Recent Lab News
May 2019 - Ryan presented his Thesis Seminar, completing one of his final PhD milestones. Well done!
Congrats to former MSc, now PhD, student Amanda for successful completion of her Transfer/Candidacy Exam!
The Bowie Lab attended the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) 2019 Meeting in Toronto. The Bowie students enjoyed a home-cooked meal together on the first night (see group photo below) as well as exploring the city. Grad students Ryan, Erik, Amanda, Adamo and Niklas all presented posters (see poster abstracts here).
Dr. Bowie also passed on his role as CAN Treasurer; he is pictured below with CAN's new president, Dr. Katalin Toth (centre), President-elect, Dr. Charles Bourque (left), advocacy chair, Dr. Karun Singh (right) and past president, Dr. Jaideep Bains (centre-left).
Congrats to PhD student Ryan for his first author manuscript published at eNeuro. We are proud of you Ryan! Check out the full article.
We said goodbye to visiting student Kathrine and undergraduate student Tian with lunch at McGill's Thompson House. See photo below.
April 2019 - Congratulations to Bowie lab members for their recent publication in Neuron! The multi-disciplinary and international study was performed in collaboration with the labs of Dr. Mike Edwardson (Cambridge University), Jette Kastrup (University of Copenhagen) and Nelson Barrera (Catholic University of Chile). See publications.
The website for the 7th Annual iGluRetreat (30-31st July 2019) and ISN Satellite Meeting (1st-2nd Aug 2019) was recently launched. These two conferences will be held this summer in Montreal. Peruse the website to see a list of speakers and registration details!
Many congrats to Amanda for being awarded a prestigious 3-year NSERC doctoral fellowship for her PhD thesis work. Well done!
March 2019 - Dr. Bowie travelled with NEURO colleagues, Drs. Ted Fon (middle) and Stefano Stifano (left), as the McGill delegation that visited the Neuroscience faculty at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The groups photo shows Edinburgh’s Drs. David Wyllie (right) and Siddarthan Chandran (3rd from right) with the University Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Peter Mathieson (2nd from left), at the signing ceremony with Derek, Ted and Stefano. The group were also treated to a traditional breakfast fry-up with black pudding and haggis with an evening of some whisky tasting and dinner at Edinburgh’s Scotch Malt Whisky Society (www.smws.com).
January 2019 - Congrats to the Bowie lab for renewing their CIHR grant entitled "Unravelling the complex roles of AMPA receptor auxiliary subunits in the mammalian brain" which will provide funding to the lab for the next five years. See more details here.
Welcome to two new students who joined the lab in the New Year. PhD student, Sara Deschaine, joins us from the National Institutes of Health in the US and Masters student, Kathrine Voigt Hansen, joins us from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. Kathrine is currently carrying out a 4-month research project through a collaboration with Drs. Jette Kastrup and Darryl Pickering. Sara will be working on the neurophysiology of the cerebellum in Fragile X syndrome. See their bios here.
November 2018 - New Bowie Lab photo! See header above.
October 2018 - Dr. Bowie and Dr. Keith Murai led a delegation of McGill professors and 2 McGill students to the National Institute of Physiological Sciences (NiPS) in Okazaki, Japan to start the next phase of the McGill-NiPS partnership. Photo below shows the McGill professors with some of NiPS researchers during the visit including Director General, Dr. Keiji Imoto (far left) see photo below).
Dr. Bowie was also invited by Dr. Chen-Tung Yen to present two talks on the lab's research work during visits to the Academia Sinica (https://www.sinica.edu.tw/en) and the National Taiwan University (NTU) (http://www.ntu.edu.tw/english/) which are both situated in Taipei, Taiwan. Dr. Bowie was also taken on a cultural trip to the National Palace Museum (https://www.npm.gov.tw/en/, see image below, left) and Hu Shih Memorial Hall (https://www.sinica.edu.tw/en/articles/50). Photo below, right, shows Dr. Bowie with Dr. Yen on the campus of NTU.
September 2018 - Welcome to our new rotation students, Rebecca Cummers and Niklas Brake, who will work on the structure of AMPA receptors and biology of sodium channels, respectively.
Also, many congrats to PhD student, Ryan Alexander, who is the recipient of the 2018 Life Sciences Award for his poster presentation at Pharmacology Research Day.
The program for the 2018-2019 MNG has been posted here: http://www.medicine.mcgill.ca/pharma/dbowielab/mng.html
August 2018 - Dr. Bowie and Amanda attended the 2018 iGluRetreat that was held at the University of Pittsburgh hosted by Drs. Jon Johnston and Maria Kurnikova. Photo shows the attendees in front of the Frick Fine Arts building where the retreat was held. Follow the link for more info about the Fine Arts building: https://www.tour.pitt.edu/tour/frick-fine-arts-building (see photo below). More information about the conference can be found here.
Also, congratulations to MSc student, Amanda Perozzo, who was awarded the J.P. Collip Fellowship 2018-2019 from the Faculty of Medicine. Well done, Amanda!
July 2018 - Dr. Bowie attended and chaired a session at the Sophion Ion-Channel conference which was held on the spectacular grounds and in the auditorium of Memorial Court, Clare College, University of Cambridge (see photo below).
June 2018 - Welcome to our new summer students, Alek Ebbeling and Tian Xie, who will be working on the functional and structural properties of ionotropic glutamate receptors. See their photos and biographies here.
June 2018 - Dr. Bowie recently hosted Drs. David Wyllie and Siddarthan Chandran from the University of Edinburgh who visited McGill as part of an ongoing discussion to build stronger inter-institutional ties. As part of their 3-day visit, Drs. Wyllie (left) and Chandran (right) made a tour of the McGill campus with a mandatory stop at the statue of McGill's founder and fellow Scot, James McGill (see photo below).
May - June 2018 - Having completed their research project at the National Institutes of Physiological Sciences in Okazaki, Japan, Dr. Bowie, Edward and Adamo made the long trip back to Montreal. Before departing, Dr. Bowie visited the husband and wife research team of Drs. Masaki Fukata (left) and Yuko Fukata (right) and their graduate student, Yuri Miyazaki (centre, see photo below).
May 2018 - Many congrats to Edward (Yuhao) Yan who was recently awarded a Master's student scholarship from the FRQS. Bravo Edward, well deserved!!
April-May 2018 - Dr. Bowie and graduate students, Adamo Mancino and Edward (Yuhao) Yan, from the Bowie lab, travelled to the National Institutes for Physiological Sciences (NiPS) in Okazaki, Japan as a part of an ongoing collaboration with the lab of Dr. Yoshihiro Kubo. Drs. Bowie and Kubo have established an international collaboration between their institutes, namely McGill and NiPS, to promote inter-disciplinary research on neuroscience. Photos below show Adamo and Edward working in the lab with Dr. Takushi Shimura, a day trip to Kyoto and a visit by McGill's Dr. Jean-Francois Trempe to NiPS to present his lab's latest findings on Parkinson's disease.
April 2018 - Dr. Bowie was invited by the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences to speak about his lab's research work at the conference on "Membrane proteins in health and disease". The meeting was held in the Canadian Rockies at the spectacular conference centre in Banff, Alberta (see photo below).
March 2018 - Dr. Bowie recently visited the University of Copenhagen in Denmark to join the PhD thesis jury of Stine Møllerud, a student candidate from the labs of Drs. Jette Kastrup and Daryl Pickering. Stine passed with flying colours so congrats to her! Dr. Bowie also had the opportunity to meet with researchers at Sophion Bioscience who have their headquarters in Copenhagen.
January 2018 - Many congrats to Dr. Patricia Brown, a recent PhD graduate student from the Bowie lab, who was awarded a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship to join the lab of Dr. Radu Aricescu at Cambridge's MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (see photo below).
December 2017 - Patricia and Hugo publish an article in the Journal of General Physiology. Congratulations!
November 2017 - Dr. Bowie visits Washington DC to attend the Society for Neurosciences meeting and serve on the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO) committee. Photos courtesy of Dr. Derek Bowie.
October 2017 - Dr. Takushi Shimomura from Japan's National Institutes of Physiological Sciences joins the lab for a short sabbatical stay. The photo shows the lab tasting the Japanese savoury pancake dish called Okonomiyaki.
September 2017 - Dr. Bowie recently hosted a delegation of researchers from Japan's National Institute of Physiological Sciences (NiPS) who spent two days visiting the McGill campus and participating in a research symposium at McGill's Faculty Club. The visit culminated in the signing of a Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) (see photo below) in the presence of Mr. Hideaki Kuramitsu, the Consulate General of Japan in Montreal. The MOU permits the neuroscience communities of McGill and NiPS to begin the exchange of student and postdoctoral fellows as well as to establish joint research projects. The event was reported in the McGill Reporter (http://publications.mcgill.ca/reporter/2017/10/mcgill-signs-mou-with-leading-japanese-research-institute/).
August 2017 - Below is a photo of some of the attendees at the 2017 GEPROM Summer Student Symposium, including Amanda Perozzo, that was held at McGill on August 18th.
August 2017 - Some members of the Bowie lab travelled to Yale University for the 5th Annual iGluRetreat. The Retreat this year was particularly special as many of the speakers were brought from across the World to reflect upon and celebrate the career of Dr. James Howe, a Yale researcher who has made many seminal contributions to the study of inotropic glutamate receptors. The photo shows many of the attendees and speakers who attended the Retreat. Dr. Howe is 5th from the left on the front row.
Below is a photo of several of the attendees at the 2017 iGluRetreat at Yale including (left to right) Dr. Mark. Fleck and Jessica Nuwer (Albany Med College, NY), Dr. Mark Aurousseau, Amanda Perozzo and Ryan Alexander from the Bowie lab, Irene Riva (FMP Berlin) and Drs. David MacLean (URochester), Jim Howe (Yale), Stuart Cull-Candy (UCL, UK) and Derek Bowie.
August 2017 - Dr. Bowie recently visited Rio de Janeiro as an invited speaker at the 38th International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) conference. The photo speakers of symposium that includes (left to right, back row) Drs. Marc Gielen (Pasteur Institute, France), Filip Van Petegem (Univ British Columbia, Canada), Frank Bosmans (Johns Hopkins Univ) (front row) Dr. Yoshihiro Kubo (Natl Inst. Physiological Sciences, Japan), Cecilia Bouzat (Universidad Nacional del Sur, Argentina) and Dr. Derek Bowie
June 2017 - Check out this interview of Loïs Miraucourt with Charles Tisseyre, talking about night vision!
June 2017 - Dr. Bowie, Erik and Ryan attended the Gordon Research Conference on "Inhibition in the CNS" that was held in the picturesque French Swiss town of Les Diablerets. They took time out from the conference to visit an ice field, Glacier 3000 (see video: http://www.glacier3000.ch/en), located high up on the Swiss Alps. From left to right, the group photo shows Erik, Mariana Zaichuk (UZurich) and Ryan with Dr. Steven Brown (UZurich) and Dr. Beni Lüscher (UPenn) who is accompanied by his wife Pam.
June 2017 - Dr. Bowie was recently invited to speak at the School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex, UK where he met with Drs. Ruth Murrell-Lagnado and Andy Penn (see photo below). He then attended the "Ion-Channel Modulation" Symposium at St. Claire's College, University of Cambridge where he chaired a speaker's session.
June 2017 - Dr. Bowie recently presented the lab's new findings on the neurodevelopment disorder, Fragile X syndrome, at the recent annual meeting of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience that was held in Montreal. Photo shows the others speakers of the symposium that focused on the emerging roles of the developing cerebellum in neurological disease. From left to right: Drs. Derek Bowie, Alanna Watt (McGill), Dan Goldowitz (UBC), Lu-Yang Wang (SickKids) and Yi-Mei (Amy) Yang (U Minnesota).
May 2017 - Bowie lab members are involved in the organizing of the "Beautiful Minds" Pint of Science 2017 event, which will take place on May 15-17th, 2017 in Montreal. Register at https://www.pintofscience.ca/mtl-en-2017.
April 2017 - Dr. Bowie recently visited Northwestern University in downtown Chicago where he caught up with some old friends and colleagues from the neuroscience community. Photo shows Dr. Bowie with Drs. Anis Contractor, Gianmaria Maccaferri and Geoff Swanson.
April 2017 - MNG has been cancelled for this Wednesday. See link on the left.
April 2017 - Congratulations to Erik and Ryan for receiving a GREAT Travel Award from the IPN!
April 2017 - Congratulations to Ryan for receiving a Graduate Research Mobility Award from the Faculty of Medicine!
April 2017 - Photo of several members of the executive committee for the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) who got together to show support for the upcoming "March for Science" event that will be held in Montreal on the 22nd of April 2017. From left to right, Dr. Ed Ruthazer (CAN Secretary), Dr. Charles Bourque (CAN Board member), Dr. Derek Bowie (CAN Treasurer) and Dr. Alanna Watt (CAN Board member).
April 2017 - Congrats to graduate student, Adamo Mancino, and incoming graduate student, Amanda Perozzo from the University of Ottawa, who were each awarded the prestigious NSERC Masters student award. Adamo is currently working on voltage-gated sodium channels and Amanda will be working on ionotropic glutamate receptors.
April 2017 - Congrats to our undergraduate student, Yuhao (Edward) Yan, who won the prize for best oral presentation at the undergraduate student research day called PURE. Edward is shown in the middle of the photo with other prize winners.
March 2017 - The MNG schedule has been updated as of March 7th, 2017. Make sure to mark your calenders!
February 2017 - Dr. Bowie recently visited Japan's National Institute of Physiological Sciences (or NiPS) in Okazaki, Japan where he met with researchers and visited some historic sites. Dr. Keith Murai from the Montreal General Hospital also joined the trip with Dr. Yoshihiro Kubo as the host from NiPS.
January 2017 - Welcome to the newest members of the Bowie lab, Martina and Adamo!
November, December 2016 - Congratulations to Brent and Patricia for successfully defending their PhD Thesis!
August 2016 - Some of the students and PIs at the GEPROM Summer Student Symposium on August 10th, 2016.
April 2016 - Brent and Mark's most recent paper (see Publications) has been recommended as being of special significance by the F1000 Faculty!
March 2016 - Welcome to Jihane Nouny from Université de Lille, who is visiting the lab during the next 6 months.
March 2016 - Congratulations to Ryan for obtaining the NSERC Doctoral Award!
March 2016 - Contratulations to Kaitlin and Marika, who obtained a summer studentship and trainee award from GEPROM!
February 2016 - Bowie Lab members go to the Biophysics Meeting in Los Angeles!
Hugo McGuire, Maria Musgaard, Mark Aurousseau, Patricia Brown, Anthony Auerbach and Alvin Shrier at Biophysics in Los Angeles, February 2016.
February 2016 - Congratulations to Brent and Mark for their recent publication in Neuron! Click here to see the press release.
December 2015 - Congratulations to Patricia for the acceptance of her paper in the Journal of Physiology!
December 2015 - Bowie Lab members visit the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland for a symposium in honour of Dr. Mark L. Mayer. Follow this link to watch the talks.
Brent, Ryan, Erik, Mark and Patricia visit Washington, D.C., December 2015
November 2015 - Congratulations to Dr. Michael Accardi for a successful PhD Thesis Defense!
Mike and his family after his PhD Defense, Nov. 12th, 2015
November 2015 - Welcome to Dr. Rafael Koerich Varaschin who recently joined our lab as a post-doctoral fellow.
October 2015 - The Biophysical Society of Canada publishes a newsletter in both the fall and spring of each calendar year. Click here to see the Fall 2015 Newsletter.
October 2015 - Welcome to Mariana Zaichuk from the lab of Dr. Jean-Marc Fritschy at the University of Zurich who recently joined our lab for a 3-month sabbatical stay
October 2015 - Congrats to Erik Larson who won the prize for the best IPN (junior) graduate student at the 2015 Pharmacology Research Day!
September 2015 - Congrats to Dr. David MacLean, Bowie lab alumni, who was recently awarded a K99 research grant to initiate his research program as an independent investigator at the University of Texas (see link).
September 2015 - The 2015-2106 MNG schedule has been published (see link).
September 2015 - SAVE THE DATE!!!! Bowie lab to host the 2016 Glutamate Receptor Retreat in Montreal (August, 2nd-4th). See link.
August 2015 - The Bowie Lab attends the 3rd annual iGluRetreat! See photos below!
Attendees of the iGluRetreat 2015
The Bowie Lab and collaborators from Oxford University and Copenhagen University
July 2015 - Mike publishes a paper in J Neuroscience and here is the press release!
June 2015 - Mark successfully defends his PhD Thesis! Congratulations, Dr. Aurousseau!
Dr. Mark Aurousseau right after his Thesis Defense.
April 2015 - Dr. Bowie was recently invited to speak at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge University (Link) and the Symposium on "Membrane Signalling & Transport" at Oxford University (Link). Dr. Bryan Daniels from the lab was also an invited speaker in Oxford.
Images below show sights passed along the way in London and Cambridge with a group photo in Oxford of Derek and Bryan with the labs of Drs. Ingo Gregor, Lucia Sivilotti, Phil Biggin, Mark Sansom, and Marc Baddan amongst others