Meeting of the CSLSR 2010

The 5th Annual CSLSR Meeting will be held at
New Residence Hall, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec

August 13 & 14, 2010

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Conference Registration, click here

Preliminary List of Speakers - Complete details on keynote speakers and workshops will be available online by June, 2010.

Keynote Speaker List:

Tak W. Mak, PhD

Talk title: Lymphocytes Homeostasis: 'Tis Death that Makes Life Live

Tak W. Mak is the Director of the Campbell Family Institute for Breast Cancer Research at the Princess Margaret Hospital and a University Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics and Department of Immunology, University of Toronto. He trained at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, the University of Alberta and the Ontario Cancer Institute.

His research interests center on immune recognition and regulation as well as cell survival and cell death in normal and malignant cells. He is best known as the leading scientist of the group that first cloned the genes of the human T cell antigen receptor, which provided essential insight into the molecular basis of cellular immunity. Subsequently, he became perhaps the most prolific proponent of and contributor to the mouse modeling by means of homologous recombination technology. His laboratory created large numbers of genetically modified mice that have proved critical to unraveling intracellular programs governing the development and function of the immune system and the dissection of signal transduction cascades in various cell survival and apoptotic pathways. These models have been distributed to laboratories around the world and have been a major resource to the scientific community.

More recently, Dr. Mak refocused a large portion of his research interests to the pathogenesis of breast cancer. He has published more than 20 scientific papers in this area, including the initial discovery that the breast cancer susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are related to DNA repair. A recent high impact discovery was the finding that RhoC is involved in the metastasis of breast cancers. Even more recently, he has turned his attention to the role of altered metabolism in cancer cell survival, and has identified a novel isoform of a gene involved in fatty acid metabolism as induced by p53 and hypoxia and essential for tumor cell group.

He has co-authored over 650 scientific papers and holds 21 U.S. Patents. He was amongst one of the scientist ranked as having published the greatest number of highly cited papers over the past years. Dr. Mak has extensive industrial and commercialization experience, serving on the scientific advisory boards of several pharmaceutical, biotechnology and venture capital firms, and also founding or co-founding several companies.

Dr. Mak has already been recognized by the scientific community through numerous prestigious awards and honors, including Germany’s most prestigious research award, the Emil Von Behring Prize in 1988, Canada’s most prestigious award, the Gairdner Foundation International Award for outstanding contributions in the field of medical science in 1989, the King Faisal International Prize for Medicine in 1995, the Alfred E. Sloan Prize of General Motors Cancer Foundation in 1996 and the Novartis Immunology Prizes in 1998. Dr. is also the recipient of every other major award in Canada, including the 1996 National Cancer Institute of Canada R.L. Noble Prize, the
Order of Canada in 2000, the Ontario Premier’s Summit Award in Medical Research in 2007, the Order of Ontario in 2008 and induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 2009. He was elected as a Foreign Associate of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2002, and has been awarded honorary doctorates degrees from Canadian, Chinese, Italian, Scandinavian, Swiss and German universities and medical school. In addition, he is also a member on numerous advisory boards of scientific journals and medical centers.

Marco Leyton, PhD

Talk title: Alcohol, Nicotine, Amphetamine and Cocaine: The Role of Dopamine in Drug Self-Administration in Humans

Dr. Leyton is an Associate Professor in McGill's Department of Psychiatry, and President of the Canadian College of Neuropsychopharmacology (CCNP). The focus of his research is the neurobiology of drug self-administration, addiction, and addiction-related psychiatric disorders. He has been particularly interested in the following three questions. First, what are the acute effects of abused substances in human brain? Second, how might these responses change following repeated drug use? Third, since individual differences in drug-induced behavioral and biological responses can be identified, what might account for these differences, and how might they influence differential susceptibility to addiction and co-morbid conditions.

Mads Kaern, PhD

Talk title: Something old, something new, something borrowed: the marriage of Systems and Synthetic Biology

Dr. Kaern received his B.Sc. (1995) and M.Sc. (1997) from the University of Copenhagen. His M.Sc. thesis entitled “Biochemical Reaction Networks: From Elementary Reactions to Biological Self-organization” resulted in three research publications in theoretical biology, and received the rarely awarded and highest possible grade of 13 for “outstanding and exceptional performance”. Dr. Kaern was a doctoral stipendiary with the Danish Research Academy from 1997 to 2000, and completed his Ph.D. research on chemical and biological morphogenesis at the University of Toronto in 2001. As a postdoctoral fellow of the Danish Research agency, he then went to Boston University’s Department of Biomedical Engineering working with McArthur “Genius” Award recipient Dr. James Collins and National Academy of Science members Dr. Nancy Kopell and Dr. Charles Cantor. Dr. Kaern was appointed Canada Research Chair in Systems Biology in 2004. He is a core member of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology, and an Assistant Professor of Cellular & Molecular Medicine with cross-appointment in the Department of Physics at the University of Ottawa. He launched his Dynamical Systems Biology Laboratory and independent research program in 2005.

Dr. Kaern is a promising young scientist and biotechnology innovator. In his short career, he has authored over 20 scientific publications collectively cited more than 1000 times and holds one biotechnology patent as a co-inventor. He was a leading initiator behind the Canadian Society for System Biology and was elected Founding President of this society. Ottawa Life Magazine named him among the “Top 50 People in the Capital” in 2005. With expertise in genetic engineering, dynamical systems theory and computational modelling, Dr. Kaern focuses on complex gene regulatory processes. This research aims at understanding fundamental properties governing cellular signal processing and transduction to facilitate advances in biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and biomedicine, including stem cell research and studies of multifaceted disease. His research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research; the National Science and Engineering Research Council; the Canadian Foundation for Innovation; the Canadian Research Chair Program; Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development and Trade; and the University of Ottawa.


Dr. Bägli became a member of the Surgical Staff at The Hospital For Sick Children and the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, in 1995. He is certified in Urologic Surgery by both the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American College of Surgery, and is a member of numerous medical and scientific organizations including the Society For Pediatric Urology, and Society for Basic Urologic Research.

Dr. Bägli is Professor of Surgery at the University of Toronto and a Member of the University Graduate School's Institute of Medical Science. Dr. Bägli obtained his MD from McGill University, completed an NIH Research Fellowship and his Urology Residency training at Harvard Medical School, and Pediatric Urology Fellowship training at the University of Washington. Dr. Bägli is a Senior Attending Paediatric Urologist and Associate Surgeon-In-Chief at The Hospital For Sick Children, and Senior Associate Scientist in the SickKids' Research Institute where he heads translational cell and molecular biology research in smooth muscle mechanotransduction and cell signaling.

His laboratory has developed a long standing interest how tissue microenvironments influence cell growth and differentiation. His research focuses on the convergence of mechanisms regulating tissue injury and regeneration, including the role of the extracellular matrix in stem and progenitor cell differentiation and programming in the regenerative medicine context.

Dr. Bägli's interest in molecular level environmental stimuli have led to more recent interest and studies in the epigenetic regulation of cell-matrix and host-pathogen interactions.

Dr. Bägli has authored well over 100 peer reviewed scientific papers in the basic science and clinical literature and has served on numerous grants panels and advisory boards for granting agencies in both the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Bägli is a recipient of peer reviewed funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

He is currently investigating extracellular matrix biology as it pertains to wound healing and biomechanically-mediated injury in the lower urinary tract. Dr. Bägli continues to pursue innovative collaborations with clinicians and investigators at University of Toronto, in Canada and the United States.

Dr. Bägli is currently featured in the Sickkids Research Institute section called Researchers in Profile

Richard Kremer , MD, PhD, FRCPC

Talk title: Vitamin D in the 21st Century: an amazing story

Dr Richard Kremer is currently Professor and Director of the Bone and Mineral Unit in the Department of Medecine of McGill University. He is also the co-leader of the Musculoskeletal Axis of the McGill University Health Centre. Born in Paris, Dr Kremer received his MD and Ph.D. degrees at the Pierre et Marie Curie University of Paris, and completed his internal medicine and endocrinology residency at La Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. He then moved to Canada and completed his residency training at the Montreal General Hospital, Royal Victoria and Ottawa Civic Hospitals. He pursued his research training at the Royal Victoria Hospital from 1986-1989 and joined the Calcium Research Laboratory as a full-time physician-scientist. Dr Kremer is the recipient of several prizes and awards including the Chercheur National award from the Fonds de Recherches en Santé du Québec. He has made significant contributions to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the US National Institutes of Health and the US National Cancer Research Institute on grant and award committees. He is a reviewer for several international journals and is a consultant to industry, academic and lay organizations in his capacity as a clinician scientist and expert in metabolic bone diseases.

Special Seminar/Workshop:

Prof. Linda Cooper, Faculty Lecturer, Redpath Museum, McGill University

Talk title: Writing Scientific Articles in the Internet Era

Linda Cooper, professor in the Faculty of Science, has been at McGill for almost 25 years. Her graduate courses are designed to help researchers write papers that are precise, jargon-free, and persuasive. Prof. Cooper has worked with editors from Nature, Science, and The Journal of Neuroscience and she gives lectures, both locally and internationally, on writing and publishing in the sciences.

CSLSR Conference at New Residence Hall, McGill University

New Residence Hall
3625 Avenue du Parc
Montreal, Quebec
H2X 3P8

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Online registration for students, mini-symposia presenters, club/corporate representatives and abstract submission available online from March 19th-July 2nd, 2010.

Students chosen to give an oral presentation will be notified by email by July 9th . We are also accepting suggestions for mini-symposia by affiliate organizations and university departments - please contact info@cslsr.ca for suggestions or for further information regarding available times/venues and pricing.

Preliminary List of Speakers - Complete details on keynote speakers and workshops will be available online by June, 2010.

Conference Publication - All attendees will receive a print copy of the Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Life Science Research

There will be an evening event for all attendees - TBA

A limited number of hotel rooms (single/double) have been reserved for students at a discounted price.  Please indicate whether you require accomodations on the conference registration page.

Conference Awards and Student funding opportunities are offered and described online.

We are also accepting suggestions for mini-symposia or club booths hosted by affiliate organizations and university departments - please contact info@cslsr.ca for suggestions or for further information regarding available times/venues and pricing.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three oral and top three poster presenters.

Student Abstracts will be published in the Annual Conference Proceedings of the Canadian Society for Life Science Research

There will also be an award for the best research photo submission, which will appear on the cover of our annual publication. Please send your submissions to submit@cslsr.ca




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