Savour & Contribute: GSAN Samosa Sale at the MNI!

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NeuroArt 2015

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Congrats to all of the talented graduate students and post-docs from McGill who participated in GSAN’s first ever NeuroArt contest!

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Click HERE to view NeuroArt selected by this year’s judges 


You are cordially invited to GSAN’s Spring Gala!

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Questions? GSAN Social Team at

 We hope to see you there!

Register for GSAN’s Annual Research Symposium

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Register for GSAN’s Annual Research Symposium at:

Abstract voting is open until May 8th!

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It is our pleasure to launch the voting process for student oral presentations at the 2015 GSAN Research Symposium, which will take place on May 22nd, 2015. Authors of the top voted abstracts will be invited to give oral presentations at this year’s event.

You can view the submitted abstracts for each of the categories by clicking on the links below: 

Systems & Behaviour Abstracts

Molecular Biology & Morphology Abstracts

Vote by May 8th by filling out the form on this page:

Thank you to all GSAN members who submitted abstracts for our annual research symposium!

Contact VP Academic Jonathan Cote ( ) with any questions.

Feeling creative? Enter GSAN’s NeuroArt Contest! 

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Great prizes to be won, including gift cards to Montreal restaurants! 
Please fill out this form: and email an electronic version of your artwork to by April 30th
Similar to a scientific manuscript, multiple contributors can be recognized as artists or acknowledged for other types of contributions to a piece of work. If incorporating lab materials into your work, make sure you have permission to do so and acknowledge your colleagues appropriately. 
Questions? Contact GSAN Public Relations Officer Julia at 
Good luck! 
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GSAN Clothing order

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Hello All,

The deadline for the clothing orders has been extend to Friday, March 27. If you’re interesting in purchasing some neuro clothing, please email your institute rep to place an order, their contact is attached to this email.
We also now have sizing samples for you to try on, if you happen to be at the Douglas please contact Emily at, or myself if you are in the downtown campus at
This is the only clothing drive we’ll be conducting this year, so get them now while you still can!
Hazim Alkhani
VP External for GSAN

GSAN Clothing Catalogue 2015 GSAN Clothing Catalogue 2015

IPN institute reps 2014-2015


Sarah Konefal <>,

Antoneta Joseph <>,
Laura-Joy Boulos <>,
Emily Anne Opala <>,

Lady Davis

Marisa Cressatti <>

Montreal Children’s

Wing Hoi Poon <>,


Steven Matoos <>,
Mihai Victor Mocanu <>,
Ian Beamish <>,

Royal Vic

Sebastien Proulx <>,

Stuart Bio

Nancy Chen <>

McIntrye Medical Building

Rowan pentz :


Farin Bourojeni :Farin

Photoshop Tutorial

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Your GSAN Academic Division is hosting an educational seminar series on Graphic Design! We will cover the basics of Photoshop and Illustrator, along with some overviews of of InDesign.

Questions? Contact VP Academic Jonathan Cote:


Feeling creative? Enter GSAN’s NeuroArt Contest! 

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Great prizes to be won, including gift cards to Montreal restaurants! 
Please fill out this form: and email an electronic version of your artwork to by April 30th
Similar to a scientific manuscript, multiple contributors can be recognized as artists or acknowledged for other types of contributions to a piece of work. If incorporating lab materials into your work, make sure you have permission to do so and acknowledge your colleagues appropriately. 
Questions? Contact GSAN Public Relations Officer Julia at 
Good luck! 
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Winter Ice Skating!

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Register here:


GSAN -Trivia Night

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Please register at:

GSAN Trivia

We will be holding our second annual trivia night on Wednesday March 11th at 7pm in the Thomson House basement lounge. The format will consist of four rounds of questions, with one round having a neuroscience theme. You can register as part of a team or as an individual.

Snacks and drinks will be provided and prizes will be awarded to the best and most creative teams! IMPORTANT: Please register using the doc below

Bonne Chance! Rochelle

GSAN-SERF-Connectivity in Brain Imaging

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GSAN Student Experimental Research Forum (SERF) is back for 2015!
In this first forum of the year, we will be discussing…
Connectivity in Brain Imaging

When: Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 18h00.
Where: Thomson House, Room 404gsan

Our featured speakers:
Sebastien Dery: Expert in coherence analysis
Soheila Samiee: Creator of Dynamic Phase-Amplitude Coupling Technique

Free food and drinks will be provided, as per our tradition!

How are SERFs like?
Whether you are looking to extend your research, or simply want to learn something new, you’ll be able to find something at our student forums. All the discussion will take place in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, led by our student speakers. To top it all off, it’s a great reason to enjoy some free refreshments and snacks at Thompson House!

Why do we host SERFs?
We hope to create an accessible space for idea exchange between IPN students. Learning about new fields and techniques can be difficult without an entry point, and SERFs aim to make that process easier by facilitating peer-to-peer discussion.
(Plus, it’s always a great way to meet new friends in the program!)

Got any research you want to share?
Please come to this upcoming SERF, so you can join the discussion and tell us your ideas! Alternatively, you can send any questions and comments to

2014-2015 GSAN Academic Team

VP Academic
Jonathan Côté (

Academic Officers
Rowan Pentz (
Kathleen Xu (

GSAN Samosa sale

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The fundraising team is holding a samosa sale tomorrow (Tues., Nov. 4th) between 12h30 and 14h30 at the Jeanne Timinns Foyer in the MNI. All proceeds will support events hosted by the Graduate Student Association in Neuroscience, so come and get your hot samosas (nom nom nom)!


GSAN committee 2014-2015

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GSAN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 2014 – Register by May 19th!

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GSAN Research Symposium 2014 – Registration
The GSAN Research Symposium is only a few weeks away. The symposium will take place at the MNI on the afternoon of Friday May 23rd (1pm). Join us for student presentations in Molecular and Systems Neuroscience, as well as a keynote lecture by Dr. Madhukar Pai, entitled “Open access publishing: the good, the bad, and the predators.” Dr. Pai is an Associate Professor in McGill’s department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Occupational Health, and Associate Director of the McGill International TB (tuberculosis) Centre. Dr. Pai also currently serves on the editorial board of PLoS Medicine, and is a section editor for PLoS ONE.

If you have not already registered, please complete the form below.

Note: If you voted during the abstract selection process you were automatically registered at that time.

GSAN Research Symposium 2014 - Poster

Please REGISTER here by May 19th:

Please email: if you have any questions.

Neuro Clothing Orders!

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If you missed out on our first clothing drive or simply want to get some more neuro swag, now is your chance!
View the catalogue here: Neruo Clothing Orders 2014
We have sizing samples for you to try as well. If you’d like to try on some hoodies or sweatpants, please contact Lea ( if you’re at the Douglas or Hazim if you happen to be around the MNI (
To place an order, please get in touch with your institute representative ( ).  There are no order forms for you to fill out, simply contact your rep with your request and they will register the information for you. Everyone is welcome to place an order so spread the word! If any profits are made from the clothing drive, proceed will go towards funding future GSAN events.
All payments must be made by May 9th



Survey on the living conditions of Quebec students

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The deadline (April 25, 2014) is approaching to participate in the Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec (FEUQ)  survey on living conditions of students. Your participation will allow for a real portrait of the situations faced by students in Quebec regarding, for example, their sources of funding, their incomes, their debt situation, and their studies-family balance. Participation will also give you a chance to win a MacBook Air 13’’ and an Apple iPad.

For more information, visit the following Web page:

Link to survey: é

GSAN Research Symposium 2014 – Abstract Voting details

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Over the next two weeks, you will have a chance to read and select which abstracts you would like to see presented at the GSAN research symposium on Friday May 23rd.

There are two pdf documents (see link below) containing abstracts in the Cellular & Molecular and Systems Neuroscience categories (there are ten abstracts in each section, which are arranged in alphabetical order based on title). Author names and affiliations have been removed to reduce bias in voting.

Abstract voting is open from Monday April 14th to Monday April 28th. Don’t miss your chance to have a voice in what topics/presentations are included in the research symposium!

Once you have read the abstracts, please follow the links below to make your selections among the Cellular & Molecular and/or Systems Neuroscience abstracts. There are ten abstracts in each section and you will be instructed to select the top four. A ranking of 1 will assign 5 points to an abstract, 2 will assign 3 points, 3 will assign 2 points, 4 will assign 1 point, and being unranked will not assign any points. The four presenters selected for each section will be those with the highest number of overall points.

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience Survey

Cellular and Molecular Abstracts Compilation

Systems Neuroscience Survey

Systems Abstracts Compilation

To ensure the fairness of results, you will have to provide your name and McGill email, but individual selections will not be disclosed outside of the GSAN VP Academic and two Academic Officers.

Also, please inform us (via the voting survey) whether you plan to attend the symposium, so we can prepare appropriately for the number of attendees.

If you have any questions about the voting procedure please email or check out the GSAN website


The GSAN Academic Team

GSAN RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM 2014 – Abstract submission now open!

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Full details of our GSAN’s Research Symposium in Neuroscience, to occur on Friday, May 23rd, 2014, can be found here:


Abstracts (minus title) must not exceed 250 words, and abstract titles must not exceed 12 words. Abstracts must include a list of authors with one primary author (i.e. the one submitting the abstract) in bold. Please also indicate your supervisor(s) by underlining their name(s).

Abstracts should be submitted in one of two categories: (1) cellular/molecular OR (2) systems neuroscience. Please SPECIFY which categoy you want to present in. If your abstract contains content suitable for both categories, please submit to the category you feel is most appropriate.

All submissions should be sent as a word document to

After the submission period has closed, all IPN students will be invited to vote for which abstracts they would most like to see presented. Names will be removed from the abstracts before the voting occurs. The top ranked abstracts will be selected for oral communications at the research symposium on Friday May 23rd, 2014 at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Presentations will be adjudicated by professors from the IPN department. A prize for the best presentation in each category will be awarded. There will be no poster presentations at this event.

Thank you for your participation! Should you have any questions, comments, concerns or feedback, send us an email at or

Email: if you have any questions.

BrainReach Knowledge Translation Contest

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BrainReach ( is creating a newsletter that aims to teach high school students about neuroscience research and further stimulate the students’ interest in science! 
Simply fill out the newsletter page template (provided online) with a summary of a research study that your lab has done. 
Download full contest details, templates, and an example newsletter page here: 
PRIZES!—2 categories 
IPN Students (1st prize – $500, 2nd prize – $250, 3rd prize – $250)
Open to all IPN students NOT currently volunteering for BrainReach 
BrainReach Volunteers (1st prize – $500, 2nd prize – $250, 3rd prize – $250)
Open to all 2013-2014 BrainReach volunteers (instructors, committee members, BR North) 
Final Submission Deadline – April 13th, 11:59pm 
Must submit final version of newsletter page to be judged. 

Questions? – email

Trivia Night!

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The Olympics are now over, but a more elite competition is just around the corner!


GSAN will be hosting its first ever TRIVIA NIGHT on Monday March 10th, 7pm at Thomson House in the basement lounge. Free beverages and snacks will be provided while you challenge friends and colleagues to see who will win the gold medal in trivia! The format will be similar to PGSS trivia (4 rounds), but one round will have a neuroscience theme.

There will be prizes for the best team, and the most creative team!

IMPORTANT: Please register using google document below.

Your registration will allow us to plan how many drinks and snacks to provide. Guests from outside the IPN are welcome, but please let us know how many will be joining you.

Free French Classes!

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GSAN will be starting FREE French classes in the coming weeks! Classes will be led by student volunteers from the IPN.

Location: Humanities & Social Sciences Library, Seminar room TBA. Time: 6:30 pm

3 levels will be offered:
1. Beginners (very little or no experience): Class will alternate between Mondays and Thursdays. Start: Thursday 27th of February.
2. Intermediate: Class will alternate between Tuesdays and Fridays. Start: Friday 28th of February.
3. Middle-advanced: Every Wednesday. Start: Wednesday 26th of February.

All levels will offer grammar, conversation, vocabulary & exercises.
You don’t have to know your level to register, just give us an estimation of your knowledge. A placement test will be sent to all registered students to correctly asses your level.
Please note that we may modify the classes content & levels according to student’s needs and motivation.
Thank you & special thanks to all the volunteer teachers for their time and enthusiasm!!


If you have any questions please contact:

GSAN Ice Skating at Park Lafontaine! Feb 19th 2014 at 7pm!

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Join GSAN for an evening of ice skating on Wednesday, Feb 19th 2014 at 7pm!

Skates and hot chocolate will be provided for FREE!

Please RSVP (especially for skate-sizes)


Free French Classes!

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All IPN students are welcome to join free French Classes organized by the GSAN and moderated by IPN students.
Classes will start by the end en February-first week of March and will take place once a week at 6:30 pm. Location T.B.A.

Beginners: Classes will alternate between Thursdays and Mondays. First week Thursday, next week Monday, third week Thursday again etc.
Basic-Intermediate: Classes will alternate between Friday and Tuesdays.
Advanced: Classes will take place on Wednesdays.
A link to register will be posted next week!

GSAN Committee Members

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Survey for interest in French classes

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Dear IPN students,
The GSAN would like to start regular and FREE French classes- language exchange meetings!

The following is a survey to evaluate your willingness to join such events either as a student or as a volunteer teacher/moderator.
Please follow this link to help us plan the classes according to your needs:
If you have questions please contact

SERF on Optogenetics

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SERF on Optogenetics
Date: October 30th, 7-8.30PM @ Thomson House (room 404)
Join this term’s first SERF (student experimental research forum) to learn more about optogenetics, and discuss this technique with other students in a laid-back atmosphere. Round off the evening and stay for a few drinks at Thomson House afterwards.

SERF poster Optogenetics v2


GSAN Committee 2013-2014

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image[3]President: Julia Nantes:

VP Finance: Rochelle Herrington

VP External:Hazim Alkhani

VP Academic: Brent Dawe

VP Social: Shaleeza Kaderali

Secretary: Jacalyn Guy

Academic Officers:

Jonathan Cote

Anne Löffler

Social Officers

Aimee Chan

Lindsay Wallace

Fundraising Officer: Falisha Karpati

Website coordinator: Ravishankar Palanisamy (Ravi)

Sports/Recreation Coordinator:Camille A. Juzwik

New & International Students Officer:Ana Fernandez

Public Relations Officer: S. Gabriela Torres-Platas

PGSS Representatives:

 Julien Ouellet

Marisa Cressati

Ana Fernandez

Institute Representatives:

Miguel Cisneros (MNI)

Kristen Parker (MNI)

Victor Mocanu (MNI)

Arjun Paliwal (Montreal Children’s Hospital)

Sylvia Joseph: (Jewish GeneralHospital)

Armita Dehmoobadsharifabadi: (RVH)

Adele Tufford: (Bellini,IRCM, Macintyre)

Lea Perret: (Douglas)

ZarahChaudhary: (Douglas)

Hannah Schubloom: (StewartBiologyBuilding)

GSAN Committee Elections

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Elections for committee positions on the Graduate Students Association for Neuroscience (GSAN) will occur at the general assembly on Wed. Sept. 25th between 6-8pm at the Montreal Neurological Institute (de Grandpré Communications Centre). 

All IPN students are welcome to run for a GSAN committee position!

GSAN Committee Positions Available

Website Coordinator (1)

Recreation/Sports Coordinator (1)

Advertising/Fundraising Officer (2)

Social Officers (2)

International Student Officer (1)

Public Relations Officer (1)

Academic Officers (2)  

Institute Representatives (1-3 per institute, dependent on IPN student population)

PGSS Representatives (3) 

To run for a position, you must (i) email by Tues. Sept. 24th indicating which position(s) you would like to run for, and (ii) attain at least 3 signatures from other IPN students on the nomination form (attached) and bring this form to the general assembly. All candidates are welcome to give a 1-minute speech at the assembly detailing why he/she should be elected. Please familiarize yourself with the duties of the position you are running for as well as the responsibilities of all committee members, irrespective of position (see attached document). 

Email if you have any questions!

GSAN Committee Elections Information

GSAN’s year end GALA!

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 Neuro Gala Poster

You are cordially invited to GSAN’s year end gala at Le Square on Friday June 28th, 7:30 pm. The cost is $25 and include a starter, main course, dessert and wine. Please contact your institute reps for tickets:

RVH/Duff and Strathcona

Bellini and IRCM

GSAN General Assembly – Monday, June 10th 6:30pm

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GAposter_spring2013It is time to elect a new GSAN executive committee! Our general assembly will take place on Monday, June 10th at 6:30pm in deGrandpre Communications Center. It is important that as many IPN students as possible attend and participate as GSAN represents IPN students, organizes academic and social events and participates in PGSS meetings.

We are also calling for nominations of students who wish to be part of the executive; that is President, VP Social, VP Academic, VP Finance and Operations and VP External. (N.B. Officer elections are held in the fall.)

            • Please see the Executive Positions document explaining each executive position, from the constitution, and from our current execs.
            • Please note, that to run for president, you must have previously or currently held a position on the committee (executive or officer).
            • To nominate yourself for an executive position, you must e-mail with your name and expected date of graduation, fill out the GSAN Exec Nomination Form and obtain 10 signatures from IPN students on this form.

Please peruse our facebook page ( or this website to get a feel for what we do at GSAN. Click to find our constitution.

As usual, pizza and beer will be served to those participating in the meeting!

Feel free to ask any questions (

[PGSS-PGSA-GSAN] Call for Abstracts: Graduate Symposium in Neuroscience

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We are now accepting abstract submissions for GSAN’s Graduate Symposium in Neuroscience, which will take place Wednesday, May 29th in the DeGrandpré Communications Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute. Our event aims to showcase the tremendous research performed in the IPN and will consist of an afternoon filled with student presentations and scientific debate.
The abstract submission period will remain open until 11:59 PM on Wednesday, April 24thAbstracts should not exceed 300 words and must include a title and list of authors. Please also indicate your supervisor(s) in your message.
This year, IPN students will select the abstracts for presentation. Once the submission period has closed, students will vote for their favourite abstracts via survey. The students whose abstracts receive the highest number of votes will be invited to present their work as a 10-15 minute presentation.
All submissions should be sent as a word document to
We look forward to reading your submissions!
The GSAN Academic team

Notice of PGSS Annual General Meeting

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Attention GSAN students…

This Wednesday, March 20th, PGSS (Post Graduate Students’ Society of McGill) is having its Annual General Meeting. ALL graduate students are invited to speak and vote on important motions concerning student finances and tuition, among other issues.
In past years, GSAN students have been under-represented at this meeting, leading to decisions being made that may not reflect the views of those in our program. For example, at last year’s meeting the PGSS student body voted to support the province-wide student strike and to join the student protests over tuition hikes. However, it appeared that the strike and similar policy was initiated by a very vocal minority, comprised of students from only a few departments.

Now is the chance to have your voice heard! You are encouraged to attend!

Meeting Location and Time: Thomson House Ballroom, 6:30PM – 9:30PM

Dinner is provided FREE for all attendees!

Motions that may be of interest to neuroscience students being put forward at the AGM include:
5.3 Motion regarding international student differential fee waivers (Meng Fu/Anne-Sophie Pratte)
-This motion calls for the restoration of fee waivers that were previously available to international graduate students, but have since been rescinded
5.6 Motion to censure Academic Affairs Officer and Secretary-General (Fernanda Soler Urzúa/Gretchen King)
-This motion calls for the censure (official expression of strong disapproval) of two PGSS executives, for failing to ensure the completion of an audit of the private security firm which provides security on the McGill campus
-Censure is often used in political organizations as a step toward suspension or expulsion
5.7 No indexation of tuition (External Affairs Officer/Gretchen King)
-This motion calls for PGSS to officially oppose the Quebec government’s plan to link tuition increases to the rate of inflation (about 3% per year), as well as “mobilization of McGill groups” to “demonstrate” against the government

From your PGSS representatives

GSAN French Classes

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GSAN French classes will begin this month! These classes are completely free and will be taught by student volunteers from the IPN for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. All levels will cover grammar, conversation, vocabulary, and useful phrases for getting around Montreal. Classes will take place one day of the week from 5:30 – 7:00 pm in the MNI.
Register for fall 2015 classes here and please fill out this form if you are interested in becoming a teacher for fall or winter.
For any questions or comments contact the GSAN 2015-2016 French Class Coordinator, Maryse Thomas, at

Meet the 2015-2106 GSAN Execs!

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President – Laura-Joy Boulos

VP Finance – Kathleen Xu

VP Academic – Rowan Pentz

VP Social – Emily Anne Opala

VP External – Jonathan Cote