Trainee Get-Togethers

Two trainees smiling at the camera during a break

HBHL trainees come from diverse backgrounds and locations, from the main campus to all McGill-affiliated institutions across Montreal. The objective of the monthly HBHL Trainee Get-Togethers is to provide an opportunity for trainees who are interested in neuroscience to network, learn from each other, and build collaborations. The Get-Togethers include a variety of research talks as well as social activities.

The HBHL Trainee Get-Togethers are organized by the HBHL Trainee Committee. All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an interest in neuroscience are welcome. hbhl.trainees [at] (Please email us any inquiries you may have)

2020-2021 Trainee Get-Togethers

Date Presenters and Presentation Titles Sponsors Photos
October 27, 2020 Virtual Fellows Networking Event None View photo from Oct. 27, 2020 Get-Together
November 24, 2020

- Dr. Manuela Ferrari (keynote): A 2.0 Mental Health Services Model: from Measurement-based Care to Video Game Interventions 

- Kadjita Asumbisa (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Stuart Trenholm): Dynamics of the head direction system following vision loss

- Konstantin Senkevich (Postdoctoral fellow, trainee of Ziv Gan-Or): Comprehensive analysis of shared biologic architecture between neurologic and psychiatric traits

None None
January 20, 2021

- Dr. Jean-Baptiste Poline (keynote)

- Dr. Noha Gerges (guest speaker)

- Ali Fazlollahi (MSc, trainee of Rolando Del Maestro): Effectiveness of the Virtual Operative Assistant Compared to Expert-based Instruction in Neurosurgical Training

BioLegend None
February 24, 2021

Dr. Loydie Jerome-Majewska (keynote): "Forming the head of an embryo - what is the contribution of splicing?"

- Mikka Cabral (BASC student in Molecular Biology and International Development Studies): “An insight into the cancer burden of a majority-Black population: the case of Bermuda”

- Abdullah Azeem (PhD Fellow, trainee of Jean Gotman): “Interictal Spike Networks Predict Surgical Outcome in Patients with Drug-resistant Focal Epilepsy”

- Jasmine Phénix (PhD Fellow, trainee of Lisa Münter): “The Cholesteryl Ester Transfer Protein (CETP) in Alzheimer’s Disease”

BioLegend None
March 24, 2021

- Nadia Blostein, (MSc Fellow, trainee of Mallar Chakravarty): "Subcortical structure areal expansion in the human compared to the chimpanzee and heritability"

- Arna Ghosh (PhD Fellow, trainee of Blake Richards): "BP2T2: Towards biologically-plausible temporal credit assignment in recurrent neural networks"

- Laura Suárez, (PhD Fellow, trainee of Bratislav Misic): "Learning function from structure in neuromorphic networks"

- Dr. Marie-Elyse Lafaille-Magnan (postdoc, Ashley Wazana lab)

- Anne-Sophie Pépin (PhD candidate in Pharmacology): "WIN4Science: a Women's Initiative for Science to hack the gender gap"

BioLegend None
April 28, 2021

- Susan Molnar (Graduate Career Advisor): "Strategies & Misconceptions of the Job Search Process for Neuroscientists"

- Arielle Crestol (MSc Fellow, trainee of Natasha Rajah): “Women’s brain health at midlife: Assessing the circuitry for spatial context memory”

- Jisoo Choi (PhD Fellow, trainee of Sylvain Williams): “Neuronal mechanism of memory consolidation during REM sleep”

BioLegend None

2019-2020 Trainee Get-Togethers

Date Presenters and Presentation Titles Sponsors Photos
October 16, 2019 Fellows Meet and Greet BioLegend View photos from the Oct. 16, 2019 Get-Together
November 19, 2019

- Dr. Danilo Bzdok (keynote): Data science in neuroscience: 3 examples in 30 minutes

- Dr. Noha Gerges (Business Development Director, Mitacs): Programs for graduate students offered by Mitacs

- Camille Cassel de Camps (Master's fellow, trainee of Dr. Christopher Moraes): Microengineering brain organoids: addressing variability in organoid generation

BioLegend View photos from the Nov. 19, 2019 Get-Together
January 16, 2020

- Dr. Sarah Woolley (keynote): Plasticity of auditory preferences in a female songbird

- Stephanie Tullo (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Mallar Chakravarty): Mapping alpha synuclein spreading and disease progression in a mouse model of Parkinson's Disease

- Manesh Girn (Master's fellow, trainee of Dr. Nathan Spreng): LSD attenuates the macroscale functional hierarchy of the brain

BioLegend View photos from the January 16, 2020 Get-Together
February 11, 2020

- Dr. Adrien Peyrache (keynote): Memory replay during sleep: wherever the brain may roam

- Amanda McFarlan (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Jesper Sjöström): Spike timing-dependent plasticity at neocortical VIP interneuron outputs

- Dr. Rhalena Thomas (Postdoctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Edward Fon): Midbrain organoids as a model for Parkinson’s Disease and single cell RNA sequencing

- Dr. Oualid Benkarim (Postdoctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Boris Bernhardt): Approaches to functional idiosyncrasy characterization in typical and atypical

- Lani Cupo (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Mallar Chakravarty): Methods development: multimodal, longitudinal magnetic resonance techniques in mice

BioLegend View photos from the February 11, 2020 Get-Together
April 30, 2020 (virtual)

- Dr. Sylvia Villeneuve (keynote): Functional brain age prediction suggests accelerated aging in preclinical familial Alzheimer’s disease, irrespectively of amyloid pathology

- Nicholas James (Master's fellow, trainee of Dr. Gerhard Multhaup): Towards understanding neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease with the amyloid-β42-oligomer interacting peptide (AIP)

- Arielle Rabinowitz (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Drs. Robert Zatorre and Alain Dagher): How apathy and anhedonia affect music reward in Parkinson's Disease

None None
June 2, 2020 (virtual)

- Dr. Laurence Dumont (keynote): Doing research during a pandemic – Opportunities and Obstacles

- Min Ju You (Master's fellow, trainee of Drs. Kieran O’Donnell and Michael Meaney): Genetic and environmental contribution to Perinatal Maternal Mental Health
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2018-2019 Trainee Get-Togethers

Date Presenters and Presentation Titles Sponsors

Oct. 29, 2018

HBHL Fellows Meet and Greet


View photos of the Oct. 29, 2018 Get-Together


Nov. 21, 2018

- Dr. David Stellwagen (keynote): The role of TNF in synaptic plasticity underlying behaviour

- Arna Ghosh (Master's fellow, trainee of Drs. Marie-Helene Boudrias and Georgios Mitsis): Demystifying the effects of acute cardiovascular exercise on motor learning: A deep learning approach

- Ross Markello (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Bratislav Mišić): Deriving clinical subtypes in de novo Parkinson's disease with multimodal data fusion


View photos of the Nov. 21, 2018 Get-Together


Jan. 15, 2019

- Dr. Mallar Chakravarty (keynote): Translational neuroimaging in the study of neurodevelopmental disorders

- Bernat de las Heras (Master's fellow, trainee of Dr. Marc Roig): Promoting brain plasticity during sub-acute stroke: The interactive role of exercise and genotype

- Neelima Vaddadi (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Jean Francois Cloutier): Role of Kirrels in axon targeting in the mouse olfactory system


View photos of the Jan. 15, 2019 Get-Together

Feb. 13, 2019

- Dr. Celia Greenwood (keynote): The potential of using hierarchical Bayesian models to estimate the effects of rare copy number changes on IQ in general population cohorts

- Amanda McFarlan (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Jesper Sjöström): The characterization of Vip interneuron plasticity in the mouse motor cortex

- Caitlin Fowler (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Jamie Near): A neuroimaging study of the effects of anti-inflammatory treatment in Alzheimer’s disease


View photos of the Feb. 13, 2019 Get-Together



Mar. 12, 2019

- Dr. Jesper Sjöström (keynote): Atypical NMDA receptor signalling at central synapses

- Anna Cook (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Alanna Watt): Combination therapy: Can we combine diverse therapeutic strategies to achieve a full rescue of SCA6 pathology?

- Michalis Kassinopoulos (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Georgios Mitsis)How to deal with physiological noise in fMRI


View photos from the March 12, 2019 Get-Together

April 10, 2019

- Dr. Alanna Watt (keynote): Purkinje cell axonal torpedoes act homeostatically to enhance action potential fidelity and
cerebellar function

- Manesh Girn (Master's fellow, trainee of Dr. Nathan Spreng): Large-scale functional network dynamics underlying healthy cognitive aging

- Alexandra Keinath (Postdoctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Mark Brandon): CA3 mediates remapping of the CA1 rate code by entryway


View photos from the April 10, 2019 Get-Together

May 13, 2019

- Dr. Sylvain Baillet (keynote)

- Rana Ghafouri-Azar (Master's fellow, trainee of Dr. Pia Wintermark): Sildenafil to repair cerebellar damage following hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

- Daryan Chitsaz (Doctoral fellow, trainee of Dr. Tim Kennedy): Deep learning for high-throughput quantification of oligodendrocyte ensheathment at single-cell resolution


View photos from the May 13, 2019 Get-Together



2017-2018 Trainee Get-Togethers

Date Presenters and Presentation Titles Sponsors Photos

Oct. 16, 2017

All HBHL Fellows: meet and greet

Flyer and photos of the event

Bon Opus Bio

Nov. 21, 2017

- Dr. Laurence Kirmayer (keynote): The place of social science in HBHL: thinking through context
- Greg Kiar (trainee of Dr. Alan Evans): Enabling scalable, sustainable, and reliable big-data neuroscience
- Seung Hyun (Sam) Min (trainee of Dr. Robert Hess): The effect of patching duration on ocular dominance plasticity

Flyer and photos of the event

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Jan. 30, 2018

- Dr. Timothy Kennedy (keynote): Playing well with others in the McGill Program in Neuroengineering
- Vincent Laliberte (trainee of Dr. Lawrence Kirmayer): How can the social sciences contribute to the neurosciences?
- Carolina Makowski (trainee of Dr. Martin Lepage): The hippocampus and psychosis: Lessons from a little structure with big responsibilities

Flyer and photos of the event

Integrated DNA Technologies



Feb. 21, 2018

- Dr. Olaf Witkowski (keynote): From life to brains: The emergence of collective intelligence

- Kaitlyn Easson (trainee of Dr. Marie Brossard-Racine): Quantifying myelin integrity in youth born with congenital heart disease

- Edwin Wong (trainee of Dr. Timothy Kennedy): Animal models of Alzheimer's disease: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Flyer and photos of the event


Thermo Fisher Scientific

Mar. 13, 2018

- Dr. Robert Zatorre (keynote): From perception to pleasure: Musical processing in the brain

- Tyler Cannon (trainee of Dr. Samantha Gruenheid): Intestinal infection as a trigger for Parkinsonism in genetically susceptible hosts

- Isabella Straub (trainee of Dr. Eric Shoubridge): Functional studies on mitochondrial proteins CHCHD10 and CHCHD2 associated with neurodegenerative disease

Flyer and photos of the event


Apr. 18, 2018

- Dr. Suparna Choudhury (keynote): Critical neuroscience: The adolescent brain in its social context

- Ricardo Pizarro (trainee of Dr. Amir Shmuel): Using deep learning to automatically identify brain MRI contrast

- Andy Gao (trainee of Dr. Anne McKinney): How a cellular "traffic jam" impairs learning

Flyer and photos of the event


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