Recruitment symposium at the CRIUSMQ

A recruitment symposium will take place at the Centre de recherche de l’Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec on February, 7th. Here's the program :

09 h 00

Matthieu Flourakis, Ph.D.

Research Associate, Allada lab, Department of Neurobiology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

Neuronal Regulation of Circadian Rhythms


  • Flourakis, M, Kula-Eversole E, Huitchison AL, Han TH., Aranda K, Moose EL, White KP, Dinner AR, Lear BC, Ren D, Diekman CO, Ramn IM, Allada R. A conserved Bicycle Model for Circadian 2014 12(3)e1001810 PMID Clock Control of Membrane Excitability. Cell 2015:162(4)836-48 PMID26276633
  • Seluzicki A, Flourakis M, Kula-Eversole E, Shang L, Kilman V, Allada R. Dual PDF signaling pathways reset clocks via TIMELESS and acutely excite target neurons to control circadian behavior. PLoS Biol. 2014 12(3) e1001810 PMID 24643294

Research interests :

  • Rythmes circadiens
  • Noyeau suprachiasmatique
  • Excitabilité neuronale
  • Canaux ioniques


09 h 45

Giordano Lippi, Ph.D.

Project Scientist, Berg Lab, University of California, San Diego

MicroRNAs – The master regulators of neural network development


  • Lippi G., Fernandes C.C., Ewell L.A., John D., Romoli B., Curia G., Taylor S.R., Frady E.B., Jensen A.B., Liu, J.C., Chaabane M.M., Belal C., Nathanson J.L., Zoli M., Leutgeb J.K., Biagini G., Yeo G.W., Berg D.K. (2016) MicroRNA-101 regulates multiple developmental programs to constrain excitation in adult neural networks. Neuron. 92 (6): 1337-1351.
  • Saba R., Störchel P., Aksel A.A., Kepura F., Lippi G., Plant T.D., Schratt G.M. (2012) The dopamine-regulated microRNA, miR-181, controls GluA2 surface expression in hippocampal neurons. Mol Cell Biol. 32 (3): 619-32.
  • Lippi G., Steinert J.R., Marczylo E.L., D’Oro S., Fiore R., Forsythe I.D., Schratt G., Zoli M., Nicotera P., Young K.W. (2011) Targeting of the ARPC3 actin nucleation factor by microRNA-29a and 29b regulates dendritic spine morphology.  J Cell Biol. 194 (6): 889-904.
  • Ziviani E.*, Lippi G.*, Bano D., Munarriz E., Guiducci S., Zoli M., Young K.W., Nicotera P. (2011) Ryanodine receptor-2 upregulation and nicotine-mediated plasticity. EMBO J. 30 (1):1 94-204. *first author.

Research interests :

  • Nicotinic signaling
  • MicroRNAs and plasticity
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders and neuronal excitability


10 h 30 Coffee break


10 h 45

Caroline Ménard, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York

Social stress induces neurovascular pathology and immune response promoting depression

Publications :

  • Menard et al. (2017) Immune and Neuroendocrine Mechanisms of Stress Vulnerability and Resilience, Neuropsychopharmacology, 42(1), 62-80.
  • Golden et al. (2016) Basal forebrain projections to the lateral habenula modulate aggression reward, Nature 534, 688-692.
  • Hodes et al. (2015) Neuroimmune mechanisms of depression, Nature Neuroscience 18(10), 1386-1393.
  • Menard et al. (2013) Knockdown of prodynorphin gene prevents cognitive decline, reduces anxiety and rescues loss of group 1 mGlu receptor function in aging, The Journal of Neuroscience 33(31), 12792-12804.

Research interests :

  • Neuroimmune mechanisms of stress, resilience and neuropsychiatric disorders

11 h 30

Xavier Jaglin, Ph.D.

NYU Neuroscience Institute, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY

Subtype-specific alternative splicing regulates interneuron integration in the cortex

Publications : 

  • Jaglin XH, Hjerling-Leffler J, Fishell G, Batista-Brito R. (2012). The origin of neocortical nitric oxide synthase-expressing inhibitory neurons. Front Neural Circuits. 6:44.
  • Mayer C, Jaglin XH, Cobbs LV, Bandler R, Streicher C, Cepko CL, Hippenmeyer S, Fishell G.
(2015) Clonally Related Forebrain Interneurons Disperse Broadly across Both Functional Areas and Structural Boundaries. Neuron, 87(5):989-998.
  • Jaglin XH, Poirier K, Saillour Y, Buhler E, Tian G, Bahi-Buisson N, Fallet-Bianco C, Phan-Dinh-Tuy F, Kong XP, Bomont P, Castelnau-Ptakhine L, Odent S, Loget P, Kossorotoff  M, Snoeck I, Plessis G, Parent P, Beldjord C, Cardoso C, Represa A, Flint J, Keays DA, Cowan NJ, Chelly J. (2009). Mutations in the -tubulin gene TUBB2B result in asymmetrical polymicrogyria. Nature Genetics, 41:746–752.
  • Jaglin XH & Chelly J. (2009). Tubulin-related cortical dysgeneses: microtubule dysfunction underlying neuronal migration defects. Trends in Genetics, (12):555-66.

Research interests :

  • Dr Jaglin's research focuses on the comprehension of molecular and cellular basis of types of human cognitive defects. His doctoral research aimed at better understanding causes and mechanisms of neuronal migration disorders that lead to severe intellectual disability and epilepsy. His current work in the field of developmental neurobiology aims at gaining insight into the understanding of inhibition in the forebrain and its pathological alterations. In the Fishell lab at NYU, he investigates how cortical interneuron diversity is build and how they acquire their organization. He is particularly interested in the period of synaptogenesis with a focus on the developmental processes establishing cortical neural networks and underlying the development of cell-type specific interneuron connectivity. 


12 h 15

Pizza lunch


13 h 30

Neil Schwartz, Ph.D.

Department of Neurology, UCSF

Cortico-Striatal Regulation of Approach-Avoidance conflicts

Publications :

  • Schwartz N, Temkin P, Jurado S, Lim BK, Heifets BD, Polepalli JS, Malenka RC.Chronic pain. Decreased motivation during chronic pain requires long-term depression in the nucleus accumbens. Science. 2014 Aug 1;345(6196):535-42
  • Schwartz N, Schohl A, Ruthazer ES.Activity-dependent transcription of BDNF enhances visual acuity during development. Neuron. 2011 May 12;70(3):455-67.

Research interests :

  • Genetic, experience and pathological factors that regulate the encoding of pain, motivated behavior and choice
  • Neuromodulators and their role in the regulation of experience-dependent plasticity -the role of cortico-striatal circuitry in the regulation of motivated behavior


14 h 15

Thackery Ian Brown, Ph.D.

Stanford Memory Laboratory, Department of Psychology, Stanford University 

Mechanisms of contextual memory and goal-directed behavior in humans


  • Brown, T.I., Carr, V.A., LaRocque, K.F., Favila, S.E., Gordon, A.M., Bowles, B., Bailenson, J.N., & Wagner, A.D. (2016). Prospective representation of navigational goals in the human hippocampus. Science, 352:1323-1326. 
  • Brown, T.I. & Stern, C.E. (2013). Contributions of medial temporal lobe and striatal memory systems to learning and retrieving overlapping spatial memories. Cerebral Cortex, 24:1906-1922. 
  • Brown, T.I., Ross, R.S., Tobyne, S.M., & Stern, C.E. (2012). Cooperative interactions between hippocampal and striatal systems support flexible navigation. Neuroimage, 60:1316-1330. 
  • Brown, T.I., Ross, R.S., Keller, J.B., Hasselmo, M.E., & Stern, C.E. (2010). Which Way Was I Going? Contextual Retrieval Supports the Disambiguation of Well Learned Overlapping Navigational Routes. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30:7414-7422.

Research interests :

  • Neural mechanisms of episodic and spatial memory
  • Neural mechanisms of planning and goal-directed behavior
  • The influences of stress and affect on memory and behavior
  • Functional neuroimaging


15 h 00

Coffee break


15 h 15

Sang Soo Cho, Ph.D.

Division of Brain, Imaging and Behavious, Systems Neuroscience, Krembil Research Institute, University Health Network, University of Toronto and Research Imaging Center, Centre for Addition and Mental Health (CAMH), University of Toronto.

Modulating Brain Network: use of functional and symptom localization 


  • Sang Soo Cho, Kelly Aminian, Crystal Li, Anthony E. Lang, Sylvain Houle, Antonio P. Strafella: Fatigue in Parkinson’s disease: The contribution of cerebral metabolic changes. Human Brain Mapping, 2017 Jan;38(1):283-292. Epub 2016 Aug 29.
  • Sang Soo Cho, Yuko Koshimori, Kelly Aminian, Ignacio Obeso, Pablo Rusjan, Anthony E Lang, Zafiris J Daskalakis, Sylvain Houle, Antonio P Strafella: Investing in the Future: Stimulation of the Medial Prefrontal Cortex Reduces Discounting of Delayed Rewards. Neuropsychopharmacology 02/2015;40(3):546-553 
  • Sang Soo Cho, Giovanna Pellecchia, Kelly Aminian, Nicola Ray, Barbara Segura, Ignacio Obeso, Antonio P Strafella: Morphometric Correlation of Impulsivity in Medial Prefrontal Cortex. Brain Topography 07/2013;26(3): 479-487
  • Sang Soo Cho, Antonio P Strafella: rTMS of the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex modulates dopamine release in the ipsilateral anterior cingulate cortex and orbitofrontal cortex. PLoS ONE 02/2009; 4(8):e6725.

Research interests :

  • Function of fronto-striatal neural network in higher cognitive function and its modulation.
  • Neural substrate and network property of Non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients. 
  • Functional and Network connectivity in neurodegenerative disease and psychiatric disorder and its modulation
  • Effect of brain stimulation in disease group and development of stimulation protocols.


16 h 00

Jibran Y. Khokar, Ph.D.

Instructor in Psychiatry/Lecturer in Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College

Substance Use and Schizophrenia: Cracking the Chicken-or-egg Problem

Publications : 

  • Khokhar JY, Ferguson CS, Zhu AZ, Tyndale RF. Pharmacogenetics of drug dependence: role of gene variations in susceptibility and treatment. Annu Rev Pharmacol Toxicol. 2010;50:39-61. PubMed PMID: 20055697.
  • Khokhar JY, Tyndale RF. Drug metabolism within the brain changes drug response: selective manipulation of brain CYP2B alters propofol effects. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 Feb;36(3):692- 700. PubMed PMID: 21107310; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3055692. 
  • Khokhar JY, Green AI. Effects of iloperidone, combined with desipramine, on alcohol drinking in the Syrian golden hamster. Neuropharmacology. 2016 Jan 12;105:25-34. PubMed PMID: 26796639. 
  • Khokhar JY, Chau DT, Dawson R, Green AI. Clozapine reconstructed: Haloperidol's ability to reduce alcohol intake in the Syrian golden hamster can be enhanced through noradrenergic modulation by desipramine and idazoxan. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Jul 1;152:277-81. PubMed PMID: 25979645; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4458150. 

Research interests : 

  • To understand the mechanisms underlying, and develop treatments for, co-occurring substance use in schizophrenia using behavioural, pharmacological and translational brain imaging methods.
  • To determine the long-term consequences of adolescent drug and alcohol exposure on the risk for appetitive and psychiatric disorders, with an eye toward identifying novel avenues for therapeutic intervention.  
  • To reverse-translate findings from genome-wide association studies to create and validate (using magnetic resonance imaging and behavioural studies) novel animal models of psychiatric illnesses.

Funding / Support / Partners

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