Killam Seminar Series and MNI named lectures 2019-20

Supported by the generosity of the Killam Trusts, the MNI's Killam Seminar Series invites outstanding guest speakers whose research is of interest to the scientific community at the MNI and McGill University.

Seminars are held on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 pm in the de Grandpré Communications Centre in the Brain Tumour Research Centre, unless otherwise specified.  In the spirit of the MNI designation as an Open Science Institute some lecturers have agreed to have their lectures live-streamed on the MNI Youtube channel.  The live link is available below for individual speakers.

We have created a Google Calendar you can subscribe to, in order to be notified of Killam Seminars and MNI named lectures.  For more information, click here.

For information on the series, please contact
Dr. Alyson Fournier
Telephone: (514) 398-3154 or
killamlectures.mni [at] (Email)

Date Speaker Lecture Host Watch Live
September 10, 2019

Christopher A. Walsh

Boston Children's Hospital

Genetic Studies of Human Brain Development and Evolution Eva Andermann
September 17, 2019

Robert L. Barry

Harvard Medical School

From FMRI of the Brain to Spinal Cord at 7 Tesla Julien Doyon
September 24, 2019      

October 1, 2019

3:30 pm

Jeremy Nathans, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Professor of Neuroscience
Samuel Theobald Professor of Ophthalmology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Johns Hopkins Medical School
McGill Distinguished Lecture in Human Genetics
Molecular genetic studies of CNS vascular development and disease
Alyson Fournier
October 1, 2019      
October 10, 2019

David Ginty
Edward R. and Anne G. Lefler Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Albert Aguayo Lecture: The Sensory Neurons of Touch

*** Lecture will take place in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre

Guy Rouleau

October 15, 2019

12 noon

Kai Kaila

University of Helsinki

Neuronal Chloride Regulation in Brain Development, Plasticity and Disease Massimo Avoli

October 15, 2019

4 pm

Tamás F. Freund
Institute of Experimental Medicine
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Budapest, Hungary

K.A.C. Elliott 2019 Lecture: The reciprocal GABAergic septo-hippocampal connection: target selectivity and function

*** Lecture will take place in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre

Guy Rouleau and Barbara Jones
October 22, 2019   SFN Annual Meeting  
October 29, 2019

Christopher Glass

University of California

Genome wide approaches to understanding microglia identity and function Luke Healy
November 5, 2019

Alberto Luis Vazquez

University of Pittsburgh

Excitatory and inhibitory neuron activity contributions to hemodynamic signals: What else could we learn from brain imaging studies?

Edith Hamel
November 12, 2019

Arie Horowitz


Role of the Choroid Plexus in Congenital Hydrocephalus Peter McPherson
November 19, 2019

Michael W. Cole

Rutgers University

Brain Network Organization as the Computational Architecture of Cognition Bratislav Misic
November 26, 2019

Kamil Uludag

Krembil Research Institute

Anatomical and Functional Human Brain Imaging at 7 Tesla Amir Shmuel
December 3, 2019 Dr. Jeffrey Kordower   Guy Rouleau
December 10, 2019

Liset M. De La Prida

Instituto Cajal -CSIC, Spain

Laminar organization of hippocampal activity in health and disease Adrien Peyrache
December 17, 2019

Jacob M. Hooker

Harvard Medical School

Neuroimaging of Human Epigenetic Regulation Alexey Kostikov
December 24, 2019      
December 31, 2019      
January 7, 2020      
January 14, 2020

Patrik Ernfors

Karolinska Institute

The Cellular Basis for Somatosensation and Pain Philippe Seguela
January 21, 2020

Misha Ahrens

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Glia and norepinephrine make zebrafish ‘give up’ on futile actions Ed Ruthazer
January 28, 2020      
February 4, 2020

Christopher Pearson


Towards reversing the mutation of a repeat expansion disease

Gary A.B. Armstrong

February 11, 2020

Emmanuel Mignot

Stanford University

Neurobiology, Genetics and Molecular Mimicry in Narcolepsy Guy Rouleau
February 18, 2020

Dario Alessi

University of Dundee

The Mysterious Interplay between LRRK2 Kinase and Rb GTPase in Parkinson's and Infectious Disease Ted Fon
February 25, 2020



March 3, 2020      
March 10, 2020

William Rooney

Magnetic resonance measures of brain metabolic activity in multiple sclerosis
Sridar Narayanan
March 17, 2020

Maja Jagodic

Karolinska Institute

Applied epigenomics: insights into the pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis
Alyson Fournier  
March 24, 2020

Brock Grill

The Scripps Research Institute

Molecular Exploration of Neuron Development & Function: From Autophagy to Opioid Signaling
Jean-Francois Cloutier
March 31, 2020

Margaret Livingstone

Harvard Medical School

The Development of Specialized Modules for Recognizing Faces, Scenes, Text, and Bodies: what you see is what you get
Stuart Trenholm
April 7, 2020

Jason Karlawish

Ralston-Penn Center

CANCELLED Nathan Spreng
April 14, 2020

Takeo Watanabe

Brown University

Plasticity and Stability During and After Training on a Visual Task
Christopher Pack
April 15, 2020 Hongkui Zeng

*** Lecture will take place in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre

Dorothy J. Killam Lecture  
April 23, 2020 Michael Hayden

Distinguished Lecture in Human Genetics

*** Lecture will take place in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre

Alyson Fournier  
April 28, 2020 Bruce McNaughton

Jasper Lecture

Barbara Jones
May 5, 2020

Seth Grant

University of Edinburgh

The synaptome in space and time
Tim Kennedy
May 12, 2020

David Dupret

Oxford University

Adrien Peyrache
May 19, 2020

Henry Houlden


Bernard Brais and Guy Rouleau
May 25, 2020

John D.E. Gabrieli


Brenda Milner Lecture in Cognitive Neuroscience

*** Lecture will take place in the Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre

May 26, 2020

Robyn S. Klein

Washington University

Jack Antel
June 2, 2020  

CAN Annual Meeting



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