Understanding how brain-wide patterns of activity translate into behavior is the current neuroscience du jour (see Obama’s BRAIN initiative, for example). Our lab has a big interest in this– last year Anne Wheeler published a paper mapping brain networks (or functional connectomes) for fear memories. To get in on the action we organized this symposium and invited some of the top names in the field– Ed Bullmore and Karl Deisseroth. Toronto speakers included Randy McIntosh, Sam Doesberg and our own Sheena (below, addressing a full auditorium). Pictures from the symposium are posted here.
This week is the Behavioural Neuroscience meeting in Fernie, BC, drawing people from Calgary, Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver. This year’s event is hosted by Cam Teskey and Bryan Kolb. Below are Matt Hill (Calgary) and John Howland (Saskatoon) after a day on the powder.
Rene Hen (above), along with Vidita Vaidya and Amar Sahay hosted the latest adult neurogenesis gathering in Mumbai last week. The meeting featured a great line up of speakers and those making it into our pictures include Sebastian Jessberger, Craig Stark, Mazen Kheirbek, Fiona Doetsch, Nora Abrous, Linda Overstreet and John Lisman. These pictures of the meeting, as well as others from Mumbai, are posted here. A huge thanks to Vidita, Amar and Rene for organizing a fantastic meeting!
It’s prom night! For little in return (apart from the odd med school letter) our team of undergrads work tirelessly for the cause. Making PFA, counting cells, testing mice. From top to bottom: Joey, Peter, Nancy, Soojin, Matt and Victoria. A big thank you to all of you!
Takashi Kitamura from the Tonegawa lab visited this week. He gave a talk on his new paper on entorhinal cortex ‘island cells’ (that project to the newly-named ‘Kitamura band’ in the hippocampus). Above, Takashi and Axel in serious and less serious pose.
The annual winter conference on the neurobiology of memory took place in Park City, Utah this week. There was a boisterous debate on the usefulness of new vs. old techniques which spilled over to twitter. And there were a ton of great talks and great skiing. Below, Alcino Silva (@alcinojsilva), Kay Tye (@kaymtye) and Jason Snyder (@jsnsndr) on the slopes. More pictures here.
Jonathan with the festivus pole. Pictures from our holiday party at the Red Room on Spadina.
A brand new lab… unpacking boxes… the boxes keep on coming… unpacked…pizza…back to work
(panoramas by Leo)
We’re moving in next week. The new Josselyn/Frankland lab at the Peter Gilgan Research and Learning Tower.
Alonso’s TGF-beta study is featured on the cover of this month’s Hippocampus.