Killam Seminar Series and Neuro named lectures 2020-21

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

Seminars are held virtually on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 pm.  In the spirit of The Neuro designation as an Open Science Institute some lecturers have agreed to have their lectures live-streamed on The Neuro Vimeo channel.  

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For information on the series, please contact
Dr. Alyson Fournier
Telephone: (514) 398-3154 or
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Date Speaker Lecture Host Watch Live


September 8, 2020

Dr. Masud Husain
University of Oxford

"Short-term and working memory in health and disease" Dr. Madeleine Sharp
September 15, 2020

Dr. Takeo Watanabe
Brown University

"Mechanisms of Perceptual Learning" Dr. Christopher Pack
September 22, 2020


September 29, 2020

Dr. David Sulzer
Columbia University

"The Dopamine Synapse and Learning" Dr. Austen Milnerwood
Zoom registration
October 6, 2020

Dr. Esther Krook-Magnuson
University of Minnesota

"To & From: Hippobellum & LINCs" Dr. Massimo Avoli
October 13, 2020


October 20, 2020

Dr. Michael Coleman
University of Cambridge

"Programmed axon death and its roles in human disease" Dr. Len Levin
October 27, 2020


November 3, 2020


November 10, 2020

Dr. Amy Arnsten
Yale School of Medicine

"Unique molecular regulation of prefrontal cortex confers vulnerability to cognitive disorders" Dr. Philippe Seguela
November 17, 2020

Dr. Joel Richter
University of Massachusetts

"Molecular Biology of the Fragile X Syndrome" Dr. Wayne Sossin
November 24, 2020

Dr. Mark D'Esposito
University of California at Berkeley

"The Modular Brain" Dr. Nathan Spreng
December 1, 2020


December 8, 2020

Dr. Brock Grill
The Scripps Research Institute

"Molecular Exploration of Neuron Development and Function: From Autophagy to Opioid Signaling" Dr. Jean-Francois Cloutier
December 15, 2020


January 12, 2021
January 19, 2021


January 26, 2021


February 2, 2021

Dr. Nadia Stefanova
Division of Neurobiology, Department of Neurology, Medical University of Innsbruck, Austria

"Mechanisms of multiple system atrophy and other Parkinson’s related disorders" Dr. Abbas Sadikot
February 9, 2021

Dr. Andrew Singleton

"Parkinson's disease genetics, progress and a global initiative" Dr. Ziv Gan-Or
February 16, 2021

Dr. Beatriz Rico
Kings College London

"Building cortical networks: from molecules to function" Dr. Wayne Sossin
February 23, 2021

Dr. Hongkui Zeng

"Cell type classification and circuit mapping in the mouse brain" Dorothy J. Killam Lecture
March 2, 2021

Dr. Armin Raznahan
Magnuson Clinical Center

"Integrative Phenotyping of the Developing Human Brain" Boris Bernhardt
March 9, 2021


March 16, 2021

Dr. Jason Karlawish
University of Pennsylvania

“’That would be dreadful:’ The Ethical, Legal, and Social Challenges of Living with Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker and Genetic Test Results” Dr. Nathan Spreng
March 23, 2021

Alice Lam
Massachusetts General Hospital 

"Digging Deep: Uncovering Hidden Connections Between Epilepsy and Alzheimer’s Disease" Eliane Kobayashi
March 30, 2021

Dr. Margaret Livingstone
Harvard University

"The development of category domains in Temporal cortex: what you see is what you get" Dr. Stuart Trenholm
April 6, 2021

William Ronney
Oregon Health & Science University

“Magnetic resonance measures of brain blood vessels, metabolic activity, and pathology in multiple sclerosis” Sridar Narayanan
April 13, 2021

Dr. Leif Ostergaard
Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience
Aarhus University, Denmark

"Capillaries, BOLD, and Brain Disorders" Dr. Edith Hamel
April 20, 2021


  George Karpati Lecture
April 27, 2021

Dr. Bruce McNaughton

  Jasper Lecture
May 4, 2021

Dr. Alex Chesler, NIH

“Molecules and Cells for Touch and Pain” Dr. Philippe Seguela
May 11, 2021

Dr. Maja Jagodic, PhD
Karolinska Institutet

"Uncovering pathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis using applied epigenomics" Dr. Alyson Fournier
May 18, 2021

Dr. Xavier Roucou
Sherbrooke University

"Conventional Genome Annotations Underestimate the Coding Potential of our Genes, and Ribosomes Don’t Care About Them Anyway" Dr. Edward Fon
May 25, 2021

The lecture on this day was moved to June 8 

June 1, 2021


June 8, 2021
2:00 pm

Dr. David Dupret
University of Oxford
Formerly on May 25

"'Joining-the-dots' in Memory" Dr. Adrien Peyrache
June 15, 2021

Madeline A. Lancaster, PhD
MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Cambridge Biomedical Campus

“Examining human brain expansion through the lens of neural organoids” Dr. Austen Milnerwood
June 22, 2021


June 29, 2021



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