Virtual HBHL Research Day 2020

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August 17-18, 2020 (via Zoom)

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HBHL's annual Research Day is designed to showcase the research of trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows) who are working in areas related to HBHL's goals and priorities.

Presentations will be given by HBHL Fellows as well as trainee representatives from partnering institutions: BrainsCAN/Western University and IVADO. The event will also include two keynote presentations by world-leading experts in the field of neuroscience. Online, interactive Q&A with presenters will be available. All trainees, faculty and staff with an interest in brain health are encouraged to attend.

Research Day is organized by the HBHL Trainee Committee. For more information about Research Day, please hbhl.trainees [at] (contact the HBHL Trainee Committee).

Day 1 (preliminary schedule)

  • 1:00 p.m.: Opening remarks (TBD)
  • 1:10 p.m.: Oral Presentations - Session 1
    • Model of Environmental and Genetic Risk for Perinatal Depression (Min Ju You, McGill; PI: Kieran O'Donnell)
    • MR-based characterization of the impact of alpha-synuclein spreading in a mouse model of Parkinson's Disease (Stephanie Tullo, McGill; PI: Mallar Chakravarty)
    • Profiling functional connectome idiosyncrasy in autism (Oualid Benkarim, McGill; PI: Boris Bernhardt)
  • 2:00 p.m.: Industry Talks (Noha Gerges, Mitacs)
  • 2:15 p.m.: Flash talk viewing
  • 3:15 p.m.: Oral Presentations - Session 2
    • Whole brain mapping of somatosensory responses in awake marmosets investigated with fMRI (Justine Clery, Western; PI: Stefan Everling)
    • Exercise acts via BDNF-TrkB signalling to rescue deficits in a mouse model of spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (Anna Cook, McGill; PI: Alanna Watt)
  • 3:50 p.m.: Industry Talks (Genome Quebec)
  • 4:00 p.m.: Keynote presentation: Dr. Douglas Munoz, Queen’s University
  • 5:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks (Krystle van Hoof, Managing Director and CEO at Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives)

Day 2 (preliminary schedule)

  • 9:00 a.m.: Opening remarks (Dr. Anne McKinney, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University and Chair of Brain @McGill)
  • 9:10 a.m.: Oral Presentations - Session 1
    • The role of Cadherin 4 in the assembly of retinal circuits (Aline Giselle Rangel Olguin, McGill; PI: Arjun Krishnaswamy)
    • Interoperable and generalizable Brain decoding using deep graph convolutions (Yu Zhang, U de M; PI: Pierre Bellec)
    • Investigation of the Positron-Emission Tomography [18F]MK-6240 Tau Ligand in Genetic Frontotemporal Dementia (Jake Levy, McGill; PI: Simon Ducharme)
  • 10:00 a.m.: Industry Talks (NeuroSphere)
  • 10:15 a.m.: Flash talk viewing
  • 11:15 a.m.: Oral Presentations - Session 2
    • Maternal depression, child temperment, and early family stress predict preadolescents' functional connectivity during a negative mood induction (Pan Liu, Western; PI: Elizabeth Hayden)
    • The mediating role of perceived discrimination in use of mental health services among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBM) in Montreal (Ivan Marbaniang, McGill; PI: Joseph Cox)
  • 11:50 a.m.: Industry Talks (IC Axon)
  • 12:00 p.m.: Keynote presentation: Dr. Pia Wintermark, McGill University
  • 1:00 p.m.: Best Presentation Awards and door prizes, Closing Remarks (Dr. Alan Evans, Scientific Director, Healthy Brains, Healthy Lives)

HBHL Funders


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Sponsors of the 2020 HBHL Research Day

Gold Sponsors

Genome Québec

IC Axon


Silver Sponsors

Lallemand Health Solutions


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