Training and Events

Campus Alberta Neuroscience works to improve an already strong Alberta  neuroscience educational landscape. Our work focuses on increased sharing of neuroscience education across the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and University of Lethbridge  – we hope to include other campuses over time. This will improve access of Alberta’s neuroscience students to expertise and resources beyond the boundaries of a single campus.  We are currently piloting approaches to sharing courses and identifying future shared courses in the neuroscience discipline to deliver across the three campuses.

Neuro Nexus

The future of neurotechnology, being built in Alberta.
CAN is proud to be the presenting partner of Neuro Nexus 2020, a multidisciplinary design competition that aims to bridge the gap between disciplines, accelerate research, and improve the translation of new ideas to impact neuroscience and mental health.

Neuro Nexus Competition 2020

CAN is presenting sponsor of Neuro Nexus 2020. Neuro Nexus is a virtual hackathon program designed to spark collaboration across disciplines and tackle complex challenges in brain science and mental health. The program connects experts in frontline, clinical, and academic practice with motivated, talented students to develop technological solutions over a fast-paced 6-week competition. This year, Neuro Nexus will facilitate 40+ projects across the province in our largest event yet. The competition unfolds over three key events, shown above, starting with the ‘Pitch Day’ and ending with ‘Demo Day’.

Present Your Challenge

Brain and mental health challenges are invited from researchers, healthcare practitioners, industry, and community members to inspire projects for the competition.

Submit your idea by September 18th here.

Form a Team

On Pitch Day (October 17th), challenges will be presented by healthcare professionals to the cohort of over 200 multidisciplinary innovators. Innovators select the project that resonates with them and form teams with like-interested individuals from their own cities.

Apply to participate by September 26th here.

Design a Solution

You and your team will get 6 weeks to formulate an approach to the problem and come up with a technical design and rough business plan. You will gain access to expert-instructed workshops as well as practical and timely mentorship from our massive network.

If you are an experienced member of the innovation community interested in becoming a mentor, learn more here.

Bring it to Life

The program culminates in the 72 hour ‘Health Hack Weekend’ (November 27-29). Taking place this year in a hybrid virtual format, teams will gain access to prototyping equipment rental, scheduled makerspace access and real-time mentorship.

You can find more details on this event here.

For more information on Neuro Nexus 2020 you can visit their website Neuro Nexus. For additional information please contact us at [email protected]

CAN-Bio Alberta

Skill Share Internship Program

CAN, in partnership with Bio Alberta,

is proud to announce a new program connecting trainees and industry which will enhance support for neuroscience entrepreneurship and commercialization, as well as the development and education of Alberta trainees.

Spaces are limited, and based on a first come, first serve basis – Apply early.


The program aims to match trainee skills with industry, coordinated through our partnership with BioAlberta, and will be largely supported through a unique funding opportunity covering the bulk of the intern cost. CAN will also be providing some of the funding.

Other partner organizations will assist in further training and support. This, in turn, will provide opportunities for trainees to gain experience outside the lab and to network. By facilitating these matches, CAN and BioAlberta will help forge new connections and foster innovation across the province.

Skill Share will respond to needs and deliver real value to trainees and industry alike.

For more information on this specific program, please contact us at [email protected] , or fill out this application form , including your resume and email it as a single PDF document to [email protected] with CAN-Skillshare in the subject line.

Computational Neuroscience

Speaker Series

2020 Summer Speaker Series
Confirmed Speakers on July 23, 30 and August 6, 27, 2020

additional dates pending

Speaker Series

The Computational Neuroscience (CN) Summer Speaker Series is a weekly webinar running each Thursday, from July 23, 2020 to August 27, 2020 at 1PM MT

Presenters are from the Universities of Calgary, Alberta, and Lethbridge. You must register in order to receive the zoom link.

Topics related to computational neuroscience, ranging from foundational research to applications and innovations, will be explored and discussed.


July 23, 2020 – Dr. Masami Tatsuno

“Estimation of Neural Interactions and Detection of Cell Assemblies”

July 30, 2020 – Dr. Claudia Gomes da Rocha

“Synthetic Neural Networks for Neuromorphic Applications”

August 6, 2020 – Dr. Artur Luczak

“Data Driven Analyses to Study Behaviour and Neuronal Activity”

August 27, 2020 – Dr. Craig Chapman

“Gaze and Movement Assessment (GaMA) in Real and Virtual Worlds”

Get your tickets here.

Missed the talk? Click here to view past presentations.

This series is brought to you by Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) and the Computational Neuroscience Scientific Advisory Committee. For additional information please contact us at [email protected]

Introductory Workshop on Computational Methods in Neuroscience

2020 Workshop
May 13-22, 2020

Workshop Description


Contemporary neurobiological experiments often generate complex data sets with many dependent variables collected continuously through time. Appropriate analysis tools are needed to uncover relationships among signals and allow for a better understanding of the underlying biological processes. This workshop aims to give students an introduction to the theory and practical application of computational methods for the analysis of neurobiological data. The workshop will be composed of lectures, hands-on use of key analysis methods in a computer lab, and a course project. Several data sets will be provided for students’ use. Instruction and exercises will use MATLAB, the most commonly used data analysis and visualization tool for quantitative sciences; however, no prior experience with this software is required. Each student will be asked to complete a project during the workshop. Students will have the option to bring their own data for use in the projects or use data provided by the instructors. The instructors and TAs will provide support at every phase of the project, including selecting an appropriate topic, deciding on analyses, programming, and visualization. Although the course will focus on signals from animal behaviour and electrophysiology, the methods taught in the course will be highly applicable to many other types of signals encountered in neurobiological research.


This ten-day workshop is comprised of lectures, hands-on use of key analysis methods to be delivered online for 2020, and a course project.

General Topics
  • Introduction to MATLAB
  • Data visualization
  • Overview of analysis methods for neurobiological signals
  • Fundamental concepts in signal processing
  • Working with discrete data (action potentials, behavioural events, etc.)
  • Methods for working with multiple simultaneous signals (e.g. EEG signals)
  • Analysis of imaging data

David Euston, Aaron Gruber, Artur Luczak, Majid Mohajerani, Masami Tatsuno, Bruce McNaughton (Director of the Polaris Brain Dynamics research group).

Bios of the CCBN faculty members can be found at:

2020 Speakers:

  • TBC
Pre-Course Materials

Before the workshop, participants are strongly encouraged to access the following materials to ensure that they are able to effectively grasp the course content:


Eligibility Criteria:
  • Preference will be given to Graduate level students (Masters or PhD) and Postdoctoral fellows registered full-time in a post-secondary institution working in neuroscience or a related discipline.
  • Undergraduate students registered full-time in a post-secondary institution working in neuroscience or a related discipline, involved in a research project and sponsored by an academic faculty member may apply.
  • No prior experience with any programming language is required. Students will learn to use the MATLAB computing environment.
  • Students can outline previous experience on the application. Previous experience will be taken into consideration during adjudication.
  • Students are expected to have familiarity with hypothesis testing and basic concepts of neuroscience (e.g. action potentials).
Application Process:

Registration is limited to 25 students. Priority is given to graduate students who meet the eligibility criteria and are registered in a Campus Alberta Neuroscience partner institution (University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge).

The application is now closed.

To be considered for the workshop, applicants are required to submit:

  1. Online Application Form.
  2. Applicant curriculum vitae (in .pdf format)
  3. A Letter of Supervisor Support
    1. Instructions for Supervisors:Please be sure to specify how participation in this workshop will benefit the student’s project/program of study and the supervisor’s own program of research.
    2. Supervisors can either send their letters directly to Campus Alberta Neuroscience at [email protected] OR with the applicant curriculum vitae. In either case, the letter of support must be signed and in protected .pdf format.

Items 2 and 3 above must be submitted via email to Campus Alberta Neuroscience at [email protected] by the application deadline with the following subject line:

Computational Methods Workshop Application Supporting Documents – [LAST NAME, FIRST NAME]

Please note that all application components – including the Online Application Form, applicant CV, and Letter of Supervisor Support – must be received by the application deadline (TBA). Failure to receive all components of the application will result in your application being marked as ‘incomplete’ and will not be considered by the reviewers.


NO FEES ARE DUE AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION. If you are invited to attend the workshop, more information will be provided to you on how to pay your registration fee.

Students from outside of Alberta and those from Alberta who are not registered full-time in a partnered institution will be required to cover all costs associated with the course, including registration, tuition, travel, meals and accommodation.

Application Adjudication

The Computational Neuroscience Committee will review and rank all complete applications. *Applications will be evaluated on merit and on the following criteria:

  • Preference to graduate students working in neuroscience or related discipline
  • Preference to Alberta-based students studying at a CAN partner institution (University of Alberta, Calgary or Lethbridge)
  • Quality of student’s CV
  • Benefit to student’s program of study/project
  • Contribution to Supervisor’s program of neuroscience research
Notice of Decision
  • Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision in writing by Campus Alberta Neuroscience
  • Students accepted into the workshop will be provided with a registration package in advance. The package will include additional details on the workshop content, course credit, and fees.

If you have any questions or concerns about the upcoming workshop, please contact Renee Dumas.

Previous Workshop Participants

2014 Workshop
2015 Workshop
2016 Workshop
2016 Online Workshop Extension
2017 Workshop

Canadian Computational Neuroscience Symposium

August 17-20, 2021

***Please note that the original date of this event was August 2020, however, due to the COVID situation, it was moved to August 2021***

Event Description

Campus Alberta Neuroscience is a proud sponsor and the organizer of the 1st Canadian Computational Neuroscience Symposium being held in Lethbridge, AB, August 17-20, 2021.

Early Bird tickets are now available.

This event will allow participants with experience in computational neuroscience methods an exciting and unique opportunity to further advance their skills and techniques while promoting networking and collaboration within the local, provincial, and international neuroscience communities.

Status Update:
  • CAN has facilitated an Advisory Group for the development and implementation of the Canadian Computational Neuroscience Symposium.
  • The primary goal of the event is to promote collaboration and networking, while developing skill advancement, at both the trainee and PI level.
  • This event also presents a unique opportunity to potentially explore new funding opportunities.
  • Scope:
    • This international event will occur over a number of days, split between a conference-style knowledge exchange, with built-in discussion and problem-solving panels, alongside workshop-based didactic programming.
    • New dates in 2021 have been verified, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • We are in collaboration with groups and organizations that offer curriculum on related topics, such as machine learning, neurotechnology, entrepreneurship, and leadership, each of which will be an important and exciting component of this event.
  • Potential speakers and delegates are in the process of being confirmed.

HBAD 2021: Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia International Conference

May 19 – 21, 2021
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta


Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) 2021 International Conference

Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation

May 19– 20, 2021

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada

Mark your calendars and plan to join international experts in healthy brain aging and dementia for the 2021 Conference on Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation, taking place May 19th – May 21st, 2021 in picturesque Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. Campus Alberta Neuroscience is proud to host this International Conference that will bring together experts from Alberta, Canada, and around the world to share knowledge and contribute to the ongoing discussions on the research and translational tools required to improve the prevention, detection, intervention, and management of dementia and to promote healthier brain and cognitive aging.

Topics of presentation and discussion at the Conference may include:

Promoting healthy brain and cognitive aging and delaying or preventing dementia

Vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia

Risk factors and novel diagnostics

Exercise and cognitive interventions for healthy brain aging and prevention of dementia

Applied research in dementia

A list of confirmed speakers will be updated shortly.

As they are confirmed, Conference details will be updated.


For information, For more information about the Conference, please contact [email protected]