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)