Welcome to the Canadian Neuroscience Meeting!

The 11th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting will take place May 28 to May 31 2017 in Montreal – Save the Dates!

Location: Hotel Bonaventure Montreal

Dear Colleagues and Friends

I am happy to welcome you to the 11th annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting in Montreal website.  The CAN meeting showcases the best neuroscience research in Canada every year, and has become the go-to place to network with the vibrant Canadian neuroscience research community.

The 2017 program committee, chaired by Jaideep Bains and co-chaired by Shernaz Bamji, has put together an exciting list of Keynote and Plenary speakers, which includes Nobel laureate Linda Buck, SfN Past-President Hollis Cline, Dwight Bergles, Charles Bourque and Tim Bussey.  The program committee is proud to announce that it has achieved gender parity for plenary speakers for the first time this year.

Our scientific program will once again feature parallel symposia proposed and organized by our members.  We thank all the members who submitted proposals, and our program committee, who had the difficult task of choosing, amongst the many excellent proposals received, the twelve who are featured this year.  As you will see in the program, these sessions cover a wide range of research topics, highlighting the diversity and strength of Canadian neuroscience research.  I would also like to emphasize that this truly excellent scientific program, including the Plenary and Keynote lectures, would not be possible without the funding provided by many different neuroscience organizations throughout Canada.

We are also proud to announce a new partnership with the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), who is sponsoring a Women In Neuroscience lunch meeting, featuring a presentation by Hollis Cline, as well as providing travel awards and a networking reception for international trainees and for Canadian trainees working abroad attending the CAN meeting.  We are also happy to welcome trainees participating in the Canadian IBRO School of Neuroscience, as we have in previous years.  Importantly, IBRO is not our only new partner in the international neuroscience arena, since the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience is also sponsoring a Keynote Lecture and symposium.

Advocacy for neuroscience research and mental health issues is very important for our community, and as such I am delighted to be able to welcome mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau, who will speak to us on the opening night of the meeting.  I would also like to highlight a number of other important advocacy initiatives at our conference this year, which are partially cosponsored with The Society for Neuroscience .  First, the CAN advocacy committee will be giving out advocacy prizes again this year, in a session featuring the most innovative neuroscience research advocacy initiatives in the country.  Second, for trainees, we are offering a neuroscience advocacy workshop for the first time this year.  Finally, we would like to invite you to participate in a discussion about the development of a Canada-wide Brain Research Strategy, with CAN Vice-President Lynn Raymond and important partners.

I hope you enjoy the meeting, and I look forward to welcoming you to Montreal in person in May.

Freda Miller

President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience