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10th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting, Toronto, May 29 to June 1 2016

Top neuroscientists from around the world in attendance

Canadian Association for Neuroscience

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience is happy to announce it will hold its tenth annual meeting in Toronto, from May 29 to June 1 2016. This meeting will bring together top neuroscientists from Canada and around the world to showcase the latest scientific research about the brain and nervous system. The research presented will cover the breadth of current neuroscience research, from the level of individual molecules, to complex brain circuits and behaviours.

"As it is estimated that one in three person will be affected by a neurological at one time or another in their lifetime, understanding the brain and nervous system is key to improving the quality of life of a very large proportion of the population" says Douglas Munoz, President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience.

"This year marks an important anniversary for the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of our annual meeting. Important advances have been made in the last ten years - these have brought a much better understanding of the functioning of the brain and nervous system. Research has uncovered many commonalities between the hundreds of neurological conditions that exist, and though it is a vastly complex system, targets for intervention have been identified and are being investigated. It is truly an exciting time for neuroscience research "says Douglas Munoz.

The opening evening will feature a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Canadian Neuroscience meeting, which has proven over the years to be an important community-building event.

Public lectures

This year's public lectures, "Impact of innate vs. acquired brain disorders" will feature two brain experts who will highlight how brain disorders such as autism occur during development, and how traumatic events, such as concussions, have an important impact on brain functioning. Dr. Charles Tator, from the University of Toronto, will present "Why concussions are a significant public health concern" and Dr. Margot Taylor, from SickKids hospital in Toronto, will make a presentation about "Probing the autistic brain".

http://can-acn.org/2016-public-lectures-impact-of-innate-vs-acquired-brain-disorders

Award presentations

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN) is proud to announce that Matthew Hill, from the Hotchkiss Brain Institute at the University of Calgary, will be awarded the 2016 CAN Young Investigator Award at the upcoming 10th Annual Canadian Neuroscience Meeting in Toronto, on May 31st 2016.

Dr. Matthew Hill's research has deepened our understanding of how the brain responds and adapts, or fails to adapt, to stress. His research has helped demonstrate the important role of the endocannabinoid system in buffering stress response and regulating emotional response in the brain. Learn more about Dr. Hill's pioneering research here:

http://can-acn.org/matthew-hill-is-the-2016-can-young-investigator-awardee

The first CAN Advocacy and Outreach prizes will be awarded at this year's meeting - information about the winners of these prizes can be found on CAN advocacy prize page.

http://can-acn.org/2016-can-advocacy-and-outreach-prize-winners-announced

Current research about the interaction between the immune and nervous system, the origins and development of epilepsy, the basis for emotions and emotional learning, the mechanisms of pain perception, the development of computational approaches to understand the complexity of the brain and nervous system are among the topics that will be discussed at the meeting.

The full program of the meeting is available online at: http://can-acn.org/2016-program

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About the Canadian Neuroscience Meeting

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience is holding its 10th Annual Meeting in Toronto, May 29 to June 1 2016. Held yearly since 2007, it brings together researchers working in all fields of neuroscience research. Organized by neuroscientists and for neuroscientists, it highlights the best and most novel neuroscience research in Canada every year. Learn more about our meeting: http://can-acn.org/meeting2016

About the Canadian Association for Neuroscience:

The Canadian Association for Neuroscience is the largest association dedicated to the promotion of all fields of neuroscience research in Canada. Learn more about our association: http://can-acn.org

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