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The NeuroWire Virtual Club brings together neuroscientists across the world to discuss novel findings in the field of neural circuits through an open virtual forum. Organized by Dr. Lisa Topolnik (www.topolniklab.ca), professor at the Neuroscience Axis of the CRCHUQ-Laval University Research Centre, NeuroWire Club is hosting numerous virtual events ranging from expert talks to group debates with leaders in the neural circuit field to discuss recent discoveries and identify new challenging directions.

Join the club to stay connected and receive Zoom links for all upcoming events.

Next Talk

December 8
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Melissa Warden

Cornell University. USA
https://wardenlab.org/

Neuromodulation and the balance between goal-directed and reactive behavior

Striking an adaptive balance between persistently pursuing goals and reacting quickly to important environmental events is essential for survival. 

Here, I will discuss the role of neuromodulation in regulating this balance, and I will describe our recent work on this topic using optical methods to monitor and control the activity of serotonin and dopamine neurons and their inputs in freely behaving mice. 

First, I will present evidence that phasic activity in dorsal raphe serotonin neurons promotes a fast, state-dependent behavioral/emotional reaction, and will discuss the implications of this finding for the therapeutic efficacy of drugs that target the serotonin system. Then, I will present evidence that progressively rising activity in ventral tegmental area dopamine neurons during approach to rewards signifies the use of an internal model of progress toward a goal. Finally, I will present our recent findings that lateral habenula tonic activity serves as a neutral valence brake on reward-seeking behavior. 

Refereed publications

Upcoming talks 2022 - 2023

December 15
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Gina Poe
University of California, Los Angeles. USA
https://poe-sleeplab.weebly.com/

January 12
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Takaki Komiyama
University of California, San Diego. USA
https://komiyamalab.biosci.ucsd.edu

January 19
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Eve Marder
Brandeis University. USA
https://blogs.brandeis.edu/marderlab/

January 26
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Aparna Suvrathan
McGill University. Canada
https://suvrathanlab.org

February 2
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Tim Viney University of Oxford. United Kingdom https://www.pharm.ox.ac.uk/research/viney-group

February 9
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Flavio Donato
University of Basel. Switzerland
https://www.donatolab.com/

February 16
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Moriel Zelikowsky
University of Utah. USA
https://www.zelikowskylab.com

February 23
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Andrew MacAskill
University College London. United Kingdom
https://www.macaskilllab.com

March 2
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Mark Cembrowski
Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia. Canada
https://www.cembrowskilab.com

March 9
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Nelson Spruston
Janelia Research Campus. USA
https://www.janelia.org/people/nelson-spruston

March 16
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Thomas Klausberger
Center for Brain Research, Medical University Vienna. Austria
https://www.meduniwien.ac.at/research-laboratories/thomas-klausberger

March 23
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Bruce L. McNaughton
University of California, Irvine. USA
https://sites.uci.edu/mcnaughtonlab/

March 30
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Arjun Krishnaswami
McGill University. Canada
https://www.swamylab.com

April 6
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Matthew Lovett-Barron
University of California, San Diego. USA
https://www.lovettbarronlab.com

April 13
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Adil Ghani Khan
King’s College London. United Kingdom
https://devneuro.org/cdn/group-overview

April 20
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Lisa Giocomo
Stanford University, School of Medicine. USA
https://giocomolab.weebly.com

April 27
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Samuel S. Wang
Princeton University. USA
https://scholar.princeton.edu/wanglab

May 4
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Rose Bagot
McGill University. Canada
https://www.bagotlab.org

May 11
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Jesse Jackson
University of Alberta. Canada
https://sites.google.com/view/jjlab/home

May 18
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Shantanu Jadhav
Brandeis University. USA
http://www.bio.brandeis.edu/jadhavlab/index.html

May 25
10-00 to 11-00 EST

Stéphane Ciocchi
University of Bern. Switzerland
https://www.neuroscience.unibe.ch/research_groups

We offer seminar co-hosting opportunities to young investigators across the globe.
To learn on how to become a co-host, please contact Lisa Topolnik at lisa.topolnik@bcm.ulaval.ca
 

Our 2022-2023 co-hosts

Aparna Suvrathan

Assistant Professor
McGill University

Mark Cembrowski

Assistant Professor
University of British Columbia

Bénédicte Amilhon

Assistant Professor
Université de Montréal

Lisa Topolnik​

Professor
Université Laval