Program 2021

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CAN Virtual Meeting Program 2021

Day 1: Monday, August 23, 2021

All times indicated in the schedule are Pacific Daylight Time

PDT noon to 6PM – EDT 3PM to 9PM

12:00 – 12:15 PM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Charles Bourque,  Past-President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience


Roger Thompson, Chair of the Scientific Program Committee

12:15 – 12:30

CIHR – INMHA Presentation

12:30 – 13:30

Presidential Lecture

Michael Hausser –University College London

13:30 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:00Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize Presentation

Speaker: Martin Meyer, Lundbeck Foundation

14:00 – 15:00

Brain Prize lectureBrain Prize

Huda Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine, winner of the 2020 Brain Prize

15:00 – 15:15 PM


15:15 – 17:00 PMPlenary Symposium – Japanese Neuroscience Society joint symposium

Synaptic Plasticity and Emergent Functions

Chair: Masami Tatsuno | University of Lethbridge

  • Speaker 1: Hiroko Bannai | Waseda University
    Synaptic function revealed by single-molecule imaging
  • Speaker 2: Masami Tatsuno | University of Lethbridge
    Synaptic plasticity and coordinated REM preplay and SWS replay
  • Speaker 3: Claudia Gomes da Rocha | University of Calgary
    Emergence of winner-takes-all function in nanowire neuromorphic networks
  • Speaker 4: Tomoki Fukai | Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University
    Hierarchical temporal feature processing by dendritic synaptic plasticity
17:00 – 18:00 PM

Posters & Exhibitors


Day 2: Tuesday, August 24, 2021

PDT 8:30 to 5PM – EDT 11:30 to 8PM

8:30 – 9:15 AM

CIHR Brain Star Award talks

9:15 – 10:15

Keynote Lecture

Franck Polleux, Columbia University

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 12:00

Parallel Symposium – Neurovascular function in health and disease

Chair: Caroline Ménard | Université Laval

  • Baptiste Lacoste | University of Ottawa
  • Caroline Ménard | Université Laval
  • Mike Sapieha | Université de Montréal
  • Craig Brown | University of Victoria

Parallel Symposium – The hypothalamus and its hormones in health & disease

Chair: Masha Prager-Khoutorsky | McGill University

  • Melissa Chee | Carleton University
  • Masha Prager-Khoutorsky | McGill University
  • Katrina Y Choe | McMaster’s University
  • Tamás Füzesi | University of Calgary

Parallel Symposium – Emerging role of microglia in neurodegeneration

Chair: Tiina Kauppinen | University of Manitoba

  • Tiina Kauppinen | University of Manitoba
  • Jasna Kriz | Université Laval
  • Jason Plemel | University of Alberta
  • Deborah Kurrasch | University of Calgary
12:00 – 13:00

CAN 2021 Advocacy session: Advocating for science and research during an election

Host: Karun Singh, Chair of the CAN advocacy committee

Speaker: Kristina Proulx, Director, TEMPLE SCOTT ASSOCIATES, Government & Public Relations

Description: Tools and tricks to amplify your voice during an election campaign

13:00 – 14:00

Posters & Exhibitors

14:00 – 15:00

Featured Plenary speaker

Gwyneth Card – HHMI-Janelia

15:00 – 15:15


15:15 – 17:00

Plenary symposium – Model systems and the circuitry and epigenetic mechanisms that underlie behaviour

Chair: Vince Tropepe | University of Toronto

  • Harold Burgess | NIH
    If not now – when? Circuits for rapid evasive behavior in zebrafish
  • Mei Zhen | University of Toronto
    Analogy by compression: implication from the anatomic and functional studies of C. elegans neural circuits
  • Jamie Kramer – Dalhousie University
    Neurons, chromatin, and neurodevelopmental disorders
17:00 – 18:00PM

Annual General Meeting

Presentations by

  • Shernaz Bamji, CAN President
  • Karun Singh, Chair of the Advocacy committee
  • Jibran Khokhar, Chair of the EDI committee
  • Jean-Claude Béïque, CAN Secretary
  • David Stellwagen, CAN past-treasurer



Day 3: Wednesday, August 25, 2021

PDT 8AM to 4:30 – EDT 11AM to 7:30PM

8:00 – 9:00 AM

Equity Diversity and Inclusion workshop

Lisa Willis, University of Alberta

9:00 – 10:00 AM

Featured Plenary speaker

Magdalena Goetz  -Munich Center for Neurosciences – Brain & Mind

10:00 – 10:15


 10:15 – 12:00

Plenary symposium: Making and using neural circuits

Chair: Frédéric Charron, IRCM

  • Frederic Charron | Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM), University of Montreal, McGill University
    Wiring the visual system: axon guidance and binocular depth perception
  • Freda Miller | SickKids Hospital, University of Toronto
    The evolving neural stem cell: How the developing niche defines stem cell identity and neurogenesis
  • Mark Cembrowski | University of British Colombia
    Cell-type-specific underpinnings of hippocampus-dependent memory.
12:00 – 12:30Canadian Brain Research Strategy Townhall:

Building national strategy for brain research


  • Yves De Koninck | Université Laval
  • Jennie Z. Young | Canadian Brain Research Strategy
12:30 – 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 – 14:00

Posters & Exhibits

14:00 – 15:35

Young investigator award lectures

Mihaela Iordanova, Concordia University (2020 winner)
Propagating fear across the memory network

 Aaron Phillips, University of Calgary (2021 winner)
Mechanism-guided hemotherapy for spinal cord injury 

Tabrez Siddiqui, University of Manitoba (2021 winner)
Molecular Logic of Neural Circuit Development and Plasticity

15:35 – 15:45 PM


 15:45 – 17:15

Parallel Symposium– Intersections between chloride homeostasis and synaptic communication in health and disease

Chair: Nicholas Weilinger | University of British Columbia

  • Isabel Plasencia-Fernandez | Université Laval
  • Jaideep Bains | University of Calgary
  • Rochelle Hines | University of Nevada at Las Vegas
  • Nicholas Weilinger | University of British Columbia

Parallel Symposium – Dopamine and the response to environmental variation over the lifecourse: Clinical, neuroimaging, genomic and context characterization studies

Chair: Laurette Dubé | McGill University

  • Robert D. Levitan | CAMH
  • Susan Carnell | Johns Hopkins Medical Institute
  • Cecilia Flores | McGill University
  • Patricia Silveira | McGill University

Parallel Symposium – The ever-expanding roles of astrocytes in neural circuits, metabolism and disease

Chair: Angela Scott | McMaster University

  • Angela Scott | McMaster University
  • Grant Gordon | University of Calgary
  • Jillian Stobart | University of Manitoba
  • Arlette Kolta | Université de Montréal