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About ELePHiNt

ELePHiNt 2023 aims to bring together an international community of researchers who study the impact of prenatal and early life on neurodevelopment in an intimate, forward-thinking event against the backdrop of breathtaking Montreal. The conference will feature catalyzing keynotes, inspiring short talks, and plenty of time for in-depths discussion.

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Abstract submission and registration

We are currently accepting abstracts from early career researchers and students investigating the impact of the early life environment on neurodevelopment and mental health.

Abstract submission deadline

14th November 2022​

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Registration deadline

28th February 2023​

  • Abstract submission is free of all charges

  • 50 CAD registration fee

  • Travel awards for ECRs will be available

Keynote speakers

Meet the keynote speakers for ELePHiNt 2023!

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Naguib Mechawar, PhD

McGill University

Dr. Mechawar's presentation will focus on recent post-mortem data generated in well-characterized human brain samples showing that child abuse has lasting consequences on major features associated with cortical plasticity, namely myelination and perineuronal nets

Amanda Kentner, PhD

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

 In Dr. Kentner's work, her lab uses animal models of early-life inflammation to explore the potential for environmental enrichment to offer protection and remediation against associated cognitive and behavioral (primarily social) detriments. During this talk, she will share some of her animal models and show how they characterize the specific enrichment components and neuroendocrine mechanisms that underlie the benefits of enhanced environments.

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Yi Zuo, PhD

University of California, Santa Cruz

Dr. Yuo's talk will focus on the impact of chronic stress on cortical synaptic circuits in the mouse, and strategies to prevent or rescue such detrimental effects. 

Liisa Galea, PhD

Treliving Family Chair in Women’s Mental Health, CAMH

University of Toronto

Sex differences exist in many neurological and neuropsychiatric diseases in prevalence and manifestation of disease.  Given these differences it is vital researchers consider sex and gender effects in neuroscience.  Dr. Galea will outline the many types of sex differences, some common biases in neuroscience, and how we can use the power of sex differences to unravel the many mysteries of the brain.  

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Anthony Vernon, PhD

King's College London

Dr. Vernon will discuss the role of IFN-γ and IL-6 signalling in molecular and cellular phenotypes associated with neurodevelopmental disorders using human stem cell models of neuron-microglia interactions.

ELePHiNt 2023 Schedule

Wednesday, March 22

1-2 PM

Registration and welcome

Enjoy coffee and a cookie as you register for the conference. Welcoming remarks will be made towards 2pm.

2-4 PM

Session 1

Short talks with time for questions and a break.

4-5 PM

Keynote 1: Naguib Mechawar

Dr. Mechawar will speak for about 45 minutes, with time for questions.

5-7 PM

Welcome cocktail

Join us at a cool local spot to see the city and catch up with your peers!

Thursday, March 23

9-11 AM

Session 2

Short talks with time for questions and a break. Coffee and a croissant included!

11 AM -12 PM

Keynote 2: Amanda Kentner

Dr. Kentner will speak for about 45 minutes, with time for questions.

12 -1 PM

Lunch

A vegetarian lunch will be provided at the venue.

1-3 PM

Session 3

Short talks with time for questions and a break.

3-4 PM

Keynote 3: Liisa Galea

Dr. Galea will speak for about 45 minutes, with time for questions.

4-5 PM

Structured Discussion

Join us for an in-depth semi-structured discussion on the themes of the day.

5-7 PM

Group Dinner

Explore Montreal's favorite spots at the group dinner!

Friday, March 24

9-11 AM

Session 4

Short talks with time for questions and a break. Coffee and a croissant included!

11 AM -12 PM

Keynote 4: Yi Zuo

Dr. Zuo will speak for about 45 minutes, with time for questions.

12 -1 PM

Lunch

A vegetarian lunch will be provided at the venue.

1-3 PM

Short talks with time for questions and a break.

Session 5

3-4 PM

Keynote 5: Anthony Vernon

Dr. Vernon will speak for about 45 minutes, with time for questions.

4-5 PM

Discussion & Conclusion

Join us for an in-depth semi-structured discussion on the themes of the day.

5-7 PM

Trainee Event

Details forthcoming.

Meet the organisers

ELePHiNt 2023 was born from the virtual conference "Prenatal and Early Life Factors Impacting Behaviour and Mental Health" held in January, 2022. For the second meeting, our superb team expanded across two continents and three universities. If you are interested in getting involved with the organizers, please feel free to send us an email!

Sponsors

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors! All donations contribute to the venue, catering, and travel awards for our dedicated early career researchers.

If you are interested in supporting ELePHiNT, get in touch today!

McGill-Douglas – Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry (MPIP) International Collaborative Initiative in Adversity and Mental Health
Quebec Bio-Imaging Network (QBIN)/Le Réseau de Bio-Imagerie du Québec (RBIQ)
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FAQs

  • Will this be an in-person only event?

Yes, ELePHiNT 2023 will be an in-person only event in Montreal, Canada.

  • What is the cost of abstract submission?

Abstract submission is free of charge.​

  • What is the registration cost for the conference?

The registration fee for the conference is 50 CAD

  • Do I need to prepare a poster?

No, everyone invited to present their work at the conference will give a short talk (10 min for the talk, 5 min for questions).

  • Is there any support available for travel?

Yes, we will be offering 5 travel awards of 250 CAD based on need and merit.

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