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.

Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia International Symposium

May 18-19, 2021
Virtual Event

Mark your calendars and join international experts for the virtual 2021 Symposium on Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation, taking place May 18-19th, 2021. Campus Alberta Neuroscience is proud to host the Third International Symposium that will bring together experts from Alberta 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.

Keynote Speakers

Campus Alberta Neuroscience is proud to announce the keynote speakers for the 2021 Symposium.

Kaarin J. Anstey
University of New South Wales, NeuRA – Sydney, Australia

Kaarin J. Anstey is an ARC Laureate Fellow, Scientia Professor at UNSW, and a Senior Principal Research Scientist at NeuRA. She is Director of the UNSW Ageing Futures Institute, leads an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health, is a director of the NHMRC Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration and Co-Deputy Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research. Kaarin conducts public health research into dementia risk reduction ranging from analysis of cohort studies, development of risk assessment tools, and conducting risk reduction trials. A second focus is on older driver risk assessment and safety. Kaarin leads the PATH Through Life Project, a large cohort study focusing on common mental disorders and cognitive function. She chairs the International Research Network on Dementia Prevention and is a member of the Governance Committee of the Global Council on Brain Health, an initiative supported by the American Association of Retired Persons.

Alison M. Goate
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – New York, USA

Alison M. Goate is a professor of neuroscience and Director of the Loeb Center for Alzheimer’s Disease at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City. Her research centers on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias that led to the development of animal and cellular models and the development of anti-amyloid and anti-tau therapies. She has been the principal investigator on four grants and has co-invented and granted six patents. The Goate Lab studies the genetics and molecular bases of Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, and alcoholism. She has received the Potamkin Prize from the American Academy of Neurology, the Zenith Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, Senior Investigator Award from the Metropolitan Life Foundation, the St Louis Academy of Science Innovation Award, Carl and Gerty Cori Faculty Achievement Award at Washington University, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alzheimer’s Association. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves on the faculty of the Hope Center for Neurological Disorders and as an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Registration is OPEN!

  • Regular Admission: $30/attendee
  • Student Admission: $20/attendee

Deadline to register for the Symposium is May 16 at 11:59 pm MDT (edited).

The event will be recorded. If you are unable to attend the live session, please register for the event to receive the video recording.

Click here to see the full event agenda and speaker list.

Abstract Submission CLOSED!

Abstract submission is now closed. Thank you to everyone who sent in their abstract! Notification of success and details regarding abstract presentations will be sent on April 14, 2021.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging will be sponsoring the abstract awards for the top presenters in the Masters level, PhD, and Postdoctoral fellow categories. To encourage and support young scientists, there will also be an award for top undergraduate abstract presentation.

In planning this event, Campus Alberta Neuroscience is pleased to work the the Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia committee including Dr. David Westaway, Dr. Roger Dixon, Dr. Eric Smith, Dr. Marc Poulin. Dr. Rob Sutherland.

As they are confirmed, Conference details will be updated.

Please click here to view the First International Dementia Conference program and here for the Second International Dementia Conference program.


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

Introductory Workshop on Computational Methods in Neuroscience

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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, 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 use their own data 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 11-day workshop is comprised of lectures, hands-on use of key analysis methods, and a course project, and will include break days.

Participants will have the opportunity to receive university credit for this course.

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:

2021 Speakers:

  • TBC
Pre-Course Materials

Before beginning the course, 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).

We are not currently accepting applications.

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 (February 21, 2021). 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.

Cost: $450

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 additional costs associated with the course, including registration and tuition at the University of Lethbridge.

** Applicants from outside the province may be eligible for up to $200 in support from Campus Alberta Neuroscience to attend the workshop. If you would like to inquire further about this opportunity, please contact [email protected] There are limited funds available so be sure to inquire as soon as you apply.

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.

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

Canadian Computational Neuroscience Symposium


***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 in late 2021.

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 are being confirmed 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.

Past Symposium

Leaders throughout the province shared their stories of success.
This event was held on February 3, 2021.


The recording of the event can now be viewed on the Campus Alberta Neuroscience YouTube channel.

Although the pandemic has been a challenging time, there are promising innovations in neuroscience and mental health in Alberta that have emerged that bring us hope for a better future. This free virtual event showcased researchers from the Universities of Alberta, Calgary and Lethbridge, and highlighted their successes in research, translation to innovation.

#hopeful2021 #successesinneuro #ABneurosci