18. October 2018 - 15:45 till 18:45
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NeuroTechMTL Entrepreneurship Series: Applied Neuro Research | Montreal Neurological Institute | Thursday, 18. October 2018

Montreal is uniquely positioned to take the lead in “Big Brain Data”! However, we need to look beyond the university to develop an ecosystem for innovation. As a result, NeuroTechMTL is organizing 4 interactive events with talks & panels to educate and inspire the future neuro-innovators. 
Event #1: Applied Research
For our first event, we will be showcasing NeuroTech Labs, Researchers & Grad Students in Montreal focusing on applied research & technology transfer.

Alan Evans:  Director of the McGill Centre for Integrative Neuroscience,  James McGill Professor in Neurology and Neurosurgery.
Professor Alan Evans did his PhD in biophysics at Leeds University in the UK, studying 3D protein folding. He spent 5-year at Atomic Energy of Canada, working on the physics and analysis of PET images.In 1984, he moved to the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) at McGill where his research interests include multi-modal brain imaging with PET and MRI, structural network modelling and large-scale brain databasing.
He has published 581 peer-reviewed papers (ISI h-index = 118 ; Google h-index =179) and has held numerous leadership roles, most notably as Director of the McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC) during the 1990’s. Dr. Evans is a founding member of the International Consortium for Brain Mapping (ICBM). He was one of the founders of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), serving in numerous positions on the OHBM Council since 1995. He chaired the 4th International Conference on Human Brain Mapping in 1998 and is OHBM Chair for 2016-2017. In 2003 he received a CIHR Senior Scientist Award. In 2014, he was awarded the national Margolese Prize for Research into Human Brain Disorders, the Vezina Prize for Québec Neuroradiology and recognition as a Highly Cited Scientist (top 1%) for Neuroscience and Behaviour (102,816 citations, Google Scholar). In 2015, he was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Marcelo T. Berlim: McGill University - Director of the Neuromodulation Research Clinic
Marcelo Berlim, MD, MSc, did his medical and psychiatric training and earned his master’s degree in Brazil. He then did a two-year clinical and research fellowship in depressive disorders at the Douglas Institute and McGill University. In 2012, Marcelo Berlim and Frederique Van den Eynde, MD, PhD founded the Neuromodulation Research Clinic at the Douglas Institute. Marcelo Berlim is mainly interested in the study and treatment of depressive disorders with state-of-the-art neuromodulation or brain stimulation techniques.
He also uses neuromodulation approaches and brain imaging for investigating the neurobiological and neuropsychological bases of well-known predisposing factors for suicidal behaviour, namely decision-making deficits and heightened impulsivity. Finally, Marcelo Berlim collaborates with other researchers at the Douglas Institute in studies that use neuromodulation techniques as treatments for schizophrenia and eating disorders. Overall, his studies could lead to the development of new approaches for understanding and treating disabling psychiatric conditions including major depression, suicidality and schizophrenia

Mohamad Sawan: Professor, and Canada Research Chair, Polytechnique Montreal
Mohamad Sawan received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering in 1990. He is currently a Professor of Microelectronics and Biomedical Engineering in Polytechnique Montreal. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Smart Medical Devices, he is leading the Microsystems Strategic Alliance of Quebec (ReSMiQ), and he is founder and director of the Polystim Neurotech Laboratory. Dr. Sawan is Co-Founder and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. He is founder/ Co-founder of several International Conferences. Dr. Sawan published more than 700 peer reviewed papers, and 12 patents. He received several awards, among them the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal. Dr. Sawan is Fellow of the IEEE, Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of the Engineering Institutes of Canada. He is also “Officer” of the National Order of Quebec.

3:45 PM - Doors Open + Networking
4:15 PM - Opening Words
4:30 PM - Speaker: Alan Evans
4:45 PM - Speaker: Mohamad Sawan:
5:00 PM - Speaker:  Marcelo T. Berlim: 
5:15 PM - Lightning Talks:
5:25 PM - Break
5:35 PM - Lightning Talks:
5:45 PM - Panel Discussion

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