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2nd Annual Young Researchers' Conference: Pathways to Recovery

Friday, March 26, 2010

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Dear colleagues,
In collaboration with the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research (IMHR), the IMHR Young Researchers’ Forum is pleased to invite you to our 2nd
Annual Conference
. The theme of the conference is Pathways to Recovery: New Generation, New Breakthroughs, New Hope. This exciting event will be held March 26, 2010 at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, located at 1145 Carling Avenue, in Ottawa, Ontario. The theme of our second meeting is pathways to recovery, with a focus on new breakthroughs in the understanding and treatment of mental illness. With topics from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and neurology, we will examine how research is leading to new discoveries and generating new hope for those with mental illness.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Alain Brunet
Researcher, Douglas Institute,

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry,

McGill University

Dr. Alain Brunet is a researcher at the Douglas Institute and is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry of McGill University in Montreal. He is also the president of the Traumatic Stress Section of the Canadian Psychological Association. Dr. Brunet’s work focuses on examining the neurobiological, psychophysiological and neuroimaging correlates of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He also investigates the impact of trauma exposure on individuals, and focuses on characterizing the risk factors and developing effective treatments for PTSD, such as early intervention and reconsolidation blockade. Dr. Brunet is Editor-in-chief of The International Journal of Victimology and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. He recently founded the Info-trauma Web site, intended for victims and professionals of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions such as the Young Investigator Award by Le Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec and the Pfizer-Heinz Lehmann Award. In addition to being an accomplished researcher, Dr. Brunet was named "Personality of the Week" by the Montreal newspaper La Presse. 


Dr. Steffany A.L. Bennett
Associate Professor,

Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, & Immunology,
University of Ottawa

After receiving her PhD from the University of Ottawa and obtaining post-doctoral training in several countries, Dr. Steffany Bennett was recruited back to the University of Ottawa and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology. She is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Director of the University of Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology and an Associate Member of the Canadian Centre for Stroke Recovery. Dr. Bennett’s laboratory works on identifying new therapeutic targets that can reduce brain damage or restore brain function following injury, as occurs after seizure, stroke, and Alzheimer Disease. Dr. Bennett has received numerous awards for her research endeavors, including the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award, the Alzheimer Society of Canada Young Investigator Award and the Canadian Foundation Innovation New Investigator. Her contributions and enthusiasm towards scientific research and has garnered her the distinction of being included in the Canadian Who's Who (Science Innovation) list and being name one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40.

Dr. John D Stead
Associate Professor,

Department of Psychology,
Carleton University

Dr. John Stead is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Neuroscience at Carleton University. His current work focuses on investigating the function of microRNA, a class of small RNA molecules that regulate expression of protein-coding genes, in a number of models of stress- and diabetes-related disease. This research aims to identify new molecules and pathways that could be novel targets for therapeutic intervention in mental health disorders. Dr. Stead also examines models of stress and diabetes to investigate genomic changes in the brain common to the two types of disorder, and which may contribute to the co-morbidity between stress-related disorders and diabetes. His laboratory also analyzes genetic variation in human disease-associated populations in order to identify associations of specific genetic variants with psychiatric illness. In addition to being a prolific researcher, with publications in esteemed journals, Dr. Stead is a highly-acclaimed educator who continually receives glowing reviews from his students.



How to give effective presenations (Dr. Pierre Blier)

Publishing manuscripts: An insider's guide (Dr. Rob Coplan)

Life after graduate school: From post-docs to employment (Dr. Cate Bielajew)


Please check our conference website regularly over the coming months as we
will be posting more information as it becomes available. If you have any
questions regarding the conference or abstract submission, please contact the
Organising Committee at yrf@rohcg.on.ca. We hope you will take
advantage of this excellent opportunity and we look forward to seeing you there.

Important Dates:

February 22, 2010- Abstracts are due

February 26, 2010 - Notifications of acceptance are sent out

March 19, 2010 - Registration Deadline


Abstract Submission Guidelines

Abstract Submission Form

Registration Form


For more information on the Young Researchers' Forum, please email yrf@rohcg.on.ca.