Seminar Series

Seminar Speakers 2019-2020

Fri Sept 6th, 2pm BSB 164
Sarah Johnson (Univ Florida).
Topic: Medial temporal lobe contributions to mnemonic discrimination across the lifespan: insight from a rodent model

Fri Sept 20th, 2pm BSB 164
Jacqueline Snow (Univ of Nevada). 
Topic: ‘WonkaVision’ and the need for a paradigm shift in vision research

Fri Oct 11, 2pm BSB 164
Adam Snyder (Rochester Univ).
Topic: Attention is dynamically encoded in visual cortex

Wed Oct 30, 12:30-2:30pm, Bethune 320 Gallery
Michael Anderson (Western U)
Topic: NGDP/Cogntive science seminar: Neural reuse, dynamics, and constraints: Getting beyond componential mechanistic explanation of neural function

Past Seminars

Seminar Speakers 2018-2019

September 21 Aarlenne Khan (Depart. Optometry, U Montreal)
Title: Multisensory integration for reach planning and execution

October 26 Jed Meltzer (Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto)
Title: Transcallosal interaction: Symmetric, asymmetric, healthy, pathological

November 23 Steve Connor (Depart. Biology, York)
Title: Resistance (to Excitation) is Futile: Probing MDGA1 Function in Neural Circuit Regulation

December 7 Frederic Gosselin (Depart. Psychology, U of Montreal)
Topic: Visual processing in perception and recognition.

Seminar Speakers 2017-2018

September 22 Steven Brown (Depart. Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMaster)
Topic: Origins of the vocal brain in humans

October 20 Phil Monahan. (Centre for French & Linguistics, Univ. Toronto Scarborough)
Topic: Speech Sounds on the Brain: Combining Linguistic Theory with Cognitive Neuroscience

November 17 Melissa Holmes (Dept. Psychology, Univ. Toronto Mississauga)
Topic: Neuroendocrinology and plasticity of social phenotype in eusocial mammals **LOCATION: Ian Howard Seminar Room, 1015 Sherman **

December 13* Bruce Lanphear (Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University)
Topic: Neurological impact of environmental exposures on brain health and development.
**LOCATION: Senate Chamber. Note different day.**

CANCELLED: January 19 Jed Meltzer (Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto)
Topic: Transcallosal interaction: Symmetric, asymmetric, healthy, pathological

February 23 Ingo Fruend (Dept. Psychology, York University)
Topic: Computation and Visual Neuroscience

April 20 Dorota Crawford (Sch.of Kinesiology & Health Science, York University)
Topic: The Neurobiology of Lipids In Autism Spectrum Disorders - From Genes to Behaviour

April 27 Mary Peterson (Cognitive Science Program and Department of Psychology University of Arizona)
Title: Object Perception: Beyond a Feedforward View.

Seminar Spearkers 2016-2017

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

Seminar Spearkers 2014-2015

September 20 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: Usually the 3rd 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 using the google form by Denise Henriques the Wednesday 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, 1:30 pm)