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Alcino at SickKids

Alcino Silva visiting the lab yesterday, and talking about CREB, excitability and memory allocation. No overlap with our work there then… :-)

 

Lab selfie day 2015

Everyone in the Frankland and Josselyn labs stopped what they were doing at 10 am yesterday, and did some self-portraiture. Here are the results!

Better late then never... pictures from SfN14 in DC

From last November in DC. Top, Karl Peter Giese, Haruhiko Bito and Paul. Bottom, ex-lab members Maithe Arruda-Carvalho, Anne Wheeler and Catia Teixeira. Lots more pictures here.

 

Behavioural neuroscience in the Rockies

A couple of weeks ago was the annual Behavioural Neuroscience meeting in Fernie, organized by Bryan Kolb (Lethbridge) and Cam Teskey (Calgary). Pictured are Matt Hill and John Howland.

Winter plasticity in Barbados

Between sessions, soccer on the beach there is time for fish in Oistins at the winter neural plasticity meeting in Barbados. From left, Niccolo Terrando, Mario Capecchi Mauro Costa-Mattioli. More pictures here.

Beach soccer with a Nobel laureate

At the Winter Neural Plasticity conference in Barbados, soccer on the beach with Mario Capecchi (3rd from right, with socks).

Paul on Brain Matters

When I visited the University of Texas, I had the pleasure of chatting with Anthony Lacagnina (from Michael Drew‘s lab). He and his colleagues have been producing the Brain Matters podcast for over a year, and have now interviewed lots of neuroscientists. If you’re interested in hearing about neurogenesis, forgetting, and football (soccer) then listen away (also here on itunes, episode 23).

 

That special time of the year...

The Josselyn/Frankland lab celebrated Festivus in style yesterday at the traditional location (The Red Room on Spadina). Handed the festivus pole, Colleen launched into a long list of grievances in spectacular fashion, before taking on all-comers in the feats of strength. More pictures are posted here.

A farewell to John

John Howland has spent the last 4 months in the lab as hipster-in-residence a visiting scientist during his sabbatical from the University of Saskatchewan. It’s been a complete pleasure having John in the lab, and we are sad to see you go!

New mini-review: Memory allocation

Which neurons become part of an engram or memory trace? Is this process random? Or are neurons ‘pre-selected’? In this short review published in Neuropsychopharmacology, we discuss the rules of allocation. A pdf version is available here.