The Neuro

Killam Seminar Series 2011-2012
Scheduling Calendar


Date Speaker Lecture Host
September 6, 2011 Rejji Kuruvilla, PhD
Department of Biology
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD  USA
Target-derived neurotrophins: trafficking, signaling and functions
Jean-François Cloutier
September 13, 2011      
September 20, 2011   IPN Retreat  
September 27, 2011 Kurt Haas, PhD
Department of Cellular & Physiological Sciences
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, CANADA
Direct in vivo Imaging of Experience-Driven Structural and Functional Plasticity and Metaplasticity within the Awake Developing Brain  

Edward Ruthazer

October 4, 2011
Susan M. Resnick, PhD
Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience
National Institute on Aging, NIH
Bethesda, MD  USA

Distinguishing Between Normal and Pathological Brain Aging: Neuroimaging Predictors of Cognitive Decline and Resilience

Marilyn Jones-Gotman
October 11, 2011 Frank Longo, PhD
Department of Neurology & Neurological Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA  USA
Targeting Alzheimer’s Mechanisms with Neurotrophin Receptor Small Molecule Ligands
Phil Barker
October 13, 2011
  Denis Melançon Neuroradiology Lecture  
October 18, 2011 Donald W. Gross, PhD
Division of Neurology
University of Alberta
Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA

Characterizing the Extent of the Epileptic Network

Abbas Sadikot
October 25, 2011
Zelma Kiss, MD, PhD
University of Calgary
Health Research Innovation Centre
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA

Why therapeutic electrical brain stimulation improves movement disorders

Abbas Sadikot
November 1, 2011 Peter J. Roy, PhD
Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular Research
University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

MADD-4 is a Secreted Cue Required for Midline-Oriented Guidance in Caenorhabditis elegans

Tim Kennedy
November 8, 2011 Volker Haucke, PhD
Institute of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Freie Universität Berlin
Membrane scaffolds in synaptic vesicle exo-endocytosis - from molecules to systems
Peter McPherson
November 15, 2011   Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting
Washington DC
Nov 12-16
November 22, 2011 Daniel Côté
Département de Physique
Centre de Recherche Université Laval Robert Giffard
Québec City, Québec, CANADA
Live animal optical imaging of the spinal cord: cellular biomarkers of multiple sclerosis
Jack Antel
November 29, 2011 Eero Castrén, PhD
Sigrid Jusélius Professor in Neuroscience
University of Helsinki
Reactivation of developmental plasticity in the adult brain through neurotrophin signaling
Phil Barker
December 6, 2011 Elizabeth A. Jonas, MD
Department of Internal Medicine
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT  USA
Life, Death and neuronal metabolism
Ted Fon
December 13, 2011 Antoine Adamantidis, PhD
Douglas Mental Health Institute
Department of Psychiatry
McGill University
Montreal, Québec, CANADA
Optogenetics probing of sleep-wake circuits
Philippe Séguéla
December 20, 2011 Rajesh Khanna, PhD
Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology
STARK Neuroscience Research Institute
Indianapolis, IN  USA

Curbing a calcium channel


Alyson Fournier
January 10, 2012   Xiaoping P. Hu, PhD
Professor and Georgia Research Alliance 
  Endowed Eminent Scholar in Imaging
Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Tech and Emory University
Atlanta GA  USA

Granger Causality Analysis of fMRI Data: Technical Advances, Applications, and Caveats

Amir Shmuel
January 17, 2012 Stefan Jakobs, PhD
Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry
Department of Nanobiophotonics
Goettingen, GERMANY
Super-resolution microscopy: Focusing on mitochondria
Thomas Stroh
January 24, 2012 
Dr. Francisco Quintana
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Amit Bar-Or
January 31, 2012  Yves DeKoninck, Ph.D
Centre de recherche Université Laval Robert-Giffard (CRULRQ)
Beauport, Québec  CANADA
A new tool for single cell optogenetics in the intact brain
Barbara Jones
February 7, 2012 Philippe Roux, PhD
Institute for Research in Immunology & Cancer (IRIC)
University of Montreal
Montreal, Québec, CANADA
Phosphoproteomic analysis reveals emerging roles for RSK in cell growth and proliferation
Phil Barker
February 14, 2012 Robert T. Knight, MD
Evan Rauch Professor of Neuroscience
Director, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Department of Psychology
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  USA
Cortical Mechanisms of Cognition: Insights from Intracranial Recording
Lesley Fellows
February 21, 2012 Anne Ridley, PhD
Randall Division of Cell and Molecular Biophysics
King's College London
United Kingdom

Rho GTPases: signalling in cell adhesion and migration


Alyson Fournier
February 28, 2012 Teresa Burke, PhD
School of Psychology
University College Dublin
Old Problems, New Approaches: Insights into prospective memory deficits in clinical and non-clinical samples
Gabriel Leonard
March 6, 2012 Paola Arlotta, PhD
Centre for Regenerative Medicine & Department of Neurosurgery
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA  USA
Programming and Reprogramming of Corticospinal Motor Neurons
Stefano Stifani
March 13, 2012 Jaideep Bains, PhD
Hotchkiss Brain Institute
University of Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
Synaptic adaptations to stress
Edward Ruthazer
March 20, 2012 Frank Bradke, PhD
Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology
Axonal Growth and Regeneration
Martinsried, GERMANY
Cytoskeletal Mechanisms of Axon Growth and Regeneration
Alyson Fournier
March 27, 2012 Nicola De Stefano, MD, PhD
Institute of Neurological Science
Neurometabolic Unit
University of Siena
Siena, ITALY
Insights into multiple sclerosis from MRI
Louis Collins/
Sridar Narayanan
April 3, 2012 Mark Zylka, PhD
Department of Cell & Molecular Physiology
University of North Carolina at Chaptel Hill
Neuroscience Cener
Chapel Hill, NC  USA
Biochemical modulation of nociceptive circuits
Philippe Séguéla
April 10, 2012


Suzanne Haber, PhD
Department of Pharmacology & Physiology
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY  USA
The circuit of reward and value: linking connectivity to function and disease
Lesley Fellows
April 17, 2012 Luis de Lecea, PhD
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University
Stanford, CA  USA

Optogenetic control of arousal

Barbara Jones
April 24, 2012 Kim Huber
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Biomedical Research
Dallas, TX, USA
Metabotropic glutamate receptor scaffolds in neuronal function and plasticity:  Implications for autism
Wayne Sossin
May 1, 2012 Björn Brembs, PhD
Freie Universität Berlin
Institut für Biologie-Neurobiologie

PKC and FoxP: evidence for a new molecular learning mechanism?

Wayne Sossin
Monday, May 7, 2012 Bryan E. Kolb, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience
University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge, Alberta
Brenda Milner Lecture in Cognitive Neuroscience
Environment, genes, health, behaviour, and the prefrontal cortex
Michael Petrides
May 8, 2012 Simone Engelender, MD, PhD
Rappaport Family Institute for Research in the Medical Sciences
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology

Regulation of a-synuclein monoubiquitination:
Implications to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease

Ted Fon
May 15, 2012 Robert Edwards, PhD
University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, CA  USA
K.A.C. Elliott Lecture

The Origin of Synaptic
Vesicle Pools

Barbara Jones
May 16 & 17, 2012   David R. Colman Symposium  
May 22, 2012
  Canadian Association of Neuroscience Meeting
May 20 - 23

May 29, 2012 Michael Kahana, PhD
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA  USA
Memory search: relating cognitive theory and neural data
Jean Gotman
May 30, 2012 Lily Jan, PhD
Professor of Physiology and Biochemistry
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA  USA
Dorothy J. Killam Lecture

Potassium channels and calcium-activated chloride channels for neuronal signaling