2023 Program

Preliminary program – subject to changes and updates
CAN2023 Meeting – Hotel Bonaventure Montréal

Saturday, May 27, 2023

CAN public lectures – Speakers to be announced

Day 1: Sunday, May 28

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CAN Satellite symposia
5:00 – 5:15 PM Welcome and Opening Remarks by

Keith Murai, President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience

5:15 – 6:15 Presidential Lecture

Flora Vaccarino, Yale School of Medicine

6:15 – 8:00 Opening Reception

Day 2: Monday, May 29

8:30 – 10:15 AM Plenary symposium 1

Gut feelings: Peripheral and central regulation of motivational and affective states by gut signals
Chair: Alfonso Abizaid | Carleton University

Speakers:

  • Keith Sharkey | University of Calgary
    How the gut changes behaviour in intestinal inflammation
  • Jane Foster | McMaster University
    Microbes and Mental Health: Translating preclinical findings to the clinic
  • Alfonso Abizaid | Carleton University
    Ghrelin-endocannabinoid system interactions in the VTA in the regulation of food reward
10:15 – 10:30 CIHR-INMHA Update

Sam Weiss

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

Posters/exhibits

10:45 – 11:45 Featured Plenary speaker

Dana Small | Yale University
Diet and Reward: A Two Way Street

11:45 – 12:00 Brain Star Award presentation 1
12:00 – 1:30 Advocacy lunch
1:30 – 3:00 Parallel symposia 1-4
3:00 – 3:30 Coffee break
3:30 – 5:30PM Poster session 1 /exhibits
5:30 – 7:00 Presentation:

Martin Meyer – Scientific Programme Director – The Brain Prize

Brain Prize lecture:

Ole Kiehn, University of Copenhagen

7:30 – 9:30 CAN Student Social

Day 3: Tuesday, May 30

 

8:30 – 10:15 AM Plenary symposium 2

Neuroimmune interactions: when the immune system shapes the Central Nervous System
Chair: Nathalie Arbour | Université de Montréal

Speakers:

  • Nader Ghasemlou | Queen’s University
    Rhythms of neuroinflammation and chronic pain in EAE: what’s time got to do with it?
  • Catherine Larochelle | Université de Montréal
    Molecular mechanisms underlying T cell-oligodendrocytes direct interactions
  • Veronique Miron | University of Toronto
    Glial interactions regulating myelin health
10:15 – 10:20 (Brief partner update)
10:20 – 10:45 Coffee break

Posters/exhibits

10:45 – 11:45 Featured Plenary speaker 2

Maja Jagodic | Karolinska Institutet
Epigenetic origins and mechanisms in neuroinflammation

11:45 – 12:00 Brain Star Award presentation 2
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on own
1:00 – 2:30 Parallel symposia 5 – 8
2:30 – 3:00 Coffee break
3:00 – 5:00 Posters session 2 and Exhibits
5:00 – 5:30 New investigator award lecture
5:30 – 6:30 Keynote Lecture

Sheena Josselyn, SickKids Hospital

6:30 – 7:15 Life and Neuroscience panel discussion
Participants TBA

Day 4: Wednesday, May 31

8:30 – 10:15 A.M. Plenary symposium 3

Emerging molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration

Chair: Maria Ioannou

Speakers:

  • Heidi McBride | McGill University
    Immune signaling in Parkinson’s Disease: perspectives of a mitochondria
  • Karl Fernandes | Université de Sherbrooke
    Fatty acid desaturation: an unexpected role in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Maria Ioannou | University of Alberta
    Protecting neurons from degeneration by autolysosomal exocytosis
10:15 – 10:20 (Brief partner update)
10:20 – 10:45 Posters/exhibits

Coffee break

10:45 – 11:45 Featured Plenary speaker

Hugo Bellen – Baylor College of Medicine
Lipid droplets in Alzheimer’s Disease

11:45 – 12:00 PM Brain Star Award presentation 3
12:00 – 1:30 PM
  • CAN-ACN Annual General Meeting of members
  • Career Networking event
  • Lunch on own
1:30 – 3:30 Poster session 3 & Exhibits
3:30 – 5:00 Parallel symposia 9-12