2020 Turnbull-Tator Award in Spinal Cord Injury and Concussion Research

Brain Canada Foundation and the Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research are pleased to announce the launch of the second annual Turnbull-Tator Award in Spinal Cord Injury and Concussion Research.

This award aims to recognize an outstanding publication in the field of spinal cord and/or brain injury research (including concussion) in the last two years with a $50,000 prize. Applicants will need to demonstrate that their publication includes novel and groundbreaking results that represent a major advancement for the field.

The Turnbull-Tator Award competition is open to all active investigators in any phase of their career, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows conducting research at a Canadian institution. Brain Canada and the Barbara Turnbull Foundation are committed to excellence through equity, and we encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply to our funding opportunities.

The deadline for receipt of Applications is December 2, 2020 (16:00 EST).

Please refer to the Request for Applications for additional details.

CAN Trainee research feature: Ranya Khaleel – University of Ottawa

Watch a new CAN Trainee Research Feature, by Ranya Khaleel, who worked in the laboratory of Dr. François Tremblay at the University of Ottawa.

In this research feature, she presents the publication:
Khaleel R, Tremblay F. Modulation of the cutaneous and cortical silent period in response to local menthol application. Somatosens Mot Res. 2020 Dec;37(4):277-283. doi: 10.1080/08990220.2020.1815691. Epub 2020 Sep 2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32873145/

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Announcement of the call for the 2021 Joseph Altman Award in Developmental Neuroscience

The Japanese Neuroscience Society is now calling for nomination for the 2021 Joseph Altman Award in Developmental Neuroscience.
Application submission site opens on November 1st, 2020.
Application deadline is on January 31st, 2021

  • Scope of the Award: Research in developmental neuroscience at the tissue and cellular levels. The scope of the Award is not limited to phenomena during fetal or developmental stages; it also includes adult neurogenesis and its biological significance and its changes resulting from aging and diseases. (As a general rule, applied studies are not included within the scope of the Award.)
  • Eligibility: As a general rule, researchers who have received their doctorate or comparable academic degree less than 20 years prior to the application submission deadline. (Not limited to members of the Japan Neuroscience Society.)
  • Supplemental Prize: 10,000 USD (Fixed total amount if the Award is granted to two or more recipients.)
  • Selection Criteria: Submit three articles.
    One corresponding author article published within five years of the application deadline.
    Two first or corresponding author articles (no limitation of published year)
    Only original articles are evaluated, and review papers should not be included.

View full details on the Japanese Neuroscience Society website

Knowledge Translation Communications Specialist – Canadian Brain Research Strategy & Neuroethics Canada

Job Title: Knowledge Translation Communications Specialist
Location: Vancouver – Point Grey Campus
Employment Group: Technicians & Research Assists
Job Category: Non Union Research/Technical
Classification Title: Research Asst/Tech 3
Business Title: Research Asst/Tech 3
VP/Faculty: Faculty of Medicine
Department: Neurology Division
Salary Range: $46,855.00 (minimum) – $51,096.00 (midpoint) – $55,339.00 (maximum)
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Funding Type: Budget Funded
Available Openings: 1

Job Summary

A key position is available immediately for a highly motivated individual to join Neuroethics Canada at UBC, in beautiful Vancouver, BC, in a dual Knowledge Translation Communications Specialist (KTS) role. The first 50% of the position will be dedicated to assisting the Director with the daily lab management of Neuroethics Canada and developing multimedia KT materials for a large NIH grant dedicated to drug resistant epilepsy. The other to 50% will be to serve as the inaugural KT and Communications Specialist for the Canadian Brain Research Strategy (CBRS) Secretariat. The person in this exciting position will be dedicated to ensuring the rapid and mutual flow of ideas and innovations from researchers to receptor communities. This role focuses both on building partnerships and on nurturing and protecting one of Canada’s most important assets: leadership in ethically sound and culturally appropriate neuroethics and neuroscience.

Organizational Status

Upwards: Directly to the Director of Neuroethics Canada, Dr. Judy Illes

Interaction and liaisons: CBRS Chair and Co-Chair based at Laval University, CBRS Executive
Director, Events Specialist, Communications Co-ordinator, Faculty, International Brain Initiative
(IBI) collaborators, graduate research assistants, research assistants, and research interns.

Work Performed

The responsibilities of this position will focus on lab management and resource development on the one hand, and building the knowledge translation arm of CBRS and bringing it national visibility among the neuroscience and other relevant communities on the other. The task at hand will require the design and implementation of a diverse array of methods. To this end, the successful candidate will:

  • assist with daily operations of Neuroethics Canada, including lab meetings, student mentoring, grants reporting
  • participate in, finalize, and report on data analysis for NIH epilepsy grant
  • develop multimedia resource materials to doctors, clinics, families and youth based on the empirical work of the NIH grant on pediatric epilepsy and neurotechnology
  • develop and manage community consultations for ongoing and integrated KT for Neuroethics Canada and the CBRS
  • interface with patient and advocacy communities
  • promote CBRS among early career scholars and students
  • develop and manage and community conversations for during and end-of-project KT
  • launching new KT initiatives in response to the evolution of the CBRS and needs of its constituents across Canada and its relationship with the IBI.
  • lead and participate actively in regular meetings of the CBRS Secretariat and Neuroethics Canada
  • contribute to new Neuroethics and CBRS initiatives as they arise

Supervision Received

Reports directly to the Director of Neuroethics Canada/CBRS co-Chair.

Supervision Given

None given.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Loss of credibility of the CBRS among the professional and stakeholder communities. All activities
must adhere to the highest standards of excellence and ethics.


Undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline or Graduation from a technical college or institute. Graduate degree (Masters or PhD) in a relevant discipline, such as neuroscience and science policy. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 3 years related experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience, especially with respect to knowledge translation. Excellent academic credentials. Working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methodology and design. Bilingual in English and French preferred. Computer proficiency. Excellent interpersonal, organizational skills, oral and written communication skills. Ability to work both independently and within a team environment.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

How to apply

Applicants should include a current CV with a cover letter (Word or PDF) via e-mail to Dr. Judy Illes (jilles@mail.ubc.ca). We thank you for your interest. Only those candidates short listed for interviews will be contacted.

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CAN President Charles Bourque participation in the Canadian Science Policy Conference as panelist

Professor Charles Bourque will participate in the session: Roles & Responsibilities of Academic Science Societies in informing Policy: Lessons & Observations from Around the World – November 17th at 8:30 via zoom, as part of the Canadian Science Policy Conference which takes place virtually this year.

Take a look at the whole program here: https://sciencepolicyconference.ca/program-2020-2/

Panel description and participants

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Neurology Clinician Scientist Fellowships – Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute – University of Alberta

The Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute (NMHI) at the University of Alberta is offering two fellowships to attract outstanding clinician scientists in training to the University of Alberta to conduct postdoctoral research in neurology and neuroscience: The Mildred I. Olsen Neurology Fellowship and The University Hospital Foundation Neurology Fellowship.

The NMHI is a multi-faculty, interdisciplinary teaching and research institute located at the University of Alberta. It is home to over 150 scientists and clinicians, spanning across all areas of neuroscience and mental health.


To apply for this competition:

  • Your supervisor must be a member of the NMHI (applicants must identify and contact a potential NMHI supervisor before applying);
  • You must hold an MD and plan to work in an area that falls within the NMHI research areas;
  • You must provide a complete application form along with all required accompanying documents.

Award Details

The Mildred I. Olsen Neurology Fellowship and the University Hospital Foundation Neurology Fellowship will be awarded for a term of one year. The value of each fellowship is $70,000 to be used towards salary costs; supervisors are responsible for benefits.

Supervisors are required to provide funding to support trainees beyond the first year. Trainees may hold this award once per eligible training program. Funding is non-transferable. It is the responsibility of the supervisor and/or awardee to inform the NMHI if they receive another award. Awardees are required to accept alternate funding. The awards are tenable at the University of Alberta.


Please visit the NMHI website for details on how to apply.

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PhD scholarship in Biomedical Sciences – Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières


Candidates are invited to submit their application for a PhD scholarship in Biomedical Sciences in the field of human olfactory plasticity at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières under the supervision of Prof Johannes Frasnelli. At the lab for Chemosensory Neuroanatomy, state-of-the-art techniques such as olfactory event-related potentials, MR imaging and behavioral methods are used to understand how chemosensory function and brain anatomy/function are linked. Our projects are supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada and the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS). The amount of the scholarship corresponds to CIHR guidelines and is available for three to five years. The position is available immediately. Start date is flexible.


The successful candidate will have an MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field. Ideal applicants will have some experience in biomedical imaging, human electrophysiology, chemosensory testing, and knowledge of statistics.

Contact information

Interested applicants should send their CV, a brief cover letter describing their research experience and interests, transcripts, and contact information for 2-3 references by email to Dr. Johannes Frasnelli (johannes.a.frasnelli@uqtr.ca)

Three-years funded Postdoctoral Fellow in Multiscale Mechanisms in Alzheimer’s Disease – Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

Postdoctoral Researcher in Molecular and Brain Macroscopic Mechanisms in Alzheimer’s Disease

We are looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher, for joining the Neuroinformatics for Personalized Medicine lab (NeuroPM) at the Montreal Neurological Institute (McGill University, Montreal, Canada). The postdoc will be under the primary supervision of Prof. Yasser Iturria-Medina and will collaborate with multiple associated groups, including the McGill Center for Studies in Aging, CERVO – Laval Univ., Lady Davis Research Institute, Yale Child Study Center and Litwin Family Centre in Genetic Medicine. The project, initially funded for 3 years and potentially extendable, includes the analysis of molecular and macroscopic brain alterations in AD, with a particular interest on characterizing disease evolution with novel computational techniques. For examples, see our recent publications: https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awz400 and doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.06.028

The NeuroPM lab (http://www.neuropm-lab.com/) is affiliated with the Healthy brain for Healthy Lives (HBHL) initiative (https://www.mcgill.ca/hbhl/), the Ludmer Center (http://ludmercentre.ca/), and the McConnell Brain Imaging Center (https://www.mcgill.ca/bic/), involving computationally intensive and interdisciplinary research on the brain. The MNI is an internationally renowned institution, characterized by the integration of research and patient care.

Interested candidates should have a solid background and multiple publications in genetics and brain imaging in neurodegeneration. Experience in brain computational modeling will be an asset. Interested persons should send their CV and two reference contacts.

Contact information

Yasser Iturria Medina, Email: yasser.iturriamedina@mcgill.ca