Dr. Ines Violante – Brain state and polarity dependent modulation of brain networks by transcranial direct current stimulation

Hello everyone,

We hope you had a great weekend! Our next journal club will be Monday March 4th at 6:00 in IKB 461. The paper we will be reading is by Li et. al regarding transcranial direct current stimulation. We will also be discussing Dr. Ines Violante’s talk at the Centre for Brain Health taking place earlier on Monday at 12:00pm titled “Mapping the effects of transcranial electrical stimulation on brain function using fMRI”. Hope to see you on Monday at 6:00pm!

No Meeting This Week!

Thank you to everyone who attended our 3rd Annual UBC Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference last week! UBC Neuroscience Club will be taking a one-week hiatus and we will thus NOT be holding a meeting this evening. Our regular meetings will be resuming next Monday, February 11th from 6-7pm at IKB 461. Stay tuned for more information about what’s happening next week!

January Update

Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break! UBC Neuroscience Club is excited to kick off another year of exciting Journal Clubs, student seminars, and much more. Some important updates for the beginning of this year:

  • The 2019 UBC Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference will be taking place at the end of this month on Thursday, January 31st from 4-9pm at the Rudy North Lecture Theatre (basement of the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health). If you aren’t already a member of UNC and have yet to buy your tickets to the Conference, please visit this website to get your early-bird tickets: https://www.showpass.com/2018-ubc-undergraduate-neuroscience-conference/?fbclid=IwAR1ixRwdjcviUVsoZoRFhbvDpUs0UgqT5-vsM2fDCgWDAl_a9hPsBHniDlk
  • For the next month, UNC will be focusing all of our efforts on the Conference, so we will not be having any Journal Clubs or student seminars this month. Our regular meetings will resume on Monday, February 11th 2019 from 6-7pm at IKB 461. If you would be interested in helping UNC plan for the Conference, you are welcome to join us every Monday this month from 6-8pm at IKB 461. 

Thank you for all of your support and we wish you all the best for this upcoming semester!

Student Seminar – Parity, APOE4, and Alzheimer’s Disease

Next Monday, November 19th from 5:30-6:30 we will be having a student seminar by our own VP Academic, Nicole Minielly! Here is a short intro to her presentation:

Come join us for a student run seminar discussing Alzheimer’s disease, led by fourth year Behavioural Neuroscience student, Nicole Minielly. We will begin this seminar with a general overview of Alzheimer’s pathology and prevalence. Following this, we will be discussing past research examining how pregnancy and genetic predispositions increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive decline. We will also review ongoing and past research examining this phenomenon in rodent models.

Student Seminar – Impaired Glutamate Signalling in the Excitotoxic Phenotype of Huntington’s Disease

Come join us for a student seminar led by Eden Dubchak discussing the involvement of impaired glutamate signalling in the excitotoxic phenotype of Huntington’s Disease. Huntington’s Disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that produces cognitive, motor and psychiatric symptoms. Excitotoxicity, which is the damage or death of neurons caused by excessive overstimulation by an excitatory neurotransmitter, has been identified as a major pathway by which Huntington’s Disease induces neurodegeneration. The seminar will provide a brief overview of Huntington’s Disease, the evidence for excitoxicity as a pathogenic mechanism, the possible mechanisms behind impaired glutamate signaling, and how our understanding of the excitotoxic phenotype may still be incomplete.

Student Seminar – Infants From Families With Dogs Show Enhanced Communicative Development

We hope you’ve been having a great week! We are very excited to have our first student seminar next Monday October 29th from 5:30-6:30 in IKB 185. Our very own president, Mary Zhao, will be presenting on some her research involving babies and puppies- what could be better? Here is a short intro about what to look forward to:

Come join us for a student seminar led by Mary Zhao discussing the effects of early exposure to non-human vocalizations (specifically, dog barks) on language development in infants. Understanding social-communicative intent, by following a point or gaze, is a key early milestone in infants. It underlies later joint attention and is often a predictor of subsequent language development. It is currently unclear what boosts early point and gaze understanding, but preliminary research is showing that early exposure to pet dogs supports both. During the seminar, we will be taking a deeper look into how human coevolution with dogs may have changed the way the human brain processes language.

Staci Bilbo – Associations between maternal cytokine levels during gestation and measures of child cognitive abilities and executive functioning

Next Monday October 1 from 5:30-6:30 in IKB 185 is our first Journal Club of the year! Each Journal Club we will be analyzing an academic neuroscience paper as a group, and ensuring everyone understands the context. This week, we will be discussing a paper on the effects of cytokines released by the maternal and fetal immune system on fetal brain development. This is in preparation for the author, Dr. Staci D. Bilbo (from Harvard Medical School) to present at the Centre for Brain Health at UBC this Friday!

Apply to present at the 2020 UBC Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference!


The 4th Annual UBC Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference will be happening this year on Thursday, January 30th 2020 at the Rudy North Lecture Hall in the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health!

If you are an undergraduate student involved in neuroscience research, submit your abstract to present at this year’s conference by January 28th 2020 at 11:59pm.

Learn more about presenting here. 

Apply to be a presenter here!



Student Seminar – Information Processing in the Brain: From Single Neurons to Neural Circuits

Join us for UNC’s third Student Seminar of the year this week!

Time: Thursday March 22 @ 5:30 PM
Location: The Nest – Kingsmill Forum on the 4th floor
Student Presenter: Alireza Kamyabi
Title: “Information Processing in the Brain: From Single Neurons to Neural Circuits”
Snacks and Coffee will be provided.

In this seminar, we will trace the advancement of neuroscience from the study of single neuron to neural circuits and explore an exciting and emerging topic in neuroscience that is not extensively covered in the current undergraduate curriculum; namely the emergent properties of neural circuits and how behaviour is specified by distinct neuronal populations. As example, we will look at neural circuits governing innate social behaviours and memory and introduce the experimental techniques used to study large neural populations.