Sarrazin Lectureship recipient Doug Crawford to present lecture on May 29

York University neuroscience researcher Doug Crawford will present a keynote lecture on May 29 as part of a one-day symposium on perception and sensorimotor processes.

Doug Crawford
Doug Crawford

Crawford was selected by the Canadian Physiological Society (CPS) earlier this year as the recipient of the 2016 Sarrazin Award Lectureship in recognition of his contributions to research in physiology. Recipients of the award present a one-hour lecture during the annual CPS meeting, which takes place this year during the 10th annual Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN-ACN) conference.

The lecture will be presented during a one-day satellite symposium that is jointly sponsored by the Canadian Action and Perception Network (CAPnet) and CPS: the CAPnet-CPS CAN-ACN Satellite Symposium.

Crawford, who will deliver a lecture on the neural mechanisms of vision, memory and movement in gaze control systems, says the timing of the lecture is particularly meaningful.

After leading CAPnet since its inception in 2007, Crawford is stepping down.

“It’s a great way to end,” he said. “I’m very proud, very happy at what we’ve accomplished in these first nine years.”

CAPnet began in 2007 as a partnership between Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) groups at Western, York and Queens universities. Since that time, and under Crawford’s leadership, the group grew to a national neuroscience consortium reaching from Quebec to B.C.

CAPnet has also been a very active proponent of research funding in Canada, and has sponsored two CREATE programs including the current Brain in Action partnership with Germany and a number of conferences.

Over the last three years, CAPnet has partnered with CPS for a CAN-ACN satellite meeting that grows each year.

Jennifer Steeves
Jennifer Steeves

Jennifer Steeves, a York University neuroscience researcher, organized this year’s satellite symposium “Action & Perception: Cognition, Coding and Clinical Populations” which runs 9am to 4:30 pm on May 29 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

“It focuses on perception and sensorimotor processes underlying the control of vision and movement in healthy and clinical populations,” she said, adding the event will highlight presentations from neuroscientists across Canada in three talk sessions with 17 oral presentations, as well as 53 poster presentations and Crawford’s keynote lecture.

The event is also sponsored by York University, University of Toronto, VPixx Technologies and Magstim.