37e symposium du GRSNC
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About the 37th Symposium

The 37th International Symposium of the Groupe de recherche sur le système nerveux central (GRSNC), entitled "Neurobiology of Epilepsy: From Genes to Networks", will be held on May 4-5, 2015 at Université de Montréal. This symposium is organized by Dr. Lionel Carmant, Dr. Pattrick Cossette, Dr. Jean-Claude Lacaille and Dr. Elsa Rossignol (Université de Montréal).

Epilepsy is a brain disease caused by abnormal and excessive electrical discharges of neurons. The principal causes are multiple but recent research indicates an important role for genetic anomalies causing dysregulation of neuronal networks. The objective of the symposium is to bring together clinicians and basic scientists to share new information on the neurobiological basis of epilepsy. This 2-day symposium will gather 21 speakers of international stature (5 from Europe, 1 from Australia, 11 from USA and 4 from Canada) and 4 session chairpersons from Canada who have made their mark in the field of epilepsy. The sessions are organized to give participants an overall view of the neurobiology of epilepsy, including clinical aspects, molecular mechanisms, neuronal networks, as well as animal models and novel therapies. A plenary lecture given by Dr Samuel Berkovic on new gene sequencing approaches in epilepsy should further strengthen the links between these themes. Poster presentations by participants (professors, post-docs or students) will be displayed over a 4 hour period each of the 2 days to update participants on other most current ongoing work. We think this symposium will be very attractive for basic scientists, clinician-scientists, clinicians, other health professionals and patients involved in the field. We want to use the occasion to update various stakeholders in the field about new developments on the genetic causes of epilepsy and on their potential implications for treatment.

The presentations are divided in four sessions:

  1. Clinical Aspects
  2. Molecular Mechanisms
  3. Neuronal Networks
  4. Animal Models and Therapies

See the detailed program.

Submissions are invited for a limited number of poster presentations on research results related to the symposium theme.

Registration deadline: Thursday, April 30th 2015

Abstract submission deadline: Tuesday, March 31st 2015

Symposium venue: Room B-2245, Pavillon 3200 Jean-Brillant, Université de Montréal

This activity is accredited by the Director of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Office of the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal.
For more details, please consult the Accreditation section.


We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the following organizations:

Sponsors Baylis Medical Centre de recherche du CHUM Eisai Canada Faculté de médecine, Vice-décanat à la recherche et à l'innovation scientifique - Université de Montréal Centre de recherche du CHU Sainte-Justine FRQS UBC Canada Novartis Leica Microsystems Provincial Medical Université de Montréal - Vice rectorat à la recherche, création et innovation Fondation Savoy Sunovion

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