Killam Seminar Series 2017-2018

Supported by the generosity of the Killam Trusts, the MNI's Killam Seminar Series invites outstanding guest speakers whose research is of interest to the scientific community at the MNI and McGill University.

Seminars are held on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 pm in the de Grandpré Communications Centre in the Brain Tumour Research Centre.  In the spirit of the MNI designation as an Open Science Institute some lecturers have agreed to have their lectures live-streamed on the MNI Youtube channel.  The live link is available below for individual speakers.

For information on the series, please contact
Dr. Alyson Fournier
Telephone: (514) 398-3154 or
killamlectures.mni [at] (Email)

Date Speaker Lecture Host Watch Live
September 12, 2017

Hitoshi Fukuda

Kochi University Hospital

Clinical Research of Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Hemorrhage in a Single Center Setting Benjamin W. Y. Lo
September 19, 2017

Tal Yarkoni

University of Texas

What the Automation of Science Means for the Future of Neuroimaging Alain Dagher  
September 25, 2017        
October 3, 2017 Benjamin N.R. Cheyettte

Lithium Alters Behavior, Dendritic Spines and Glutamatergic

Synapses Via Gsk3

Ed Ruthazer

October 10, 2017


Ricardo Komotar

University of Miami

Laser Ablation for Brain Tumors - Technology Overview and Operative Technique

Roberto Diaz
October 17, 2017

Mauro Costa-Mattioli

Baylor University

Hijacking Normal Brain Function:  More Than a Gut Feeling Wayne Sossin  
November 2, 2017


Yoshua Bengio

University of Montreal

Deep Learning    
November 7, 2017        
November 10, 2017 Grafstein Lecture      
November 14, 2017 Society for Neuroscience Meeting      
November 21, 2017


Dr. Kim Green, University of California

  Jack Antel  
November 28, 2017

Piu Chan

Beijing Institute of Geriatrics and Department of Neurology at Xuanwu Hospital of Capital University of medical Sciences

Molecular Classification of Sporadic Parkinson's Disease Julien Doyon  
December 5, 2017

Ken Nakamura

University of California

Mitochondrial Fission and Turnover in Neurodegeneration Ted Fon
December 12, 2017        
January 9, 2018        
January 16, 2018

Gianmaria Maccaferri

Northwestern University

Cajal-Retzius Cells of the Hippocampal Network Massimo Avoli
January 23, 2018        
January 30, 2018

Kristopher Kahle

Yale School of Medicine

Human Genetics and Molecular Mechanisms of Hydrocephalus

Guy Rouleau  
February 6, 2018

Jeffrey Goldberg

Stanford University

Retinal Ganglion Cell Differentiation and Integration Leonard Levin
February 13, 2018 Tony Hakim Holmes Lecture    
February 20, 2018

Hans-Jurgen Thiesen

University Medicine Rostock

KRAB ZNF Genes in Neuroscience:  the Holy Grail of Primate Evolution Thomas Durcan  
February 27, 2018

Emery Brown

Harvard Medical School

Deciphering the Dynamics of the Unconscious Brain Under General Anesthesia Christopher Pack  
March 6, 2018

Graeme Davis

University of California

The Stable Brain:  Homeostatic Control of Neural Function Gary Armstrong  
March 13, 2018

Murray Blackmore

Marquette, University

Optimal Combinations of Transcription Factors for Axon Regeneration in the Central Nervous System

Alyson Fournier

March 20, 2018 Carsten Bonnemann GEORGE KARPATI LECTURE Ken Hastings  
March 27, 2018

Sanjay Sisodiya

University College London

Precision Medicine in the Epilepsies:  What Could it Look Like? Andrea Bernasconi  
April 3, 2018

Bert't Hart

The Netherlands and University Medical Center Groningen

B Cells in Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis, Lessons from a Primate Jack Antel
April 10, 2018

Hannes Vogel

Stanford University

Cytochrome Oxidase Deficiency and the Meaning of Life Jason Karamchandani  
April 17, 2018

Jessica Filosa

Augusta University

Vasculo-Neuronal Coupling in Cardiovascular Disease Edith Hamel
April 24, 2018

Gregory Scherrer

Stanford University

The Neural Basis of Pain Experience and Its Control by Opioids Philippe Seguela  
May 1, 2018 KAC Elliott Lecture   Barbara Jones  
May 8, 2018

Simon Ametamey

Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zurich

  Elaine Kobayashi  
May 15, 2018 Canadian Association for Neuroscience Meeting      
May 22, 2018

Hughlings Jackson Lecture 2018

Juan Bonifacino


Mechanisms of Polarized Organelle Distribution in Neurons Peter McPherson  
May 29, 2018

Joseph Kable

University of Pennsylvania

  Lesley Fellows
June 5, 2018

Karim Benchenane

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

  Adrien Peyrache