2021/22 Neuroscience Research Colloquium Schedule

Important notice:

We are pleased to announce that most of the Neuroscience Research Colloquium will be back in person starting on September 17! Talks will take place in the Rudy North lecture Theatre, Lower Level, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health at 11 am on Fridays.

We are excited to be holding the series in person once again and strongly encourage everyone to join us at the Centre. For the time being, a zoom link will still be provided for those who are unable to attend in person.

 

FALL 2021

september 17 - in person at rudy north lecture theatre

  • Host: Jeff LeDue, UBC
  • Speakers: GPN CONP Scholars
  • Title: Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform Scholars Update
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
    Zoom link:  https://ubc.zoom.us/  (click on "Join a meeting") 
    Meeting ID:  95496 072083
    Passcode:  072083

october 1 - rudy north lecture theatre - "live" screening 

  • Host: Dr. Annie Ciernia 
  • Speaker: Dr. Ashley Kopec, Albany Medical College
  • Title: Sex-specific impact of immune signaling on adolescent neural and social development
  • Join in person in the auditorium or via the zoom option. The presenter will be remote.
  • Zoom link here (click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID:  95496 072083
  • Passcode: 072083

In this presentation, Dr. Ashley Kopec will discuss published work examining the role of microglia, the resident immune cells in the brain, in neural and social development during adolescence in male and female rats. Then, she will discuss unpublished work aimed at understanding how opioid exposures during adolescence interact with microglia-mediated development to alter future reward-related behaviors.

There will be a virtual trainee meeting with Dr. Kopec immediately following her talk (~noon). If you would like to attend the trainee meeting please email annie.ciernia@ubc.ca to sign up. There are limited spots available on a first come first serve basis. 

october 8 - in person at rudy north lecture theatre

  • Host: Dr. Tim Murphy and Dr. Matthew Sacheli
  • Speakers: Dynamic Brain Circuits Cluster and the BC Brain Wellness Program 
  • Title: Brain-Tech 2021 Hackathon: student teams innovation showcase
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person: 
  • Zoom link here (click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID:  95496 072083
  • Passcode:  072083

This colloquium will present innovation from the top student teams of the Brain-Tech 2021: Idea Generation and Hackathon for Brain Wellness. The Hackathon was hosted by the Dynamic Brain Circuits in Health and Disease Cluster, the BC Brain Wellness Program, and the Djavad  Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health. The Brain-Tech 2021 winners will discuss and demo their work which aims to improve brain wellness.

october 15 - in person at rudy north lecture theatre 

  • Host: Dr. Catharine Winstanley 
  • Speaker: Sasha Wiley-Shaw, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, UBC
  • Title: Preventing and Responding to Sexualized Violence
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
  • Zoom link here (click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID: 95496 072083
  • Passcode: 072083

SVPRO will present UBC’s approach to preventing and responding to sexualized violence, with a focus on key principles for supporting survivors. The presentation will include what constitutes sexualized violence and prohibited relationships, standards and considerations for safe and respectful working and learning environments, and how to respond to a disclosure, with approaches to help mitigate impacts and reduce harm. This presentation is part one of a two-part series; part 2 (November 19) will focus on reporting options.

 october 22 - Rudy North Lecture Theatre "live" screening

  • Host: Dr. Catharine Rankin
  • Speaker: Dr. Donald Wilson, New York University 
  • Title: The olfactory mosaic: How diverse networks shape perception.
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
  • Zoom link here (Click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID: 95496 072083
  • Passcode: 072083

Our perception of the world begins with stimuli in the environment but is then dramatically shaped by our expectations, past experience, and internal state.  Olfactory perception is especially sensitive to these kinds of modulation.  In fact, input from a diverse network of brain regions conveying multisensory, homeostatic and experience-dependent information converges on the olfactory system as early as the first stages of odor processing.  This talk will describe our work over the past few years on how activity in non-olfactory regions shapes odor coding and perception.  What you smell is not necessarily what you get.

october 29 - in person at rudy north lecture theatre 

  • Host: Dr. Annie Ciernia
  • Speaker: Dr. David Gosselin, University of Laval
  • Title: Genome-wide approaches to understanding microglia identity and function
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
  • Zoom link here (Click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID: 95496-072083
  • Passcode: 072083

Microglia are the macrophages of the brain and participate to its development, homeostasis, and defense against pathogens and injuries. Notably, genetic evidence suggests that they are critically involved in neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease. However, our knowledge of the molecular processes that regulate these cells in the brain remains very rudimentary.

Over the past few years, we have concentrated our efforts on trying to understand how gene regulation is achieved in microglia. In particular, we provided evidence using mouse microglia that signaling factors in the brain provide important regulatory input that enable microglia to acquire their cellular identity. Importantly, our recent work on human microglia shows that axes of signaling pathways – transcription factors that shape the microglial epigenome and transcriptional characteristics are relatively well conserved between the mouse and human. My talk will provide an overview of these recent findings, and elaborate on the current approaches that we use to gain a better understanding of the epigenomic mechanisms underlying the different cellular functions of microglia in the brain.

november 5 - rudy north lecture theatre "live" screening

  • Host: Dr. Jason Snyder
  • Speaker: Dr. Christine Denny, Columbia University 
  • Title: Development of a whole-brain memory trace pipeline for activity-dependent tagging murine lines
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
  • Zoom link  here (Click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID: 95496 072083
  • Passcode: 072083

november 19 -IN PERSON AT RUDY NORTH LECTURE THEATRE 

  • Host: Dr.Catharine Winstanley
  • Speaker: Sasha Wiley-Shaw, Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, UBC
  • Title: Reporting Options for Sexualized Violence
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
  • Zoom link here (Click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID: 95496 072083
  • Passcode: 072083

november 26 - IN PERSON AT RUDY NORTH LECTURE THEATRE 

  • Host: Dr. Tim Murphy
  • Speaker: Dr. Majid Mohajerani, University of Lethbridge/UBC
  • Title: TBD
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
  • Zoom link here (Click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID: 95496 072083
  • Passcode: 072083

December 3 - rudy north lecture theatre "live" screening

  • Host: Dr. Annie Ciernia
  • Speaker: Dr. Tamara Franklin, Dalhousie University 
  • Title: TBD
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
  • Zoom link here (Click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID: 95496 072083
  • Passcode: 072083

december 10 - on hold

  • Host:
  • Speaker:
  • Title:
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
  • Zoom link here (Click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID: 95496 072083
  • Passcode: 072083

 

December 17, 2021 – In Person at Rudy North Theatre

  • Host: Dr. Shernaz Bamji
  • Speaker: Dr. Jessica Rosin, UBC
  • Title: Unraveling microglial heterogeneity and stress responses in the embryonic hypothalamus
  • Zoom option if unable to attend in person:
  • Zoom link here (Click on "Join a meeting")
  • Meeting ID: 95496 072083
  • Passcode: 072083

term 2 (winter 2022)

january 14

  • Host: Dr. Catharine Winstanley
  • Speaker: Dr. Brian MacVicar, UBC
  • Title: TBD

january 21

  • Host: Dr. Catharine Winstanley
  • Speaker: Dr. John Kramer, UBC
  • Title: TBD

january 28

  • Host: Dr. Lynn Raymond
  • Speaker: Dr. Eric Yttri, Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Title:TBD

february 4

  • Host: Dr. Catharine Winstanley
  • Speaker: Dr. Eric S. Kim - UBC Department of Psychology
  • Title: TBD

February 11

  • Host: Dr. Catharine Winstanley 
  • Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Wellington, UBC
  • Title: TBD

february 18

  • Host: Ronan Denyer/Dr. Lara Boyd
  • Speaker: Dr. Jorn Diedrichsen, Western University
  • Title: TBD

february 25

  • Host: Dr. Annie Ciernia
  • Speaker: Dr. Anthony Filiano, Duke University
  • Title: TBD

march 4

  • Host: Dr. Catharine Winstanley
  • Speaker: Dr. Mihaela Iordanova, Concordia University
  • Title: TBD

march 11

  • Host: Dr.Jason Snyder
  • Speaker: Dr. Rutsuko Ito, University of Toronto
  • Title: TBD

March 18

  • Host: Dr. Stan Floresco
  • Speaker: Dr. Kate Wassum, UCLA
  • Title: TBD

March 25

  • Host: Dr. Janet Werker and the UBC Language Sciences Initiative
  • Speaker: Dr. Edward F. Chang, University of California, San Francisco
  • Title: TBD

April 1

  • Host: Dr. Timothy Murphy
  • Speaker: Dr. Bojana Stefanovic, University of Toronto
  • Title: TBD

April 8

  • Host: Dr. Kota Mizumoto
  • Speaker: Dr. Shigeki Watanabe, Johns Hopkins University 
  • Title: TBD

april 22

  • Host: Hong Lu
  • Speaker: Dr. Pascal Kaeser, Harvard University 
  • Title: TBD

april 29

  • Host: Dr. Jason Snyder
  • Speaker: Dr. Nelson Spruston, Janelia Research Campus, Virginia
  • Title: TBD

May 6

  • Host: Dr. Annie Ciernia
  • Speaker: Dr. Elizabeth Heller, University of Pennsylvania
  • Title: TBD

may 13

  • Host: Dr. Lynn Raymond
  • Speaker: Dr. Joseph Cheer, University of Maryland
  • Title: TBD

may 20

  • Host: Dr. Jason Snyder
  • Speaker: Dr.Michael Drew, University of Texas at Austin
  • Title: TBD

may 27

  • Host: Dr. Lynn Raymond
  • Speaker: Dr.Rosemary Bagot, McGill University
  • Title: TBD

june 10

  • Host: Dr. Kota Mizumoto
  • Speaker: Dr. Hokto Kazama, Riken Centre for Brain Science
  • Title: TBD