Seminars 2020-2021

Throughout the academic year, McGill Vision Research and the Centre for Research in Neuroscience host the weekly BRaIN Seminar Series, as part of the RI-MUHC BRaIN Program. The topics cover numerous aspects of experimental neuroscience, and our speakers include international as well as local leaders in their respective fields. 

When : Wednesdays at 12 noon (unless otherwise stated).

Where: Online virtual seminars during the COVID-19 pandemic (normally at the CRN seminar room, Montreal General Hospital, Livingston Hall, L7-140).

Are you interested in attending a virtual seminar? If so, contact the brain [at] (subject: Addition%20to%20email%20list) (BRaIN Program)  to receive the link.

Want a monthly email to notify you of upcoming seminars? Contact brain [at] (subject: Addition%20to%20email%20list) (BRaIN Program)



Speaker and topic   


Sept 16, 2020

Dr. Jack L. Gallant
Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
Title: High-dimensional, high-resolution individualized functional mapping of the human brain
Host: BRaIN Program Trainee Council


Sept 30, 2020

BRaIN Program Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee presentation

Host: BRaIN Program


Oct 7, 2020

Dr. Nathaniel Sawtell
Dept of Neuroscience, Columbia University
Title: Learning in neural circuits: insights from an electric fish
Host: Jesper Sjöström


Oct 14, 2020

Dr. Umberto Spampinato
Department of Neuropharmacology, Université de Bordeaux
Title: The central serotonin2B receptor & dopamine ascending pathways: new opportunities for treating schizophrenia
Host: Gabriella Gobbi, Department of Psychiatry


Oct 21, 2020

Dr. Benedicte Amilhon
Département de neurosciences, Université de Montréal
Title: Raphe modulation of ventral hippocampal rhythms and function
Host: Keith Murai


Oct 28, 2020

Dr. Suresh Krishna
Department of Physiology, McGill University
Title: Visual perception, attention and eye-movements: neural mechanisms and potential clinical applications
Host: Robert Hess


Nov 4, 2020

Dr. Ole Paulsen
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, Cambridge University
Title: Neuromodulation of Hebbian plasticity in the hippocampus
Host: Jesper Sjöström


Nov 11, 2020

Dr. Jo Anne Stratton
The Neuro, McGill University
Title: Ependymal cell alterations during inflammation and disease
Host: Wei Hsiang Huang


Nov 18, 2020 @ 4:00pm

Dr. Renae Ryan
School of Medicine, University of Sydney
Title: The Split Personality of Glutamate Transporters: a Chloride Channel and a Transporter
Host: Don Van Meyel   


Nov 25, 2020

Dr. Aparna Suvrathan
Departments of Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Pediatrics, McGill University
In-House Research Update


Dec 2, 2020

Dr. Lisa Koski
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University
In-House Research Update


Dec 9, 2020

Dr. Daphne Bavelier 
Faculty of Psychology and Science of Education, University of Geneva
Title: Learning and transfer: Lessons from action video games
Host: Janine Mendola

Jan 27 , 2021

Dr. Yun Li
Department of Molecular Genetics, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto
Title: Modeling human development and diseases in neurons and brain organoids
Host: Wei-Hsiang Huang

Feb 03 , 2021

Dr. Adriana Di Polo
Department of Neuroscience, Université de Montréal
Title: Neuronal and Vascular Dysfunction in Optic Neuropathies
Host: Keith Murai

Feb 10 , 2021

Dr. Paul Garrity
Department of Biology, Brandeis University
Title: From heat sensing to heat seeking in flies and vector mosquitos
Host: Yong Rao

Feb 17 , 2021

Dr. Gabriella Gobbi
Department of Psychiatry, McGill University
Title: Cannabis and depression: neurological and clinical evidence

Feb 24 , 2021

Dr. Antonella Riccio
Professor of Neuroscience, MRC laboratory for Molecular cell Biology, University College, London
Title: The secret life of the RNA during neuronal development
Host: Gabriella Gobbi

Mar 10 , 2021 @ 1:00pm

Dr. Stephan Lammel
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Title: Dopamine Circuits in Reward and Aversion
Host: Aparna Suvrathan


Mar 17 , 2021

Dr. Georg Keller
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Title: Predictive processing in cortical circuits
Host: Jesper Sjöström

Mar 31 , 2021

Dr. Blake Richards
Department of Computer Science, Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University; MILA
Title: Learning from unexpected events in the neocortical microcircuit
Host: Curtis Baker


Apr 7 , 2021


Dr. Patrick J. Bennett and Dr. Allison B. Sekuler
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University
Title: Foundational and translational research in aging and vision
Host: Fred Kingdom
Apr 14 , 2021

Dr. Jesper Sjöström
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University
In-House Research Update

Apr 21 , 2021

Dr. Shalina Ousman
Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary
Title: Cystatin C and sex difference in a model of multiple sclerosis
Host: Sam David

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