Canadian Neurophotonics Platform

Canadian Neurophotonics LogoThe Canadian Neurophotonics Platform is a technology platform that drives development and maximizes exploitation of leading-edge photonics technologies for the study, diagnostics and treatment of brain diseases.

Neurophotonics enables the investigation of neural circuits in a non-destructive manner, using light to activate, repress or simply detect activity in living tissues, and is a technology that has shown potential to greatly increase our knowledge of brain function.  Novel microscopy techniques, also based on advances in our use of light technologies allow further and better investigation of the organisation of neural circuits.

The use of such technologies require extensive knowledge of Chemistry, to develop light-responsive molecules, Physics, to understand how light interacts with materials and tissues, Neuroscience, to understand the effects of these tools on the living brain and nervous system, and Computational modelling, to integrate the information obtained, and produce functional models that can then be tested experimentally.

The Neurophotonics Platform brings together the complementary expertise of leading Canadian chemists, physicists, neurobiologist and computational modelers who work in collaboration to develop and test novel neurophotonics tools and technologies.  This close collaboration generates a rapid feedback loop for development of novel tools, which in turn accelerates development of these tools.

 

The platform will allow Canadians to maintain their role of leaders in the field, and to take their place at the center of the global initiative to advance knowledge of brain function through the use of new technology.

Read the announcement:  $3.3M funding for the Canadian Neurophotonics Platform

Platform overview

The Neurophotonics platform is composed of three core production facilities that produce novel tools in a collaborative way. Development and optimisation is further enabled through testing and validation of the tools by Centres of excellence across Canada. Learn more about each node by clicking on it.