Satellite symposium 1: Neural stem cells in development and disease modeling

Date: May 22, 2019, full day

Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto (CAN meeting HQ)


Armen Saghatelyan (CERVO Brain Research Center)

David Kaplan (Hospital for Sick Children)

Freda Miller (Hospital for Sick Children)

Karun Singh (McMaster University)

Brief description of event:

Neural stem cells (NSCs) generate neurons and glia during brain development and can be used to model and understand neurodevelopmental disorders. The objective of this satellite event is to bring together Canadian experts and trainees working in the fields of NSC and neurodevelopmental disorders to exchange ideas and initiate collaborative projects. This satellite is an outgrowth of agreed-upon next steps from the successful NSC satellite meeting at last year’s CAN meeting, including the use of model organisms to study NSC function (session 1), adoption of the latest cutting-edge techniques and approaches to study NSC biology including single cell transcriptomics (session 2) and the use of human induced pluripotent stem cells to understand and model human neurodevelopmental disorders (session 3). We expect that this meeting will strengthen the Canadian stem cell community by connecting researchers in the model organism, neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorder fields who do not regularly interact.


  1. Bret Pearson (SickKids)
  2. Vince Tropepe (U. Toronto)
  3. Pierre Drapeau (U. Montreal)
  4. Deborah Kurrasch (U. Calgary)
  5. Jeff Biernaskie (U. Calgary)
  6. Ruth Slack (U. Ottawa)
  7. Anastasia Voronova (U. Alberta)
  8. Diane Lagace (U. Ottawa)
  9. Mekayla Storer (SickKids) short-talk
  10. Karun Singh (McMaster)
  11. Julien Muffat (SickKids)
  12. Kym Boycott (CHEO, U.Ottawa)
  13. James Ellis (SickKids)



May 22, 2019, Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel

8h30: arrival and registration

9h00 opening remarks

20min talks + 5 min questions

Session 1: Stem cells in non-mammalian organisms

9h05 Bret Pearson (SickKids)

9h30 Vince Tropepe (U. Toronto)

9h55 Pierre Drapeau (U. Montreal)

10h20 Deborah Kurrasch (U. Calgary)

10h45 coffee break

Session 2: Mammalian neurogenesis

11h00 Jeff Biernaskie (U. Calgary)

11h25 Ruth Slack (U. Ottawa)

11h50 Anastasia Voronova (U. Alberta)

12h15 Diane Lagace (U. Ottawa)

12h40 short-talk: Mekayla Storer (SickKids)

12h55 lunch

Session 3: Stem cells to model brain diseases (chair Karun Singh)

14h30 Karun Singh (McMaster)

14h55 Julien Muffat (SickKids)

15h20 coffee break

15h35 Kym Boycott (CHEO, U. Ottawa)

15h50 James Ellis (SickKids)

16h25 closing remarks



Ticket price : 50$ CAN + NSC satellite package, 75$ NSC satellite only