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2018 | A Short Course by the Canadian Neurophotonics Platform at the Canadian Neuroscience Meeting

Date: May 13th 2018 at the Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver

Satellite theme: Image Analysis

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. Organizer: Tim Murphy, University of British Columbia


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.


View the final program here: CAN meeting 2018 Neurophotonics Satellite program – final


Mario Methot ( for further information. Sponsored by: The Canadian Neurophotonics Platform funded by Brain Canada and partners