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

2022-2023 Seminar Series:

Sep. 13, 2022 - Dr. Bradley Kerr, "All roads lead to pain: Examining the different pathways taken by males and females to get there"  **In-Person**

Sep. 20, 2022 - Dr. Swetha Gowrishankar, "Neuronal lysosome transport and function: links to neurodegenerative disease"  **Virtual**

Sep. 27, 2022 - Dr. Brittany Carr, "Retinal Cell Biology in Degenerative Visual Disease"  **In-Person**

Oct. 4, 2022 - Dr. Amanda Woerman, "Unraveling tau and alpha-synuclein strain biology in human disease"  **Virtual**

Oct. 11, 2022 - Dr. Brian Buck, "Thrombolysis and beyond: An update on the treatment of ischemic stroke"   **Virtual**

Oct. 18, 2022 - Dr. Christopher Power, "Inflammation in the CNS: lessons from multiple sclerosis, neuroHIV, and COVID-19"  **In-Person**

Oct. 25, 2022 - Dr. Walker Jackson, "Gene expression profiles of specific brain cell types reveal molecular mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases"   **Virtual**

Nov. 1, 2022 - Dr. Brad Zuchero, "How does myelin wrap? Uncovering the cell biology of myelination"   **Virtual**

Nov. 22, 2022 - Dr. Aja Rieger & Michael Wong, "Advance your research with core facilities"   **In-Person**

Nov. 29, 2022 - Dr. Deborah Kurrasch, "Sex differentiation of the developing hypothalamus" **In-Person**

Dec. 6, 2022 - Dr. Gerlinde Metz, "Our Ancestors’ Ghosts: Transgenerational Programming of Stress Vulnerability and Brain Health"  **In-Person**   (co-hosted with the Dept. of Physiology, UofA)

Dec. 13, 2022 - Dr. Freda Miller, "From development to repair - how growth factors and stem cells build the nervous system"  **In-Person**

Jan. 10, 2023 - Dr. Bo Cao, "AI and health data in future precision mental health"  **In-Person**

Jan. 17, 2023 - Dr. Alexander Rauscher, "Probing brain tissue microstructure and myelin content using MRI signal relaxation"  **Virtual**

Jan. 24. 2023 - Dr. Keith Fenrich, "Automated Rehabilitation Motor Training and Propriospinal Neurons in Motor Recovery After Spinal Cord Injury"  *In-Person**

Jan. 31, 2023 - Dr. Jacob Ellegood, "Redefining Autism – Using the Neuroanatomy to Create Autism Subgroups"  **Virtual**

Feb. 7, 2023 - Dr. Chantelle Sephton, "Understanding early pathological changes in ALS/FTD and insights into therapeutic strategies"  **Virtual**

Feb. 14, 2023 - Dr. Abel Torres-Espin, "The second life of data: Examples of data science in CNS injury research"  **In-Person**

Mar. 7, 2023 - Dr. Elif Engin, "Inhibitory Control of the Hippocampus and Its Role in Learning and Memory"  **Virtual**  

Mar. 14, 2023 - Dr. Jaynie Yang, "Improving gross motor function in children at risk of cerebral palsy – successes and challenges of studying neuroplasticity in young children"  **Virtual**

Mar. 21, 2023 - Dr. Roger Thompson, "NMDA receptors andpannexin-1: Roles in stroke, synapses and a surprising permeability"  **In-Person**

Mar. 28, 2023 - Dr. Bénédicte Amilhon, "Serotonergic inputs to the ventral hippocampus: role in sex-related differences in anxiety"  **In-Person**

Apr. 4, 2023 - Dr. Soheila Karimi, "Neuregulin-1; a multifaceted regulator of immune response and regeneration for nervous system injury and repair"  **In-Person** 

April 11, 2023 - Dr. Chris Bennett, "Brain macrophage transplantation for research and therapy development"  **Virtual**

Apr. 18, 2023 - Dr. Erdem Gültekin Tamgüney, "Novel concepts, diagnostics, and therapeutics in Parkinson’s disease"  **Virtual**

Apr. 25, 2023 - Dr. Scott Yuzwa, "Neural stem cell fate transitions at single-cell resolution"  **In-Person**

May 2, 2023 - Dr. Kevin N. Hascup, "Sexual Dimorphic Responses to Thermotherapy in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease"  **Virtual**


Events Calendar