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.

Entrepreneurship Workshops

Edmonton, Alberta – October 3, 2019
Calgary, Alberta – October 16, 2019
Lethbridge, Alberta – October 22, 2019
Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) is proud to present the Provincial Pathways to Neuroscience Entrepreneurship Series in partnership with Innovate Calgary, Tecconnect, Hunter Hub, and TEC Edmonton.

Workshop Descriptions (click location for tickets)

Edmonton – October 3, 2019 – 1:15-4:15pm – Oborowsky Degner Seminar Hall

Want to explore entrepreneurship as a career path? Join Campus Alberta Neuroscience and TEC-Edmonton for a workshop that will teach you all about protecting your idea and taking your product to market.

When you have a great idea, you want to protect it. But the patenting process is costly and expensive, and might not even be necessary. Let us teach you when and how to legally protect your idea so you can focus on building your company without worrying about the competition.

Once you have your product plan in place, its time to take it to market. Learn how to identify your target customer and make a marketing plan to ensure a successful launch. In this 2-hour workshop we’ll cover everything you need to know to go from idea to market.

Who should attend? Anyone at the University of Edmonton who is curious about entrepreneurship. Whether you’re a student with an idea or a researcher interested in pursuing a spin-off company, here’s everything you need to know to take the next step to launch your venture. Food will be provided – Limited seats, sign up now!


1. Intellectual Property with Joanna Preston, TEC Edmonton Technology Management

  • Intellectual property (IP) is at the core of every University of Alberta spin-off. Learn about timelines, costs, and strategies for commercializing your research.

2. Go to Market with Kurian Tharakan, TEC Edmonton Executive in Residence

  • Learn how to identify your target customer and gain insight into the elements of a solid business plan.
  • Get an overview of the regulatory requirements for commercializing products intended for market launch.

3. 1:1 Meetings

  • There will be a few slots available for 1-hour, 1:1 meetings for those that are interested in more in-depth information while the presenters are there.

For presenter bios, click here.

** The registration fee will be refunded upon completion to the workshop

Calgary – October 16, 2019 – 8:30am – 12:30pm – Life Sciences Innovation Hub

Many neuroscientists and mental health researchers want to become entrepreneurs but don’t know how or where to go for support. Embark now on the journey towards making sense of who to talk to and when, how to avoid the wrong deal or disclosure early, and locally-accessible entrepreneurship and innovation supports.

We will focus on understanding intellectual property within the context of the broader entrepreneurship journey. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in exercises, games, scenario-based problem-solving and will also hear from speakers who have experienced the success and challenges of neuroscience entrepreneurship in Alberta.

Hot breakfast is included – Limited seats available, sign up now!

** The registration fee will be refunded upon completion of the workshop.

Participants from Lethbridge and Edmonton may qualify for additional support in order to attend this workshop, please inquire at [email protected] for more information.

Lethbridge – October 22, 2019 – 9:00am – 1pm – Tecconect Lethbridge

So You Have an Idea?

You’ve got your business idea, but you need to prepare for the market and commercialization and understand how your idea needs to be qualified and reinforced for success. Using the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Design, we will teach you how to make these tools work for you and why they are important when evaluating a business idea. Because of the canvas’ dynamic and pliable nature, they can be used throughout the initial ideation stages and into future business development for things like pivoting, growth, and maintaining an optimal state when bringing your business to life. The canvas’ can also be used to develop your formal Business Plan down the line.

Presenter bio can be found here.

Session activities and materials:

• Introduction to Ideation, the Business Model Canvas (BMC), and Value Proposition Design (VPD)
• Ideation and Assessment – What it is and how to do it
• VPD – discussion on Customer “Pains and Gains” relating to any business idea

Food will be provided – limited seats, sign up now!

** The registration fee will be refunded upon completion of the workshop.


For information, please contact Renée Dumas at [email protected]

Introductory Workshop on Computational Methods in Neuroscience

Image courtesy of Matt Walton
2019 Workshop
June 9-18, 2019

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 in a computer lab, 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:

2019 Speakers:

  • Anna Koop
  • Joern Davidsen


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).

Applications are not currently being accepted.

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.


University of Lethbridge Students: $150

University of Alberta & University of Calgary Students: $395

Meals and accommodations will be provided for the duration of the workshop to Alberta students based outside of Lethbridge.

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 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, travel, meals and accommodation.

This year’s Workshop will be followed by an optional online Matlab course that will allow students to further advance their Matlab skills. Registration will occur via the Western Deans’ Agreement. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Artur Luczak ([email protected])


If you are interested in applying to a future Introductory Workshop in Computational Methods in Neuroscience and require further information, please contact Renee Dumas.

Previous Workshop Participants

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

Advanced Training in Computational Methods in Neuroscience

Coming Summer 2020 – Stay tuned for more details

Event Description

Campus Alberta Neuroscience is currently developing an Advanced Computational Neuroscience event that 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 a Advisory Group for the development and implementation of the Advanced CN workshop
  • 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 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 programming.
    • Specific dates, locations and details are being explored
  • Collaboration with groups and organizations that offer curriculum on related topics, such as machine learning, neurotechnology, entrepreneurship, and leadership will be an important and exciting component of this event.
  • Potential speakers and delegates are in the process of being identified. Invitations to these individuals will be sent out soon.

Trainee Retreat

 Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta

Retreat Description

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) was created to deliver positive, measurable and lasting impact in neuroscience and mental health research, education and translation and to establish Alberta as a hub for innovation and excellence. We were pleased to partner once again with Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for the CAN Trainee Professional Development Retreats. Alberta Health Services’s Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Strategic Clinical Network was also pleased to sponsor 4 participants in the May 2019 retreat who are undertaking stroke related research. The retreats were a formal opportunity to bring together trainees from across the province to explore professional development topics relevant to trainees’ future careers, both inside and outside of academia.

The Trainee Professional Development Retreats were a series of three events. All three of the retreats incorporated the use of interactive and engaging exercises, such as:

  • Experiential Learning: problem-solving tasks and live experiences to animate the ideas of the program. These are engaging and challenging activities that allow people to see the principles discussed in live action, and help non-verbal learners engage with the ideas discussed
  • Role-Plays and Case Studies: where appropriate, the content of the program will be animated through role-plays, personal experiences and debriefs that directly anchor the content to real world application
  • Collaboration & Networking: a chance to connect with other trainees across Alberta

Feedback from Trainee Retreat Participants

“It was a great way to network with other trainees. The tasks and activities of the retreat made it really easy to converse with the other trainees about material other than our research projects (as what tends to happen at conferences). They pushed you out of your comfort zone but not so much as to make you feel totally exposed.”

Interesting insights into group dynamics, communication and leadership [and an] awesome way to get to know some other trainees.”


Elaine Broe, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Kelly Wood, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity


For information, please contact Renee Dumas at [email protected]