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2015 | Neurophotonics Platform Short Course

Using Light to Monitor and Change the Brain – A Short Course by Canadian Neurophotonics Platform

Date: Sunday May 24, 9AM to 4:30PM, at the Conference HQ, the Westin Bayshore Hotel

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One of the greatest challenges of modern science is to decipher the functional connectome of nature’s most complex organ, the human brain. A key to success in this effort is to develop and exploit technologies that allow us to probe and manipulate brain microcircuits from the level of single synapses – and even nanoscale substructures within synapses – to entire circuits in the intact brain in behaving animals.  Light-based tools represent the enabling technology in this endeavour.


Dr. Tim Murphy, University of British Columbia and Dr. Robert E. Campbell, University of Alberta

Participants/speakers include core members of the Brain Canada Canadian Neurophotonics platform:

  • Yves De Koninck, Université Laval
  • Daniel Côté, Université Laval
  • Paul De Koninck, Université Laval
  • Jaideep Bains, University of Calgary
  • Tim Murphy, University of British Columbia
  • Robert Campbell, University of Alberta
  • André Longtin, University of Ottawa
  • Edward Ruthazer, McGill University
  • Paul Wiseman, McGill University
  • Alan Fine, Dalhousie University
  • as well as guest Canadian experts. 


An all-day short course to articulate new methods and applications of light microscopic imaging and optogenetic manipulation of nervous system tissues. Optogenetics topics include: optogenetic probe development, optogenetic activation and inhibition, with emphasis on region selective expression, light, and probe delivery.  Imaging topics include: in vivo approaches (2-photon fast scanning, wide-field), super-resolution imaging, and methodologies for assessing the structure and function of large brain networks.  Data analysis topics include visualization of activity in large networks, and image processing strategies to improve light microscopic images.  Registration includes coffee breaks and lunch.


Mario Methot ( for further information.

Sponsored by: The Canadian Neurophotonics Platform funded by Brain Canada and partners