Our Events

The Integrated Program in Neuroscience trains its graduate students to become future leaders in neuroscience by not only offering an interdisciplinary curriculum of courses and research, but by also cultivating a sense of community and learning by hosting special events and lectures, and welcoming well-established researchers from around the world. 

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The annual IPN Scientific Retreat is a two-day research conference held at New Residence Hall (Montreal QC). With the primary objective of cultivating a sense of community, learning and collaboration, the IPN Retreat is also a dense knowledge hub, where its attendees come to learn of the fascinating advances currently being executed within the program and outside of it. The two-day itinerary consists of a keynote lecture delivered by a national/international neuroscientist, various symposia led by our faculty researchers covering multiple branches of neuroscience, student poster presentations, an alumni panel session, interactive workshops, wine and cheese reception, and a closing party.


Over the past two years, IPN has had the honour of organizing and hosting the Bernice Grafstein Lecture in Neuroscience, made possible with support from Dr. B. Grafstein herself. The objective of this grand lecture is to disseminate knowledge of the current advances being undertaken in the global field of neuroscience, by welcoming a world-renown neuroscientist as the lecture's keynote speaker. Furthermore, the lecture also serves to celebrate Dr. Grafstein's pioneering work and contributions in neuroscience.


In February 2018, the Integrated Program in Neuroscience opened its doors and welcomed undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and the United States. With the mission statement of giving our students an overview of our programs and insight into our high-calibre research and diverse student body, our guests benefitted from an informative welcome afternoon, multiple lab visits at the Montreal Neurological Institute, Douglas Hospital Research Centre, and the Bellini Life Sciences Building, and networked with IPN alumnus, Mathieu Gauvin (Ph.D.) at our finale luncheon at the elegant McGill Faculty Club. Thank you to all our attendees for a successful Open House! 


Every year, IPN is pleased to welcome nearly over 100 students into its Master's and Doctoral programs. On a bi-annual basis, IPN hosts an Orientation Event, so that our newly-admitted students are informed as to what is expected of them, in terms of both academics and research, and to familiarize them with the vast university resources that are available to ease their transition into graduate studies. 

The event commences with welcome remarks from the Program Director and a quick introduction of the administrative team, followed by presentations from our Graduate Students' Association for Neuroscience (GSAN), BrainReach, McGill's Teaching and Learning Services, Library Resources, Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD), and Graduate Students' Awards/Fellowships. The informative afternoon will then ease off into a social evening, filled with a festive barbeque and mingling!