2019/20 Neuroscience Research Colloquium Schedule


Due to the fluid COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Neuroscience Research Colloquium talks for the remainder of the season. We are going to replace them with Zoom talks on a variety of emerging areas that highlight local speakers for the remainder of the season, the first of which is on Friday, April 3, 2020We’re grateful for all of the speakers who were able to present this year, and look forward to welcoming everyone back to UBC for more exciting talks starting in September 2020.

Details on the new Zoom talks can be found below, starting April 3. We will continue to update speakers throughout the rest of April and May as we get speakers confirmed. 

FALL 2019


  • Host: Dr. Timothy Murphy
  • Speaker: Dr. Patrick Kanold, University of Maryland
  • Title: Learning mom's voice: Early cortical circuits and early experience.


  • Host: Dr. Helen Tremlett
  • Speaker: Dr. Kassandra Munger, Harvard University 
  • Title: Risk factors for multiple sclerosis disease activity and progression.

September 27

  • Host:  Dr. Liisa Galea
  • Speaker: Dr. John Cryan, University College Cork
  • Title: Gut feelings: Microbiome as a key regulator of brain & behaviour across the lifespan.


  • Host: Dr. Tim Murphy
  • Speaker: Brain Circuits Cluster, featuring Jeff LeDue, Tim Murphy, Glaynel Alejo, and Ashutosh Bhudia
  • Title: Data sharing tools to navigate the changing landscape of neurodata: Status report from the Brain Circuits Cluster


  • Host:  Dr. Catherine Winstanley
  • Speaker: Dr. Joseph W. Kable, University of Pennsylvania
  • Title: Fractionating the prospective brain.


  • Host: Dr. Miriam Spering
  • Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey D. Schall, Vancerbilt University, Tennessee
  • Title: Stopping and stepping gaze shifts to understand how the brain guides, controls and monitors actions.


  • Host:  Dr. Ipek Oruc
  • Speaker: Dr. Isabel Gauthier, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
  • Title: Neural correlates of Object Recognition: Experience and Domain-General ability


  • Host: Dr. Timothy Murphy
  • Speaker: Dr. Philip Haydon, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Title: Sleep and Wake coordinated by Glia.

November 21 - 2:00 - 3:00 pm

  • Host: Dr. Neil Cashman
  • Speaker: Dr. Wendy Johnson, University of Alberta
  • Title: Medical Assistance in Dying and How it Affects Healthcare Professionals and Families


  • Host: Catharine Winstanley
  • Speaker: Dr. Matthew Wanat, UTSA Neurosciences Institute, University of Texas
  • Title: Dopamine circuits mediating positive and negative reinforcement.

NOVEMBER 29 - Cancelled


  • Host: Shernaz Bamji
  • Speaker: Dr. Katalin Toth, Université Laval
  • Title: The contribution of synapses and small networks to action potential coding in the hippocampus.

TERM 2 (WINTER 2020)


  • Host: Dr. Stan Floresco
  • Speaker:  Dr. Marina Picciotto, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Title: Acetylcholine signaling and stress-induced behaviours


  • Host: Dr. Jason Snyder
  • Speaker: Dr. James Knierim, Johns Hopkins University
  • Title: Spatial coding and episodic memory in the Hippocampus


  • Host: Dr. Alexander Rauscher
  • Speaker: Dr. Kamil Uludag, University of Toronto
  • Title: Advanced functional MRI data acquisition and analysis at 3 and 7 Tesla.


  • Host: Dr. Weihong Song
  • Speaker: Dr. Fang Liu, University of Toronto
  • Title: Targeting protein complexes to achieve more effective medication with fewer side effects.

FEBRUARY 25 (off-cycle)

  • Host: Dr. Weihong Song
  • Speaker: Dr. Hailan Hu, Centre for Neuroscience, Zhejiang University
  • Title: From Pecking Order to Ketamine - Neural mechanisms of social and emotional behaviours


  • Host: Dr. Catharine Winstanley
  • Speaker: Dr. Melissa Sharpe, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Title: The Cognitive Hypothalamus

March 4 (off-cycle) 2:00 pm Room 3402 A/B/c, 3rd Floor, dmcbh

  • Host: Dr. Timothy O'Connor
  • Speaker: Dr. Gary Yellen, Harvard
  • Title: Illuminating the dynamics of neuronal metabolism with fluorescent biosensors.


  • Host: Dr. Shernaz Bamji
  • Speaker: Dr. Paul Jenkins, University of Michigan
  • Title: Lithium reverses inhibitory signaling deficits in a mouse with a bipolar disorder- associated Ank3 variant.

MARCH 13 - Cancelled

MARCH 20 - cancelled

  • Host: Dr. Liisa Galea
  • Speaker: Dr. Jill Becker, University of Michigan
  • Title: Sex differences in addiction: studies of the neural mechanisms mediating the responses to drugs of abuse.

MARCH 27 - cancelled

 NEW! APRIL 3 - Online via zoom 

  • Speaker: Dr. Helge Rhodin, UBC Department of Computer Sciences 
  • Title: Lab animal motion capture
  • Zoom information can be found here


  • Speaker: Dr. Jane Roskams, UBC Department of Zoology 
  • Title: Crowd sourced neuron tracing via Mozak
  • Zoom information can be found here

New! APRIL 24 - online via zoom 

  • Speaker: Dr. Paul Pavlidis, UBC Department of Psychiatry 
  • Title: Methods and tools for interpreting brain transcriptomes 
  • Zoom information can be found here

MAY 1- cancelled

  • Host: Dr. Jason Snyder
  • Speaker:Dr. Nelson Spruston, Janelia Research Campus, Virginia  
  • Title: Deciphering the function of specific cell types in memory circuits.

MAY 8 - cancelled

  • Host: Dr. Helen Tremlett
  • Speaker: Dr. David A. Relman, Stanford University, California
  • Title: TBD

MAY 15 - cancelled

  • Host: Dr. Catharine Winstanley
  • Speaker:  Dr. Hedy Kober, Yale University
  • Title: TBD

MAY 22 - cancelled

  • Host: Dr. Timothy Murphy
  • Speaker: Dr. Bojana Stefanovic, University of Toronto
  • Title: Neurovascular changes post mild repeated traumatic brain injury.

MAY 29 - cancelled

  • Host: Dr.Catharine Winstanley
  • Speaker: Dr. Annie Ciernia, University of British Columbia
  • Title: TBD