Brain Health Research Day

The Brain Health Research Day brings together the broad research community of the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI). The day features a keynote address from a world-renowned leader in brain health, speakers from our various partners, trainee posters presentations, as well as highlights and updates from the uOBMRI. Brain Health Research Day is one step in bringing together researchers, clinicians and students with a shared goal to create one of the world's top centres for neuroscience and the treatment of brain disorders.

About the Day

Since 2009 we have hosted an annual Brain Health Research Day to bring together our research community.  

The day includes dynamic speakers including an external world-renowned keynote speaker, as well as short presentations by our clinicians and researchers to describe the broad research in brain health being done at University of Ottawa and our partner institutions.  

Trainees are highlighted during the day through giving them an opportunity to give an oral presentation, display their research at the poster session, be a poster judge, and have their scientific images displayed at our event.    

We are pleased to announce that the next BHRD will take place at uOttawa Roger Guindon Hall, Health Sciences Bldg  on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Registration opening March 9, 2018

Contact Us

For all questions, comments and suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact Brain Health Research Day.

Keynote speakers
keynote speaker

The 2018 Antoine Hakim Lecture will be given by:


Michael Greenberg, PhD

Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor of Neurobiology
Harvard Medical School


Keynote address:  "How Nature and Nurture Conspire to Control Brain Development and Function"


Abstract for lecture: 

Dr. Greenberg’s research seeks to understand how neuronal activity controls gene transcription to effect critical steps in synapse and neural circuit development. In addition to providing insight into the process of brain development, this research has contributed to the understanding of neurological diseases in which these processes have gone awry. This work began in 1984 with the discovery that growth factors induce the rapid and transient expression of a family of genes, Immediate Early Genes (IEGs) such as c-fos, whose functions are crucial for neuronal differentiation, cell survival, and adaptive responses. Dr. Greenberg’s recent studies have used genomics to identify neuronal transcripts and cis-regulatory enhancer elements that respond to changes in synaptic activity, uncovering an activity-responsive transcriptional program that regulates the complexity of the dendritic arbor, the development of excitatory and inhibitory synapses, the composition of protein complexes at the pre- and post-synaptic sites, and the production of neuropeptides that control neural circuit development. These activity-regulated processes are critical for normal brain development and function, and defects in the activity-dependent gene program contribute to disorders of human. Understanding how the neuronal activity-dependent gene program functions may provide insight into how the dysregulation of this process leads to neurological diseases and, ultimately, may suggest therapies for treatment of disorders of cognitive function.







Thank you to all poster submissions for BHRD 2018. 




Award winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Brain Health Research Day Image Winner!

Ahmad Galuta, PhD candidate in Dr. Eve Tsai’s Lab
Neuroscience Program, OHRI, uOBMRI


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