Teaching Courses

​All teaching courses will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015​ at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Registration for the courses is only available to participants registered for the Conference. Payment should be made in addition to the registration fees. For more information about  registration, click here 

Brain courses:
  • Pursuit of Relevant Preclinical Studies of Stroke in Rodent Models
    Overview of preclinical models of brain injury
    * Good practice at the bench/STAIR and ARRIVE (metaanalyses) 
    * Modeling common stroke morbidities and their impact on stroke outcome
    * Design and inte​rpretation of appropriate behavioral analysis

  • CBF/Neurovascular Unit
    Introduction
    * Vascular physiology 
    * Glial cell control of blood flow in health and disease 
    * Neurogenic and astrogliogenic perturbation ​of local CBF ​
    * Quantitative optogenetic interaction 
    * Metabolic balance of neuron, glia and vessel 

  • Optogenetics
    Optogenetic agents introduction and application for studies of sleep
    * Recombinant sensor development for the neurovascular unit, second   messenger and calcium dependent reporters
    * Application of optogenetic calcium sensors to read-out activity at the     neurovascular unit during functional hyperemia
    * Optogenetic control of the neurovascular unit

  • miRNA in Brain Injury and Repair
    * Introduction
    * lnc RNA
    * miRNA and AVM
    * Treatment of stroke and Neural Injury with Exosomes and miRNA cargo​

BrainPET Course​:
  • Morning Session: Basics of PET Imaging
    * Fundamentals of the PET signal: Scanners, signal detection & reconstruction 
    * Fundamentals of PET radiochemistry: Radionuclides, radiolabeling
      techniques, and radioligand synthesis 
    * PET radioligand development & evaluation: Intersection of chemistry
      and biology 
    * Quantification of PET signal: Biological parameters derived from the physical
       signal  
  • Afternoon Session: Applications of PET Imaging
    * Preclinical PET imaging and clinical translation 
    * Principles of human PET imaging study design
    * Application of PET imaging for investigation of pathophysiology:
      Neuroinflammation & neurodegeneration
    * Application of PET imaging for investigation of pathophysiology: Psychiatric
      diseases 
    * Application of PET imaging in CNS drug development​
PDF Files of most of the educational lectures presented during these courses will be available for download to the participants of the courses on the society website following the conference​.

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