2015 Program

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

4:00 – 6:00 PM

Canadian Association for Neuroscience 2015 Public Lectures:

Free and open to all – Location: TELUS World of Science, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver

Jon Stoessl
Co-Director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
University of British Columbia

The Clinic as Laboratory: Lessons from Parkinson’s

Janet Werker
Professor and Canada Research Chair
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Understanding the foundations of language development by studying the infant brain



Sunday, May 24, 2015

5:00 – 6:00PM
Welcome and Opening Remarks by

Douglas Munoz, President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience

Young Investigator Award Presentation

Samuel David, Chair of the Nominations Committee

Developing a Dialog about Brain Health Panel

Douglas Munoz, President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience

Anthony Phillips
Director of the Institutes of Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction, CIHR

Inez Jabalpurwala
President and CEO, Brain Canada

Deanna Groetzinger
Neurological Health Charities of Canada

6:00 – 7:00Presidential Lecture:

How We See and Hear Stuff: Visual and Auditory Routes to Understanding the Material Properties of Objects

Melvyn Goodale | University Western Ontario

Sponsored by Ontario Brain Institute

7:00  – 8:15Opening Reception  


Monday, May 25, 2015

8:30 – 9:30 AMPlenary symposium 1:

Seeing and moving: how the brain controls vision and gaze

Chair: Miriam Spering | U British Columbia

Brian Corneil | Robarts RI

Through the looking glass: reflections of sensory and cognitive processing in the motor periphery

Christopher Pack | McGill U

A sensorimotor role for oscillations in the visual cortex
 9:30 – 10:45Coffee break – Posters/exhibits
 10:45 – 11:00Brain Star talk: Martin Munz, McGill University
 11:00 – 12:00PMFeatured Plenary speaker:Mayank Mehta |  UCLA

Multisensory mechanisms of hippocampal spatio-temporal selectivity

Sponsored by Centre for Neuroscience Studies, Queen’s University

12:00 – 1:30Lunch on own
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 1

Glial handling of neuronal functions: from synapses to blood flow

Chair: Richard Robitaille – Université de Montréal


Stéphane H. R. Oliet | Université de Bordeaux

Surface dynamics of the astrocytic glutamate transporter GLT-1

Marie-Ève Tremblay | Université Laval

Microglial remodeling of neuronal circuits in the healthy brain

Keith Murai | McGill University

Neurons actively sustain the unique molecular and physiological properties of astrocytes in the adult brain through morphogen signaling pathways

Hélène Girouard | Université de Montréal

The astrocytic contribution to neurovascular coupling in health and disease
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel symposium 2

Development and Processing of Vocal and Social Communication

Chair: Stephen Lomber | University of Western Ontario


Yale E. Cohen | University of Pennsylvania

Mechanisms Underlying Auditory Decision-Making

Stephen G. Lomber | University of Western Ontario

Vocalization Processing Along a “What” Processing Pathway in Auditory Cortex

Sarah M.N. Woolley | Columbia University

Neural Basis and Behavior of Social Communication

Susan A. Graham | University of Calgary

Preschoolers’ Real-Time Processing of Vocal Emotional Information
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel symposium 3

Shaping inhibition: new insights into the development and function of GABAergic inhibitory interneurons in the cortex

Chair: Simon Chen – University of California, San Diego


Graziella Di Cristo | Université de Montréal

Mechanisms regulating GABAergic cell innervation fields in the adolescent brain

Melanie Woodin | University of Toronto

Inhibitory Synaptic Plasticity and Chloride Regulation in the Hippocampus

Mingshan Xue | Baylor College of Medicine

Inhibitory synapses equalize excitation-inhibition ratios across cortical neurons

Simon Chen | University of California, San Diego

Cell-type specific reorganization of inhibitory circuits during motor learning
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 4

Neural stem cells in cognitive repair and aging

Chair: David Kaplan | Hospital for Sick Children


David Kaplan | Hospital for Sick Children

Introduction, and Long-term effects of maternal infection and diabetes on neural stem cell pools

Liisa Galea | University of British Columbia

Estrogens, memory, neuroplasticity and aging: the good, the bad and the ugly

Cindi Morshead | University of Toronto

Activating endogenous stem cells to promote brain repair and cognitive recovery

Donald Mabbott | The Hospital for Sick Children

Training the brain to repair itself
3:00 – 3:30Coffee break
3:30 – 5:30PMPosters and Exhibits
5:30 – 7:00Parallel Sessions

  • Updates on Neuroscience Research Funding with representatives from NSERC and CIHR
  • Careers inside academia
    Panel discussion for trainees and young investigators
7:00 – 8:00Reception
7:30 – 9:30Student Social – Mahony & Sons, Burrard Landing -1055 Canada Place, Unit #36 (Downtown), Vancouver, BC – Sponsored by: Island Medical Program & Division of Medical Sciences, University of Victoria


Tuesday, May 26, 2015

8:30 – 9:30 AMPlenary symposium 2:

Plasticity, Pain, and Perception

Chair: Jesper Sjöström | McGill U


Lisa Topolnik | U Laval

Synaptic integration and plasticity gradients in dendrites of hippocampal inhibitory interneurons

Michael Salter | U of Toronto

From Receptors to Pain: The Molecular Dynamics of Pain
 9:30 – 10:45Coffee break – Posters/exhibits
 10:45 – 11:00Brain Star talk  – Ying Chen, York University
 11:00 – 12:00PMFeatured Plenary speaker:Karel Svoboda | HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus

Illuminating the neural circuits underlying tactile decisions
12:00 – 12:30CAN Annual General Assembly – All members welcome
12:30 – 1:30Lunch on own
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 5 – Sponsored by eNeuro

Imaging brain complexity

Chair: Paul Frankland | The Hospital for Sick Children


Kasper Podgorski | Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Comprehensive 3D imaging of synaptic activity in the awake brain

Majid Mohajerani | University of Lethbridge

In vivo optical imaging assessment of mouse cortical-hippocampal dialogue during sleep

Paul Frankland | The Hospital for Sick Children

Pharmacogenetic interrogation of a fear memory network

Ji Hyun Ko | University of Manitoba

Network analysis approach with metabolic PET imaging in neurodegenerative movement disorders.
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 6 – Sponsored by Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Are you what you eat? Impact of diet on mesocorticolimbic circuit

Chair: Stephanie Borgland – Hotchkiss Brain Institute


Thierry Alquier | University of Montreal

Regulation of mesolimbic function, reward and feeding by lipids

Catharine Winstanley | University of British Columbia

Steady-state consumption of a high-fat diet can decrease impulse control even in the absence of excessive weight gain

Stephanie Borgland | Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Compulsive eating reduces inhibitory control of pyramidal neurons of the lateral OFC

Alain Dagher | McGill University

Brain Endophenotypes of Obesity
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 7 – Sponsored by Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Establishment and maintenance of cell diversity in sensory system function.

Chair: Jean-François Cloutier | Montreal Neurological Institute


Valerie Wallace | Toronto Western Research Institute

Notch and Hedgehog cross talk in neural progenitors converges on Gli2 activity

Michel Cayouette | Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal

A Conserved Regulatory Logic Controls Temporal Identity in Mouse Neural Progenitors

Christopher Deppmann | University of Virginia

Molecular Rheostats Governing Sensory Perception

Jean-François Cloutier | McGill University

Cellular interactions in the control of neural progenitor cell differentiation
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 8 – Sponsored by Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Homeostatic plasticity: molecular mechanisms and physiological function

Chair: Graham Diering | John Hopkins University


David Stellwagen | McGill University

TNF-mediated suppression of striatal reward dysfunction

Jaideep S. Bains | Hotchkiss Brain Institute

State-dependent plasticity in stress circuits

Salvatore Carbonetto | McGill University

Dystroglycan Mediates Homeostatic Plasticity at GABAergic Synapses

Graham Diering | John Hopkins University

Homeostatic scaling-down of excitatory synapses during sleep
3:00 – 3:30Coffee break
3:30 – 5:30Posters and Exhibits – Sponsored by Sick Kids Neurosciences & Mental Health Program
5:30 – 5:45CQDM/ OBI/ Brain Canada Joint Announcement
Brain Canada and NeuroDevNet Joint Announcement
5:45 – 6:15Young investigator lecture
6:15 – 7:15Keynote Lecture:  Sponsored by the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
Clay Reid, Allen Institute for Brain Science

Functional Connectomics at the Allen Institute
7:00 – 8:15Reception

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

8:30 – 9:30 A.M.Plenary symposium 3:

Sensorimotor processing in model systems

Chair: Michael Gordon | U British Columbia


Mei Zhen | U of Toronto

The Development and Operation of the C. elegans Motor System

Douglas Altshuler | U British Columbia

Visual motion perception in avian flight
9:30 – 10:45Posters/exhibits – Coffee break
10:45 – 11:00Brain Star talk Robert P. Bonin, Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Québec
11:00 – 12:00Featured Plenary speaker:

Taste processing in Drosophila

Kristin Scott | UC Berkeley

12:00 – 1:30Lunch on own
1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 9 – Sponsored by Medical Neuroscience, Dalhousie

Regulatory mechanisms in cortical neurogenesis

Chair: Angelo Iulianella – Dalhousie University


Carol Schuurmans | University of Calgary

Cortical lineages are primed by the competing lineage determinants Neurog2 and Ascl1

Stefano Stifani | McGill University

Regulation of neurogenic and anti-neurogenic transcription factors during murine cortical neurogenesis

Ruth Slack | University of Ottawa

Mitochondrial -mediated regulation of stem cell maintenance and cell fate decisions

David Picketts | Ottawa Hospital Research Institute

Defining the role of chromatin remodeling proteins in balancing progenitor expansion with differentiation during cortical neurogenesis.


 1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 10

New insights into classical memory issues.

Chair: Karim Nader – McGill University


Catharine Rankin | University of British Columbia

Rethinking habituation: New Insights into the Complexity of the Simplest Form of Learning

Karim Nader | McGill University 

Ongoing Protein Synthesis is Required to Enable Retrieval of Long Term Memories

Vadim Bolshakov | McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Diminishing fear by disrupting retrieval-induced synaptic restabilization

Satoshi Kida | Tokyo University of Agriculture

Erasure of recent and remote fear memory by enhancing forgetting through increase in adult hippocampal neurogenesis
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 11 – Sponsored by Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital

Linking nervous system development with function

Chair: Artur Kania | Institut de recherches cliniques de Montréal


Freda Miller | Hospital for Sick Children

Understanding cognitive disorders: from neural stem cells to neurons

Ying Zhang | Dalhousie University

Distinctive developmental pathways of functional subpopulations of V3 interneurons in the mouse spinal cord

Douglas Allan | University of British Columbia

Genetic mechanisms underlying sexually dimorphic development of female-specific neural populations in Drosophila

Edward Ruthazer | McGill University

How sensory experience controls circuit wiring in the developing visual system
 1:30 – 3:00Parallel Symposium 12 – Sponsored by Tucker-Davis Technologies

Dysregulated synaptic plasticity in models of brain disorders

Chair: Zhengping Jia | The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto


Éric C. Dumont | Queen’s University

Altered plasticity at glutamate and GABA synapses in compulsive behaviours in rats

Min Zhuo | University of Toronto

Aberrant synaptic plasticity and treatment in animal models of neuropathic pain and anxiety

Marja D. Sepers | University of British Columbia

Endocannabinoid-mediated synaptic plasticity at cortico-striatal synapses in the YAC128 model of Huntington’s disease

Graham L Collingridge | University of Bristol

Dysregulated synaptic plasticity in models of Alzheimer’s disease
End of Meeting