Seminar Series

Seminar Speakers 2016-2017

Seminar Series 2016-2017


Please join us for the 2016-2017 Neuroscience Seminar Series.  Seminars are intended for anyone interested in the field of Neuroscience: undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty alike.  Talks are from 2-3 pm in room 163 of the Behavioural Sciences Building, except where noted.


September 30 Jörn Diedrichsen (Centre for Brain and Mind, Univ. Western Ont.)

Topic:  Motor Learning: Computational perspectives


October 21 Michael Thaut (Depts. Music and Neuroscience, Univ. Toronto)

Topic: From the brain science of music to clinical translations and practice

November 18 Blake Richards (Dept. Biological Sciences, Univ. Toronto Scarborough)

Topic: Biologically feasible deep learning with multi-compartment neuron models **LOCATION: Ian Howard Seminar Room, 1015 Sherman **


December  9


Heather Edgell (Sch. Kinesiology & Health Science, York University)

Topic: Sex differences in brain blood flow and autonomic function

January 20 Sarah Heilbronner (University of Rochester Medical Center)

Topic: The biology of the default mode network: Connectivity and homologies across species

February 17 Jeffrey Mogil (CRC Chair in Genetics of Pain, McGill University)

Topic: Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation.

March 17 Amir Amedi (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) *note change in program*

Topic:  Brain plasticity and multisensory integration


April 21 Guy Proulx (Centre for Cognitive Health, Glendon, York University)

Topic: Optimal, normal, and dysfunctional cognitive aging


This seminar series is supported by the Faculties of Graduate Studies, Science, and Health


Past Seminars

Seminar Spearkers 2014-2015



Chetan Phadke (Research Scientist, West Park Healthcare Centre)

Topic: The relationship between spasticity and gait post-stroke

October 23

Natasha Rajah (Director,Douglas Brain Imaging Centre, McGill University)

Topic: Role of different brain regions in the recollection of personal memories

November 20

Ian Bruce (Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University)

Topic: Signal processing in the mammalian auditory system

December 11


Chandan Narayan (Dept. Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, York Univ.)

Topic: The nature of speech processing


MAY 6, 2016

Derek Wilson (Dept. Biology, York University)

Topic: When Proteins go Rogue: Conformational Disorder in Neurodegenerative Disease

February 26

Christine Till (Dept. Psychology, York University)

Topic: Cognitive development in pediatric multiple sclerosis

March 18

Jackie Sullivan (Dept. Philosophy, University of Western Ontario)

Topic: Philosophy of Neuroscience

April 15

Cheryl L. Grady (Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest,

Canada Research Chair in Neurocognitive Aging, Univ. Toronto)

Topic: Age Differences in the Dynamic Range of Brain Activity

October 17, 2014

November 21, 2014

  • Presenter: Carol Greenwood (Senior Scientist, Rotman Research Institute and Department of Foods and Nutrition, Baycrest)
  • Talk title/topic: Underlying contribution of type 2 diabetes to risk of cognitive decline and dementia

December 12, 2014

January 23, 2015

  • Presenter: Georg Zoidl (CRC Chair in Molecular Neuroscience, York University)
  • Talk title/topic: Understanding electrical communication in the brain through genome engineering

February 27, 2015

March 20, 2015

  • Presenter: Ian Bruce (Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University)
  • Talk title/topic: Signal processing in the mammalian auditory system

April 17, 2015

Seminar Speakers 2011-2012

September 27, 2011

  • Presenter: Dr.Georg Zoidi (CRC chair in Neuroscience, York University)
  • Talk title/topic: Electrical synapses in health and disease

October 25, 2011

November 22, 2011

December 13, 2011

  • Presenter: Dave Williams (Southlake Regional Health Centre, Canadian Space Agency)
  • Talk title/topic: My brain in Space
  • Article: Emergencies in Space

January 24, 2012

February 28, 2012

March 27, 2012

April 17, 2012

Seminar Speakers 2010-2011

September 21, 2010

October 26, 2010

November 30, 2010

December 14, 2010

January 25, 2011

March 1, 2011

  • Presenter: Dr. Claude Alain (Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre)

March 17, 2011

March 29, 2011

  • Presenter: Dr. Melanie Woodin (University of Toronto)

April 26, 2011

  • Presenter: Dr. Jody Culham(University of Western Ontario)

Seminar Location: 
Norman Endler Seminar Room
Building/Room: Behavioural Science Building, Rm. 163
Day/Time: Last Friday of the month, 2:00 pm

Students will be notified of any change to room locations.

First Year Diploma Students

  • Submit 1 or 2 questions based on the assigned article to  Dr. Lauren Sergio the week prior to the seminar
  • Attendance at the "Tea Time" meeting with the Speaker in required on the day of the seminar (Rm. 163, Behavioural Science Building, 2:30 pm)