Seminar Series

The NMHI Seminar Series has been running for over 35 years; bringing leading experts in neuroscience and mental health research to the University of Alberta in order to share their knowledge and promote collaboration. These events are open to everyone; however they are often designed for an academic or medical audience. 

The seminar series is also a key opportunity to provide exposure for our students to areas of neuroscience beyond their immediate research interests. As such, NMHI graduate students must attend lectures as part of their program requirements.

The NMHI seminars are listed in our events calendar. Please note, the calendar is subject to change. 

If you are interested in attending a seminar, please contact

2021-2022 Seminar Series:

Sep 14, 2021 - Dr. Sheena Josselyn, "Making Memories in Mice"

Sep 21, 2021 - Dr. Joel Watts, "Strains of Pathological Protein Aggregates in Neurodegenerative Diseases"

Sep 28, 2021 - Dr. Yanbo Zhang, "Interventional Psychiatry: Creating New Avenues for Healing"

Oct 5, 2021 - Dr. Ukpong Eyo, "Microglia: Bona Fide Members of the Neurovascular Unit"

Oct 19, 2021 - Dr. Patrick Stroman, "Investigating Human Pain Processes in the Brainstem and Spinal Cord by Means of Functional MRI"

Oct 26, 2021 - Dr. Michael Gordon, "A Neural Circuit Linking Two Sugar SEnsors Regulates Feeding in Drosophila"

Nov 2, 2021 - Dr. Catherine Lebel, "Brain Development in Young Children"

Nov 9, 2021 - Dr. Adam Ferguson, "Open Data Commons for Spinal Cord Injury"

Nov 16, 2021 - Dr. Robin Franklin, "Myelin Regeneration in the CMS: Reversing the Ravages of Time"

Nov 23, 2021 - Dr. Yasser Iturria Medina, "Integrative neuroinformatic models for characterizing disease progression and heterogeneity in neurodegeneration"

Nov 30, 2021 - Dr. Dave Bennett, "Excitatory role of axonal GABA in mice and humans: or why we were wrong about presynaptic inhibition"

Dec 7, 2021 - Dr. Harley Kurata & Dr. Richard Kanyo, "Exploring modulators of Kv7 potassium channels for drug discovery"

Dec 14, 2021 - Dr. Lisa Willis, "How can scientists reduce bias and discrimination in the workplace?"

Jan 18, 2022 - Dr. Alicia Che, "GABAergic Interneurons Encode Early Life Experience During Circuit Assembly in the Developing Brain"

Feb 1, 2022 - Dr. Lisa Willis, "The Role of Glycans in Health and Disease"

Feb 8, 2022 - Dr. Rebecca Feldman, "7T Neuroimaging: Applications to Epilepsy and Beyond"

Feb 15, 2022 - Dr. Krishna Jayant, "Novel neurotechnologies for elucidating the role of active dendrites on circuit and system level computations: in vitro and in vivo"

Mar 1, 2022 - Dr. David Lyons, "Studying myelinated axon biology in vivo using zebrafish"

Mar 8, 2022 - Dr. Romain Goutagny, "Decoding the hippocampal oscillatory complexity to predict behavior"

Mar 15, 2022 - Dr. Doug Zochodne, "On the plasticity of sensory neurons"

Mar 22, 2022 - Dr. Janice Robertson, "Loss of C9orf72 as a Pathogenic Mechanism in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia" 

Mar 29, 2022 - Dr. Jiri Safar, "Molecular Mechanisms Encoding Strains of Prions and Prion-Like Misfolded Proteins"

Apr 5, 2022 - Dr. Simonetta Sipione, "Novel roles of gangliosides in neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation"

Apr 12, 2022 - Dr. Karun Singh, "Investigating neurodevelopmental disease mechanisms"

Apr 26, 2022 - Dr. Amir Shmuel, "Mechanisms, modeling, and analysis of macro- and meso-scale functional connectivity of the cerebral cortex"

May 3, 2022 - Dr. Timothey Allen, "Synchronous beta in the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex is driven by the nucleus reuniens of the thalamus and enables successful memory-based decision making"

May 10, 2022 - Dr. Valerie Sim, "Prion disease: sorting strains by size, shape and spread"

May 17, 2022 - Dr. Sabine Gilch, "Zoonotic potential and genetic resistance in chronic wasting disease"

May 31, 2022 - Dr. Lara Mahal, "Decoding the Translational Glycome: how glycosylation can help us understand human health"


**Thank you to all of our Seminar Speakers this past year. The NMHI Seminar Series will return in Fall 2022.




Events Calendar