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Department of Neuroscience (CCBN)


Welcome to the Department of Neuroscience

We are a group of neuroscientists who approach the study of the brain from the point of view of the behavioural and cognitive function of distributed neural systems.

Our Department at the University of Lethbridge was the first established neuroscience department in the country and home to some of Canada’s most famous neuroscientists. Our faculty have a wide range of interests that span topics such as memory, neuroplasticity, comparative neurology, brain development, neurodegenerative disease, recovery after injury, decision making, gambling, play, sleep and stress. And all of our faculty have national and international reputations for their work. The Department is located in the Science Commons, Canada's more advanced faility for science education and research. This new $280-million facility truly puts science on display and will inspire the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs and leaders. With open and flexible laboratories, makerspaces and specialized outreach spaces, students from kindergarten to PhD-level, faculty and community members will have boundless opportunities for hands-on learning, collaboration and discovery.

Department Highlights

Harley Hotchkiss Memorial Lecture Guest Speaker Dr. Petra Ritter

Join the Department of Neuroscience for their Harley Hotchkiss Memorial Lecture with guest speaker Dr. Petra Ritter for The Virtual Brain simulation platform: Inferring principles of network interactions underlying cognition.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
12:15 pm to 1:15 pm

Artur Luczak

Brain Awareness Week (BAW) Keynote Event

Learning from Artificial Intelligence: a tale of using computers to better diagnose movement disorders.
Dr. Artur Luczak

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 7 p.m.
Science Commons | SA8002
University of Lethbridge Campus

Behaviour provides important insights into neuronal processes. Analysis of hand movements can give a reliable indication of the degree of impairment in neurological disorders such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or Huntington’s disease. Here, we will present how using Artificial Intelligence can provide a reliable assessment of movement deficits and how it can help to improve diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disorders.

Open House BAW

CCBN Open House and Brain Awareness Fair

Saturday, March 21, 2020  |  10 a.m  to 1 p.m.

Science Commons
Main & 8th Floor
Main Entrance
University of Lethbridge Campus

FREE event that everyone is welcome to attend! Free parking. activities for children. Check out Canada’s most advanced facility for science education.

Let's talk about sex (and gender and sexuality), baby!

The Community Neuroscience Series presents Aubrey Demchuk.

Wed, Mar 18, 2020 7:00 p.m.
Stoketown Cafe & Cure, 333 6St S
From same-sex marriage to gender-neutral restrooms, sex, gender, and sexuality have become hot topics in the news. But have you ever wondered about the science of it all? Join Aubrey Demchuk, a Ph.D. Candidate in Neuroscience, to learn more about how your genes shape your physical, psychological, and sexual identity.
Tony Montina, Gerlinde Metz, Mirela Ambeskovic, Slava Ilnytskyy

U of L study shows ancestral prenatal stress linked to premature aging and increased risk of disease

A new University of Lethbridge study published in Aging shows that experiences in early life may lay the foundation for developing non-communicable diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes later in life.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death around the world and, given populations are aging, strategies to support healthy aging are urgently needed. A 2016 report by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that 22 per cent of men and 15 per cent of women aged 29 to 60 are likely to die from NCDs.

These researchers, from left to right, Drs. Artur Luczak, Hardeep Ryait and Ian Whishaw, have shown deep learning can analyse complex behaviour.

Artificial intelligence can help diagnose and monitor patients with neurological disorders

For someone with a neurological disorder that impairs their movement, such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease, getting to the doctor’s office for a checkup can be difficult. What if a patient could just take a video clip of their movements with a smartphone app that interprets the video and sends the results to their doctor?

Drs. Hardeep Ryait, Ian Whishaw and Artur Luczak, together with their colleagues from the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of Lethbridge, propose just that in their paper, Data-driven analyses of motor impairments in animal models of neurological disorders, published today in the prestigious journal, PLOS Biology.


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