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Recording available – August 26, 2021 satellite


We are happy to announce that a recording of the satellite meeting “New avenues pursued by the Canadian Neurophotonics Platform/Optogenetics & Vectorology Foundry” presented at the 14th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting August 26th, 2021 is now available on the Neurophotonics youtube channel.

Check out the recording here: 

Due to technical difficulties during the recording, the first talk by Antoine Légaré and Vincent Boily entitled ‘Whole brain Ca2+ imaging in the zebrafish’ was not recorded. We apologize for the inconvenience

Download a PDF version of the program here

Note: All times refer to Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Thematics of the 2021 edition:


11:00 WELCOME: Yves de Koninck (CERVO Brain Research Center, Université Laval)

SESSION 1: Invertebrates and lower vertebrates. Chair: Ed Ruthazer

11:10 Antoine Légaré and Vincent Boily (Paul De Koninck’s lab, Université Laval)
Whole brain Ca2+ imaging in the zebrafish

11:40 Tomoko Ohyama (McGill University)
Optogenetic and connectome approaches for mapping of small brain circuit


SESSION 2: Human cells & tissue. Chair: Reza Sharif

13:45 Tom Durcan’s lab, MNI, McGill University
Nguyen-Vi Mohamed: Microfabricated disk technology: rapid scale up in midbrain organoid generation
Ghislaine Deyab: Characterizing Patterns of Neural Activity in Midbrain Organoids as a Model for Parkinson’s Disease

13:15 Pierre Marquet (Université Laval)
Digital Holographic Microscopy: a high-speed label-free technique to resolve neuronal network activity


SESSION 3: Rodents (slice work and whole-animal). Chair: Paul De Koninck

14:45 Stephanie Borgland (Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Calgary)
Optogenetic stimulation of lateral hypothalamic orexin inputs to the VTA activate dopamine neurons in a circuit-specific manner to drive reward-seeking

15:15 Jean-Claude Béique (U. Ottawa)
Integrated computational, electrophysiological and optical frameworks to study synaptic and network dynamics


SESSION 4: Non-human primates and human disease models Chair: Martin Parent

16:00 Keith Murai’s lab (RI-MUHC, McGill University)
Jean-Bastien Bott: Calcium imaging: From mice to non-human primates Keith Murai: Imaging Astrocytes in Marmosets

16:30 Marja Sepers and Ellen Koch (Lynn Raymond’s lab, UBC)
Using in vivo optogenetic sensors to elucidate cortico-striatal dysfunction in mouse models of Huntington’s Disease


PANEL DISCUSSION (10 min each followed by discussion): Open science Chair: Yves De Koninck

17:15 Adrien Peyrache (McGill University)
NWB pipeline for mini-scope data

17:30 Jeffrey LeDue (University of British Columbia)
Enabling Collaborative Neuroscience Research: the UBC Dynamic Brain Circuit cluster’s Databinge forum

17:45 Marie-Eve Paquet (Université Laval)
Viral vectors – Discovering novel AAVs in the context of Open science

18:00 Ted Fon (The Neuro – McGill)
Open Science as a Mission Enabler at The Neuro

18:15 Panel Discussion

19:00 Networking events (1 breakout room per session)

20:00 CLOSING REMARKS: Yves De Koninck

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Yves De Koninck featured in the podcast “Playing with marbles”


Three episodes of Playing With Marbles are now available wherever you listen to your #podcasts. In this season of Playing With Marbles, you’ll hear from the 2019 recipients of Brain Canada’s Platform Support Grants – a funding program for research teams that are creating and/or enhancing centralized shared resources to increase access to equipment, expertise, data, and protocols across research networks.

Hear Yves De Koninck in Episode 1: Nature’s hard drive (around 15:20)

Listen to Playing With Marbles today!
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Jean-Nicolas Simard, Winner of a GMP training offer by the Advanced Therapies Training Institute from CellCan Network.

Congratulation to Jean-Nicolas Simard who wins a training offer by the ThéCell. ThéCell ( is a network which promote translational research in Tissular, Cellular and Genic Therapies in the Quebec province. The training constitute in 5 courses from the catalog of the Advanced Therapies Training Institute (CATTI) of CellCan which is specialized on practical aspect of works in clean room. The CellCan ( mission is to improve the quality, safety and feasibility of cell and gene therapy in Canada through optimal manufacturing practices. The training is specifically focused on the Biopharmaceutic manufacturing of Cellular and Tissue technology.

Jean-Nicolas Simard is working with Marie-Eve Paquet as Quality Leader on the Vectorolgy Core and acts as Chief Operating Officer of the COVF.

Annie Castonguay, 1st prize of the Research Professionals Excellence Awards 2021 from the FRQS

Annie Castonguay

Congratulations to Annie Castonguay, who wins the 1st prize of the Research Professionals Excellence Awards 2021, given by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé.

Annie Castonguay holds a PhD in neurological sciences from Université de Montréal and carried out her postdoctoral training in neurobiology at Université Laval with financial support from the FRQS.

A research professional in the laboratory led by Professor Yves de Koninck since 2011, she was involved in training and following up with nearly 70 students and postdoctoral trainees in a range of fields, including physics, engineering, mathematics, biology and chemistry.

Every year, she contributes to several grant proposals, organizes neurophotonics summer schools and seminars and liaises with national and international collaborators. In the laboratory, she developed highly original imaging approaches to capture co-transporter functions and improve current microscopes.

Very early on, she took an interest in the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion and their application in research environments. Highly committed, Annie Castonguay has followed nearly 20 training courses and taken part in a number of roundtables on the topic, leading her to identify a series a concrete measures to ensure better quality of life, recognition and integration for everyone in the workplace.

Read the press release on the FRQ website

Frontiers in Neurophotonics Highlights 2021 – Virtual program announced

frontiers in neurophotonics highlights 2021

The ‘Frontiers in Neurophotonics Highlights’ will take place on every Tuesday of November (Nov 2 – 30, 2021) at 11 am Quebec time (EST); with short presentation blitz (4×10 mins + questions) for 1 hour total. The last ‘round table’ event will take place on Nov. 30 from 11am – 1 pm Quebec time (EST).
This event will take place virtually via Zoom. Participation is free of charge, but registration is mandatory
Grad students, post-docs, and research professionals/coordinators are all invited to participate in the contest and submit their short (10 mins) video capsules to the Frontiers in Neurophotonics selection committee prior to Oct. 1st, 2021.

Learn more & register to attend and participate on the website

Recording available of the 2nd Global Resources Seminar with Jonathan Ting and Reza Sharif Naeini

The recording of the second Global Resources Seminar, recorded May 5, 2021 is now available on Youtube:

Speaker 1: Jonathan Ting, Affiliate Assistant Professor, Physiology and Biophysics Dept Affiliate Scientist WA National Primate Research Center University of Washington, Seattle WA

Talk title: Advances in Human and Non-Human Primate Cellular Neuroscience Research at the Allen Institute

Speaker 2: Reza Sharif Naeini , Associate Professor Dept of Physiology Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University

Talk title: Translational Neuroscience, Pushing Through the Boundaries