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New, renewed Canada Research Chairs advance neuroscience at York U

New, renewed Canada Research Chairs advance neuroscience at York U

Congratulations to Faculty of Science Professor Jeffrey Schall for his appointment as a Tier I Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Translating Neuroscience, and Professor Joel Zylberberg for the renewal of his Tier II CRC in Computational Neuroscience. They were among 121 new and renewed CRCs at 39 institutions across Canada announced by the Government of Canada on June 14.

The CRC program is a major investment by the federal government (up to $300 million+ per year) to attract and retain world-class talent at Canadian universities. The program also provides training opportunities for the next generation of highly skilled personnel through research, teaching and learning.

Jeffrey Schall
Jeffrey Schall

Jeffrey Schall

Schall’s research aims to further understand the complexities of the brain and how it enables decision-making processes for actions and experiences: how people decide what to do, how people control when they do it and how people know if they did what they meant to do. Insights from Schall’s research could improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions like dementia and schizophrenia.

Joel Zylberberg
Joel Zylberberg

Joel Zylberberg

Zylberberg and his research team train artificial intelligence (AI) to see and respond to images in the same way as the human brain. By teaching AI to process visual information like the brain’s visual cortex, deep learning algorithms could lead to the creation of devices that help visually impaired or blind people see again, in addition to potentially advancing technology for self-driving cars.

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