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2016 | Using Light to Monitor and Change the Brain

Date: Sunday May 29, 2016, 9AM to 4:30PM

Location: Sheraton Toronto Centre

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.


Drs. André Longtin and Jean-Claude Béïque, University of Ottawa

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

  • Gautam Awatramani | University of Victoria
  • Yves De Koninck |Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec, Université Laval
  • Antoine Godin |Université de Bordeaux
  • Kurt Haas | University of British Columbia
  • Mark Hutchinson | Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • André Longtin | Brain and Mind Institute Centre for Neural Dynamics, University of Ottawa.
  • Pierre Marquet | Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec, Université Laval
  • Steven Prescott | The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto.
  • Jaideep Bains | University of Calgary
  • Paul De Koninck | Université Laval
  • Jean-Claude Béïque | University of Ottawa
  • Ed Ruthazer | McGill University
  • Simon Chen | University of Ottawa


Please note that this satellite meeting is limited to the first 150 people who register.


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 microscopy images.  Registration includes coffee breaks and lunch.