4th Annual Neuro Open Science in Action Symposium 2022

Hybrid event organized by the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) at The Neuro  

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Leading by example: How Open Science is Changing the Status Quo

This year’s symposium will focus on how academic institutions can pave the way for the future of open research.

Three panel discussions will focus on inter-institutional coalitions, institute-wide efforts to promote Open Science, as well as initiatives and projects within Canadian institutions enabling researchers to learn about and practice Open Science. Expert panelists will showcase new ways of recognizing and enabling open research, the efforts of forward thinking academic institutions to promote open science through education and support, and how collective action is enabling a more open future.

The symposium will close with the presentation of The Neuro-Irv and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes to the awardees, followed by an Open Science Networking Event and Reception. .

All times are in Eastern Standard Time (EST)

10:30 a.m. - 10:35 a.m.

welcome and introductions

10:35 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.

session 1: collective action from grassroots to accross the globe


Changing the future of research across academia requires collective action on the part of institutes around the world. In this session we welcome two speakers from organizations that are building that collective action from both the top-down and the bottom-up.



Caitlin Carter is the Program Manager for the Higher Education Leadership Initiative for Open Scholarship (HELIOS), managed by the Open Research Funders Group (ORFG). She operationalizes the HELIOS community of practice, which now includes members from over 80 colleges and universities across the USA.

HELIOS is an organization founded in 2022 with the goal of aligning higher education practices with open scholarship values. It emerged from the work of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Aligning Incentives for Open Science.


Anita Eerland is an Assistant Professor in Communication Science at Radboud University and a Board Member for the International Network of Open Science and Scholarship Communities (INOSC). She has been an Open Science advocate for over a decade, including involvement in founding PsyArXiv, the Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS), and the Open Science Community Utrecht.

INOSC is a network of over 17 Open Science and Open Scholarship Communities across Europe, as well as communities in Saudi Arabia and the British Isles. Open Science Communities are grassroots movements of researchers that facilitate peer-to-peer support to make workflows more open. INSOC facilitates the communication and collaboration of these communities.


Moderator: Dylan Roskams-Edris, Open Science Alliance Officer, Tanenbaum Open Science Institute, The Neuro

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

session 2


This panel showcases speakers from institutions experimenting with different ways of supporting researchers in learning about and practicing Open Science. Each guest represents a different set of institutional strategies, including changing how research is recognized and rewarded, providing incentives like prizes, educational and support services, and ensuring inclusive communities.



Russell Poldrack is the Albert Ray Lang Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Stanford Center for Open and Reproducible Science (SCORES). His research uses neuroimaging to understand brain systems underlying decision making and executive function. His lab develops neuroinformatics tools to help improve the reproducibility and transparency of neuroscience, including the Openneuro.org and Neurovault.org data sharing projects and the Cognitive Atlas ontology.

SCORES aims to develop and nurture transparency and reproducibility in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of data across all domains of scientific activity through developing resources and support activities that promote the adoption of open science and fostering methodological innovations that can enhance the adoption and effectiveness of open science practices.


Frank Miedema is Vice Rector for Research at Utrecht University and since 2019, chair of the Utrecht University Open Science Program. As one of the initiators of Science in Transition, Frank has been involved in the Transition to Open Science since 2016. His new book titled ‘Open Science, the very idea’, that describes recent developments in science from a historical, sociological, philosophical perspective and from a personal perspective was recently published (Open Access) by Springer Nature.

Utrecht University aims to be at the forefront of open science. To accomplish this goal, the Open Science Program aims to stimulate and facilitate researchers across the university to put open science into practice.


Malvika Sharan is a Senior Researcher for the Tools, Practices and Systems research programme at The Alan Turing Institute, London. With a focus on Open Research, she leads a team of community managers and co-lead The Turing Way project that aims to make data science reproducible, collaborative, ethical and inclusive for researchers around the globe. She is a co-founder of Open Life Science, a mentoring and training programme that empowers researchers to gain an understanding of open science principles, build collaborations with experts and adopt best practices in the context of their communities.

The Turing Way is a community created handbook on reproducible, ethical and collaborative data science. It involves and supports a diverse community of contributors to make data science accessible, comprehensible and effective for everyone with the goal of providing all the information that researchers and data scientists in academia, industry and the public sector need to ensure that the projects they work on are easy to reproduce and reuse.


Moderator: Jo Anne Stratton, Neuroimmunologist, Assistant Professor, McGill University, Chair Open Science Grassroots Initiatives Committee, The Neuro

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

canadian open science in action

Virtual and in-person (de Grandpré Communications Centre)

The Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) at The Neuro has been working with several Canadian neuroscience research institutes to facilitate their adoption of Open Science through the creation of Open Science Principles. In this session these institutes will present a project or initiative that exemplifies how they are putting Open Science into action.

Welcome Remarks:

Guy Rouleau

Guy Rouleau, Director, The Neuro, Co-founder of the Tanenbaum Open Science Institute


Janet Rossant, President and Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation


Sally F.

Sali Farhan is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Human Genetics at The Neuro, McGill University (Montreal, QC). She is also the Founding Scientific Director of The Neuro's Bioinformatics Core. Her primary research focus is on the genetics of neurodegeneration, with a central focus on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. She will present The Neuro's Virtual Integrated Patient Platform: Integrating a Patient Registry, The Neuro’s Open Biobank, and The Neuro's Bioinformatics Core.

Amanda Rand

Amanda Rand is a MSc candidate at the University of Calgary working to validate the Theia3D markerless motion capture system for pediatrics, building an Open Science database for the Pediatric Onset of Neuromotor Impairments (PONI) lab's studies, and working with Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) to create Open Science resources. PONI focuses on rehabilitation and physical activity for children with cerebral palsy and other neuromotor impairments.

Amanda will present Open Science initiatives at HBI, current Open Science projects at the PONI Lab, the importance of and difficulties inherent in sharing data involving children with rare diseases, and how the PONI lab and HBI are working together to create resources that will assist other neuro researchers in implementing Open Science in their own labs.

Lena P.

Lena Palaniyappan is the Inaugural Director of the Centre for Youth Mental Health Service Innovation, Research, and Training at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University. His research program has a broad focus on exploiting neuroscience to inform early interventions for youth in need. Dr. Palaniyappan also convenes Discourse in Psychosis, an international consortium of 179 international researchers interested in speech, language and communication in psychosis. He will discuss his work to create a first of its kind databank to share speech data from psychiatric studies.

Tim B.

Timothy Bussey from the Western Institute for Neuroscience (London, ON) will present the Mouse Translational Research Accelerator Platform (MouseTRAP). MouseTRAP addresses the critical challenge of improving animal-to-human translation in diseases affecting cognition by combining cutting-edge touchscreen technology and open science initiatives including data (MouseBytes & MouseBytes+) and knowledge (TouchscreenCognition & PubScreen) sharing.

Jeffrey L.

Jeffery LeDue manages the NeuroImaging and NeuroComputation Centre (NINC) which is the UBC Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health's (Vancouver, BC) core facility focused on advanced preclinical imaging and microscopy as well as computation and data analysis. Additionally, he coordinates the Dynamic Brain Circuits and Connections in Health and Disease research cluster which brings together diverse scientists and accelerates their insights into brain circuit function by creating a stronger, more equitable and inclusive research environment: access for all to infrastructure, technology and training that embraces modern data-driven methodologies. He will present a short talk on DataBinge, an interactive drop-in meeting for neuroscientists with the goal of furthering training, collaboration, and practical know-how via the use of UBC licensed and open-source software and sharing of protocols.


Moderator: Dylan Roskams-Edris, Open Science Alliance Officer, Tanenbaum Open Science Institute, The Neuro

2:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

open science prize

In-person - de Grandpré Communications Centre

The awardees of The Neuro-Irv and Helga Cooper Foundation Open Science Prizes will present their projects.

International Prize - Neuromatch

Online community of computational neuroscientists to foster inclusive global interactions for learning, mentorship, networking, and professional development.

International Trainee Prize - Whole-brain receptor atlas and Neuromaps

Open Science projects which have created new maps of the brain and tools enabling others to rigorously compare dozens of existing brain maps.

Canadian Trainee Prize - qMRI-BIDS, qMRLab, VENUS and NeuroLibre

Open Science applications for use in brain imaging and next generation reproducible publishing.

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

open science networking and reception

In-person (RSVP required) - de Grandpré Communications Centre

Network with others who are interested and excited about the possibilities that Open Science holds for our future.
  1. Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP) | Patrick Bermudez
  2. Curious Neuron | Cindy Hovington & Claudia Belliveau
  3. Longitudinal Online Research and Imaging System (LORIS) | Samir Das & Rida Abou-Haidar
  4. McGill Library | Jessica Lange & Alisa Rod
  5. NeuroHub | Bryan Caron & Adrienne Crampton
  6. NeuroLingo | Hyo Lee
  7. Open Science at the Douglas Research Centre | Genevieve Morin & Isabel Bacellar
  8. Tanenbaum Open Science Institute (TOSI) | Dylan Roskams-Edris & Gabriel Pelletier
  9. The Neuro Early Drug Discovery Unit (EDDU) | Thomas Durcan & Luisa Sa Barreto Pimentel
  10. The Neuro Open Biobank (C-BIG) | Jason Karamchandani
  11. The Neuro Open Science Grassroots Initiatives Committee | Jo Anne Stratton
  12. The Neuro Open Science Trainee Council | Henry Denny



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For more information about upcoming Open Science in Action symposiums, contact:

Debbie Rashcovsky
Events Officer, The Neuro
Tel. +1-514-398-6047
Email: debbie.rashcovsky [at] mcgill.ca      


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The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) is a bilingual academic healthcare institution. We are a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high-quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.



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