Satellite Meeting: Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research Knowledge Exchange

Date: May 28, 2023

Location: Montreal Bonaventure Hotel

Organiser: Catherine Ferland, Chief Research and Programs Officer, Brain Canada Foundation

Brief description of event

As a key scientific meeting for the neuroscience research community, the 16th Canadian Neuroscience Meeting in Montreal, Quebec, presents an ideal opportunity for Brain Canada to bring together researchers funded through one of its flagship programs – the ‘Future Leaders in Canadian Brain Research’ program. Three cohorts of 20 early-career researchers each have been funded through the program, and Brain Canada is planning to convene them for an in-person, half-day event as an opportunity to connect, network, and present their research. It is our hope that providing early-career researchers with a forum to meet in person and exchange updates on their research projects will help facilitate collaborations and build a cohesive community of Brain Canada-funded researchers, tackling some of the most pressing brain research questions of today.

Supporting the next generation of brain researchers in Canada is needed to ensure the success of the Canadian brain research ecosystem. Brain Canada will also extend an invitation to the recipients of the 2021 Rising Stars Awards (, a Brain Canada-led program which aims to recognize the excellent research being conducted by graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents in all fields spanning neuroscience. The Rising Stars will be invited to participate in the meeting and network with early-career researchers working in their areas of interest.

Future Leaders Recipients – 2019 (; 2020 (; and 2021 (

Brain Canada is committed to excellence through equity, and will promote the expression of diverse perspectives, approaches, and experiences, including those of underrepresented groups. All early-career researchers attending the event will have an opportunity to express to Brain Canada whether they would like to present their research – the final agenda will be established by Brain Canada, taking into account EDI considerations, as well as representation from institutions across Canada and different research areas.