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’.

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]

Upcoming Symposium

Register for this world class event today to join leaders from across the province share their stories.
February 3, 2021, 11am to 3pm

Overview

Alberta has a wealth of knowledge within its neuroscience and mental health community composed of world class and leading researchers, academics, entrepreneurs and innovators. This virtual event will bring together many of these individuals in an effort to showcase the exceptional work being done across the themes that make up the neuroscience and mental health discipline.

Please join us for this virtual event showcasing the successes in neuroscience and mental health across Alberta. Hear from leaders at the Universities of Alberta, Calgary, and Lethbridge speak on their experiences, challenges and successes journeying from research and translation to innovation.

To register for this event: CLICK HERE

For more information on speakers, event details or general inquiries, please contact us at [email protected]

HBAD 2021: Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia International Conference

May 19, 2021
Virtual Event

Description

Campus Alberta Neuroscience (CAN) 2021 International Conference

Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation

Mark your calendars and plan to join international experts in healthy brain aging and dementia for the virtual 2021 Conference on Promoting Healthy Brain Aging and Preventing Dementia: Research and Translation, taking place May 19th, 2021. 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

As they are confirmed, Conference details will be updated.

Questions

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

Introductory Workshop on Computational Methods in Neuroscience

May 11-21, 2021

Workshop Description

Purpose

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.

Format 

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

 

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

 

Instructors

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: www.uleth.ca/artsci/neuroscience/our-faculty

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:

Applications

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. The application will open January 15, 2021. 

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.

Questions

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

Canadian Computational Neuroscience Symposium

DATE TBD

***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.