Seminar Series

Special Annual Lectures

Dr. Richard B. Stein Annual Lectureship

Richard B. Stein (DPhil, Physiology, Oxford University, Oxford UK, 1966) joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Alberta in 1968. During his 40-plus year career, Dr. Stein has been at the forefront in many advances in the control of movement, the role of reflexes, muscle properties and the use of functional electrical stimulation to restore movement after disease or disability. His honours include the Centennial Medal of the International Tesla Foundation (1998), the Medal of Honour of the Canadian Medical Association (1999), the Kaplan Research Prize (2001) and the Barbara Turnbull Prize (2007). He was also the founding director (1986) of the Division of Neuroscience, which evolved into the current Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta.


2014 Richard Stein Lecturer

Dr. Grégoire Courtine, International Paraplegic Foundation (IRP) Chair in Spinal Cord Repair and head of the Center for Neuroprosthetic and Brain Mind Institute of the Life Science School at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Seminar Title: Neuroprosthetic Technologies to Improve Motor Function After Neuromotor Disorders.
Lecture to be held on October 23, 2014 in Lister Centre, U of A, from 11:15 am - 12:15 pm.

View the poster with abstract.

More information, including a TED talk, can be found on Professor Courtine's lab page.


Past Richard Stein Lecturers

2013 Guest Speaker

Dr. Andrew Schwartz, professor of neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh.
Seminar Title: Recent work towards high-performance brain-computer interface.

View Dr. Schwartz’s groundbreaking work on neural controlled prostheses and robotics featured on 60 Minutes.


2012 Inaugural Guest Speaker

Dr. Hunter Peckham, Donnell Institute Professor, director of the Functional Electrical Stimulation Center. Case Western University.
Seminar Title: The role of neural prosthesis and neural stimulation in the restoration of function.


Annual Alumni Lecture

The Annual Alumni Lecture was established in 2012. This annual lecture brings back a graduate from one of our laboratories that have gone on to a successful career in science and/or medicine. The Alumni Lecturer presents a seminar, visit labs, and interacts with our graduate students. This is particularly important for our trainees to gain insight into the potential for life beyond their current training. It also allows us to celebrate a success story from FoMD. It also provides an opportunity for the Neuroscience community to further develop networks and relationships with our internationally renowned scholars and researchers.


2015 Guest Speaker

Dr. Douglas Allan, Associate Professor, Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia.

Seminar Title: Identification and Functional Testing of Genomic BMP-Response elements Controlluing Gene Expression in Drosophila Neurons


Past Annual Alumni Lectures

2014 Guest Speaker

Dr. Victor Rafuse, Professor, Department of Medical Neuroscience, Dalhousie University.

Seminar Title: Stem cell derived motoneurons as a model system to study motor neuron development and disease

2013 Guest Speaker

Dr. Jan-Marino (Nino) Ramirez, Professor of Neurological Surgery Director, Center for Integrative Brain Research, Seattle Children’s Research Institute Research Affiliate, Center on Human Development and Disability, University of Washington.

Seminar Title: How clouds of neurons control rhythmic behaviour

The Annual Dr. Jean Templeton Hugill Memorial Pain Lecture

The Annual Dr. Jean Templeton Hugill Memorial Pain Lecture is hosted annually by the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute and the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain.

An outstanding clinician, engaged teacher, and mentor, Dr. Hugill was the first woman to practice anesthesiology on the West Coast and one of the first in Canada. She became a member of the Department of Anesthesia at Vancouver General Hospital in 1950 and practiced there until 1985. She also became an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of pheochromocytoma (when a tumour develops in an adrenal gland) and provided anesthesia to more patients with this disorder than all her colleagues, combined.


2016 Jean Templeton Hugill Memorial Pain Lecturer

Dr. Catherine Cahill, Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology & Perioperative Care, University of California, Irvine

Seminar Title: Chronic pain alters mesolimbic reward circuitry – implications for treatment
Lecture to be held on April 28, 2016 in ECHA 2-490, U of A, from Noon to 1pm


Past Hugill Lectures

2015 Guest Speaker

Dr. Gerald Zamponi, Canada Research Chair, Senior Associate Dean for Research, Professor, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Cummin School of Medicine, University of Calgary.

Seminar Title: Voltage Gated Calcium Channels as Therapeutic Targets for Pain

2014 Guest Speaker

Dr. Mike Salter, Senior Scientist in the Neurosciences & Mental Health Program at The Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) Research Institute, and a professor at the University of Toronto.

Seminar Title: From receptors to pain: the molecular dynamics of Pain

2013 Inaugural Guest Speaker

Dr. Bev Orser, M.D., Ph.D., F. R. C. P. C. Affiliate Scientist, Biological Sciences, Brain Sciences Research Program, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Professor, Departments of Physiology and Anesthesia, and the Collaborative Program in Neuroscience, University of Toronto, Canada Research Chair in Anesthesia, Tier 2.

Seminar Title: Memory loss and anesthesia: the good, the bad, the ugly