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.

This year, there will be a mix of in-person and virtual seminars; all in-person seminars will be held at Oborowsky Degner Seminar Hall, located on the 1st floor of the Li Ka Shing Centre, UofA.

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

If you are interested in attending a virtual seminar, please contact

2023-2024 Seminar Series:

Sep 12, 2023 - Dr. Ronald Davis, "Mitochondria, mitochondrial therapeutics, and neurodegenerative diseases” **In-Person**

Sep 19, 2023 - Dr. Robert Hill, "The life and death of an oligodendrocyte" **In-Person**

Sep 26, 2023 - Dr. Katherine Aitchison, "COVID and mental health: cultivating resilience" **In-Person**

Oct 3, 2023 - Dr. Lisa Purdy, "Presentation Prowess: Elevating Your Scientific Talks as Grad Students" **In-Person**

Oct 10, 2023 - Dr. Mark Cembrowski, "Novelty representation on behavioural timescales by atypical neurons of the hippocampus" **In-Person**

Oct 17, 2023 - Dr. Deniz Top, "Distinct circadian transcription programs across the circadian neuronal network converge to regulate behaviour" **In-Person**

October 31, 2023 - Dr. Ilya Bezprozvanny, "Endoplasmic reticulum signaling dysregulation and AD" **In-Person**

November 21, 2023 - Dr. Veronique Miron, "Glial interactions regulating central nervous system myelin health" Zoom

December 5, 2023 - Dr. Sarah Hughes, "A chromatin remodelling SWI/SNF subunit, Snr1, regulates progenitor cells in the developing brain" **In-Person**

January 9, 2024 - Dr. Katerina Akassoglou, "Neurovascular Interactions: Mechanisms, Imaging, and Therapeutics" Zoom

January 16, 2024 - Dr. Ian Winship, "High resolution imaging of stroke pathophysiology and recovery" **In-Person**

January 23, 2024 - Dr. Jacqueline Cummine, "Learning Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy..... Ugh!" In-Person

January 30, 2024 - Dr. rer. nat. Ina Vorberg, "Protein aggregation goes viral: How viral proteins modulate the intercellular spreading of prions and tau" Zoom

February 6, 2024 - Dr. Brian MacVicar, "Impact of microglia-astrocyte communication on neuronal function and survival" In-person

Feburary 13, 2024 - Dr. Mahmoud Pouladi, "Investigating oligodendroglial pathology in developmental and degenerative conditions using mouse and human models" In-person

February 20, 2024 - No seminar (Reading week)

Feburary 27, 2024 - Dr. Alyson Fournier, "Molecular strategies to promote neuroprotection in response to pathological inflammation" In-person, co-hosted with Alberta MS Network

March 5, 2024 - Dr. Anna Taylor, "The claustrocortical circuit in pain" In-person

March 12, 2024 - Dr. Tejas Sankar, "Understanding Trigeminal Neuralgia: Insights into the "suicide disease" from the clinic, the MRI scanner, and the lab" In-person

March 19, 2024 - Dr. Shawn Whitehead, "Microglia Lipids, and (dys)function in health (and disease)" In-person

March 26, 2024 - Dr. Matthew Curran, "Achieving better outcomes in peripheral nerve injury; Improving regeneration through molecular targets" In-person

April 2, 2024 - Dr. Luis Concha, "Neuroimaging of epilepsy in humans and animal models" In-person

April 9, 2024 - Dr. Gholson Lyon, "Natural history and mechanistic study of Ogden syndrome" Zoom

April 16, 2024 - Dr. Karim Fouad, "The history of treatments for spinal cord injury", In-person

April 23, 2024 - Dr. Zach Hall, "More Than a Feeling: The importance of sensory experience in neurogenic brain development", In-person

April 30, 2024 - Dr. Ronald Schnaar, "Gangliosides - major nerve cell glycans that drive molecular and cellular function", In-person


Events Calendar