Satellite 3: Canadian Neurophotonics Platform

A Short Course by the Canadian Neurophotonics Platform 

Date: May 13th 2018 8:30 AM to 4PM

Venue: Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver

Satellite theme: Image Analysis

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: Tim Murphy, University of British Columbia


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.


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9:00 WELCOME: Yves De Koninck  | CERVO Brain Research Center, Université Laval

9:10 SESSION 1: Big Data in Neurophotonics
Chair: Ed Ruthazer | McGill University

9:10 Andrea Giovannucci | Simons foundation
CaImAn: Calcium Imaging data Analysis for the 99%

9:40 Majid Mohajerani | Lethbridge University
Whole cortex data analysis

10:10 Jonathan Epp | Univ. of Calgary,
High-throughput and open source approaches to histology and analysis

10:40 Anna Xiao Luo | UBC
Machine Learning as Applied to Neuroscience

11:10 COFFEE BREAK –  Lobby

11:30 SESSION 2: Imaging the behaving brain
Chair : Tim Murphy

11:30 Jaideep Bains | University of Calgary
Anticipating and acting on threats – insights using fibre photometry

12:00 Sylvain Williams | McGill University,
Miniscopes and hippocampus

12:30 Lunch (included with registration – Earl’s Test Kitchen, 905 Hornby St)

14:00 SESSION 3- Optical approaches for studying circuits
Chair: Kurt Haas

14:00 Yves De Koninck | CERVO Brain Research Center, Université Laval
Uncovering sensory coding strategies from population analysis.

14:30 COFFEE BREAK –  Lobby

14:50 Robert Campbell | University of Alberta
Optogenetic tools for neurophotonics

15:20 Jack Waters | Allen Institute for Brain Science
3-photon microscopy and adaptive optics

15:50 CLOSING REMARKS: Yves De Koninck

17:00 Opening of the 12th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting


Registration through the CAN registration webpage.

Registration fees are $60 if combined with CAN registration or $80 for the satellite only

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

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The Canadian Neurophotonics Platform funded by Brain Canada

BLIQ photonics