Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference (UNC) 2020

When/Where: August 15-16 2020, virtually (the plan is to use Zoom; we are still confirming this and more information will be announced).

Who: Undergraduate students who are working on any neuroscience relevant research are eligible to participate (no limitations to the major)!

***IMPORTANT***: Abstract submissions and ticket registrations are OPEN, and they can be found at the UNC website:

The current deadline for abstract submissions is August 7, 2020, at 11:59PM (may be extended).

Any questions can be emailed to:

Past Events

Research Stream Info Night

*** UPDATE ***

With the closure of campus and the progression of COVID-19, we be cancelling the research stream info night in person. However, the panel of fourth years with experience with both research streams will compile their important points to keep in mind. As always, their email and contact information will be left for any further questions.


Confused about your 4th year, and especially concerned you might pick the wrong research stream?

We understand the challenges one might face and the questions one might have when deciding what research stream to choose for 4th year – so we want to help! The NSA has reached out to Neuro 451/52 course coordinator, Simonetta Sipione, and Neuro 498/99 course coordinator, Elena Posse de Chaves, to join us for a night focused on the different research streams. In this event, the course coordinators will discuss the differences and similarities between the two streams and answer questions that might help with your decision making progress.

Our event will be held in ECHA L1-230 on March 18th, from 5-7pm. There will also be free food! The night will start off with discussions by the student coordinators with a Q/A, and end with a panel of current 4th year students that will speak on their experiences in the different streams.The Research Stream info night welcomes all students in all years of the neuroscience program.

RSVP here:

Winter Term Research Info Night

The NSA is holding another Research Info Night for this Winter Term. If you missed or could not make it to the last presentation in the Fall Term, come by ED South 106 on January 16th to find out more about how and why to get involved in research! A panel comprised of experienced students will be available to address any and all questions. 

This information is especially important at this point in the year when grant applications are soon to be submitted. 

RSVP through this google form to guarantee your spot:

If you have any specific event requests to make, let us know by emailing us at

Fall Term REsearch Info Night

Interested in learning more about research? Join us on October 23rd from 5:00 – 6:30 PM and learn the ins and outs of this field. Learn why you should get involved with research, how to write cover letters, emails, and how to choose and approach Principal Investigators. A Q&A session with a panel of Senior students will be included!

Missed this event? You can find the presentation slides with notes here. If you have further specific questions about these slides, or research in general, you can direct them to

Neuroscience Mixer

Join us on November 7th for an evening perfect for networking with professors within the NMHI, graduate students, and other undergraduate students with experience in research. Speak with Principle Investigators first hand, and get to know them and their areas of research. Utilize the knowledge of graduate and undergraduate students who have been working with these professors very closely, and hear about the different paths they have taken to become involved. Moreover, this is a wonderful opportunity to develop personal connections within this program and get yourself out there.

Student and PI mingling will take place from 4-5PM and 6-7PM, with speaker presentations from Dr. Douglas Zochodne, Dr. Silvia Pagliardini, and Dr. Bradley Kerr between the two sessions from 5-6PM.

Entry is FREE, and catering and door prizes will be provided!

Lab Tours

Lab tours were held this past fall term from November 18-22. Students visited the labs of professors who are exploring topics of interest and specific techniques or machines they utilize. Below are the professors who have generously opened their labs to tours for the NSA this year. Here’s a quick look at what they investigate:

Dr. Sue-Ann Mok – Monday & Tuesday Nov. 18 & 19, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Dr. Sue-Ann Mok’s lab focuses on studying molecular chaperones, and how they regulate protein misfolding. Her lab researches a number of diseases related to protein misfolding, including Alzheimer’s Disease and Huntington’s Disease. Her lab focusses on cellular biology, biochemical and genetic approaches.

Dr. Jaynie Yang – Tuesday Nov. 19, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Dr. Jaynie Yang’s lab focuses on movement disorders, and the neural control of movement. Her interests include the neural control of movement and how it is disrupted in spinal cord injury, how to optimize rehabilitation in SCI and peri-natal stroke patients, and how children and adults learn to walk.

Dr. Matthew Churchward – Wednesday Nov. 20, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Image courtesy of the University of Alberta Todd Lab

Dr. Matthew Churchward is part of the SMART network, and focusses on molecular mechanisms relating to the connection between inflammation and CNS/psychiatric disorders. Specifically, he is investigating lipid metabolism and microglia signalling.

Dr. Quimin Tan – Wednesday Nov. 20, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Dr. Tan’s lab uses mouse models to study the generation of neurons in the hippocampus of the adult brain (adult hippocampal neurogenesis). She is particularly interested in the transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of this process and the effects of exercise, normal aging and neurodegenerative disease on adult hippocampal neurogenesis.

Dr. Declan Ali – Friday Nov. 22, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Dr. Ali’s lab focuses on aspects regarding developmental neurobiology. He investigates the role of postsynaptic receptor modulation during synaptic development, and the role of presynaptic receptors in synaptic development.

Dr. Daniel Graf – Friday Nov. 22, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Dr. Graf’s lab focuses on craniofacial and oral development. His lab looks at Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs) and how their signalling in neural and epithelial cells affect orofacial development. His lab focusses on molecular genetic techniques.

Dr. Christian Beaulieu

Dr. Beaulieu’s lab focuses on diffusion MRI and its applications to stroke. He has also been pioneering the 23-Sodium MRI techniques. His lab utilizes imaging techniques, specifically MRI.