Summer BBQ

summer bbq 2015It started raining at lunchtime yesterday in Toronto (and still hasn`t stopped). This can mean only one thing– it`s time for our annual lab summer bbq. Members and friends of the Frankland and Josselyn labs gathered (indoors) and also paid tribute to John Yeomans (Paul PhD advisor)– recently retired from Psychology at U of T.

Arrivederci Leo!

leo june 2015We bid a fond farewell this week to Leonardo Restivo. Leo joined the lab in 2009 and, among other things, 1) detailed how newborn neurons establish output connectivity with local inhibitory circuits in the hippocampus*, 2)  founded hubbian (with Chen Yan) and 3) hacked into SfN abstracts developed a way better way of searching SfN abstracts and made it freely available to the world! We wish Leo the best!

* with impeccable timing, the paper was just accepted for publication in Journal of Neuroscience the day after Leo left.


clarity fig 3About 2 years ago Kwanghun Chung and Karl Deisseroth wowed the world with their new tissue clearing technique– CLARITY. By removing light scattering lipids from brains, this technique allowed whole brains to be imaged at cellular resolution. Nonetheless, there were some kinks to be worked out, and over the last 2 years Jonathan Epp and Yosuke Niibori have been working furiously to get cleared brains (as well as other organs) clearer. The lab has occasionally resembled a Victorian museum with jars of pickled organs, but the results of their efforts is an improved CLARITY protocol for clearing brains. This protocol is now published in eNeuro.

Canadian Neuroscience in Vancouver

Last month Canadian neuroscientists assembled in Vancouver for their annual meeting. There were plenary prfesentations from (among others) Karel Svoboda, Meyant Mehta and Mel Goodale and posters presentations from lab members Valentina Mercaldo, Gisella Vetere and Frances Xia (pictured below). More pictures (when I get around to it…)can2015.jpg

Live from Sao Paulo

uspThe Brain, Cognition, Behavior, Evolution: Polyglot to Monoglot? meeting is going on now at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Orgnaized by Jerry Hogan, speakers include Johan Bolhuis, Bjoern Brembs, David Sherry, Brian Wiltgen and Paul. It’s being live streamed.

Separated at birth

Steve Ramirez (MIT) and Matt Hill (Calgary) at the Society of Biological Psychiatry meeting in Toronto last week. Paul participated in a symposium with Cristina Alberini, Vadim Bolshakov and Steve Ramirez. More pictures shortly.image

The abcam neurogenesis meeting in Dresden

dresden poster sessionThe abcam neurogenesis meeting was hosted by abcam and Gerd Kempermann at the Center for Regenerative Therapies in Dresden. In Dresden they know how to run a poster session– combine science with cold pilsner.  More pictures coming soon.

Memory in YYZ

Adam Santoro presenting his model of systems consolidation at the inaugural Toronto Area Memory Group meeting today. More than 150 registrants, 35 talks and keynote Karim Nader.adam at Toronto memory conference

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!