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PNB Colloquium - Tomas Paus - Community-centred Neuroscience: From observations to interventions


BrainAwareness Week 2018

Dr.Tomas Paus

Dr.Paus is the Tanenbaum Chair in Population Neuroscience at Baycrest andProfessor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University ofToronto. During the first 20 years of his scientific pursuits, he workedon functional and structural organization of the human brain using a variety ofapproaches including studies of patients with brain lesions, patients withpsychiatric disorders, functional and structural neuroimaging, and brainstimulation. In the last 10+ years, his work integrates epidemiology,neuroscience and genetics – through a new discipline of population neuroscience- in the pursuit of knowledge relevant for child and youth mental health. Thisresearch draws on data acquired in a number of cohorts based in North and SouthAmerica and Europe

Psychiatry Grand Rounds,Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 9:00 – 10:00am

St. Joseph’s Healthcare, West5th Campus, Auditorium 

Title:  “White Matter as a Transport System”.

"Thereare two ways to picture white matter: as a grid of electrical wires or anetwork of roads. The first metaphor captures the classical function of an axonas conductor of action potentials (and information) from one brain region toanother. The second one points to the important role of axons in abi-directional transport of biological molecules and organelles between thecell body and synapse. This lecture will focus on the latter role and itspotential importance for pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders.”

Psychology / MINDSColloquium, Thursday, March 15, 2018, 2:30 – 4:00pm

McMaster University, The Psychology Lecture Hall, PC155 in the PsychBuilding

 “Community-centred Neuroscience: Fromobservations to interventions".

"Populationneuroscience endeavors to identify environmental and genetic factors that shapethe function and structure of the human brain; it uses the tools and knowledgeof genetics (and the “omics” sciences), epidemiology, and neuroscience. Byunderstanding theprocesses driving variations in brain function and structure across individuals, we will also be able to predict an individual’s risk of (orresilience against) developing a brain disorder. In the long term, the hope isthat population neuroscience will lay the foundation for personalizedpreventive medicine and, in turn, reduce the burden associated with complex,chronic disorders of brain and body.”


Location information

1280 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4K1

Hamilton L8S
1280 Main Street West

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1