CPIN Cortex Club
The Cortex Club is a unique seminar series dealing with cutting-edge topics and significant, challenging issues in neuroscience. It is organized and run by graduate students, and provides an informal and egalitarian environment designed to encourage cross-talk and innovation. At each Cortex Club event, a visiting researcher is asked to present a mixture of novel, technical, speculative, and possibly even controversial work or ideas. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, and discuss with each other during the invited speaker's presentation. The direction of the discussion is allowed to evolve organically, whether that be down towards the nitty-gritty technical details of a new methodology, or up towards lofty ideas about the nature of the brain and the future of neuroscience.
In the 2016-2017 year, as a part of CPIN, Cortex Club will continue organizing events with leaders in neuroscience as part of our CPIN graduate activities. We are looking forward to an exciting year of neuroscience!
Previous Cortex Club event:
Dr. Robert Froemke, January 12 2017, 5:30PM @ Upstairs at the GSU Pub (16 Bancroft Ave.)
Title: Spike-Timing-Dependent Plasticity – The holy grail of learning and memory, or an epiphenomenon? A debate.”
Previous Cortex Club event:
Dr. Elek Molnar, November 18, 2016, 5:30PM @ Hart House Board Room (2nd floor of the West Wing), 7 Hart House Circle (New Location)
Title: Analysis of the expression profile and regional distribution of glutamate receptors using histoblots and affinity ligands
Cortex Club was originally founded at the University of Oxford in 2009, where it has become, in the words of Prof. Gero Miesenböck, “... perhaps the premier forum for the discussion of neuroscience in Oxford”. The Club has now spread to two new continents; the most recent addition was the University of Cape Town Cortex Club in South Africa, which was preceded by the University of Toronto Cortex Club. With the support of the CIHR Sleep and Biological Rhythms Program, the Toronto chapter was started in 2012 by Dr. Blake Richards (who was President of the Club in Oxford from 2010-2011) and Dr. Jimmy Fraigne. Several Cortex Club events have been held here in Toronto that have been attended to capacity, on subjects including optogenetics, pharmacogenetics, early visual development, and large-scale computer models of the brain.
The principal reason for its rapid growth is that the Cortex Club provides graduate students a chance to interact with the world's leading neuroscientists in a manner that standard seminars or luncheons do not. It also provides invaluable leadership and networking experience for graduate students, helping them to build connections within the global neuroscience community. These principles fit the mandates of CPIN.