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Submitted by seaeaton on Thu, 09/24/2015 - 3:45pm

Journal clubs are a great place to learn more about the research and interests of co-workers and researchers who work in other laboratories. They are also a great place to expand your knowledge beyond the scope of your own subject matter and gain a solid knowledge base. 
It is mandatory that each graduate student attend at least one journal club, and present in that journal club. Here are a list of the journal clubs that trainees can attend and a brief description of their topics. Note that the coordinators and locations of some journal clubs change regularly, please email the organizer for date/location confirmations and update emails. If you are interested in starting a journal club with a topic not covered by below, please email Jo Anne Stratton <jo.stratton@ucalgary.ca> .

Journal Clubs

Acquired Brain Injury

Acquired Brain Injury

ORGANIZER:  Chris Duszynski <christopher.duszynsk@ucalgary.ca> & Aneesh Khetani <aneesh.khetani@gmail.com>                   

WHEN/WHERE: Last Wednesday of each month at 4-5:30pm (room varies, Alberta Children's Hospital)

WHAT: This Journal Club covers current literature with translatable or clinical applications in acquired brain injury, with topics covering cellular/systems neuroscience, animal modeling, imaging and other detection modalities, neuropsychological and clinical outcomes. Presenters (2 per session) can either delve in depth into one article or compare multiple articles (cell/systems to clinical).

Channels, Synapses & Circuits

Channels, Synapses & Circuits

ORGANIZER: Phil Comers <phil.colmers@ucalgary.ca>

WHEN/WHERE: Fridays at 9:30-10:30am (room varies, Foothills)

WHAT: The focus of this Journal Club is to critically dissect novel (and/or seminal) original research articles that fall within the over-arching fields of ion channel/synaptic physiology; from the level of basic synaptic transmission and channel biophysics to the functional consequences on neural circuits and behaviour. The papers we discuss commonly employ distinct techniques that include, but are not limited to, electrophysiology (patch clamp), laser-scan imaging, molecular biology, optogenetic manipulations, and behavioural assays. We do not restrict papers based on the research topic (for example, learning & memory, addiction, stress, neuropathology) or model systems, but rather that the research questions must involve interrogation of ion channel function and/or the synapse. Please note that our JC time (Friday 9:30am) conflicts with a 1st year subject. If this affects you, please be sure to join another JC for your 1st year then join us in your 2nd year!

Developmental Neuroimaging

Developmental Neuroimaging

ORGANIZER: Cynthia Kahl <cynthia.kahl@ucalgary.ca> & Manu Schuetze <manuschuetze@gmail.com>

WHEN/WHERE: Alternating Thursdays at 3-4pm (room varies, Alberta Children’s Hospital)

WHAT: The Developmental Neuroimaging Journal Club focuses on a range of topics including: healthy development, developmental disorders, mental health, and intervention studies conducted using neuroimaging techniques.

Developmental Neuroscience

Developmental Neuroscience

ORGANIZER: Sarah McFarlane <smcfarla@ucalgary.ca>

WHEN/WHERE: Contact organizer (room varies, Foothills)

WHAT: This Journal Club reviews current literature in the field of developmental neuroscience. Emphasis is placed on fundamental, cutting-edge discoveries and technologies that have significant impact on enhancing our understanding of the mechanisms that control development of neural tissues and cells.

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

ORGANIZER: Avery Berman <avery.berman2@ucalgary.ca>

WHEN/WHERE: Alternating Wednesdays at 11am-12pm (HSC 2903)

WHAT: This Journal Club encourages presenters to choose articles that are of interest to them in the field of fMRI. We review articles over a range of topics including brain physiology, cognitive neuroscience and clinical applications, such as, epilepsy, psychiatry, and systemic disease using a variety of fMRI techniques. We also cover general methods in resting-state fMRI, task-based fMRI, combined EEG-fMRI and DTI-fMRI, and acquisition/analysis techniques.

Mental Illness

Mental Illness

ORGANIZER:  Dan Devoe <djadevoe@ucalgary.ca> & Sylvia Romanowska <sylvia.romanowska@ucalgary.ca>                 

WHEN/WHERE: Every second Friday of the month, 3:00-4:00pm (TRW Building, room varies)

WHAT: The Mental Illness Journal Club covers current issues in psychiatry and psychology. Topics will cover psychopathology, treatment paradigms, research methods, and psychopharmacology. One presenter per meeting will cover a paper of their choice, followed by group discussion.

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis

ORGANIZER: Jessie Keough <jtrufyn@ucalgary.ca  

WHEN/WHERE: First Friday of the month at 3-4pm (room varies, Foothills)

WHAT: This Journal Club reviews inspiring pieces of work (not critique mediocre ones). The range of acceptable topics is broad (e.g. axon regeneration, biomarkers, demyelination/remyelination, genetics, immunology, stem cells, clinical trials, etc.) but there must be a clear or potential connection to multiple sclerosis research. Two active roles are available per meeting. 1) Presenter prepares and presents the article. 2) Discussant moderates the discussion.

N3 Talks

N3 Talks

ORGANIZER: Ephrem Zewdie <ephrem.zewdie@ucalgary.ca>  

WHEN/WHERE: Last Friday of the month, 11:00-12:00pm (G382, room may vary)

WHAT: This Journal Club is about the non-invasive neurostimulation network (N3).  N3 Investigators use Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to non-invasively stimulate small targeted regions of the brain with applications in research related to: movement disorders, mental health, cerebral palsy and neurodevelopmental disorders, neurorehabilitation, pediatric traumatic brain injury and concussion, pain and neuromuscular fatigue.

Neural Systems & Behaviour

Neural Systems & Behaviour

ORGANIZER: Linda Kim <lhkim@ucalgary.ca> & Churmy Fan <churmyf@ucalgary.ca>

WHEN/WHERE: Alternating Fridays at 3-4pm (room varies, Foothills) (alternates with Neuroinflammation)

WHAT: This Journal Club reviews current literature in the field of behavioural neuroscience and neuroethology at a systems level. Emphasis will be placed on examination of work employing novel, cutting-edge methods to better understand the how circuits in the nervous system interact to control a number of behaviours in a variety of model and non-model organisms; including, cognitive (i.e. memory and learning, reward and feeding, stress, etc.), motor (i.e. voluntary movement, prehension, locomotion, respiration, etc.), sensory (i.e. somatosensory, pain, vision, hearing, olfaction, etc.), neural injury & repair, and autonomic topics.

Neuroinflammation

Neuroinflammation

ORGANIZERS:   inflamjc@ucalgary.ca

WHEN/WHERE: Alternating Fridays at 3-4pm (room varies, Foothills) (alternating with Neural Systems & Behaviour)

WHAT: The Neuroinflammation Journal Club covers topics relating to inflammatory events in the CNS and peripheral inflammation that effects the CNS. There are a wide range of topics and diseases that can be covered including; inflammation triggered origins of developmental diseases, inflammation in aging, stress and disease states, immune cells and immune reactions of the CNS, and much more.  Journal Club members are expected to, at least once per year, present a journal article and be a discussant on another paper.

Science Writing

Science Writing Journal Club

ORGANIZERS: Vienna Doenni and Jeffrey Kenzie <sciencewriterscalgary@gmail.com>

WHEN/WHERE: Alternating Fridays at 1:15pm (room varies, Foothills)

WHAT: This journal club focuses on writing entertaining journalistic pieces on the latest research.

Please contact the organizers for date/location confirmations & update emails

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