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 The Royal on Thursday, May 9, 2019.

Registration opening March 4, 2019

Contact Us

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

Keynote speakers

The 2019 Antoine Hakim Lecture will be given by:


Liisa Galea, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology,
Member, Centre for Brain Health,
Director, Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Scientific Advisor,
Women’s Health Research Institute, University of British Columbia


Keynote address:  Game of Hormones: Why Sex Matters for Brain Health"



Liisa Galea is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, a member of the Centre for Brain Health, Director of the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, and a Scientific Advisor at Women’s Health Research Institute at the University of British Columbia. My research investigates how sex hormones influence brain health and disease in both females and males. The main goal of my research is to improve brain health for women and men by examining the influence of sex and sex hormones on normal and diseased brain states such as depression and Alzheimer’s disease.  

The facts: Dr. Galea obtained her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Western Ontario and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Rockefeller University. She has been an invited speaker and a keynote speaker at numerous international conferences over the past 10 years. Dr. Galea is a Distinguished University Scholar, holds an NSERC-Discovery Accelerator Supplement (for the second time), won a Michael Smith Senior Scholar Award, Cattell Sabbatical Award and the Vancouver YWCA Women of Distinction award (Technology, Science and Research). She was recognized as a Fellow at International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) and the Kavli Foundation. She has over 140 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and has over 8000 citations with over 600 citations per year since 2013. Dr. Galea is the chief editor of FiN (Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology IF: 6.875, ranked #1 in Endocrinology & Autonomic Systems), an editor of eNeuro, past section editor of Neuroscience and serves/served on the editorial boards of Endocrinology, Hormones and Behavior, and Neuroscience. Dr. Galea has served on peer review panels for National Institute of Health (USA), Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR), and NSERC. She has held operating grants from CIHR, NSERC, and Alzheimer Society of Canada and secured over $6.5M as the principal investigator and $3M as co-principal investigator in operating grants in total. She is an elected council member of international scholarly committees Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) and International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS). Liisa Galea sits on the advisory board of Institute of Gender and Health at CIHR. She serves on the Advocacy and EDI committees of Canadian Association for Neuroscience

The Research: Although sex differences exist in many brain diseases, research targeting sex as a factor in brain health has been scarce. Dr. Galea’s research is vital in filling this knowledge gap, specifically in understanding how sex and hormones influence neuroplasticity in females as too often women’s health is ignored in research. This preclinical work is essential for developing tailored treatments for brain disease in both women and men. Her research examines the effects of hormones, stress and reproductive experience on neuroplasticity, including adult neurogenesis (the birth of new brain cells in the adult), and subsequent behaviour. Liisa developed the first animal models of postpartum depression, was among the first researchers worldwide to study hormonal control of adult neurogenesis and the impact of motherhood on the brain in later life. An understanding of how neurogenesis is regulated may provide clues for devising new therapeutic treatments for diseases that involve neuronal loss and show greater prevalence in women, such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

The fun stuff: When Liisa is not teaching and working on her research she dedicates her time to being a wife and mother of 2 ‘adult’ children. Liisa is very proud of her Estonian/Maltese heritage and specializes in baking Estonian Kringle. She is most proud of her two greatest accomplishments, her two adorable children, to whom she has passed on her love of science and cookie dough. She lives in North Vancouver and enjoys trail hiking with her very bad dog. Indeed you can find Liisa most weekends hiking on the Baden Powell trail. 


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Deadline for registration is May 3rd 2019



Submit an abstract for an opportunity to be published in The Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Please note that trainees must be judged at the poster session to be considered for publication and that space will be limited. There will be opportunities to present your most exciting work in a 5 min. oral presentation.

Deadline for abstract submission is April 4th 2019

Questions? Please e-mail



For this year’s conference, attendees will have the option to submit their abstract for publication in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience. Acceptance of published abstracts is limited and will be judged on both abstract quality and poster presentation.

Acceptances for publication will be notified shortly after the conference.

Example Abstracts

Basic neuroscience abstract example

Clinical abstract example

Guidelines for abstracts and poster presentation

Rubric for abstract

Rubric for poster presentation

Please contact the Scientific Committee if you have any specific questions related to your abstract submission.

Scientific committee member contact information:


Amélie Vézina
Phone: 613-722-6521 ext. 6297
Clinical EEG & Cognitive Research Lab (Office 3130) - Institute of Mental Health Research
The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Center, 1145 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7K4



Award winners

Congratulations to the 2019 Brain Health Research Day Image Winner!

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




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