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CPIN Distinguished Lectureship Schedule 2020-2021


CPIN Distinguished Lecture/Physiology Seminar Series
Speaker | Andrea Fleig, PhD, MBA / Associate Director of Biomedical Research, The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu, USA, and Researcher (Professor) University of Hawaii
Title | Natural Products as Modulators of Calcium Signaling in Inflammation and Neurological Pain
Date | Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time | 4:00 PM
Location | Online; connection details will be emailed to members on Oct 7, 2020
Host | Dr. Hong-Shuo Sun, Associate Professor, Departments of Surgery, Physiology, and Pharmacology, IMS, and Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, U of T 

Co-Sponsor | Department of Physiology


CPIN Distinguished Lecture/ Tator-Turnbull Symposium Keynote
Speaker | Wolfram Tetzlaff, MD (Essen), PhD, Professor, Departments of Zoology & Surgery, University of British Columbia
Title | From Diet to Cells: Preclinical Strategies for Spinal Cord Injury
Date | Friday, October 23, 2020
Time | 3:00 PM
Webinar Registration | https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CAEhqtlsQVObVlzFCcy3hA
Host | Dr. Michael Fehlings, Co-Director U of T Spinal Program & Vice Chair Research, Department of Surgery, UofT 
Co-Sponsors | Spinal Cord Injury Ontario; Brain Canada Foundation; Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation; Inteligex; Barbara Turnbull Foundation

Gyorgy Lur 
CPIN Emerging Leaders in Neuroscience Lecture/Physiology Seminar Series
Speaker | Gyorgy Lur, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, University of California, Irvine
Title | Differential impact of stress on the parietal top-down and bottom up circuitry
Date | Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time | 4:00 PM
Location | Online;
Host | Dr. Evelyn Lambe, Associate Professor, Departments of Physiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatry,U of T
Co-Sponsor | Department of Physiology
Lur Lab Website |

Sean Hill 
CPIN Distinguished Lecture/Physiology Seminar Series
Speaker | Sean Hill, PhD, Director, Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics; Senior Scientist, CAMH; Professor, U of T; Infrastructure Co-lead, Temerty Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine (T-CAIREM), U of T; Titular Professor, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Title | A multiscale approach to brain disorders
Date | Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time | 4:00 PM
Location | Online;  https://zoom.us/j/93610649139?pwd=QjZpRWkxVjRFcnN5eldaekhqNVdyZz09
Host | Dr. Scott Heximer, Ernest B. and Leonard B. Smith Chair, Department of Physiology
Temerty Faculty of Medicine, U of T
Co-Sponsor | Department of Physiology

Doug Weber DLS 
CPIN Distinguished Lecture/Mark Rochon Distinguished Lecture Series
Speaker | Doug Weber, PhD, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Neuroscience, Carnegie Mellon University
Title | Implantable, injectable, and wearable devices for sensing and effecting neurological functions
Date | Monday, January 11 2021
Time | 12:00 PM
Location | Online; Updated Live stream here: https://youtu.be/ATL_L4vRIq8
Host | José Zariffa, PhD, PEng, Senior Scientist, KITE - Toronto Rehab - UHN, Associate Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, UofT
Co-Sponsor | The Kite Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN
Submit your questions here: https://app.sli.do/event/e84dbz1f
Talk Details | https://www.kite-uhn.com/talk/wearable-device-sensors

CPIN Distinguished Lecture/Physiology Seminar/Pan American Neuroendocrine Society (PANS) Distinguished Lectureship
Speaker | Jon E. Levine, PhD, Director of the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center, Professor, Department of Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title | Estrogens, estrogen receptors and sexual behavior in primates:  Is it all in our heads?
Date | Friday, January 29, 2021
Time | 12:00 PM
Location | Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85030920902?pwd=Qy9WWUhjb2ExbmlmZjdkVi9SUGFzUT09
Passcode: 752289

Host | Denise D Belsham, PhD, Professor of Physiology, Medicine and Ob/Gyn, U of T; President, Pan American Neuroendocrine Society (PANS)
Co-Sponsor | PANS, Department of Physiology
PANS: https://paneuroendo.org
Website for more info on the research: https://primate.wisc.edu/our-science/our-scientists-and-research-labs/jon-levine-phd/

Peter Dayan   
CPIN Distinguished Lecture/Machine Learning Advances and Applications Seminar

Speaker | Peter Dayan, PhD, Director, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
Title | Peril, Prudence and Planning as Risk, Avoidance and Worry
Date | Monday, February 8, 2021
Time | 3:00 PM
Online | Pre-registration required at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUvdu6tqTojHtduydg9EVFTRlmNjK5_Y02y
Host | Animesh Garg, PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science, UofT; Faculty Member, Vector Institute
Sponsors | The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Vector Institute
Additional lecture information | http://www.fields.utoronto.ca/talks/Peril-Prudence-and-Planning-Risk-Avoidance-and-Worry

 Julius Fridriksson
CPIN Distinguished Lecture/Mark Rochon Distinguished Lecture Series

Speaker | Julius Fridriksson, PhD, Professor and Endowed Chair (SmartState), Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina; Director, Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR); Co-director, McCausland Center for Brain Imaging
Title | Predicting and enhancing treatment outcome in aphasia
Date | Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Time | 11:00 AM

Location | Online; Register for the webinar here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_lyn5LVt9RlqSyE-mRO3Lxw
Host | José Zariffa, PhD, PEng, Senior Scientist, KITE - Toronto Rehab - UHN, Associate Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, UofT
Sponsors | The Kite Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN
Talk Details


CPIN Special Lecture
Speaker | David Eagleman, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Stanford University, Stanford, California
Title |  Feeding information to the brain via unusual channels
Date | Thursday, March 18, 2021
Time | 1:00 PM 
Online | Click here to join the meeting

Host | Tian Renton, PhD Candidate, Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, (Dr. Sidney Kennedy, Centre for Depression & Suicide Studies, St. Michael's Hospital), U of T
Read more about Dr. Eagleman's work: https://eagleman.com/about-david-eagleman/ 

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Max Planck

The Inauguration of the Max Planck - University of Toronto Centre for Neural Science & Technology
Date | Wednesday, April 14th, 2021
Ceremonial Inauguration | 9AM - 9:50 AM
Scientific Talks | 10AM - 11:30 AM
Registration | https://harthouse-ca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I0D5JQQzTLuCuQ1YJHdPsQ
PLEASE NOTE: CPIN trainees attending the event may fill out the special Lecture Report Form for CPIN Distinguished Lecture credit:


CPIN Emerging Leaders in Neuroscience/Physiology Seminar Series

Speaker | Michael Halassa, MD, PhD, Associate Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Class of 1958 Career Development Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, United States 
Title | Thalamocortical architectures for cognitive control and flexibility

Date | Thursday, April 15, 2021
Time | 4:00 PM
Location | Online; https://zoom.us/j/93651302866
Host | Bill Hutchison, PhD, Senior Scientist, Krembil Research Institute (Krembil); Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Department of Surgery, Institute of Medical Science, U of T
Sponsor | Department of Physiology

Ofer Yizhar   

CPIN Distinguished Lecture/Brain and Behaviour Seminar
Speaker | Ofer Yizhar, PhD, Senior Scientist, Weizmann Institute of Science,
Rehovot, Israel
Title |  Prefrontal circuits for social behavior
Date | Monday, April 19, 2021
Time | 10:00 AM 
Online | Updated Link: 
Host | Maithe Arruda Carvalho, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, UofT
Sponsors | Department of Psychology, Brain and Behaviour Seminar Series

Tami Martino

CPIN Distinguished Lecture
Speaker | Tami A. Martino, PhD, Distinguished Chair in Molecular Cardiovascular Research, University of Guelph; Director of the Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations (CCVI), Career Investigator, Heart & Stroke Foundation: Circadian Medicine & Heart Health; Professor, Biomedical Sciences, University of Guelph
Title | Circadian Medicine - Rhythms in the Neuro, Endocrine, and Immune Systems & Impact on Cardiovascular Health
Date | Thursday, April 22, 2021, 4:00 PM
Online |
Host | Richard L. Horner, PhD, FCAHS, Professor of Medicine and Physiology, U of T

van Eimeren   
CPIN Distinguished Lecture
Speaker | Thilo van Eimeren, MD, Professor, Multimodal Brain Imaging, Medical Faculty, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Title | Can brain imaging unravel the tangled web of neurodegeneration?
Date | Thursday, May 6, 2021
Time | 10:00 AM
Online | 
Click here to join the meeting
Host | Antonio Strafella, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCAHS, Professor, IMS, Department of Medicine-UHN, Division of Neurology; Senior Scientist, Krembil Brain Institute-UHN and Brain Health Imaging Centre-CAMH; University of Toronto
Co-Sponsor| Institute of Medical Science


CPIN Distinguished Lecture/Mark Rochon Distinguished Lecture Series
Speaker | Catherine E. Lang PT, PhD, Professor of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Neurology, and Associate Director, Movement Science PhD Program, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis MO, USA
Title | Translating in-clinic gains to improvements in daily life
Date | Monday, May 17, 2021
Time | 12:00 PM
Online | Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xkngSiwiQ3atiCWefAWhGg
Host | José Zariffa, PhD, PEng, Senior Scientist, KITE - Toronto Rehab - UHN, Associate Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, UofT
Sponsors | The Kite Research Institute, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, UHN
Talk Details | https://kite-uhn.com/talk/translating-clinic-gains 


CPIN Distinguished Lecture/Physiology Seminar Series
Speaker | Kim “Avrama” Blackwell, VMD, PhD, Professor, Molecular Neuroscience Department, Department of Bioengineering, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University, Virginia
Title | Control of Synaptic Plasticity by Calcium Dynamics: Role of Inhibition and Spatial Input Patterns
Date | Thursday, May 20, 2021
Time | 4:00 PM
Online | https://zoom.us/j/93357801990
Host | Frances Skinner, PhD, Senior Scientist, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network (UHN), Toronto Western Hospital; Professor, Departments of Medicine (Neurology) and Physiology, UofT
Sponsor | Department of Physiology

CPIN Distinguished Lecture

Speaker | Marcello Massimini MD, PhD, Professor of Neurophysiology, Department of Biomedical Clinical Sciences, University of Milan, Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR)
Title | Probing the human brain with cortical stimulation across states and scales
Date | Monday, June 21, 2021
Time | 10:00 AM
Online | Zoom Link: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/84462136503
Host | Mohsen Poorganji, PhD Candidate (Supervisors: Dr. Daniel Blumberger and Dr. Zafiris J. Daskalakis), Institute of Medical Science, Temerty Centre for Therapeutic Brain Intervention, CAMH, University of Toronto

New lectures will be added as they are confirmed throughout the term. Confirmed lectures will also be announced via email to all CPIN members. 

Because of physical distancing efforts due to COVID-19, lectures during the 2020-2021 Fall/Winter terms will be offered virtually. Please check back regularly for updates. 

Updated May 4, 2021

Call for 2020-2021 Distinguished Lecturer Nominations

CPIN trainee & faculty members are welcome to nominate potential speakers for the 2020-2021 Distinguished Lectureship Series. Because of physical distancing efforts due to COVID-19, online lecture options from international and local scientists are welcome. The nominations will be reviewed by the CPIN Academic/Executive Committees for approval. Your participation is important and would be greatly appreciated. Please fill the online form by clicking here