Killam Seminar Series Past lectures



Date Speaker Lecture Host
September 8, 2015

Dr. Christophe Bernard

INS-Institut de Neurosciences des Systemes

Mechanisms of Seizure Genesis and Propagation Massimo Avoli
September 15, 2015      
September 22, 2015      
September 29, 2015 Aaron McGee Exploring Critical Periods and Plasticity of Neural Circuits with Mouse Vision Alyson Fournier
October 6, 2015
3:30 pm
Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre
  NeurExcellence - Lifetime Achievement Awards Ceremony  
October 13, 2015      
October 20, 2015   SFN Conference  
October 27, 2015 Shawn Ferguson Lysosome Function, Dysfunction and Neurodegenerative Disease Peter McPherson
November 3, 2015 Yoland Smith

Degeneration of the Thalamostriatal System: A Potential Source of Cognitive

Impairments in Parkinson's Disease

Abbas Sadikot
November 10, 2015 Jack Rosenbluth Myelinated Nerve Fibres:  Past History and Future Prospects Tim Kennedy
November 17, 2015 Steve Lacroix The Role of Inflammation and Interleukin-1 in Spinal Cord Pathologies Alyson Fournier
November 24, 2015 Thomas Langer Mitochondrial Proteases, Membrane Dynamics and Neurodegeneration Edward Fon
December 1, 2015

Qiufu Ma

Department of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

Identification of Spinal Circuits Transmitting Mechanical Pain-Related Information Philippe Seguela
December 8, 2015

Ragnhildur Thora Karadottir

University of Cambridge

Neuronal Regulation of (re)myelination Edward Ruthazer
December 15, 2015

Christine DiDonato

Lurie Children's Hospital & Stanley manne Research Institute

Spinal Muscular Atrophy:  Defining Mechanisms Underlying Motor Unit Degeneration and Developing Targeted Therapeutics

Heather Durham
January 12, 2016

Alla Guekht

Professor of Neurology, Russian National Research Medical

Stroke and Seizures: Risk Factors and Mechanisms Eva Andermann
January 19, 2016

Juan Bilbao

University of Toronto

Shades of Pathology in One Thousand Sural Nerves Jason Karamchandani
January 26, 2016

Sydney Cash

Massachusetts General Hospital

Inhibition, Excitation and Networks in Focal Seizures

Jean Gotman
February 2, 2016      
February 9, 2016      
February 16, 2016

Graziella Di Cristo

Centre de Recherch , CHU Ste-Justine

University of Montreal

Mechanisms Regulating GABAergic Circuit Connectivity in the Postnatal Cortex Edward Ruthazer
February 23, 2016      
March 1, 2016      
March 8, 2016

Chenghua Gu

Harvard Medical School

Interactions Between Nervous and Vascular Systems in the CNS Jean-Francois Cloutier
March 15, 2016

Sanjay Bidchandani

University of Oklahoma, Medical School

The Epigenetic Defect in Friedreich Ataxia Heather Durham
March 22, 2016      
March 29, 2016 Nathan Staff

The Use of iPSC-derived Sensory Neurons from Patients to Study Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Rami Massie
April 5, 2016

Olaf Sporns

Indiana University

Modeling Communication Dynamics in the Human Connectome

Alain Dagher
April 12, 2016 Yu Tian Wang Critical Roles of AMPA Receptor Endocytosis in Learning and Memory Wayne Sossin
April 19, 2016 Miratul Muqit Decoding Parkins's Disease - The Role of the PINK1 Kinase Edward Fon
April 26, 2016

Bradford B. Lowell, MD, PhD,

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jerzy Olszewski 2016: The Neural Wiring Diagram for Hunger: Using Cre/lox Tools to Discover its Basis Barbara Jones
May 3, 2016

Hans-Christian Pape

Institute of Physiology I
Westfaelische Wilhelms-University

Rhythms of Fear in the Amygdala and Beyond – Mechanisms of Fear Memory and Extinction

Massimo Avoli
May 10, 2016

Julian Meeks

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Functional Organization of the Accessory Olfactory Bulb and a New Class of Natural Vomeronasal Chemosignals

Jean-Francois Cloutier

May 17, 2016

Massimo Zeviani, MD, PhD, Professor, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK


George Karpati lecture: Genes and Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Neurodegeneration Eric Shoubridge

May 24, 2016

Martyn Goulding, Professor, The Stalk Institute, California, USA

Albert Aguayo Lecture: Sensorimotor Circuits in the Spinal Cord:  From Genes to Behavior  
May 31, 2016      



Date Speaker Lecture Host
September 9, 2014

Daniel Colón-Ramos, PhD
Department of Cell Biology
Yale University School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Synapse Location During Growth Depend on Glia Location Tim Kennedy
September 16, 2014
Anna Devor
Neurovascular Imaging Laboratory
University of California
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Neurovascular Coupling  Edith Hamel
September 23, 2014
Michael Fardeau
Professor Emeritus
Institut de Myologie
Unite de Morphologie Neuromusculaire
An History of Myology, from Erasistratos to Duchenne de Boulogne  Bernard Brais
September 30, 2014
Francisco Quintana
Center for Neurologic Diseases
Brigham and Women's hospital
Harvard Medical School
Regulation of CNS Inflammation  Amit Bar-Or
October 7, 2014  Paul Bolam
Department of Pharmacology
MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology unit
Oxford, UK
Dopamine Neurons, Synapses and Susceptibility in Parkinson's Disease  Abbas Sadikot
October 14, 2014  Mike Crair
Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Program
Department of Neurobiology
Yale University School of Medicine
Activity-Dependent Neural Circuit Development Prior to Sensory Experience  Ed Ruthazer
October 16, 2014       Melancon Lecture  
October 17, 2014      Beatty Lecture  
October 21, 2014      
October 28, 2014   Gairdner Lecture  

November 4, 2014

Sliman Bensmaia
Associate Professor
University of Chicago
Biological and Bionic Hands:  Natural Neural Coding and Artificial Perception Christopher Pack
November 11, 2014      

November 18, 2014 

  Society for Neuroscience
November 15-19, 2014
Washington, DC
November 25, 2014      

December 2, 2014

Aziz Moqrich
Research Director
Aix-Marseille University and CNRS
Functional Significance of Primary Sensory Neurons Diversity: A Focus on Chronic Pain Philippe Seguela
December 9, 2014      
December 16, 2014      
January 13, 2015 Hideto Takahashi
Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montreal 
Cell Adhesion System that Induces CNS Synapse Development
Cell Adhesion System that Induces CNS Synapse Development Tim Kennedy

January 20, 2015

Ingmar Blümcke
Professor of Neuropathology
University of Erlangen
Histopathological Consensus Classifications for Epilepsy and Tumors 
Andrea Bernasconi
January 27, 2015

Bernardo S. Sabatini
Department of Neurobiology
Howard Hughes Medical School
Harvard Medical School
KAC Elliott Lecture: Unexpected Interactions in the Basal Ganglia Barbara Jones
February 3, 2015
Claudia Lucchinetti
Professor Neurology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN
Neuromyelitis Optica: a Systemic Autoimmune Channelopathy Jack Antel
February 10, 2015      
February 17, 2015
Gene Major
Senior Investigator
Bethesda, Maryland
The biology of JC Virus induced demyelination in the human brain: from clinical symptoms of PML to viral gene regulation Amit Bar-Or
February 24, 2015

Brigitte Kieffer, PhD
Scientific Director
Douglas Research Centre
Opiod receptors and brain function: from the gene to behavior Phil Barker
March 3, 2015

Diana Bautista
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular & Cell Biology
Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
Berkeley, CA
Scratching beneath the surface of itch, touch and pain Philippe Seguela
March 10, 2015      
March 17, 2015

David Zald
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Psychology Department
Vanderbilt University

Neural and Neuropharmacological Substrates of Motivation and Salience Robert Zatorre
March 24, 2015 Steven Finkbeiner, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Neurology and Physiology
University of California, San Francisco
Senior Investigator and Associate Director, Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease
Director, Taube/Koret Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research
and Hellman Family Foundation Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program
Unraveling neurodegenerative disease with single cell analysis, artificial intelligence, and human disease models Edward Fon
March 31, 2015 


Joshua Buckholtz
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Harvard University

Brain Circuit Mechanisms for Human Self-Control Alain Dagher
April 7, 2015

Jonathan Smallwood
Department of Psychology
York Neuroimaging Centre
York University
Escaping the Here and Now:  A Neurocognitive Investigation of Self-Generated Thought Neda Ladbon Bernasconi
April 14, 2015
Charleen Chu
Professor of Pathology
University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine
Mitochondrial dynamics and dendrite remodeling in Parkinson’s disease. Edward Fon
April 21, 2015 Thomas Schwarz
F.M. Kirby Neurobiology Centre
Children's Hospital
Harvard University
Moving and Removing Mitochondria Edward Fon
April 28, 2015
William Cafferty
Assistant Professor
Yale School of Medicine
Novel Cell Autonomous Modulators of CNS Axon Growth Alyson Fournier
May 5, 2015

Russell A. Poldrack
Professor of Psychology & Neurobiology
University of Texas at Austin
Imaging Research Centre
The Neural Basis of Behavioral Change Lesley Fellows
May 12, 2015

Christopher Deppmann
Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
University of Virginia
Mechanisms Governing Assembly and Disassembly of the Nervous System Phil Barker
May 19, 2015 Patrik Verstreken
K.U. Leuven
Department of Human Genetics VIB
Centre for the Biology of Disease
TBA Hiroshi Tsuda
May 26, 2015  James Dowling
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto  
George Karpati Lecture Ken Hastings
May 26, 2015   Canadian Association for Neuroscience
Vancouver, BC, Canada
May 24-27, 2015