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CPIN Research Day

The 2022 Neuroscience Conference, co-organized by The Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association (SONA)The Max Planck-University of Toronto Centre (MPUTC) for Neural Science and Technologyand the Collaborative Program In Neuroscience (CPIN), will take place virtually on Friday, May 27, 2022.  CPIN Research Day will take place in conjunction with the conference.

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Presentation Rooms and Links:

Room1: Neurophysiology (A) | Neurophysiology (B) https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/86482664599
Room 2: Behavioral Neuroscience (A) | Behavioral Neuroscience (B)
Room 3: Cognitive Neuroscience | Synaptic Plasticity
Room 4: Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience (A) | Cellular & MolecularNeuroscience (B)
Room 5: Stress & Anxiety | Depression and Mental Health
Room 6: Neuroendocrinology (A) | Neuroendocrinology (B)
Room 7: Learning & Memory (A) | Learning & Memory (B)
Room 8: Pain and Nociception | Translational Research
Room 9: Neurodegenerative Diseases | Concussion and Brain Injuries
Room 10: Neurodevelopment (A) | Neurodevelopment (B)
Room 11: Computational Neuroscience | Neurotechnology
Room 12: Neuropharmacology  |Neurological Disorders

For a list of students presenting in each room, please see:

(New) Trainee Presenters and Presentation Rooms
(New) List of Abstracts

Professor May-Britt Moser, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway, and Nobel Laureate, the CPIN Julius Axelrod Distinguished Visiting Neuroscientist Lecturer, will deliver the keynote lecture at the joined conference, titled “Space and memory in the brain”.

May-Britt Moser is a Professor of Neuroscience and Scientific Director of the Centre for Neural Computation Scientific Co-Director of the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. She is interested in the neural basis of spatial location and spatial memory as well as cognitive functions more generally. Her work, conducted with Edvard Moser as a long-term collaborator, includes the discovery of grid cells in the entorhinal cortex, as well as the identification of other functional cell types, including head direction cells, border cells, speed cells and object-vector cells, as well as recent mechanisms for representation of episodic time – findings that collectively point to the entorhinal cortex as a hub for the brain network for representation of space and experience. She has shown that this network has adult-like properties from very early age in rodents, pointing to a possible innate basis for spatial coding by the brain. With her collaborators, she is beginning to unravel how the neural microcircuit is organized at the level of interactions between large numbers of diverse neurons with known functional identity – an endeavour that is significantly boosted by the recent development of Neuropixels probes and 2-photon miniscopes for simultaneous recording of thousands of neurons in freely-moving rats and mice (the latter developed in her lab). The discovery of grid cells and the underlying population dynamics have led to a revision of established views of how the brain calculates self-position, and how such information is stored in memory, and spatial mapping and is becoming one of the first non-sensory cognitive functions to be characterized at a mechanistic level in neural networks.

May-Britt Moser received her initial training at the University of Oslo, under the supervision of Dr. Per Andersen, on the structural basis of hippocampal memory, but during the PhD training she had several longer visits to Edinburgh to work with Dr. Richard Morris at the University of Edinburgh. She also spent a month in London in the lab of John O’Keefe at University College of London to learn single unit recordings. She has been a professor at NTNU since 2000. She has received numerous awards for her work. Together with Edvard Moser and John O’Keefe, she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2014.

David Poeppel is a Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU (since 2009) and the CEO of the Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience in Cooperation with Max Planck Society in Frankfurt Germany (since 2021). 

Trained at MIT in cognitive science, linguistics, and neuroscience, Poeppel did his post-doctoral training at the University of California San Francisco where he focused on functional brain imaging. From 1998 to 2008, he was a professor at the University of Maryland College Park, where he ran the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language laboratory.  From 2014-2021, he was the Director of the Department of Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for empirical Aesthetics in Frankfurt. He has been a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg (Institute for Advanced Studies Berlin) and The American Academy Berlin, and a guest professor at many institutions. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Prof. Poeppel will deliver a presentation titled “Rhythms in Sounds and Brains“.

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Julius Axelrod Distinguished
Visiting Neuroscientist