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The University of Waterloo’s internationally recognized Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience (CTN) receives hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in research funding in support of its mission to develop robust explanatory theories of mind and brain through education and research. The CTN (founded in 2006) has 18 members and is an administrative unit of the Faculty of Arts. The CTN was the first Canadian research institute dedicated to theoretical neuroscience and the first to offer a graduate diploma for Theoretical Neuroscience. Hundreds of the University of Waterloo students with diverse educational backgrounds have benefited from the interdisciplinary educational opportunities the CTN provides, which include formal courses, a colloquium series, an annual Brain Day, an annual Research Day, and graduate supervision. Core and Affiliate CTN faculty have achieved a vigorous interdisciplinary program that represents five of the university’s six faculties. The faculty of the CTN in the aggregate consistently receive between half a million to a million dollars a year in direct research funds and are growing new programs. The recent establishment of a new NRC initiative on campus is a direct result of the activities and research of current and former Centre members, post-docs, and students. While the university has a number of programs and institutes devoted to applications, the University of Waterloo’s CTN is a world-class Centre, and one of only a few such Centres in the world, devoted to developing and testing new theories of brain and general intelligence at a fundamental level using mathematical models. Such advances are the prerequisites for the next generation of practical advances.

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Brain Day 2023 Videos On-line

The videos from Brain Day 2023 are now available on line at our youtube channel. Hope you enjoy.

CTN Masters Student Graduate Sugandha Sharma Appears on Generally Intelligent Podcast

Sugandha Sharma, masters student graduate of the University of Waterloo's CTN, discusses her research and time in the laboratory of CTN Founding Director Chris Eliasmith as well as her current PhD research at MIT on the Generally Intelligent Podcast. Give it a listen.

Sue Ann Campbell Presents at International Conference on Mathematical Neurosci 2022

Sue Ann Campbell (Applied Math/CTN core member) recently presented "Modulation of Synchronization by a Slowly Varying Current"  in July 2022 at the International Conference on Mathematical Neuroscience; Watch it on YouTubesue ann campbell presentation image of spikes

CTN Research Day 2023 Oct 17 16:30 - 19:00 QNC 0101

The Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience will be hosting its second Research Day. This will be a chance to start the new academic year by getting re-acquainted with each other and the diversity of research conducted by CTN core and affiliate faculty. The format will be to have a number of CTN faculty share short overviews of their lab's and projects (16:30-17:30) and then, following a short coffee break (17:30-18:00), hear from a dozen current graduate students and post-docs giving short three minute talks on an aspect of their current research (18:00-19:00).

Bots and Beasts. New book by CTN Founding Member Paul Thagard

Paul Thagard, philosopher, cognitive scientist, Killam prize winner, and founding CTN member has a new book out: Bots and Beasts. bots and beasts book cover