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Announcing the “Neuro Light Lunch” four-week seminar series - July 2020


On behalf of the Canadian Neurophotonics Platform, I’m pleased to announce  “Neuro Light Lunch” four-week seminar series.  Every Thursday, starting July 9 at noon EDT we will be hosting a pair of 30 min talks from up-and-coming leaders in the Canadian neurophotonics community.  

To tune in please use the following link on ZOOM: (Meeting ID: 960 1179 2389)

Thursday, July 30, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30PM EDT

VTA DA Transients regulate temporal-difference learning
Mihaela Iordanova, Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology, Concordia University

Novel optogenetic tools to investigate pannexin-1 signaling in the CNS
Alex Lohman, Assistant Professor, Cell Biology & Anatomy, University of Calgary, Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:30PM EDT

Faster two-photon microscopy using digital micromirror devices
Kaspar Podgorski, Assistant Professor, Sickkids Research Centre, University of Toronto (currently Janelia/HHMI)

Genetically-encoded voltage sensors for optical monitoring of brain activity
Ahmed Abdelfattah, Assistant Professor, Carney Institute for Brain Science, Brown University (currently: Janelia HHMI)

Thursday, July 16 2020 12:00 - 1:30PM EDT

Imaging the neural basis of cognition 1000 neurons at a time
Mark Brandon Assistant Professor, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, McGill University

Multimodal approaches to assess optogenetically induced neuroprotection in the acute phase after stroke
Matilde Balbi, Assistant Professor Queensland Brain Institute

July 9, 2020 at noon EDT Neurophotonics and the Visual System:

Optical approaches to study the assembly and function of retinal circuits - by Dr. Arjun Krishnaswamy is a Sloan Research Fellow and holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Canada Research Chair in Neural Circuits, Assembly and Function at McGill University where he is an Assistant Professor of Physiology.  His work uses advanced optogenetics and imaging approaches to study the precise wiring of the mammalian retina. 

Microbial trogocytosis and the complement system regulate axonal pruning in vivo - by Dr. Tony Lim is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Ed Ruthazer at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University. He uses in vivo imaging to study the roles of microglia in axonal pruning during circuit development.

To tune in please use the following link on ZOOM: (Meeting ID: 960 1179 2389)

We ask you to kindly share this email with any colleagues who might be interested in the topic.

Also mark your calendars for these other upcoming events (link and information to follow - will be posted on the website)

  • July 9 Arjun Krishnaswamy (McGill) and Tony Lim (MNI)
  • July 16 Mark Brandon (Douglas) and Matilde Balbi (UBC/Queensland)
  • July 23 Kaspar Podgorski (Janelia/SickKids) and Ahmed Abdelfattah (Janelia)
  • July 30 Mihaela Iordanova (Concordia U) and Alex Lohman (U Calgary)

Please note that the talks originally scheduled for July 2 have been postponed to July 30 in order to avoid conflicting with a Society for Neuroscience discussion panel on Black Lives Matter and Neuroscience, taking place at noon on July 2.  We thank you for accommodating this last minute change.

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