Clayton Dickson (PhD, University of Calgary)

P439 Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T6G 2E9 

Tel:  780 492-7860
Fax: 780 492-1768

Research Description

A fundamental question in neurophysiology is how the activity of the nervous system translates, represents, stores, and then uses information in order to guide adaptive behaviour. Our laboratory is interested in how collective activity in large sets of neurons (ensembles) is coordinated within and across areas of the medial temporal lobe of the brain that are known to be important for declarative memory processes. This ensemble coordination is expressed as different patterns of oscillatory synchronization that are dependent upon behavioural state and thus reflect differential processing dynamics of the underlying neural circuitry.

We use a wide variety of multichannel recording techniques (from intracellular to multiple single unit and EEG) in a variety of preparations (from brain slices right on up to behaving animals) in order to characterize the mechanisms and functional relevance of oscillatory dynamics in medial temporal lobe structures like the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex.


  • Operating grant (renewal), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council , 2006
  • Operating grant, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2005
  • Scholar award, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, 2003
  • New Opportunities grant, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, 2003

Selected publications