Tuesday, June 12, 2012
University of British Columbia
Brain Research Centre
1st Floor, Koerner Pavilion, UBC Hospital

8:45 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Stroke is a leading cause of disability in North America, with over 40,000 new cases occurring each year in Canada alone. In order to minimize the impact of stroke, research has focused on developing acute interventions that mitigate the initial damage (neuro-
protection), as well as treatments that promote recovery and repair after the damage is done. Both of these strategies are guided by our current understanding of healthy brain function as the cellular and network mechanisms recruited in post-stroke repair are also
in place during normal brain function.

We are organizing a one-day symposium at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver,
to highlight recent advances in stroke repair strategies. The title of our symposium is
“Brain function in health and disease: Insights into stroke recovery”. The general theme
of the meeting will be to discuss topics related to minimizing damage following brain injury, and strategies for enhancing post-injury repair and recovery.

Some of the specific topics covered will be:

  • Cellular and network level reorganization post brain injury
  • Describing the relationship between blood supply and normal brain function
  • Use of imaging and brain stimulation to evaluate recovery following brain damage

Registration to this event is free.

Program schedule

Tuesday June 12, 2012:

  • 8:45 – 9:00 — Opening remarks – Max Cynader (UBC)

Morning Session:

  • 9:00 – 9:40 — Brian MacVicar (UBC)
            Pannexin Hemichannels: A recently discovered channel
            contributing to Stroke Damage
  • 9:40 – 10:20 — Thomas Carmichael (University of California Los Angeles)
            A Molecular Growth Program in Axonal Sprouting
            and Functional Recovery after Stroke
  • 10:20 – 10:35 — Coffee
  • 10:35 – 11:15 — Yu Tian Wang (UBC)
            Role of PTEN nuclear translocation in excitotoxic
            and ischemic neuronal injuries following stroke
  • 11:15 – 11:55 — Tadeusz Wieloch (Lund University)
            Inflammation and functional recovery after experimental stroke
  • 11:55 – 12:25 — Panel Discussion

12:25 – 1:45 — Lunch

Afternoon Session:

  • 1:45 – 2:25 — Andy Shih (University of California San Diego)
            The smallest stroke revealed through behavior and in vivo imaging
  • 2:25 – 3:05 — Tim Murphy (UBC)
            Imaging and optogenetic tools for studying cortical circuit structure
            and function in healthy brain and after stroke
  • 3:05 – 3:20 — Coffee
  • 3:20 – 4:00 — Ron Frostig (University of California Irvine)
            Complete protection from impending ischemic stroke by mild sensory stimulation
  • 4:00 – 4:40 — Lara Boyd (UBC)
            Structure, function and physiology of stroke recovery in the human brain
  • 4:40 – 5:10 — Panel Discussion
  • 5:10 — Closing Remarks

Registration (free!)

Please contact
Dr. Majid Mohajerani if you have any questions.

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