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. Deborah Kurrasch (U. Calgary)
  4. Jeff Biernaskie (U. Calgary)
  5. Ruth Slack (U. Ottawa)
  6. Guang Yang (U. Calgary)
  7. Diane Lagace (U. Ottawa)
  8. Scott Yuzwa (U. Toronto)
  9. Karun Singh (McMaster)
  10. Julien Muffat (SickKids)
  11. Kym Boycott (CHEO, U. Ottawa)
  12. James Ellis (SickKids)


Program – NSCs Satellite

May 22

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 Deborah Kurrasch (U. Calgary)


10h20 coffee break


Session 2: Mammalian neurogenesis

10h35 Ruth Slack (U. Ottawa)

11h00 Jeff Biernaskie (U. Calgary)

11h25 Diane Lagace (U. Ottawa)

11h50 short-talk Guang Yang (U. Calgary)

12h15 short-talk Scott Yuzwa (U. Toronto)

12h30 lunch

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

14h00 Karun Singh (McMaster)

14h25 Julien Muffat (SickKids)

14h50 coffee break

15h05 Kym Boycott (OHRI)

15h30 James Ellis (SickKids)

15h55 closing remarks

17h00 CAN opening

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