Integrated Program in Neuroscience Retreat
The IPN Retreat: Bringing all of McGill's Neuroscience together since 2009
What is the Integrated Program in Neuroscience Retreat?
With one of the highest densities of neuroscience research in the world going on in Montreal, the range of topics covered by McGill's neuroscience umbrella is truly astounding. We are proud to showcase this annually at the IPN Retreat. The two day event brings neurosceintists of all levels together under one roof and share their work interests with one another. Attendance at the two day event is mandatory for all new students admitted to the IPN, and all labs of IPN supervisors are also invited. The program includes poster sessions (with up to 100 posters), overview talks and themed plenary sessions. Other scheduled activities encourage interaction among students, post-doctoral fellows and principal investigators representing the full depth and breadth of McGill neuroscience. The Retreat is an unparalleled opportunity to spark inter-disciplinary research collaborations, while celebrating and showcasing McGill’s neuroscience contributions to the world.
When and Where?
The IPN Retreat is held in mid to late September each year. The event falls after some major grant application deadlines, yet is early enough in the year to be one of the first chances that new students starting in the Fall Semester have to meet one another, older students and faculty. The venue of the Retreat has changed along with our needs over the years. We've been at the Centre Mont-Royal, The Montreal Science Centre, and most recently, the Crowley Arts Centre.
Sponsor or donate to the IPN Retreat
The IPN Retreat presents an excellent opportunity for your organisation to gain exposure and mind-share, especially among the 20-30 year old demographic. IPN welcomes offers to sponsor or support the Retreat. Please see our Sponsorship page.
The 2014 IPN Retreat will be held on September 18th and 19th at the Crowley Arts Centre
We'll be returning to the Crowley Arts Centre in 2014, after a very positive experience there last year. The Retreat program will see the return of the Rapid Round Robin/Neuroscience Networking session, as well as scientific sessions with the following topics:
Diseases of the motor system - Chaired by Dr. Heather Durham
Cellular and Molecular Determinants of Synaptic Plasticity - Dr. Chaired by Ellis Cooper
TBD - Chaired by Dr. David Stellwagen
NeuroEngineering - Chaired by Dr. Tim Kennedy
There will be other workshops, guest speakers and panels too, of course.
Further details of the scientific program will be added here in due course.
You can register right now to attend the Retreat and also to submit an abstract for a poster presentation: http://apps.mni.mcgill.ca/ipn/retreat/
Note that the deadline for registration is June 30, 2014. You may submit an abstract later in the year (until July 31). Just remember to eep the confirmation email for details on how to edit the registration information or submit an abstract etc. If you don't get a confirmation email within an hour, you most likely entered your email address incorrectly. You should contact joe [dot] makkerh [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Joe Makkerh) to fix the error.
When and Where
The IPN Retreat will be held at the Crowley Arts Centre (5325 Avenue Crowley Montreal, QC H4A 2C6) on the September 18 and 19, 2014. This venue is right next to the site of the new MUHC "Super-Hospital" in construction. It is a few short blocks from Vendome Metro station on the Orange Line.
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The 2013 IPN Retreat was held on September 19th and 20th at the Crowley Arts Centre: New Venue, Same Great Experience!
2013 saw a revamped scientific program, with longer themed sessions on Pain, Axon Guidance, Neuropharmacology and Psychiatry & Neuroscience. By popular demand, we hosted another Panel Session of Non-Academic Careers for Neuroscientists, with a focus on Education and Industry. It was a huge success - our most popular yet We also partnered on day 2 with the Parkinson's Summer School, which was being organised by IPN students in 2013. Our International Guest Speakers were: Dr. Rick Gracely from the University of North Carolina, and Dr. Paul De Roos of Uppsala University Hospital, Sweden.
You can download the final version of the Retreat Program here: ipn_retreat_2013_program_v6.pdf
You can download the final version of the Abstract Book here: ipn_retreat_2013_abstract_book_v.1.pdf
You can register right now fo
When and Where
The IPN Retreat was held at the Crowley Arts Centre (5325 Avenue Crowley Montreal, QC H4A 2C6) on the 19th and 20th of September 2013. This was a new venue for the Retreat, right next to the site of the new MUHC "Super-Hospital" in construction. It is a few short blocks from Vendome Metro station on the Orange Line.
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2012 IPN Retreat: September 19th and 20th 2012- Thanks for making it a successful event!
The scientific program will be top notch again this year, with themed sessions on Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurotrophins, Depressive Disorders and 21st Century techniques used in Neuroscience Research. We'll see a return of a Panel Session of Non-Academic Careers for Neuroscientists, with a focus on Industry, Entrepeneurs and Administrators. Also featuring International Guest Speakers: Barbara Hempstead (Cornell), Dave Shelton (Pfizer), Paul McKellips (Federation of Biomedical Research) and Greg Gage (Backyard Brains, Ann Arbor).
You can download the latest version of the Retreat Program here:
Please note that the Program is subject to change. The latest version will always be found on this page.
The Abstract Book can be found here for Poster Presentations: ipn_retreat_2012_abstract_book_v1.pdf
Registration and Deadlines
You can register for the Retreat by filling in the online form here. Please note that the Registration Deadline is September 14th, and this is also the Abstract submission deadline for Poster presentations.
When and Where
The IPN Retreat will be held at the Montreal Science Centre on the 19th and 20th of September 2012 in the Belvedere and Perspective/Passerelle Halls. This new venue for the Retreat is right on the waterfront of Montreal's Old Port, and offers stunning views of the city. The Montréal Science Centre is located at the foot of the St-Laurent Boulevard, on the King-Edward quay. It is a few short blocks from Place d'Armes Metro station on the Orange Line.
The 2011 IPN Retreat was made possible by the support of the Montreal Neurological Institute Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research Award from the Government of Canada.
About the IPN Retreat
The third annual IPN Retreat took place on September 20th and 21st 2011.
The Retreat is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all the neuroscientists under the McGill umbrella to gather under one roof. Attendees discover how their peers are contributing to the rich neuroscience culture for which McGill is renowned. Electrophysiologists meet neuroengineers or imaging specialists... and behavioural neurobiologists clink glasses with cell/molecular biologists or clinicians!
At the Retreat, attendees had:
- Poster Sessions (video)
- Plenary Sessions with Keynote Speakers
- Overview Seminars
- Rapid Round Robin session (video) - an opportunity to share research interests with others
- Vendor booths
- Orientation sessions for new students
- Opportunity to meet and hear about McGill's international neuroscience collaborators from Zurich and Oxford
Download the latest (final) version of the Retreat Program and Abstract Book:
The Retreat took place on September 20th and 21st 2011 at the Centre Mont-Royal in downtown Montreal. Click here to see a map of the downtown area around the Centre Mont-Royal and other travel information.
Download the final version of the Retreat Program
IPN 2010 Retreat program [.pdf]
Download the final version of the Abstract Book
The Retreat took place on September 20th and 21st 2010 at the Centre Mont-Royal in downtown Montreal. Click here to see a map of the downtown area around the Centre Mont-Royal and other travel information.
The 2009 (Inaugural) IPN Retreat was made possible by the support of the Montreal Neurological Institute Centre of Excellence in Commercialization and Research Award from the Government of Canada.
Thanks to all who participated for making the Inaugural Retreat a huge success!
The McGill Integrated Program in Neuroscience Inaugural Retreat was a huge success! Thanks to all who attended, presented and particpated in the activities.
Click here to see what was written in the Montreal Gazette's blog by reporter Peggy Curran.
About the Inaugural Retreat
The IPN's Inaugural Retreat was a unique opportunity for all the neuroscientists under the McGill umbrella to gather under one roof. Attendees discovered how their peers are contributing to the rich neuroscience culture for which McGill is renowned. Electrophysiologists met neuroengineers or imaging specialists... and behavioural neurobiologists clinked glasses with cell/molecular biologists or clinicians!
New: Retreat Videos
There are now several videos online made from footage shot during the IPN inaugural retreat a couple of months ago. Plenary talk videos will be added in the days to come, and we'll keep you updated: McGill IPN Vimeo Page
One video is a general teaser/trailer. It debuted at SfN in Chicago in October 2009. Two others are 4 ½ minute videos shot during the very fun and highly successful Neuroscience Speed Dating and Poster Sessions. The newest video has the opening remarks by Provost Prof. Anthony C. Masi and Dean of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies, Dr. Martin Kreiswirth.
Feedback can be left under the videos, or via email to joe [dot] makkerh [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Joe Makkerh) .
- The Montreal Gazette reporter, Peggy Curran, talks about the Retreat's Neuroscience Speed-Dating Sessions in her Blog.
Click the link below to download the Program in PDF format
IPN Retreat Program [.pdf]
Click the link below to download the booklet of all Poster Abstracts presented at the Retreat (in PDF format):
IPN Retreat Abstracts [.pdf]
The Retreat took place on September 17th and 18th 2009 at the Centre Mont-Royal in downtown Montreal.
At the Retreat, attendees participated in:
- Poster Sessions
- Plenary Sessions
- Overview Seminars
- Numerous other opportunities to share their research interests