Discovery Talks are the research community's international seminar series. Featuring influential research leaders from around the globe, the series promotes knowledge exchange, fosters international collaborations and showcases the latest innovations in research. 

The Healthy Starts Theme and Childhood Diseases Theme at BC Children's Hospital presents:
 


The immune system of human newborns is shaped by environmental exposures early in life
 

Dr. Petter Brodin 

Dr. Petter Brodin, MD
Associate Professor, Immunology, Karolinska Institutet
Director, SciLifeLab National Mass Cytometry Facility, Solna, Sweden


Learning Objectives:

  • An overview of recent technical advances in studying newborn immune systems 
  • Current understanding of preterm and term immune system developments
  • Our current understanding of immune-microbe symbiosis and its establishment early in life
     

Schedule

The seminar is scheduled for Friday, September 20, 2019, 3 to 4 p.m. at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute (Map). Refreshments will follow in the Chieng Family Atrium. Please email healthystarts@bcchr.ca to RSVP or for more information.

Unable to attend? Video conferencing will be available here.

Participate

Discovery Talks is accredited as a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. CME credits are available for all participants.

About the Speaker

Dr. Petter Brodin studied medicine at Karolinska Institutet and graduated in 2011, when he also defended his PhD thesis in immunology at the same institution. He subsequently joined the Mark Davis laboratory at Stanford University, California. There, Dr. Brodin studied human immune system variation and the influences of heritable and non-heritable factors (Brodin et al, Cell 2015). In 2013, he was recruited back to Sweden and the newly established Science for Life Laboratory in Solna to build up a national facility for mass cytometry and to form his own research group. Dr. Brodin and his team members have since continued to develop methods to profile human immune systems at the system level in health and disease. He also specializes in pediatrics and has more recently focused on early human immune systems development, and the influences of environmental factors. 

 

The Brain, Behaviour & Development Theme at BC Children's Hospital presents:
 


Can Functional Connectivity Identify Brain Mechanisms Underlying Therapeutic Change?

Dr. F. Xavier Castellanos 

Dr. F. Xavier Castellanos, MD
Neidich Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
Radiology, Neuroscience and Physiology
The Child Study Center/Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,
Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone, New York


Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the challenges of understanding the complexity of the human brain with current methods
  • Examine implications of recent developments in open science 
  • List the contexts/paradigms in which “small science” approaches remain relevant and essential
     

Schedule

The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, October 3, 2019, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute (Map). Lunch will follow in the Chieng Family Atrium. 

Participate

Discovery Talks is accredited as a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. CME credits are available for all participants.

About the Speaker

Dr. Xavier Castellanos studied Chomskian linguistics at Vassar College, experimental psychology at the University of New Orleans, and medicine at Louisiana State University in Shreveport. He was in the first cohort of “triple board” residents (combined training in pediatrics, psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry) at the University of Kentucky, after which he spent a decade learning from Judy Rapoport at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. In 2001, he moved to New York University, where he is an endowed professor of child and adolescent psychiatry, and professor of radiology and neuroscience. His work has focused on using brain imaging to begin to understand the neurobiology of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder. Dr. Castellanos was an early advocate of examining low-frequency fluctuations in brain function and in behavior – both of which have become mainstream lines of investigation. Accordingly, he has been consistently identified among the top 1% of cited scientists in psychiatric neuroscience. He has served on many national and international review committees and was Vice-Chair of the American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Workgroup on ADHD. His proudest achievements are his extensive network of collaborators and former mentees who are now leaders in the field. 

 

Video Library

Video recordings of previous lectures are available online. These may be useful for classes, or of interest to those who are unable to attend events. 

For more information, contact please comm@bcchr.ca.