Trainee Get-Togethers

HBHL trainees come from diverse backgrounds and locations, from the main campus to all McGill-affiliated institutions across Montreal. The objective of the monthly HBHL Trainee Get-Togethers is to provide an opportunity for trainees who are interested in neuroscience to network, learn from each other, and build collaborations. The Get-Togethers include a variety of research talks as well as social activities.

The HBHL Trainee Get-Togethers are organized by the HBHL Trainee Committee. All graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with an interest in neuroscience are welcome. Please send any inquiries to hbhl.trainees [at]


2018-2019 Trainee Get-Togethers


Presenters and presentation titles Sponsors

Oct. 29, 2018

HBHL Fellows Meet and Greet




Nov. 21, 2018

- Dr. David Stellwagen (keynote): The role of TNF in synaptic plasticity underlying behaviour

- Arna Ghosh (trainee of Drs. Marie-Helene Boudrias and Georgios Mitsis): Demystifying the effects of acute cardiovascular exercise on motor learning: A deep learning approach

- Ross Markello (trainee of Dr. Bratislav Mišić): Deriving clinical subtypes in de novo Parkinson's disease with multimodal data fusion




Jan. 15, 2019

- Dr. Mallar Chakravarty (keynote): Translational neuroimaging in the study of neurodevelopmental disorders

- Bernat de las Heras (trainee of Dr. Marc Roig): Promoting brain plasticity during sub-acute stroke: The interactive role of exercise and genotype

- Neelima Vaddadi (trainee of Dr. Jean Francois Cloutier): Role of Kirrels in axon targeting in the mouse olfactory system



Feb. 13, 2019

- Dr. Celia Greenwood (keynote): The potential of using hierarchical Bayesian models to estimate the effects of rare copy number changes on IQ in general population cohorts

- Amanda McFarlan (trainee of Dr. Jesper Sjöström): The characterization of Vip interneuron plasticity in the mouse motor cortex

- Caitlin Fowler (trainee of Dr. Jamie Near): A neuroimaging study of the effects of anti-inflammatory treatment in Alzheimer’s disease





Mar. 12, 2019

- Dr. Jesper Sjöström (keynote): Atypical NMDA receptor signalling at central synapses

- Anna Cook (trainee of Dr. Alanna Watt): Combination therapy: Can we combine diverse therapeutic strategies to achieve a full rescue of SCA6 pathology?

- Michalis Kassinopoulos (trainee of Dr. Georgios Mitsis): How to deal with physiological noise in fMRI



April 10, 2019

- Dr. Alanna Watt (keynote): Purkinje cell axonal torpedoes act homeostatically to enhance action potential fidelity and
cerebellar function

Manesh Girn (trainee of Dr. Nathan Spreng): Large-scale functional network dynamics underlying healthy cognitive aging

Alexandra Keinath (trainee of Dr. Mark Brandon): CA3 mediates remapping of the CA1 rate code by entryway



May 13, 2019

- Dr. Sylvain Baillet (keynote)

- Rana Ghafouri-Azar (trainee of Dr. Pia Wintermark): Sildenafil to repair cerebellar damage following hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

- Daryan Chitsaz (trainee of Dr. Tim Kennedy): Deep learning for high-throughput quantification of oligodendrocyte ensheathment at single-cell resolution



2017-2018 Trainee Get-Togethers


Presenters and presentation titles Sponsors

Oct. 16, 2017

All HBHL Fellows: meet and greet

Flyer and photos of the event

Bon Opus Bio

Nov. 21, 2017

- Dr. Laurence Kirmayer (keynote): The place of social science in HBHL: thinking through context
- Greg Kiar (trainee of Dr. Alan Evans): Enabling scalable, sustainable, and reliable big-data neuroscience
- Seung Hyun (Sam) Min (trainee of Dr. Robert Hess): The effect of patching duration on ocular dominance plasticity

Flyer and photos of the event

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Jan. 30, 2018

- Dr. Timothy Kennedy (keynote): Playing well with others in the McGill Program in Neuroengineering
- Vincent Laliberte (trainee of Dr. Lawrence Kirmayer): How can the social sciences contribute to the neurosciences?
- Carolina Makowski (trainee of Dr. Martin Lepage): The hippocampus and psychosis: Lessons from a little structure with big responsibilities

Flyer and photos of the event

Integrated DNA Technologies



Feb. 21, 2018

- Dr. Olaf Witkowski (keynote): From life to brains: The emergence of collective intelligence

- Kaitlyn Easson (trainee of Dr. Marie Brossard-Racine): Quantifying myelin integrity in youth born with congenital heart disease

- Edwin Wong (trainee of Dr. Timothy Kennedy): Animal models of Alzheimer's disease: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Flyer and photos of the event


Thermo Fisher Scientific

Mar. 13, 2018

- Dr. Robert Zatorre (keynote): From perception to pleasure: Musical processing in the brain

- Tyler Cannon (trainee of Dr. Samantha Gruenheid): Intestinal infection as a trigger for Parkinsonism in genetically susceptible hosts

- Isabella Straub (trainee of Dr. Eric Shoubridge): Functional studies on mitochondrial proteins CHCHD10 and CHCHD2 associated with neurodegenerative disease

Flyer and photos of the event


Apr. 18, 2018

- Dr. Suparna Choudhury (keynote): Critical neuroscience: The adolescent brain in its social context

- Ricardo Pizarro (trainee of Dr. Amir Shmuel): Using deep learning to automatically identify brain MRI contrast

- Andy Gao (trainee of Dr. Anne McKinney): How a cellular "traffic jam" impairs learning

Flyer and photos of the event



Trainee Get-togethers