From October 20-25, 2019, the 13th International Conference on the Chemistry and Biology of Mineralized Tissues (13th ICCBMT) was held in Montebello Quebec. Under generally sunny skies and colorful autumn leaves, over 170 mineralized tissue researchers from around the world gathered together for four full days in Montebello to present their research findings, network, and develop new collaborative research efforts.
This scientific conference was organized by Professor Marc McKee of McGill's Faculty of Dentistry and Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, along with co-organizers Steve Weiner from Israel, and Dobrawa Napierala from the USA. Dr. Natalie Reznikov, a former postdoctoral fellow in Dentistry at McGill, was a member of the local organizing committee. Invited guests included Plenary Lecturer Bjorn Olsen from Harvard who spoke on craniofacial diseases affecting bones and teeth, and the Director of NIDCR (NIH) Martha Somerman, and the Director of IMHA (CIHR) Karim Khan, both of whom gave talks on funding possibilities and the vision of these two institutes. To offset the cost of attending this international meeting, sufficient funds were raised from various funding agencies and other partners to attribute 35 Young Investigator Awards of $1,000 USD each to trainees (about one-third of which were from Canada).
More information is available on the conference website.