Programme CAN2024

Jour 1, dimanche 19 mai 2024

9:00 – 16:00CAN Satellite symposia
17:00 – 17:15Mot de bienvenue

Adriana Di Polo, Présidente de l’Association canadienne des neurosciences

17:15 – 18:15Conférence présidentielle

Detecting covert decision dynamics from neural population recordings in primate motor cortex

William Newsome, Stanford University

18:15 – 20:00Cocktail d’ouverture

Jour 2, lundi 20 mai

8:30 – 10:15 AMPlenary symposium 1

Psychedelics as novel therapeutics: What do we know and where do we go from here?

Chair: Leah Mayo, University of Calgary


  • Melissa A. Herman, U of North Carolina
    Multi-Region Effects of Psychedelic drugs on Neuronal Activity and Threat Responding Behavior
  • Boris Dov Heifets, Stanford U
    Deconstructing the psychedelic experience: insights across species
  • Rosemary C. Bagot, McGill U
    In search of mechanism: exploring the therapeutic potential of psilocybin in preclinical models
10:15 – 10:30Partner address
10:30 – 10:45Coffee break Posters/exhibits
10:45 – 11:00Brain Star Award winner talk
11:00 – 12:00Featured Plenary speaker

Bita Moghaddam – Oregon Health and Science University

Challenges of designing animal models to test the therapeutic effects of psychedelics

12:00 – 13:30Advocacy lunch
13:30 – 15:00Parallel Symposium 01

Bridging the Gap: Animal and Human Models in Neurodevelopmental Disorder Research


  • Guang Yang | University of Calgary & Yang Zhou | McGill University


  • Deborah Kurrasch | University of Calgary
    Zebrafish recapitulate human phenotypes and enable the study of developmental epileptic encephalopathies
  • Yun Li | Hospital for Sick Children and University of Toronto
    Investigating mTOR hyperactivation related neurodevelopmental disorders in human brain cells and organoids
  • Guang Yang | University of Calgary
    Deciphering rare neurodevelopmental disorders: insights from human cell and mouse models
  • Yang Zhou | McGill University
    A Role of ASD-associated Gene CHD8 in Reactive Gliosis in the Adult Mouse and Marmoset Brains


Parallel Symposium 02

New insights into immediate early genes (IEGs) in neural circuit plasticity during development and learning

Chair: Simon Chen | University of Ottawa


  • Yingxi Lin | UT Southwestern
    Activity-dependent Postnatal Circuit Development
  • Jason Shephard | University of Utah
    Arc and virus-like intercellular synaptic plasticity
  • Simon Chen | University of Ottawa
    Distinct NPAS4-expressing SST-IN Inhibitory Engrams Critical for Different Movement Acquisition
  • Jun Ding | Standford University
    Cell-type specific plasticity in motor engram neurons using the TRAP strategy


Parallel Symposium 03

Sculpting Brain and Behaviour: The Profound Impact of Early Life Adversities


Derya Sargin | University of Calgary


  • Cecilia Flores | McGill University
    Decoding the sex-specific developmental impact of social stress in adolescence
  • Maya Opendak | John Hopkins University
    Neurobehavioral signature of early adversity models in infant rats
  • Christoph Anacker | Columbia University
    Early Life Adversity and Fear Generalization – A Role for Serotonin in the Dentate Gyrus
  • Derya Sargin | University of Calgary
    Unraveling the impact of early life stress on neural circuits


Parallel Symposium 04

Brain circuits controlling the formation, modification, and prevention of memory


  • Jesse Jackson | University of Alberta


  • Bénédicte Amilhon | Université de Montréal – Centre de recherche Azrieli du CHU Sainte-Justine
    Serotonergic hippocampal inputs and their contribution to wakeful experience.
  • Erik Bloss | The Jackson Lab
    Plasticity in prefrontal cortical circuits supporting memories of fear extinction
  • Jiannis Taxidis | Hospital for Sick Children / University of Toronto
    Untangling the role of hippocampal interneuron subtypes in memory linking, using voltage imaging.
  • Arjun Bharioke | Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology Basel, Basel, Switzerland
    The cortical circuits underlying unconsciousness.
15:00 – 17:00PMPower Pitch Session
Poster session 1 / exhibits
17:30 – 18:00New investigator award lecture
18:00 – 19:00Brain Prize lecture

Michael Greenberg 2023 winner

How Nature and Nurture Conspire to Regulate Brain Development and Plasticity

19:30 – 21:30CAN Student Social


Jour 3: Mardi 21 mai

8:30 – 10:15 AMPlenary symposium 2

Glia -Neuron interactions

Chair: Marie-Eve Tremblay, University of Victoria


  • Marie-Eve Tremblay, University of Victoria
    Microglial remodelling of the extracellular matrix: outcomes on synaptic plasticity and behaviour
  • Ed Ruthazer, McGill University
    Glia regulate network states to modulate processing of sensory information
  • Masha Prager-Khoutorsky, McGill University
    Microglia as modulators of neuro-glial interactions
10:15 – 10:25Partner talk
10:25 – 10:45Coffee break


10:45 – 11:00Brain Star Award winner
11:00 – 12:00Featured Plenary speaker 2

Baljit Khakh– UCLA

Astrocyte-neuron interactions: critical for physiology and disease

12:00 – 13:00CIHR Canadian National Brain Bee Showdown

Lunch on own

13:00 – 14:30Parallel Symposium 05

Regenerating the injured nervous system: emerging cellular and molecular mechanisms


Brett Hilton | The University of British Columbia


  • Soheila Karimi | University of Manitoba
    New targets to promote neural stem cell mediated regeneration and repair in CNS injury
  • Faith Brennan | Queens University
    The role of microglia in repair following CNS injury
  • Alyson Fournier | McGill University
    miRNAs to promote regeneration and neuroprotection
  • Brett Hilton | The University of British Columbia
    Targeting neuronal maturation to promote axon regeneration


Parallel Symposium 06

Lipids and the Nervous System


Shernaz Bamji | University of British Columbia


  • Jeffrey Dason | University of Windsor
    Activity-dependent changes in lipid content of presynaptic terminals regulates synaptic plasticity.
  • Shaun Sanders | University of Guelph
    Regulation of Axonal Transport in Neurons by S-acylation.
  • Elizabeth Rideout | The University of British Columbia
    Regulation of neuronal lipid droplets influences sex differences in energy homeostasis.
  • Thierry Alquier | University of Montreal
    Neuronal lipid droplets in the control of energy homeostasis.


Parallel Symposium 07

Dopaminergic involvement in appetitive and aversive memories


Mihaela Iordanova | Concordia University


  • Mihaela Iordanova | Concordia University
    A role for VTA DA in valence prediction error
  • Erin Calipari | Vanderbilt University
    The role of dopamine release in the nucleus accumbens in the ability to predict aversive outcomes
  • Vincent Breton Provencher | Université Laval
    Divergent Reinforcement Signals Encoded by Dopamine Release Across the Dopaminergic System
  • Johannes Felsenberg | Friedrich Miescher Institute
    Turning avoidance into approach, how recovery of forgotten memory can implant false information


Parallel Symposium 08

Mechanisms of Sensory Processing Disruptions Associated with Autism


Susanne Schmid | University of Western Ontario


  • Susanne Schmid | University of Western Ontario
    Developmental compensation cause auditory processing disruptions in Cntnap2 KO rats
  • Andreas Frick | INSERM
    The neural substrate of atypical vibrotactile perception in Fmr1 and Cntnap2 KO mice
  • Gonzalo Otazu | New York Institute of Technology
    The role of neuropeptides in processing disruptions in the olfactory bulb of Shank3 and Cntnap2 mice.
  • Ganna Palagina | Harvard University
    Visual processing disruptions in the Mecp2 mouse model
14:30 – 16:302:30 – 3:00 Coffee break in Poster Hall

2:30 – 4:30 Poster session 2 & Exhibits

16:45– 17:45Keynote lecture

Singing in the brain

Isabelle Peretz – Université de Montréal

17:45 – 18:45

Sex & Gender in the Neurosciences

Event organized by the CAN Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee

Jour 4: Mercredi 22 mai

8:30 – 10:15 A.M.Plenary symposium 3

Social Neuroscience

Chair: Jaideep Bains, Krembil Research Institute


  • Giovanni Marsicano, INSERM – U Bordeaux
    Olfactory bulb astrocytes determine the cognitive impact of social transmission of stress
  • Ibukun Akinrinade. U Toronto
    Neuropeptide nexus: Decoding oxytocin’s evolutionarily conserved role on social contagion in zebrafish
  • Marie Eikmo – University of Oslo
    Effects of Stress on Opioid Self-Administration and Subjective Experience in the Laboratory and the Operating Room
10:15 – 10:30Partner/sponsor talk
10:30 – 10:45Posters/exhibits

Coffee break

10:45 – 11:00 PMBrain Star Award winner
11:00 – 12:00Featured Plenary speaker

Alon Chen – Weizmann – Max Planck Laboratory

A paradigm shift in mouse phenotyping: The role of social context

12:00 – 13:30 PMCAN-ACN Annual General Meeting of members

Career Networking event

Lunch on own

13:30 – 15:30Poster session 3 & Exhibits
15:30 – 17:00Parallel Symposium 09


Myelin in neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration


Anastassia Voronova  | University of Alberta & Nobuhiko Ohno | Jichi Medical University


  • Norihisa Bizen | Niigata University
    DEAD box protein Ddx20-mediated regulation of oligodendrocyte development, differentiation, and homeostasis
  • Nobuhiko Ohno | Jicji Medical University
    Novel imaging approaches untangling axonal selectivity of myelination by single oligodendrocytes
  • Shernaz Bamji| University of British Columbia
    Posttranslational palmitoylation in oligodendrocyte development, myelination and disease
  • Anastassia Voronova| University of Alberta
    The role of CX3CR1 signalling in myelination during development, degeneration and regeneration

Parallel Symposium 10

Reframing astrocytes in brain circuits and behaviour, a quest for new questions


Ciaran Murphy-Royal | Université de Montréal


  • Giannina Descalzi | University of Guelph
    Astrocyte-neuronal metabolic coupling in the cingulate cortex promotes chronic pain development in a sex-specific manner
  • Thomas Papouin | Washington University School of Medicine
    Mapping the Contribution of Astrocytes to Brain Computation
  • Xinzhu Yu | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Astrocytic modulation of prefrontal neural circuits and anxiety-like behavior
  • Jun Nagai | RIKEN Center for Brain Science
    Exploring brain-wide circuit functions of astrocytes for memory formation and retrieval


Parallel Symposium 11

Vision Unveiled: Navigating the Intricacies from Eye to Brain to Behavior


Stuart Trenholm | McGill University & Gautam Awatramani | University of Victoria


  • Gautam Awatramani | University of Victoria
    Neural circuits underlying hierarchical computations in the retina
  • Stuart Trenholm | McGill University
    The feature landscape of mouse visual cortex
  • Arbora Resulaj | University of Toronto
    Role of visual cortical areas in perceptual decisions in mice
  • Manu Madhav | University of British Columbia
    How vision interacts with other senses to guide spatial navigation


Parallel Symposium 12

Network alterations in psychiatric disorders and novel treatment strategies


Austen Milnerwood | McGill University & Graham Collingridge | University of Toronto & Mount Sinai Hospital


  • Austen Milnerwood | McGill University
    Hyperexcitability & lithium response signatures provide novel phenotype rescue of bipolar disorder patient neurons via AKT & AMPK
  • Evelyn Lambe | University of Toronto
    NMDA receptor disruption: Integrative impact and efficacy of adult interventions
  • Jasmin Lalonde | University of Guelph
    Bipolar disorder neural progenitor cells & neurons exhibit dysregulation of store-operated Ca2+ entry
  • James Ellis | SickKids Research Institute, Department of Medical Genetics, University of Toronto
    Calcium-dependent hyperexcitability in Rett syndrome neuronal networks