11th Annual Symposium

Date(s) - 7 Jun 2016
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

CRCHUM - Tour Viger - R05.210









To members of the Neuroinflammation Training Program

We invite you to register and submit Abstracts for our 11th Annual Symposium. This full-day event will be held on June 7th, 2016 at the CRCHUM – Tour Viger – R05.210 (see below for more info)

Abstracts can now be submitted online at https://www.neuroinflammation.com/symposium-abstract-submission/.


Please note that there is a 250 word limit.

All trainees in the program should submit an abstract. Authors of Abstracts selected by the committee for Oral Presentation will be notified, all others will have poster presentations.

If you are not a member of the Training Program labs and want to attend, please contact our Program coordinator: neuroinflammation.mni@mcgill.ca


See preliminary program below:

 Preliminary Program for 2016 Neuroinflammation Symposium

7th June 2016

8:00 Registration / Poster Set-up / Breakfast

8:30 Welcome Address

8:45 Keynote talk I – Dr. Staci Bilbo, Duke University, USA

9:45 Coffee Break and discussion with Keynote speaker I

10:30 Poster Session I

11:45 Oral Session I

12:45 Group Photo

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Keynote talk II

14:45 Coffee Break and discussion with Keynote speaker II – Dr. Barry McColl, Roslyn Institute, University of Edinburgh, UK

15:30 Oral Session II

16:30 Poster Session II

17:45 Wine and Cheese with Presentation of Awards

Keynote Speakers

Staci Bilbo, PhD – Duke University, USA

Staci Bilbo ImageDr. Bilbo’s lab researches mechanisms by which the immune, endocrine and nervous systems interact, particularly during development, to influence behavioral outcomes such as cognition, addiction, and emotion. There is evidence from both animal and human studies that implicates the immune system in a number of disorders with known or suspected developmental origins, including schizophrenia, anxiety/depression, and autism. The  goal of her work is to determine how distinct challenges during perinatal development, such as hypoxia, infection, drug abuse and diet, influence brain structure and function across a lifetime. They are also exploring how interventions, such as nurturing maternal care or environmental enrichment, can work to counteract the deleterious effects of early-life infection, trauma, or stress, via their impact on neuro-immune communication.

Barry McColl – Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

Dr. McColl’s lab focuses on two major themes: (i) understanding how interactions between brain and immune cells regulate normal brain function; (ii) understanding how immune and inflammatory processes contribute to chronic neurodegeneration, acute brain damage, and repair. They are working on how a novel class of peptides produced by neurons regulates microglial function and contributes to the preservation of neuronal homeostasis. They are studying how ageing affects neuronal-microglial communication, and the transcriptional basis for microglial diversity that enables these cells to adapt to their microenvironment and support neuronal function. Their recent studies have shown how acute or chronic inflammatory conditions originating outside the brain (e.g. infection, vascular disease) can aggravate tissue damage and inflammation after a subsequent brain injury.








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