Acquired Brain Injury

The acquired brain injury journal club (ABIJC) is run by trainees in the Debert lab and aims to promote discussion on various aspects of acquired brain injury such as treatment, prognosis, and diagnostic techniques. Papers presented will be published within the last 3 years and can focus on any relevant topic surrounding traumatic brain injury. Meetings will last an hour and will feature 2 papers with each presentation lasting 10-15 minutes and then an additional 15-20 minutes for discussion following each presentation.

Sessions will be hosted the second Tuesday of each month starting at 2pm and will be held on zoom.

If you are interested in being added to the email list or presenting, please contact

Channels, Synapses & Circuits

The focus of this Journal Club is to critically dissect novel (and/or seminal) original research articles that fall within the overarching 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.

Alternating Fridays at 3:30-4:30pm


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Developmental Neuroimaging

The Developmental Neuroimaging Journal Club focuses on the healthy development of the human brain, developmental disorders, and intervention studies conducted using neuroimaging techniques in a pediatric population. Our journal club emphasizes the use of neuroimaging to produce an understanding of developmental trajectories and how changes in the brain may underlie important topics in mental health.



Held on Zoom

Extreme Physiology

This journal club is organized by Dr. Poulin's lab trainees and aims to discuss mechanisms of acclimatization and adaptations in various extreme environmental conditions, such as high altitude, space, intermittent hypoxia or hypercapnia (i.e., obstructive sleep apnea), and hypothermia/hyperthermia. Other topics of interest are sleep and aging. Trainees are invited to present recent original publications (maximum 1-year-old) that highlight technological innovations and/or other types of interventions (e.g., exercise) that assist individuals to adapt and regulate in extreme environments. 

Every Monday at 1 PM MST


Held on Zoom

Healthy Brain Aging and Dementia

In our journal club, we discuss any paper related to healthy brain aging and dementia, including but not limited to neurodegeneration and neuroimmunology. We typically have 1 basic and 1 clinical paper presented each session, followed by questions and discussions. We are always open for more presenters and look forward to discussing papers!

Last Wednesday of every month at 2pm


Held on Zoom

Multiple Sclerosis

This Journal Club reviews inspiring pieces of work. 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 connection to multiple sclerosis research. This journal club will be open to MS-interested trainees, clinicians and researchers from UofC, UofA, UofL and MRU. Each week two research groups will participate in presenting the paper. A lead presenter from one of the research groups will select the article and assign figures to participants.

Second or third Thursday of each month at 3-4pm 


Hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual options available)

Neural Systems & Behaviour

This Journal Club reviews current literature in the field of behavioral 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 behaviors 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.

Alternating Fridays at 3:30-4:30pm

Room: 1405B

Pediatric Health and Neurodevelopment

In this journal club, we will review clinical, basic, and translational research studies aimed at better understanding child development and improving the health and wellness of children living with neurodevelopmental disorders using innovative technologies such as neuroimaging, brain stimulation, robotics, machine learning, computational neuroscience, neurological/psychiatric applications in a clinical setting, etc... 

The journal club is open to all undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows interested in pediatric health and neurodevelopment.


Alternating Thursdays at noon.

Held on Zoom

Science Writing

We cover a wide variety of topics to help improve your science writing abilities. Every session we have fun presentations, workshops, and more...

This year we will be focussing on lay abstracts, grant applications, article writing, pop science writing, social media, and many others!

We are excited to welcome speakers from other faculties and programs as well. Among those speakers include science communicator Jay Ingram as well as Sarah Hewitt.

Alternating Fridays at 1:00pm


Held on Zoom

Translational Research and Precision Medicine

This Journal Club covers basic science, clinical research, and patient perspectives, and aims to be a forum for discussing translational research and precision medicine. Every month, we will host a two hour session revolving around a specific neurological disease or mental illness. Each session will feature basic science and clinical research on that topic by having presenters discuss one paper from each perspective. Additionally, we will also feature a patient guest speaker to speak about their perspective and experiences with that illness.

First Thursday of the month at noon


Held on Zoom