CPIN Research Day
The 2017 Collaborative Program In Neuroscience (CPIN) Research Day will be held in conjunction with the Current Trends in Neurorehabilitation symposium on May 1, 2017 at the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Toronto.
Event registration: http://www.neuroscience.utoronto.ca/events/CPIN_Research_Day/researchdayreg.htm
Call for Presentation Judges: Please fill the online form at the link below if you are a CPIN Faculty member who would like to act as a judge for the trainee presentations at the 2017 CPIN Research Day on May 1, 2017: http://www.neuroscience.utoronto.ca/faculty/cpin_research_day_judging.htm
2014 CPIN Research Day & International Symposium on Synaptic Plasticity and Brain Disorders Event Summary
Photo credits in the Research Day Events: Hong-Shuo Sun, Isabelle Aubert, Suhail Asrar and Denis Osipov
The 2014 University of Toronto CPIN Research Day & the International Symposium on Synaptic Plasticity and Brain Disorders was held in collaboration with the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute in honour of Professor John C. Roder on April 8, 2014. Dr. Graham Collingridge, Professor of Neuroscience in Anatomy in the School of Physiology & Pharmacology at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom & Fellow of the Royal Society, delivered the 2014 Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture. Over 250 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members & friends attended the CPIN Research Day.The CPIN Research Day began with a welcome by Prof. Zhong-Ping Feng, the CPIN Director, at 9:30 a.m. at the Stone Lobby of the Medical Sciences Building. Prof. Feng also acknowledged the Research Day sponsors and the CPIN participating departments/units from 6 Faculties at the University of Toronto. Prof. Jeff Henderson, the Chair of the CPIN Poster Award committee, acknowledged the faculty judges and announced the evaluation process for Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Presentations and the Student‘s Choice Poster Presentation Awards.
Poster Presentations and Evaluations 82 poster presentations were given by the CPIN trainees at the MSB Stone Lobby from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The presentations were evaluated by 25 poster judges based on visual presentation, project content, oral presentation and the ability to answer questions. 11 Outstanding Graduate Student Poster Presentations and 2 Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Poster Presentations were recognized by the faculty judges. The CPIN students also voted for their favored posters, resulting in 3 Student Choice Poster Presentation Awards. This inter-faculty and inter-department interactive event was a tremendous success. The CPIN Executive Committee would like thank all participants, the poster judges, and graduate student volunteers.
CPIN Research Day Sponsorship The 2014 CPIN Research Day Organizing Committee wish to acknowledge the following sponsors: the Faculty of Medicine (Graduate and Life Sciences Education; Research and International Relations), Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (Mount Sinai Hospital), St. Michael’s Neuroscience Research Program, the Brain Sciences Research Program at the Sunnybrook Research Institute, Parkinson Society Canada, the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Foundation, and the 15 CPIN participating Departments and their faculties: Departments of Cell & System Biology, Psychology, and Computer Science from Faculty of Arts and Science; Graduate Department of Dentistry from Faculty of Dentistry; Departments of Biochemistry, Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology, Medical Biophysics, Pharmacology, Physiology, Rehabilitation Science, Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering, and Institute of Medical Science from Faculty of Medicine; Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences from Faculty of Pharmacy; Department of Applied Psychology & Human Development from Ontario Institute For Studies in Education; and the Graduate Department of Music from Faculty of Music. (http://neuroscience.utoronto.ca/events/CPIN_ Research_Day.htm)
The International Symposium on Synaptic Plasticity and Brain Disorders was held in the afternoon at the 18th floor auditorium of the Mount Sinai Hospital, in honour of Dr. John C. Roder and was the featured event for the 2014 Research Day. The symposium was supported by the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (Mount Sinai Hospital) in collaboration with the CPIN. The opening remarks were made by Dr. Jim Woodgett (Director, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute), Dr. Peter Lewis (Associate Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Univ. Toronto), Dr. Avrum Gotlieb (Interim Vice Dean, Graduate Education, Univ. Toronto) and Dr. Stephen Matthews (Chair, Department of Physiology, Univ. Toronto). Professor John C. Roder is a neurobiologist and Senior Investigator at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Mount Sinai Hospital. He has been a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Medical Genetics at the University of Toronto since 1987 and is cross-appointed to the Department of Physiology. Dr. Roder continues to identify pharmacogenetic methods for reversing the symptoms and effects of several devastating disorders including schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disease, ataxia, neurodegenerative disease, and epilepsy. He is also an accomplished mentor and has trained over 128 students and fellows, many of whom are also exceptional researchers and educators who were the guest speakers at the symposium.
The first session of the International Symposium was chaired by Prof. Lu-Yang Wang (Professor, Dept. of Physiology). The notable speakers included Dr. Jeff Henderson (Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences), Dr. Robert Gerlai (Professor, Dept. of Psychology), Dr. Donglin Bai (Associate Professor, Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, UWO), and Dr. Ana Martinez (Professor, Medicinal Chemistry Institute of Spanish National Council for Research) who delivered the CPIN Distinguished Lecture. Prof. Zhengping Jia (Professor, Dept. of Physiology) chaired the second session and introduced the notable speakers, Dr. Albert Wong (Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology) , Dr. Michael Tymianski (Professor, Depts. of Surgery and Physiology) , and Dr. Michael Salter (Professor, Depts. Of Physiology and IMS). Prof. Zhong-Ping Feng introduced the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Visiting Neuroscientist at the University of Toronto Lecture Series and acknowledged the sponsorships. Prof. Michael Salter introduced the 2014 Sackler Lecturer/Symposium keynote lecturer, Dr. Graham Collingridge. Dr. Collingridge is a Professor of Neuroscience in Anatomy in the School of Physiology & Pharmacology at the University of Bristol, UK and a Fellow of The Royal Society since 2001. Dr. Collingridge is also a former Director of the MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity and former president of the British Neuroscience Association. Dr. Collingridge delivered a world-class lecture on memory mechanisms in health and disease, and highlighted the roles of different forms of synaptic plasticity in these states. The lecture was educational, informative and inspirational.
Congratulates to Awardees
Following the Sackler/Keynote Lecture, Prof. Jeff Henderson announced the winners of the Graduate Student and the Postdoctoral Fellow Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards, and the Student’s Choice Poster Presentation Winners. Prof. Zhong-Ping Feng presented the Lifetime-Achievement Award to Professor John C. Roder.
Graduate Student Outstanding Poster Presentation AwardsMarie K. Bermejo (Pharmacology; Supervisor: Ali Salahpour)
Marielle Deurloo (Physiology; Supervisor: Zhong-Ping Feng)
Katie Ferguson (Physiology; Supervisor: Frances Skinner)
Sean Haffey (Physiology; Supervisor: Beverley Orser)
Celeste Leung (Physiology; Supervisor: Zhengping Jia)
Lia Mesbah-Oskui (Physiology; Supervisor: John C. Roder)
Hyemin Oh (IMS; Supervisor: Lucy Osborne)
Rageen Rajendram (IMS; Supervisor: Paul Arnold)
Morrison Steel (IMS; Supervisor: Karen Gordon)
Nikolaus Wolter (IMS; Supervisor: Karen Gordon)
Agnieszka Zurek (Physiology; Supervisor: Beverley Orser)
Student’s Choice Poster Presentation Winners
Aaron Kucyi (IMS; Supervisor: Karen Davis)
Steven Tran (CSB; Supervisor: Robert Gerlai)
Axel Guskjolen (Physiology; Supervisor: Paul Frankland)
Postdoctoral Fellow Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards
Benjamin Dunkley (Sick Kids; Supervisor: Margot J. Taylor)
Jacqueline Gleave (CSB; Supervisor: Joanne Nash)
The immense success of the 2014 CPIN Research Day and the Symposium is attributable to the enormous team effort by the CPIN faculty members, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, and CPIN Research Day/Symposium Organizers, particularly the CPIN Research Day Sponsors.
The 2014 CPIN Research Day was generously sponsored by: