The Ontario Cell Biology Symposium brings together researchers from around the province with the aim of creating new research opportunities and fostering new collaborations. This Symposium aims to provide a forum for students and postdoctoral fellows to present their research. This meeting will cover important topics in cell biology, including signal transduction, metabolism, organelles, cellular architecture, cellular trafficking and advanced microscopy, with a portion of the meeting dedicated to translational studies and emerging methodologies. We aim to create an inclusive environment for this meeting, and one that will feature diverse participants.
In 2023, the Fifth Annual Ontario Cell Biology Symposium will be held in person at University of Guelph, with an option for full virtual attendance of talks and posters. The meeting will be held from Aug. 10-11, 2023.
The Symposium will feature Keynote talks from leaders in cell biology and related fields. The majority of talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts, with priority given to graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers. Additional opportunities for poster presentation will be provided for abstracts not selected for oral presentations, as space permits. Abstract submission will open shortly.
All attendees must register before the conference.
We are pleased to offer travel support for some attendees from institutions from Northern Ontario (recognizing increased cost of travel to attend the conference). Registrants from Northern institutions should contact the conference: email@example.com prior to registering to discuss opportunities for travel support.
To register, click here (same link as the "Register Now" button above). Registration will also provide attendees with a variety of options for accommodations.
Early Registration at reduced rate: July 7th, 2023 at 11:59pm
Regular Registration: August 4th, 2023 at 11:59pm
To submit an abstract, click here (must be done separately from registration).
Abstract submission deadlines:
To be considered for a short talk: July 7th, 2023 at 11:59pm **
To be considered only for a poster only: August 4th, 2023 at 11:59pm **
** please note that we have limited slots available for talks and posters. Talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts in advance of the meeting. While we aim to provide as many opportunities for poster presentation as possible, submission of abstracts for poster presentation may close before the above deadline if capacity for poster presentation is reached before the deadline.
Details of talks in each session will be available shortly.
Registration and poster setup
Welcome and Keynote talk 1: Dr. Amira Klip: "Insulin action on skeletal muscle: A cellular journey"
Talks selected from abstracts 1
Vida Maksimoska (University of Toronto) “Role of the exchange factors GEF-H1, LARG and p115RhoGEF in Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor-induced RhoA activation and migration in keratinocytes”
Erka Shata (University of Guelph) “Nck adaptor proteins regulate breast cancer cell metastasis and invasion”
Diana Schwendener Forkel (Toronto Metropolitan University) “Regulation of glycogen synthase kinase 3 by amino acids requires GATOR1 but is mTORC1-independent”
Sarah Poynter (Wildrid Laurier University) “Cationic nanoparticles for delivery of immunostimulatory nucleic acids to human cells”
Coffee break, poster viewing, and networking
Talks selected from abstracts 2
Ahilya Sawh (University of Toronto) “Chromosome acrobatics during embryonic development”
Danielle Colussi (Western University) “Mechanisms of Mitochondrial Calcium Uniporter (MCU) Inhibition by a Dominant-Negative Beta Subunit (MCUb) in Health and Disease”
Ernest lu (University of Toronto) “Calcium influx mediated by a mechanosensitive ion channel TRPV4 controls actin organization in lamellipodia to promote cell migration
Henrietta Bennett (St. Michael's Hospital) “From peripheral neurons in planaria to cell fates in fibrosis, cilia make decisions.”
Joanna Mazur Antonina (University of Wroclaw) “In human cutaneous melanoma cells gelsolin associates with ribosomes and regulates their lateral mobility at the plasma membrane as shown for ribosomal protein A
Dinner and reception
Details of talks in each session will be available shortly.
Registration and poster setup
Talks selected from abstracts 3
Stephanie Tobin (Trent University) “Identification of cytokinins as a stress-responsive component of the muscle secretome”
Amra Saric (SickKids) “A SNX19-SNX25 complex mediates tri-partite contacts between endolysosomes, the endoplasmic reticulum and lipid droplets to support lipid droplet growth”
Redaet Daniel (University of Ottawa) “Lysosome function is dependent on Arl8b positioned lysosomes”
Subothan Inpanathan (Toronto Metropolitan University) “Salmonella actively regulates TFEB in macrophages in a growth-phase and time-dependent mode”
Brook Falk (University of Toronto) “Eukaryotic initiation factor 4E-5 is essential for spermatogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster”
Vijendra Sharma (University of Windsor) “Regulation of long-term memory via translational control in astrocytes”
Coffee break, poster viewing, and vendor show
Talks selected from abstracts 4
Lightning talks (11:15-12:00 )
Ana Leticia Simal Dourado (University of Guelph) Sex-Specific Neuropathic Pain Increases in Astrocyte-Neuronal Metabolic Coupling in The Mouse ACC
Marynelle Icmat (University of Toronto) Roles of PIP2 in Drosophila melanogaster sperm head formation
Michael Fish (Wilfrid Laurier University) The Targeting of TOC159 Receptors to the Chloroplast Outer Envelope
Hannah Plummer-Doherty (Queen’s University) SMARCA4 loss in endometrial cancer cells induces the senescence associated secretory phenotype and dedifferentiation concomitant with alterations to the translational machinery
Katie Yu-Qian Mao (University of Toronto) DPCD is a novel regulator of R2TP in ciliogenesis initiation through Akt signaling
Stephanie Wojtowicz-Piotrowski (Western University) Mechanistic Insight on How 1,4-Dihydropyridines Induce TβRII Degradation
Rebecca Heineman (University of Toronto) Impact of Legionella infection on host cell glycans
Morgan Robinson (Western University) The interplay between the lipid membrane and cell signaling in Alzheimer's disease
Alison Nguyen (University of Toronto) Elucidating the Role of a New RhoA GAP in Cytokinesis
Alan Cieslukowski (University of Windsor) Exploring principles of the interplay between tumour-initiating cells and the endothelial component in glioblastoma
Prabhsimran Khroud (Sickkids) Role of the ER in the Assembly of the ACBD5-PTPIP51 Peroxisome-Mitochondria Membrane Contact Site
Katelyn Gan (University of Toronto) “How do secreted factors circulating in the bloodstream promote synapse formation and activity in aging human neurons?
Adrianna Tsang (Western University) “Investigating lysosomal exocytosis as a pathway of beta-amyloid release from neurons”
Keynote talk 2: Dr. Shernaz Bamji
Talks selected from abstracts 5
Nick Philbin (University of Windsor) “Elucidating the Unique Role of Spy1 in BCSC Regulation and Susceptibility to Relapse in Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) Patients”
Max Shcherbina (University of Toronto) Molecular determinants of Crumbs overexpression induced neoplastic tissue growth
Sina Ghasempour (SickKids) “Podosomes require nucleation of signaling platforms by multivalent interactions between SYK and ITAM-containing adaptors”
Philip McGoldrick (University of Toronto) “Loss of C9orf72 affects crucial aspects of nucleocytoplasmic transport processes, contributing to TDP-43 mislocalization in ALS
Awards and closing remarks
We are very grateful for the sponsors of the Ontario Cell Biology Symposium 2022!
THE HOSPITAL FOR SICK CHILDREN
UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH - DEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY
WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - DEPARTMENT OF MOLECULAR GENETICS
JOURNAL OF CELL SCIENCE
WE SPARK HEALTH INSTITUTE
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO - DEPARTMENT OF CELL AND SYSTEMS BIOLOGY
TORONTO METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY - FACULTY OF SCIENCE
NEW ENGLAND BIOLABS
2022 PRESENTATION AWARD WINNERS
FIRST PLACE: JONAH BURKE-KLEINMAN
RUNNER-UP: SUKANTHATHULSE UTHAYABALAN
FIRST PLACE: JAZLYN BORGES
RUNNER-UP: SINA FATEHI
FIRST PLACE: FERNANDO VALENCIA
RUNNER-UP: EM MIRAGLIA
FIRST PLACE: LAURA OROFIAMMA
RUNNER-UP: WEN-HSIN HSU AND ISABELLE HINCH
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND CONTACTS
The organizing committee for the 2023 Ontario Cell Biology Symposium is:
Lisa Porter (University of Windsor)
Nica Maria Borradaile (Western University)
Shaiya Robinson (McMaster University)
Nirosha Murugan (Wilfrid Laurier University)
Marc Coppolino (University of Guelph)
Nina Jones (University of Guelph)
Andrew Wilde (University of Toronto)
Shaun Sanders (University of Guelph)
Jonathan Lee (University of Ottawa)
Mike Scheid (York University)
Costin Antonescu (Toronto Metropolitan University)
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