Western University’s 2nd Neuroscience Research Day (NRD) February 20-21, 2020

Conference Program


Presenter Guidelines

NRD2019 Archive



  • People’s choice awards based on the question “who would you fund/invest in?”

Event details

Dr. Allison Sekuler Public Lecture – Amazing, Changing, Aging Brain

Dr. Allison Sekuler is the Vice-President of Research and the Sandra A. Rotman Chair at Baycrest Health Sciences. The recipient of numerous awards for research, teaching and leadership, Dr. Sekuler has a notable record of scientific achievements in aging and vision science, cognitive neuroscience, learning and neural plasticity, and neuroimaging and neurotechnology.

Click here for last years’ public lecture by Mel Goodale

Poster & oral presentations by 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. may present methods, preliminary data…). You may present a poster that has already been presented at another conference.

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)

  • There will be 6 poster and 2 oral $cash$ prize awards based on people’s choice (no formal judging)
  • Abstracts will be published on BrainsCAN website prior to conference date; UWO email login required to access

See guidelines for presentations here.

Neuroscience Careers Panel Discussion

SONGS successfully hosted their first panel discussion in October 2017 on the legalization of cannabis and last year at NRD2019, we were lucky to have a wonderful set of former graduates in our panel themed, “alternatives to academic positions”.

This years’ panel discussion will focus on the hiring process in academia and industry. We are interested in perspectives from new hires (who have recently gone through this process) and from people making the hiring decisions in both academia and industry. 

Click here to watch last years’ careers panel which focused on careers outside of academia.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Jennifer Holburn & Connie Zrini, Faculty Recruitment Consultants at the University of Western Ontario
  • Andrew Charette, Director Regulatory Affairs, KGK Science Inc. 
  • Bruce Seet, Director, Medical Affairs at Sanofi Pasteur; Adjunct Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto
  • Lisa Saksida, Scientist and Scientific Director, BrainsCAN

Cajal Creative Art

The goal of this event 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 ABSOLUTELY ANY work, even if not interested in competing!

For more details click here.

Brain Art Talk by Kelly Bullock *new this year* – prior to our Cajal Creative Art Competition, former MSc candidate from Dr. Julio Martinez-Trujillo’s lab, Kelly Bullock, has kindly agreed to provide a 10min talk on her interesting experiences and career. Check out her website for examples of her incredible work.

CV/Resume Feedback and Career Education Booth *new this year* – Trained Career Profile Advisors will be available from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm to provide feedback on your CVs/resumes and to connect you with services offered by the Career Education Team (also available from 2:30-3:30).

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.

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