2021 Summer School in Nonlinear Dynamics (May 31-June 11, 2021 ONLINE)

Summer School in Nonlinear Dynamics: Applications to Neuroscience and Psychology

Hosted by NSERC-CREATE in Complex Dynamics and CAMBAM

Living systems are typical examples of dynamical systems with many interrelated parts or subsystems, from small-scale cellular relationships to large-scale population relationships. Nonlinear dynamics arise when the behaviour of one subsystem, with its own dynamics, becomes the input for another subsystem, imposing certain constraints on its dynamics. Nonlinear dynamics underlie our developmental trajectory; the spread of information in human neural networks and disease; and the prediction of evolving systems in changing environments. We plan to provide young scientists with hands-on knowledge of nonlinear dynamics in life sciences and computer tools to guide new analyses.

In this 2-week online summer school, expert instructors from CREATE, CAMBAM, and around the world will deliver lectures and computer labs devoted to advancements in nonlinear dynamics. Recent topics include: machine learning applications; computational neuroscience developments; dynamics of cellular physiology; and infectious disease (COVID-19) and communication transmission.

REGISTRATION: A limited number of spots are reserved for CREATE trainees, who can apply to attend the summer school by completing the form HERE. Registration for CREATE trainees will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference will be given to graduate and postdoctoral trainees but all trainees are welcome to register. 

For program information visit: http://www.crm.umontreal.ca/2021/SSNonlinear21/index_e.php

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Neuroimaging at Rotman 101: Introduction to MRI, March 2, 2021 (2pm-4pm EST, Online)

Workshop Overview:

This workshop, offered by the Rotman Research Institute, will cover a broad range of introductory MRI topics. Most topics will be covered in a manner that doesn’t require extensive background (especially physics). Some more advanced topics will be discussed, but not in great detail. Topics include:

  • A physics-light introduction to MRI
  • An introduction to fMRI
  • Common fMRI preprocessing techniques
  • Multimodality MRI at the Rotman
  • What’s new with the Rotman MRI upgrade

CREATE trainees are eligible to register for this event. In the registration form, please answer 'yes' when prompted to identify yourself as a member of the Complex Dynamics CREATE network.  To register please click here


Jacob Matthews:

Jacob Matthews is the MRI Specialist for the Rotman Research Institute. He completed his MSc in Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario, developing pipelines and tools for analysis of high-resolution laminar fMRI data in the auditory cortex at 7T. In his current role, he maintains a variety of hardware and software environments at the MRI, as well as providing acquisition and analysis support to the Rotman MRI Users. He is also involved in a handful of ongoing technical development projects with several Rotman scientists.

Dr. Jean Chen:

Dr. Jean Chen is Senior Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from McGill University and completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on developing MRI acquisition and modeling methods for understanding functional and structural effects of brain aging.


Aug 10-11 Symposium: Nonlinear Dynamics of Brain and Behaviour


Registration is closed. 


1:00pm-1:10pm       Opening remarks by Dr. Caroline Palmer 
1:10pm-2:00pm       "Nonlinear Dynamics in Brain Rhythms", Dr. André Longtin, University of Ottawa 
2:00pm-2:10pm       Virtual coffee break
2:10pm-3:00pm        "Career Paths: What's Next for Natural and Life Scientists" panel with former CREATE members Hector Orozco-Perez (Aerial), Dr. Naeem Komeilipoor (AAVAA), Debanjan Borthakur (AIYogi)   
3:00pm-3:20pm        Flash Presentations for Poster Session 1 
3:20pm-3:30pm        Virtual coffee break   
3:30pm-4:45pm        Poster Session 1 
4:45pm-5:00pm        Certificate Presentations to Graduate Awardees


1:00pm-1:05pm       Opening remarks by Dr. Caroline Palmer 
1:05pm-1:55pm        "Startups in the Life Sciences" workshop, Michaela Deneva (Dobson) [FULL]
2:00pm-2:05pm        Virtual coffee break
2:05pm-3:00pm        "Nature and Function of Circadian Clock Genes", Dr. Shimon Amir, Concordia University
3:00pm-3:20pm         Flash presentations for Poster Session 2 
3:20pm-3:30pm         Virtual coffee break
3:30pm-4:45pm        Poster Session 2
4:45pm-5:00pm        Poster Award Presentations to CREATE Trainees