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Upcoming Neuroscience Seminars

August 2018

Brain Circuit Independent Scientist
Speaker | Etay Hay, PhD Postdoctoral Associate, Departmentof Physiology and Pharmacology and Brain and Mind Institute Western University
Title | Biophysical Mechanisms of Neuronal Network Computations
Date | Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Time | 10:45 - 11:45 AM
Location | The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 33 Russel Street,room# 2015
Host | Dr. Sean Hill, Director, Krembil Centre for Neuroinformatics, CAMH
Abstract| Our brain is capable of remarkablecomputations, from perceiving and handling a glass of wine to making fast andaccurate movements during a game of tennis. The neuronal network computationsare governed by network connectivity, biophysical mechanisms and anatomicalfeatures with which neurons are endowed. Neurons have elaborate dendriticmorphologies and a host of ion channels that give rise to a variety ofelectrical properties. The neurons in the network are also connected viaseveral types of synapses, each having unique and rich kinetics. Throughbiophysical modeling, I have showed that dendritic mechanisms play a key role incomputations of cortical sensory microcircuits. To better understand thesensory input the cortex receives, I have studied the neural code of thetactile neuronal population innervating human fingertips, and showed thedifferent role of AMPA and NMDA in synaptic integration of the populationactivity when computing edge orientations. In my future lab, I aim to study theeffect of dendritic mechanisms on the cortical representation of tactileobjects. I will expand the model cortical network with the downstream networksthat provide sensory input to the cortex, and will perturb the densities andkinetics of dendritic ion channels and synapses, as informed by genetic datafrom patients with brain disorders, to shed light on the role dendriticmechanisms play in either disrupting or mediating neuronal networkcomputations.

Special Neuroscience Platform Seminar (See event flyer here) 
Speaker | Dr. Gerald W. Zamponi, University of Calgary
Title | Molecular physiology of pain - from calcium channels to brain circuits

Date | Monday, August 27, 2018
Time | 4:00 PM

Location | Medical Sciences Building, Room 2172
Host | Dr. Mike Salter, Neuroscience Platform, Department of Physiology

UTCSP Translational Seminar Series (See event flyer here) 
Speaker | Dr. Ted Price, University of Texas
Title | Translational Regulation in Neuropathic Pain

Date | Thursday, August 30, 2018
Time | 4:00 PM

Location | Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning, 686 Bay Street, 2nd Floor Event Room (2a)
Host | University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain

Please see the websites below for more information about upcoming Neuroscience seminars:
U of T Department of Pyschology: Ebbinghaus Empire Series
Rotman Rounds at Baycrest
U of T Department of Biochemistry: Cette Semaine
U of T Department of Psychology: Brain & Behaviour Seminar Series


Please see the Neuroscience Seminar Archive for a list of seminars held earlier in the 2017-2018 academic year.