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Five(!) Upcoming KCN Events

posted Jan 18, 2018, 6:09 AM by Frances Skinner   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 3:56 PM ]

The next 5 KCN events will be selected lectures from a seminar style graduate course in Computational Neuroscience  

Time: 1:30 PM (note different time from previous KCN events!)
Location (same): 4KD503, Krembil Discovery Tower, 60 Leonard Ave.

January 25
Topic: Mean field/firing rate models
Speaker: Sue Ann Campbell (Waterloo)
February 8
Topic: Dynamical analysis of neuronal excitability
Speaker: Steve Prescott (Sickkids)
March 1
Topic: Reinforcement learning in sensorimotor networks
Speaker: Doug Tweed (Toronto)
March 15
Topic: The probabilistic brain: A (hopefully) gentle introduction to population coding and related questions
Speaker: Jeremie Lefebvre (Krembil)
March 29 
Topic: Biological variability and model databases
Speaker: Frances Skinner (Krembil)

KCN end-of-year outing!

posted Dec 21, 2017, 10:13 AM by Frances Skinner

It's wonderful having a resident artiste! - thx Jeremie!  

...and thx for pics Alexandra!  

Fun first KCN outing!  Happy holidays everyone!!

Physiology appreciation and congrats!

posted Dec 21, 2017, 10:08 AM by Frances Skinner

Thank you Alex for presenting for our lab and giving a "Lightning Talk" at the Physiology retreat on Dec 8th - forced me to make one (!) slide and now sits on my Research website.   

And a big congrats to Alex for getting at poster prize at this year's Physiology BRAIN day!!!! enjoy the coffee.

.... and I will enjoy my unexpected raffle win at Physiology lunch raffle :)

Krembil Halloween

posted Nov 5, 2017, 3:47 AM by Frances Skinner   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 4:40 PM ]

This guy is here to tell you that for the 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest at Krembil:

"The best (computer) pumpkin was....! 

But for official purposes........  Dear Institute,

Thank you to everyone who entered a pumpkin into Krembil’s 3rd Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest and to everyone who came by to cast a vote. The competition was fierce!  

After a tally of 156 votes, we are happy to announce the winner of this year’s contest:  Pumpkin # 1 - Weaver Lab.  Congratulations to Yanfei Wang, Leela Anagani, Imindu Liyanage, Seung-Pil Yang and Mark Reed! Please come to 4KD478, KDT to claim your prize!

A big thank you as well to members of the Trainee Affairs Committee (TAC) for staging our event room and to the Krembil Administration team for their donation of delicious treats! We look forward to next year!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween,

Carley & Amy

RIP: John Lisman (1944-2017)

posted Oct 30, 2017, 7:02 PM by Frances Skinner   [ updated Nov 15, 2017, 6:18 AM ]

"I first met John while postdoc’ing with Eve and was fortunate to have hosted him as a distinguished speaker a few times in Toronto.

I have a distinct memory of John telling me “welcome to the black hole!” when I told him that I was now doing modeling in the hippocampus – this worried me a bit at the time, especially since my husband is an astrophysicist, but I have stuck with the hippocampus so far. This was great because the subsequent overlap led to me getting to know John and his work more than I might have otherwise. I was able to benefit from the depth of his knowledge and have discussions about ‘bistability’ modeling in his work…

Reading the comments and watching the memorial service have been lovely to appreciate the type of whole person he was and how lucky I am to have had a chance to interact with him.

Thank you."

Memorable words from the memorial:

Death is not always tragic.  If we have enough years to test our skills, if we can see and enjoy the results of that work, if we can nurture our family and have them near, if we can love our friends and share their pains and pleasures over many seasons, if we have the time to develop our own unique style and know that it will not be easily forgotten, if we can die quickly without the agonies of prolonged suffering, then death is not tragic.  Our loss is very difficult.  John's death was not tragic.  (due to Rabbi Sherwin Wine, as cited by John's wife).

Congrats to Dr. Vlad Sekulic!!!

posted Oct 21, 2017, 9:43 AM by Frances Skinner   [ updated Nov 3, 2017, 7:03 AM ]

Not surprisingly.... we now have a new DR.!! in the lab!  

Many many congrats to Dr. Vlad and many thanks to Dr. Astrid for coming from Emory!  

Still seems a bit surreal that you will soon be leaving us...


Fall KCN Events!

posted Oct 16, 2017, 2:43 PM by Frances Skinner   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 2:45 PM ]

Exciting times for Krembil Computational Neuroscience (KCN) Events this Fall!  

September - from Maurice Chacron (McGill), we learnt about how electric fish can inform our understanding of sensory coding in the primate vestibular system, and more...  
October - from Astrid Prinz (Emory), we will learn about ensemble modeling....  
November  - we will learn from Sean Hill (CAMH)...

Stay Tuned!!

End of Summer

posted Sep 5, 2017, 5:49 AM by Frances K. Skinner   [ updated Sep 5, 2017, 11:09 AM by Frances Skinner ]

Venezuelan Kensington lunch treat time - Thanks Anton!! 

Lab lunch treat - end of summer for Anton, and gearing up for Vlad final final.....    

Happy Fall All - hey, that rhymes.... 

.....and oh yeah, there was that amazing event on Aug 21 - actual pic from where we were (as viewed by the naked eye) - courtesy family member.  

Summer congrats to the A's!

posted Aug 25, 2017, 8:30 AM by Frances Skinner   [ updated Aug 25, 2017, 8:31 AM ]

Diamond ring effect of 2017 total solar eclipse on Aug 21 - WOW!  

On this note, congratulations to both A's in the lab! 

Alex - ORT Travel Award for SfN2017  
Alexandra - Unilever OSOTF Award  


posted Jul 31, 2017, 5:51 AM by Frances Skinner   [ updated Jul 31, 2017, 5:54 AM ]

Finally out in an official capacity (but earlier via bioarxiv).  Whew!! 

To quote: 
"Dear Authors,
Congratulations on the publication of your manuscript "Combining theory, model and experiment to explain how intrinsic theta rhythms are generated in an in vitro whole hippocampus preparation without oscillatory inputs" by Katie Ferguson, Alexandra Chatziklaymniou, and Frances Skinner in eNeuro, an open-access journal from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN)."

Now onward and building in many capacities!   

Also, note the following LINK.

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