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PKM Restricts Dendritic Arbor Growth by Filopodial and Branch Stabilization within the Intact and Awake Developing Brain

Our November Journal Club will be happening on Monday, Nov 4, from 6-7pm in PCOH 1003!

For next week’s Journal Club, we will be going over a paper on the effects of PKM (a type of kinase) on filopodial dendritic arbor growth. It’s a really neat paper that looks at the molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal maturation during early brain development. So if you’re interested in neurons and cool images, come and check the journal club out!

Read the paper here! Try to at least skim it before the meeting to get familiar with the concepts and figures.

Don’t worry if you didn’t make it to the last meeting – everyone is welcome! This event requires paid membership to attend. Membership is only $5, and will grant you free entry into all of our events until the end of the academic year! Hope to see you all there!

Come to Research Night

The UBC Neuroscience Club will be hosting our very first Research NightMonday Oct 28th from 6-7pm in PCOH 1003! 

We will be having a panel featuring some of UNC’s executive team, speaking about their experience in Neuroscience research labs at UBC! The panelists come from diverse backgrounds, with experience in COGS, Behavioural Neuroscience, Public Health, and Biology research, that they became involved in through Directed Studies, WorkLearn, Volunteering, and Summer Positions. Come by to hear about all of the ways you can get involved in research at UBC!

This event is FREE for all members, and $2 for non-members. Memberships will also be sold at the event, which will grant you free entry to UNC events all year long!

CRISPR-Cas9 human gene replacement and phenomic characterization in Caenorhabditis elegans to understand the functional conservation of human genes and decipher variants of uncertain significance

Monday, September 30th from 6:00-7:00 is our first Journal Club of the year! At each Journal Club, we will be going through and discussing an academic neuroscience paper as a group in a way that everyone can understand. It’s a fantastic way to learn the ins and outs of reading scientific papers and about some of the newest innovations in the field of Neuroscience. This week, we will be discussing a paper that presents a strategy to better study variants of human genes that are implicated in various cognitive disorders, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, using model organisms, genetic engineering and automated machine vision. This paper was written by a PhD candidate from right here at UBC!

Read the paper!

Hope to see you there!

Come Visit us at Clubs Days!

The UNC will be holding a booth at AMS Clubs Days, which will be held in the Nest next week from Tuesday, Sept 17th – Friday, Sept 20th from 11 AM – 3PM. Our booth will be on the lower level of the Nest next to CiTR. Come by to ask our executive team all about our upcoming events, and how you can get involved with UNC this year! It is also a great opportunity to pay your $5 membership fee as required by the AMS, which will get you free entry to the 4th annual Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Conference, our monthly journal clubs, and other club events throughout the year.

Come Visit Us at Imagine Day!

The UBC Neuroscience Club will be participating in UBC’s Imagine Day this year, on Tuesday, September 3rd. Our booth will be located between the Beaty Biodiversity Museum and the Earth Science Building on the East side of Main Mall. Whether you are beginning your first year or your fifth, come visit our booth to chat with this year’s new executives, sign up for our mailing list, and learn about some exciting new events that we have planned for this year!