In October 2017, CAN hosted its 6th annual symposium, Neurotechnology for Discovery and Translation, in Calgary. The symposium showcased the latest tools and technologies that drive the continuum of discovery to translation and impact in neuroscience and mental health, including machine learning, neuroimaging, computational approaches and robotics. Over 200 delegates attended, including researchers, trainees, people with lived experience, community members, government and industry representatives and more.
Randy McIntosh (Director of the Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Centre, University of Toronto) opened the symposium with a keynote presentation on how computer models can help us understand healthy brain function and disease. Over the course of two days, over 15 invited speakers took to the stage to discuss topics from motor control and rehabilitation to increasing dialogue between people with lived experience and researchers to assessing brain health with new technologies. Trainees also presented posters and took part in the 3-Minute Thesis Session, providing rapid but informative overview of their research projects.
The symposium also left plenty of time for delegates to connect and learn from each other. “There were so many perspectives,” said Shrushrita Sharma, who recently completed her MSc at the University of Calgary. “If a person wants to learn about brain disease, there are so many perspectives we can learn from. Every individual person brings so much variation to their study, which is really cool.” If you missed the symposium or would like to take another look at one of the talks, speakers’ slides will be made available on this web page.