Join the CANdex, a public database of neuroscience and mental health researchers across Alberta
Expanding and sharing neuroscience education across Alberta
Increasing the scope, scale and impact of neuroscience and mental health research in Alberta
Supporting Alberta-based neuroscience and mental health collaborations and initiatives
Join and connect with other researchers and trainees at CAN and partner events
Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) is a province-wide network connecting the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge to increase the impact of neuroscience and mental health research, education and translation. Through collaborative partnerships with researchers, government and health system stakeholders, industry and community organizations, CAN aims to improve brain health in Alberta and beyond.
CAMPUS ALBERTA NEUROSCIENCE NEWS AND EVENTS
BRAIN CANADA FUNDS INNOVATIVE ALBERTA-WIDE RESEARCH INTO ALZHEIMER’S
Eric Smith of the Cumming School of Medicine’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) has been awarded $1.5 million to support the development of new techniques to identify Alzheimer’s disease in its early stages.
Working with researchers from the Universities of Alberta and Calgary, Dr. Smith will work with patients across the province to determine new diagnostic biomarkers through advanced imaging techniques. Together, they will identify patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
SAVE THE DATE
June 20 – 22, 2018
Mark your calendar and plan to attend the international conference on Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation, taking place at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.
POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP ON DEMENTIA
The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides one- or two-year fellowships that offer a unique training opportunity in a multi-institutional collaborative research program across CAN’s affiliated institutions. Through generous support from the Alzheimer Society of Alberta and Northwest Territories and the Alzheimer Society of Calgary, this year’s competition is focused on research in dementia.
The Trainee Mobility Program supports short-term visits between the Universities of Alberta, Calgary Lethbridge by neuroscience and mental health trainees. These short-term exchanges facilitate knowledge-sharing among trainees and scholars across the Campus Alberta Neuroscience network.
CANdex RESEARCHER PROFILE
DR. WILLIAM COLMERS
Through his lab, Dr. Colmers has spent the last 30 years studying neuropeptides and the role they play in energy balance, obesity, and the wasting syndrome called cachexia. Neuropeptides, which act as signaling molecules in the brain, enable neurons to communicate complex information with each other. “Neuropeptide Y, for example, has the ability to work as an antiepileptic in one part of the brain, while regulating appetite in another,” Dr. Colmers explains.
COMPUTATIONAL METHODS IN NEUROSCIENCE
This ten-day workshop is comprised of lectures, hands-on use of key analysis methods in a computer lab, and a course project. Registration for the 2017 workshop is now closed.
This workshop is aimed at trainees and research staff. Attendees will also gain hands-on experience in data collection and analysis.
The Depression Research and Intervention Team is focused on connecting depression researchers and clinical professionals to improve depression treatment and awareness in Alberta. The Team is working in collaboration with the Canadian Depression Research and Intervention Network (CDRIN) and through active involvement of community groups and people with lived experience of depression.
Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) and the Alberta MS Network have partnered to establish The Alberta MS Collaboration to boost the province’s capacity for MS research and translation through industry, government, community and academic partnerships.