Agenda: May 19

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.:
Opening Remarks: Progress and Future of HBHL

  • Alan Evans (HBHL Scientific Director; James McGill Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, McGill)
  • Martha Crago (Chair of HBHL Board of Directors; Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation, McGill University)

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.:
International Keynote: HIBALL (McGill and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres)

  • Katrin Amunts (Forschungszentrum Jülich)
  • Alan Evans (HBHL Scientific Director; James McGill Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, McGill)
  • Q&A

Started in 2020, this initiative between McGill and Germany’s Jülich Research Centre is jointly funded by the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres and HBHL. HIBALL focuses on the interaction between neuroscience and artificial intelligence, particularly deep learning, to build highly detailed 3D models of the brain at the cellular level.

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.:
EDI in Research and Grant Proposals

  • Uzma Jamil (Senior Research Equity Advisor, McGill)
  • Andrzej Tereszkowski (HBHL Program Officer, EDI and Training)

This session is for faculty and researchers who want to know more about how to implement EDI strategies and practices in their research teams, projects and grant applications. It will provide an overview of EDI in research in the McGill context and as it applies to Tri-Agency grant applications, including research team composition, research topic, methodology, HQP training, and knowledge dissemination. 

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.:
Spotlight: HBHL New Faculty Recruits

This session highlights recipients of funding from the HBHL New Recruit Start-Up Supplements Program and their research. This program provides start-up supplementary funding to hiring faculties at McGill for the recruitment of new faculty members whose research aligns with HBHL’s scientific priorities. With these funds, the hiring faculties are able to compete with other institutions on a global level to bring the best and brightest to McGill.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.:

Lunch boxes provided with registration.

1:45 – 3:00 p.m.:
Spotlight: HBHL Phase One Discovery Grants

Hear from members of interdisciplinary research teams funded in HBHL’s first phase through the HBHL Discovery Fund for Interdisciplinary Research, which aims to advance large-scale, strategic and time-critical research.

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.:
Spotlight: McGill-Western Collaboration Grant Program

Funded researchers from both Western University and McGill will share updates on their projects funded through this collaborative program, designed to address some of the large challenges in brain health across the lifespan via potentially high-risk, high-gain projects focusing on transformational research in neuroscience and neuroinformatics.

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.:
NeuroHub: A platform for data management, analysis and collaboration

  • Bryan Caron (NeuroHub Director, Operations and Development, Platform Co-lead)
  • Jean-Baptiste Poline (NeuroHub Platform Co-lead)
  • James Mehta (Associate Director, Stakeholder Relations, HBHL)
  • Q&A

NeuroHub is a simple, web-based platform that functions as a centralized toolbox integrating an ecosystem of software tools for data storage and analysis, collaboration and access to high-performance computing infrastructure. In this session, we will present an overview of the NeuroHub platform, the features and functionalities of the NeuroHub platform and how it can enable science at scale.

5:00 p.m.:
Closing remarks

5:30 – 8:00 p.m.:
HBHL New Faculty Cocktail Reception

Held at the McGill Faculty Club, open to all registered attendees.


Jeanne Timmins Amphitheatre, the Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital).
Get directions to the Jeanne Timmins.