Brain Resilience Workshop

May 15-17, SFU Vancouver Campus and Online

Join us May 15-17 for INN's next workshop where we will be bringing together leading experts in brain resilience.

This three-day workshop will cover several aspects of what determines brain resilience, from cells and circuits, to social and cultural factors. The three days will be thematically organized as follows:

Day 1: Resilience & Mental Health
Keynote talk: 
Jane Foster, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Ideas talks:
Molly Cairncross, Simon Fraser University
Kalina Christoff, University of British Columbia
Prabhjot Dhami, Simon Fraser University
Faranak Farzan, Simon Fraser University
Özge Nilay Yalçın, Simon Fraser University

Day 2: Cell & Circuit Mechanisms in Resilience
Keynote talk:
Brian MacVicar, University of British Columbia
Ideas talks:
Gunnar Blohm, Queen's University
Brian Christie, University of Victoria
Ben Saunders, University of Minnesota
Marie-Ève Tremblay, University of Victoria
Nicholas Weilinger, University of British Columbia

Day 3: Resilience Across the Lifespan
Keynote talk: 
Grace Iarocci, Simon Fraser University
Ideas talks:
Theodore Cosco, Simon Fraser University
Jasmeer Chhatwal, MGH Harvard Medical School
Brianne Kent, Simon Fraser University
Josh Neudorf, Simon Fraser University
Gagan Wig, University of Texas Dallas

There will also be in-person poster sessions to showcase BC's neuroscience and neurotechnology research. See below for more on how to submit an abstract.

Important Dates

March 13   Registration opens

March 20   Abstract submission opens

May 5       **extended**
                 Abstract submission deadline

May 8         Registration deadline
                  (in-person participation)


This workshop will be a hybrid event, held both in-person at SFU's Harbour Centre in downtown Vancouver and virtually on Zoom.

In-person registration fees:

  • Students & postdocs: $30
  • Faculty, staff & others: $60

Registration fees from in-person attendees will be used to offset the costs of a reception, two lunches, and coffee breaks.
The registration deadline for in-person participation is May 8, 2023.

Virtual registration:

Registration to attend virtually via Zoom is free. There is no deadline for virtual registration.

Register Now

Poster presentations

**ANNOUNCEMENT** Please note that we have extended the abstract submission deadline to May 5, 2023.

We welcome abstract submissions for digital poster presentations at the workshop. Presentations focused on topics of brain resilience are especially encouraged, but those on neuroscience and/or neurotechnology more broadly are also welcome.

Poster presentations will only be held in-person, and poster presenters will be required to register for in-person participation at the workshop. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should be submitted on or before May 5, 2023. To submit an abstract for a poster presentation, please follow the link below.

Submit an abstract

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