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Review of the 14th edition of the Neuroscience Research Day

Dear colleagues and friends,

We would like to warmly thank you for your participation in the 14th edition of the Neuroscience Research Day! This day, organized by the Thematic Center for Research in Neurosciences (CTRN), is a unique opportunity to bring together the players in neuroscience research from the Quebec City region.

On Monday, November 22, more than 235 of you participated in the 2021 edition, which took place for the first time at the Quebec City Convention Center.

After several months in virtual mode, we were very happy to see you in person, so many, and to have been able to offer students the opportunity to present their results in person and to exchange with their peers. We would like to thank the Quebec City Convention Center for making it possible to hold the event in a safe manner by acting as a partner.

This 14th edition was introduced by Dr Jessica Deslauriers, President of the Day, followed by the presentation of the CTRN annual report by its director, Dr Laurent Bouyer. As in past years, the event was rich in high caliber scientific presentations. The quality of the next generation in the field of neuroscience research at Laval University has been highlighted through scientific conferences given by Dr Vincent Breton-Provencher (CERVO), Dre Natalie Jane Michael (IUCPQ) and Michel -Pierre Coll (CIRRIS). The 2021 CTRN Doctoral Excellence Fellowship recipients also had the opportunity to present their research to their peers. In addition, participants were able to explore the theme of stress and mental health with lectures by Dr. Marc-André Roy (CERVO), Dr. Caroline Ménard (CERVO), Dr. Richard Kinkead (IUCPQ) as well as our speaker from honor, Dr. Tracy Bale, who gave us a live virtual lecture from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Also, 107 students, postdoctoral fellows or research professionals took advantage of this platform to present their scientific posters. Twelve of them received an award from the reviewing committee for the quality of their presentation. We congratulate, in the baccalaureate and master's category: Cyril Bolduc (mention of excellence), Maxime Kusik (mention of excellence), Gabrielle St-Onge and Vincent Coulombe. In the doctorate and post-doctorate category, we congratulate Michaël Bertrand-Charrette (mention of excellence), Shireen Salem (mention of excellence), Amandine Isenbrandt, Iason Keramidis, Louise Reveret, Raquel Rodriguez Aller and Anne Sophie Grenier.

In order to make this event possible in this exceptional context, we were able to count on several sponsors: the Center des Congrès de Québec, the CERVO research center, the Neurosciences Axis of the CHU de Québec, the CIRRIS, Nikon , ThermoFisher scientific, Fisher scientific, ZEISS, BioRad, Sarstedt, the Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences, Bliq, Noldus Information Technology and the Quebec Network on Suicide, Mood Disorders and Associated Disorders. We warmly thank them all!

We also thank Frédéric Cantin for the photos. View photos from the 2021 edition here and photos taken of our winners here!

A huge thank you to all the participants, to the organizing committee of the day, and to all those who made this day possible by their involvement as moderators, evaluators or volunteers and who made this day a success!

Unfortunately, it was not possible this year, in the context of the pandemic, to end the Day with our traditional end-of-day cocktail. So we say:

See you next year!


Mireille Massouh

CTRN Coordinator