Annual full-day symposium organized by the Trainees Committee. This includes 10 minute oral presentations and poster presentations, and a Keynote speaker. In addition to members of our program, 4 trainees from other Canadian Universities are invited every year to encourage networking and foster collaborations. Awards are given for the best 3 oral and poster presentations. This forum gives our trainees an opportunity to present their research findings in a formal conference type setting. All trainees who are part of the Program are expected to present.


Jun 07 / 2016
08:00 -18:00
11th Annual Symposium
CRCHUM – Tour Viger – R05.210, 900 St-Denis, Montreal, QC









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


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:


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.








McGill Faculty of medicine (2)CR CHUM













Jun 10 / 2015
08:30 -17:30
10th Annual Symposium
New Residence Hall, 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec

Keynote Speaker:

Professor Burkhard Becher, PhD

University of Zurich

Institute of Experimental Immunology

Jun 05 / 2014
08:30 -17:30
9th Annual Symposium
New Residence Hall, 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jonathan Kipnis, Director, Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG)

Professor of Neuroscience, University of Virgina, School of Medicine

Jun 06 / 2013
08:30 -17:30
8th Annual Symposium
New Residence Hall, 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec

Keynote speaker

Dr. Avindra Nath, Chief, Section of Infections of the Nervous System

Clinical Director, NINDS, National Institutes of Health

May 11 / 2012
08:30 -17:30
7th Annual Symposium
New Residence Hall, 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec


Keynote speaker

Dr. Martin Kerschensteiner, Professor of Translational Neuroimmunology

Institute of Clinical Neuroimmunology, Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich





May 13 / 2011
08:30 -17:30
6th Annual Symposium
New Residence Hall, 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec

Keynote speaker

Dr. Dorian McGavern
Chief of the Viral Immunology and Intravital Imaging Unit National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)


Abstracts (click here to view)


Poster/Talks Competition

Poster Awards
Louise Harvey (Boksa/Joober lab) 1st $500
Jennifer Berard (David lab) 2nd $300
Tony Lim (Zhang lab) 3rd $200
Talks Awards
Marc-Andre Lecuyer (Prat lab) 1st $500
Dominique Favreau (Talbot lab) 2nd $300
Bryce Durafourt (Antel lab) 3rd $200










May 21 / 2010
09:00 -18:00
5th Annual Symposium
New Residence Hall, 3625 Avenue du Parc, Montreal, Quebec

Keynote speaker

Dr. Samia Khoury
Jack, Sadie, and David Breakstone Professor of
Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Abstracts (click here to view)