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Neuro-Gairdner Open Science in Action Symposium 

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Open Science - transforming our approach to science and medicine by sharing research data and materials, and removing barriers to collaboration. 

The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital), the world’s first Open Science health research institute, and the Gairdner Foundation, best known for Canada’s premier prizes in biomedicine, have joined forces this year to host the second edition of the Neuro Open Science in Action Symposium.  

This virtual two-day symposium will bring together global leaders in Open Science including researchers, patient advocates, policy-makers, funders, industry, philanthropic organizations, and science communicators for critical exchange via lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and networking events. 

Learn from national and international experts on Open Science and healthcare innovation, data governance, open biobanking, policy, patient consent and engagement, neuroinformatics and more. Learn how The Neuro is putting patients front and centre in Open Science. 

Registration is free! Register now to receive program updates!

November 11 

Open Science in Action will focus on the crucial role Open Science has played in the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the significant advances enabled by Open Science, as well as the challenges in Open Science that have been brought to light. It will also provide a forum for a broad range of perspectives on Open Science from academia, industry, policymakers, patient advocates, and voices from the global research and Canadian Indigenous communities. 

November 12 

Open Science in Practice will focus on how Open Science practice and principles are changing neuroscience research, with special attention on Canadian platforms, tools, and services neuroscience researchers can use right now to make their work more open. 

Preliminary program 

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Day 1 speakers


Gary Kobinger - Chaire de recherche du Canada en immunothérapie et plateformes vaccinales innovantes Professeur titulaire, Département de microbiologie-infectiologie et d'immunologie Faculté de médecine, Université Laval


Tal Zaks - Chief Medical Officer, Moderna

 Jonathan Dewar - Chief Executive Officer, First Nations Information Governance Centre

Anna Akhmanova 

Anna Akhmanova - Deputy Editor at eLife, Professor of Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University


Richard Sever - Co founder, bioRxiv and medRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Joanne Kamens 

Joanne Kamens - Executive Director, Addgene

Maha Radhakrishnan - Sr VP/Chief Medical Officer, Biogen Inc

Nicola Mulder 

Nicola Mulder - Professor and head of the Computational Biology division, University of Cape Town ; Principal investigator, H3ABioNet

Mona Nemer 

Mona Nemer - Chief Science Advisor, Government of Canada

Vincent Lariviere - Professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, l’Université de Montréal, Scientific Director, Érudit journal platform ; Associate Scientific Director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies

Jeremy Farrar

Jeremy Farrar - Director, Wellcome Trust

Richard Horton 

Richard Horton - Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet ; Honorary Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine University College London, University of Oslo


Barend Mons - Professor, BioSemantics at the Human Genetics Department, Leiden University Medical Center ; Co-lead, GO FAIR initiative ; President, CODATA

Day 2 speakers

Stay tuned to find out more information about speakers at this year's Open Science in Action Symposium 



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The Neuro is a McGill research and teaching institute; delivering high quality patient care, as part of the Neuroscience Mission of the McGill University Health Centre. We are proud to be a Killam Institution, supported by the Killam Trusts.

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