHN shuttle service
  • A flexible work environment
  • Opportunities for development and promotions within a large organization
  • Additional perks (multiple corporate discounts including: travel, restaurants, parking, phone plans, auto insurance discounts, on-site gyms, etc.)

Current UHN employees must have successfully completed their probationary period, have a good employee record along with satisfactory attendance in accordance with UHN’s attendance management program, to be eligible for consideration.

Vaccines (COVID and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.

UHN is a respectful, caring, and inclusive workplace. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity and equal opportunity. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their requirements known in advance. Any information received related to an accommodation will be addressed confidentially.

University Health Network thanks all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

You will be asked to submit one letter of motivation, a brief one page statement of research interests, up-to-date CV with publications and two references.


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Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 CAN- CIHR-INMHA Brain Star Awards!

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) and the Canadian Institutes of Health’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (CIHR-INMHA) are proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Brain Star Awards.

The CIHR-INMHA Brain Star awards, administered by the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, are awarded to students and trainees who have published high impact discoveries in all fields and disciplines covered by CIHR’s Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction in the 2022 calendar year.

The top 3 Brain Star Award winners of the year have been invited to make a presentation at the CAN meeting in May.

Learn more about the Brain Star Award winners of 2022

Spring 2023 election results

We are happy to announce the results of the Spring 2023 elections!

We want to thank all candidates who showed interest in serving the community and all those who took the time to vote.

The following members were elected and will take office on June 1, 2023 Continue reading

Postdoctoral Position in Systems Neuroscience at the University of Toronto Scarborough

The Developmental Systems Neuroscience lab (https://devsneurolab.com/) is looking for a highly motivated postdoc to lead a fully funded project intersecting neuronal activity-tagging (engrams), synaptic transmission and behaviour. Our group uses a combination of slice electrophysiology, chemo/optogenetics, fiber photometry and behavior to investigate the neural basis of emotional learning and affective behaviour. Come to our diverse and beautiful campus, and join a supportive, collaborative and mentorship-focused lab!

Contact information Please send a CV, list of references and statement of interests to:
Maithe Arruda-Carvalho

Postdoc positions in visual neuroscience at Université de Montréal

The Neurophotonics lab of the School of Optometry of the University of Montreal is looking for postdocs. Our projects focus on the plasticity of cortical maps and functional connectivity in different models of blindness and stroke affecting visual functions. We are also interested in the spatial coding of information in the context of Brain/Machine interfaces and the development of neuroprosthesis to restore vision.
We use a platform for measuring and manipulating brain functions in mice performing visual cognitive tasks in combination with neurophotonic approaches such as calcium imaging (macroscopic or multi-photon) or optogenetics.
We are also interested in the development of technologies applied to neuroscience, in collaboration with companies.
The support of the lab (CIHR, NSERC) will guarantee a scholarship for trainees who do not yet have the support of funding organizations.

To apply:

  • You must have experience in the field of neurophotonics (such as: calcium imaging, in vivo multiphoton microscopy, optogenetics, etc.)
  • You will also need to have experience in data analysis (with Matlab or Python ideally)
  • Qualifications in the field of rodent behavioral measurements, computational neuroscience or biomedical engineering (3D design/printing, electronics, etc.) could be an important asset

Lab website: https://www.opto.umontreal.ca/cortex/
Contact information Send your CV and cover letter (and any other documents you think could be relevant: transcript, achievement, etc.) to Matthieu Vanni: matthieu.vanni@umontreal.ca