Neuroscience Research Day 2019

Please join us May 9-10, 2019 for Western University’s 1st Neuroscience Research Day (NRD)!


All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.


Register or submit an abstract for Neuroscience Research Day (NRD) – 2019




Thursday, May 9, 6pm (Location: WIRB 3000)

Dr. Mel Goodale Public Lecture

To kick-off the conference on an exciting note, Dr. Mel Goodale, Distinguished University Professor, Canada Research Chair in Visual Neuroscience and the Founding Director of the Brain and Mind Institute, will give a public lecture on his globally-recognized research on visual processing.


Friday, May 10, 8:30am-4pm (Location: Great Hall)

Poster & oral presentations

Deadline to submit an abstract is Monday, April 1st at 11:59pm – open to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students of all faculties.

Poster presentations: there will be 2 poster sessions. You may present a poster containing original, non-published data at any stage (i.e. methods, preliminary data…). You may also present a poster that has already been presented at another conference. Details on poster requirements to come…

Oral presentations: there will be 2 oral sessions. Presentations will be 10 min + 5 min question period, and must contain original, non-published data with results (cannot simply present methods / preliminary data)

Presentation type and time will be confirmed via email by Thursday, April 18

Abstracts will be published on BrainsCAN website prior to conference date; UWO email login required to access

Cajal Creative Competition: Neuroscience Art

The goal of this competition is to highlight the artistic aspects of neuroscience; this will help make research from neuroscience labs more tangible and allow scientists to evaluate their own work from a different perspective. Faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students from any department may submit neuroscience themed art produced inside or outside the lab.

You are encouraged to present work, even if not interested in competing!

Submission options – (3 options):

  1. 2-Dimensional Art: static, attachable to poster board (max. 60 x 60cm)
  2. Electronic Art: static image or video clip (max. 15 sec), presented on loop, able to be embedded in PowerPoint
  3. 3-D Art: piece that can be safely placed on a flat table surface and presenter needs to ensure art does not contain any contaminants, hazards, and will not spill on or damage table surface (max. 30 x 30 x 30cm)

-We will print Art Abstracts and provide printout to participants to present with their Art

-If choosing to display electronic or 3-D Art, participants are encouraged to also print and bring a static image of their project to place with abstract description during NRD

Art Abstract Submission form will be open from April 1 – April 29

Neuroscience Careers Panel Discussion

SONGS successfully hosted a Panel Discussion in October and are excited to run a second panel at NRD!

The theme of this panel is “alternatives to academic positions” and will feature panelists from a variety of careers outside of academia with a background in Neuroscience research. Details on panelists to come…

Why another research day?

Neuroscience is a research strength and priority at Western. Surprisingly, and despite the large number of world-renowned programs studying brain function, we lack a singular event that brings the community together. The absence of an integrative event means that we as a scientific community are missing out on vital opportunities to share resources and skills, and seed new collaborations. We are also missing out on opportunities to showcase the myriad ways that training in neuroscience can lead to fulfilling careers within society. NRD is a unique by-trainees-for-trainees conference that will address these gaps.

An explicit aim is to ensure that the event is open to anyone conducting neuroscience related research on campus, and hence the intended reach of the event is also much broader than that of a traditional departmental research day.


Frequently Asked Questions

Please email for conference-related questions.

We will update this section as inquiries come about…

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