Past Events

For more information on cluster activities and events, please email Jeff LeDue at

Tools for Collaboration and Remote Neuroscience Jun 3, 2020

Tools for collaboration and remote neuroscience, may 29, 2020

DBC Coding Challenge Mar 27, 2020

DBC Coding Challenge, Mar 27, 2020

The Dynamic Brain Circuits coding challenge was held online Mar 27, 2020. We had 6 challenges from 5 labs and 17 people taking part in the event via slack. Given the talent of those working on the challenges and the anticipated intensity of data analysis to occur during the period of social distancing and research curtailment, we offered 5 positions as DBC Neurodata tutors. Bios and emails of the tutors are here.

Compute Canada Workshop Mar 9, 2020

Compute Canada Workshop Mar 9, 2020


UBC ARC, Westgrid and the Biomedical Imaging and AI clusters teamed up with Dynamic Brain Circuits to organize a workshop on using Compute Canada resources at the DMCBH NINC Data Analysis/Computation lab. We had 27 participants spanning brain health and engineering. Materials are available here.


Data sharing tools to navigate the changing landscape of neurodata: Status report from the Brain Circuits Cluster Oct 8, 2019
  • October 4, 2019
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Rudy North Lecture Theatre, LT 101, Lower Level, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health
  • View slides
Canadian Neuromodulation Network (CNN) Meeting Feb 21, 2019

CNN Meeting

Organizer: Fidel Vila-Rodriguez, NINET lab and Dynamic Brain Circuits Cluster

Where: Rudy North Lecture room, lower level of Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (2215 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC -UBC Point Grey Campus).

When: Thursday, February 28th 9am to 12pm


Cold Spring Harbor Asia, Focus on the Brain Conference Oct 20, 2018

Prof. Tim Murphy, representing the Dynamic Brain Circiuts Cluster, presented data at the Advances in Structural Imaging of Living Cells & Organisms: Focus on the Brain conference in Suzhou, China. 

Cluster Research Exchange Day Oct 1, 2018

The Dynamic Brain Circuits Cluster helped host a Research Cluster exchange day on October 1st, 2018 with the Bionics Cluster, the Biomedical Imaging and Artificial Intelligence Cluster, the Designing for People Cluster, and the SmarT Innovations for Technology Connected Health (STITCH) Cluster.

Researcher works at fume hood, wears headphones.
Member news: August 2018 Aug 28, 2018

Dr. Matilde Balbi (PI: Dr. Tim Murphy), Dr. Katharina Held (PI: Dr. Yu Tian Wang), Samrat Thouta (PI: Dr. Terry Snutch) recieved Research Trainee Awards from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR). 

Dr. Matthew Farrer at the University of British Columbia.
Genetic model offers elegant tool for testing Parkinson's disease therapies Aug 21, 2018

Pictured: Dr. Matthew Farrer. Image credit: Paul Joseph/UBC.

For the past decade, Parkinson’s disease researchers have relied on the experimental equivalent of using a sledgehammer to tune a guitar to test new therapies for the disease. This may be a reason clinical trials of promising neuroprotective drugs fail. But, in new research published today in Nature Parkinson’s Disease, researchers at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health (DMCBH) may have found the ideal tool for the job.

Figure showing neurons with and without connection points.
Essential 'sugar' for brain communication: a new therapeutic path for autism, schizophrenia Aug 9, 2018

Pictured: wild-type and model neurons showing connection points. When the glycan associated with neurexin is absent fewer connection points exist, impairing communication within the brain. 

For twenty years, researchers thought they knew everything there was to know about the composition of neurexin, a protein that connects neurons and is essential for communication within the brain. Neurexin is a key building block of synapses, the specialized sites where neurons connect and signal via chemical messengers.