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 10 - 11 AM 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!

Second to last Wednesday every month


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/Third Friday of the month at 3-4pm 


Held on Zoom

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



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 in Person

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


Online as of now - TBD for Fall 2022

Undergraduate Neuroscience

This journal club is a neuroscience-themed club for undergraduate summer students affiliated with the Hotchkiss Brain Institute. As neuroscience undergraduates come from vastly different neuroscience fields, we will not restrict our journal club to a specific topic or perspective in neuroscience. Instead, presenters will choose and present any neuroscience journal article they like (or dislike). We have three goals: 1) develop critical thinking skills in undergraduate students; 2) expose undergraduate students to the techniques, approaches, and ideas used in a variety of neuroscience fields; and 3) create a better community for HBI summer students by giving students weekly opportunities to meet. For more details, join our group on Facebook.

Fridays at 11-12pm


Held on Zoom