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The Canadian Neurophotonics Platform

Principal Investigator:
  • Yves De Koninck, Université Laval
Team Members:
  • Jaideep Bains, University of Calgary
  • Tim Murphy, University of British Columbia
  • Robert Campbell, University of Alberta
  • Andre Longtin, University of Ottawa
  • Alan Fine, Dalhousie University
  • Edward Ruthazer, McGill University
  • Paul De Koninck, Université Laval
  • Paul W. Wiseman, McGill University
  • Daniel Cote, Université Laval
  • Peter Grutter, McGill University
  • Timothy Kennedy, McGill University
  • Bruce Lennox, McGill University
  • Heidi McBride, McGill University
  • Anne McKinney, McGill University
  • Wayne Sossin, McGill University
  • Sridar Narayanan, McGill University
  • University of British Columbia
  • Djavad Mowfaghian Centre for Brain Health
  • Genome BC
  • Vancouver. Coastal Health
  • Dalhousie University
  • Alberta Innovates Health Solutions
  • IUSMQ Foundation
  • Université Laval
  • McGill University
  • Quebec Pain Research Network
  • Department of Chemistry. University of Alberta
  • Faculty of Science, University of Alberta
  • University Hospital Foundation

Project Overview

First of all, Neurophotonics refers to the use of light (e.g.: photons) to study the nervous system. The Canadian Neurophotonics Platform is a technology platform that drives development and maximizes exploitation of leading-edge technologies based on light for the study, diagnostics and treatment of brain diseases. Neurophotonics enables the investigation of neural circuits in a non-destructive manner, using light to activate, repress or simply detect activity in living tissues, and is a technology that has shown potential to greatly increase our knowledge of brain function.  New microscopy techniques, also based on advances in our use of light technologies allow further and better investigation of the organisation of neural circuits. The use of such technologies require extensive knowledge of Chemistry, to develop light-responsive molecules, Physics, to understand how light interacts with materials and tissues, Neuroscience, to understand the effects of these tools on the living brain and nervous system, and Computational modelling, to integrate the information obtained, and produce functional models that can then be tested experimentally. The Neurophotonics Platform brings together the complementary expertise of leading Canadian chemists, physicists, neurobiologist and computational modelers who work in collaboration to develop and test new neurophotonics tools and technologies.  This close collaboration generates a rapid feedback loop for development of new tools, which in turn accelerates development of these tools. The platform will allow Canadians to maintain their role of leaders in the field, and to take their place at the center of the global initiative to advance knowledge of brain function through the use of new technology.