CRN Graduate Students Association (GSA)


CRN graduate students and postdocs annually field a team in McGill's Thompson House Softball league. And every year they challenge the CRN faculty in an annual showdown!

In addition, we organize several other more scholarly pursuits (see below). 

Friday Journal Club

In this Journal Club we discuss papers published within the year from high-impact journals in any-field of neurobiology, reflecting the diverse interests and research of the members and trainees of the CRN and of the McGill Vision Research, as part of the BRaIN program. We meet on Fridays at 5:00 PM in Room L7-309 of the Montreal General Hospital. 

The paper for each week is sent out 2-3 days before the actual Journal Club. Presenters are asked to prepare a small PowerPoint Presentation which should include a brief introduction to field of study and the relevance of the work, followed by the figures and graphs from the paper. Participants are asked to read the paper beforehand so that they can participate in insightful discussion. The Journal Club is a respectful and learning environment. The idea is not to expect to the presenter to know every figure, technique, and scientific approach forward and backward, but to educate others on topics in different areas of neurobiology they may not have encountered otherwise. In return, the presenters gain the benefit of receiving input and different viewpoints from individuals with a broad range of scientific backgrounds.

This Journal Club is generously supported by the Graduate Students’ Association for Neuroscience (GSAN).

Anyone is invited to participate in the Journal Club and is encouraged to do so. To inquire about presenting at the Journal Club or to be added to our emailing list, please feel free to contact the organizers [at] (subject: BRaIN%20Journal%20Club) (Hunter Shaw) or cristian.zaelzer [at] (subject: BRaIN%20Journal%20Club) (Cristian Zaelzer).


Journal Article for Discussion 

Mar 18, 2016

Presenter: Gaël (Murai Lab)
Ramirez S, Liu X, MacDonald CJ, Moffa A, Zhou J, Redondo RL, Tonegawa S (2015) Activating positive memory engrams suppresses depression-like behaviour. Nature 522:335–339.

Mar 11, 2016

Presenter: Mahmoudreza (Rao Lab)
Meissner GW, Luo SD, Dias BG, Texada MJ, Baker BS (2016) Sex-specific regulation of Lgr3 in Drosophila neurons. PNAS 113:E1256–E1265.

Mar 4, 2016

Presenter: Hunter (Rao Lab)
Rister J, Razzaq A, Boodram P, Desai N, Tsanis C, Chen H, Jukam D, Desplan C (2015) Single–base pair differences in a shared motif determine differential Rhodopsin expression. Science 350:1258–1261.

Feb 26, 2016

Presenter: Ibrahim (Chen Lab)
Venkatesh HS, Johung TB, Caretti V, Noll A, Tang Y, Nagaraja S, Gibson EM, Mount CW, Polepalli J, Mitra SS, Woo PJ, Malenka RC, Vogel H, Bredel M, Mallick P, Monje M (2015) Neuronal Activity Promotes Glioma Growth through Neuroligin-3 Secretion. Cell 161:803–816.

Feb 19, 2016

Presenter: Benny (Murai Lab)
Norkett R, Modi S, Birsa N, Atkin TA, Ivankovic D, Pathania M, Trossbach SV, Korth C, Hirst WD, Kittler JT (2015) DISC1-dependent Regulation of Mitochondrial Dynamics Controls the Morphogenesis of Complex Neuronal Dendrites. J Biol Chem:jbc.M115.699447.

Feb 5, 2016

Presenter: Andy (David Lab)
Grabert K, Michoel T, Karavolos MH, Clohisey S, Baillie JK, Stevens MP, Freeman TC, Summers KM, McColl BW (2016) Microglial brain region-dependent diversity and selective regional sensitivities to aging. Nat Neurosci 19:504–516.

Jan 29, 2016

Presenter: Sejal (van Meyel Lab)
Guglielmi G, Barry JD, Huber W, De Renzis S (2015) An Optogenetic Method to Modulate Cell Contractility during Tissue Morphogenesis. Developmental Cell 35:646–660.

Jan 22, 2016

Presenter: Cristian (Bourque Lab)
Eliava M et al. (2016) A New Population of Parvocellular Oxytocin Neurons Controlling Magnocellular Neuron Activity and Inflammatory Pain Processing. Neuron 89:1291–1304.

Dec 4, 2015

Presenter: Cristian (Bourque Lab)
Chen C, Buhl E, Xu M, Croset V, Rees JS, Lilley KS, Benton R, Hodge JJL, Stanewsky R (2015) Drosophila Ionotropic Receptor 25a mediates circadian clock resetting by temperature. Nature 527:516–520.

Nov 20, 2015

Presenter: Hunter (Rao Lab)
Winther ÅME, Vorontsova O, Rees KA, Näreoja T, Sopova E, Jiao W, Shupliakov O (2015) An Endocytic Scaffolding Protein together with Synapsin Regulates Synaptic Vesicle Clustering in the Drosophila Neuromuscular Junction. J Neurosci 35:14756–14770.

Nov 13, 2015

Presenter: Andy (David Lab)
Asai H, Ikezu S, Tsunoda S, Medalla M, Luebke J, Haydar T, Wolozin B, Butovsky O, Kügler S, Ikezu T (2015) Depletion of microglia and inhibition of exosome synthesis halt tau propagation. Nat Neurosci 18:1584–1593.

Nov 6, 2015

Presenter: Cristian (Bourque Lab)
Scott N, Prigge M, Yizhar O, Kimchi T (2015) A sexually dimorphic hypothalamic circuit controls maternal care and oxytocin secretion. Nature 525:519–522.

Oct 30, 2015

Presenter: Hunter (Rao Lab)
Sugie A, Hakeda-Suzuki S, Suzuki E, Silies M, Shimozono M, Möhl C, Suzuki T, Tavosanis G (2015) Molecular Remodeling of the Presynaptic Active Zone of Drosophila Photoreceptors via Activity-Dependent Feedback. Neuron 86:711–725.

GSA Lunch Seminar

The GSA Lunch Seminars are arranged on an ad-hoc basis.

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