May 12, 2023

McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
Palmer Amphitheatre, 6th floor.

Free for all MRM Members and their trainees

Registration and abstract submission for the event are now closed.

Please note that this event is reserved for MRM members. To verify your status, please contact us at or via our contact form.

Keynote speaker
Important dates
Organizing Committee
A look back at the 2023 MRM Symposium


Poster Presentation Guidelines    Trainee Short Talks Guidelines

Keynote Speaker

Dr. John Dick

Ph.D., FRS| Canada Research Chair in Stem Cell Biology
Senior Scientist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network
Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

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The Keynote Lecture is sponsored by the Stem Cell Network.


Registration & Opening

8:30 Registration & Opening
   8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee
   9:00 – 9:10 Opening Remarks
Natasha Chang
   9:10 – 9:20 MRM Director’s Welcome
Terry Hébert
   9:20 – 9:25 Jon Draper
Vice-President, Research & Training
Stem Cell Network

Stem Cell Network: Supporting Regenerative Medicine across Canada

Session I

9:30 Session I: Regenerative Medicine – Clinical Translation
9:30 – 10:10 Denis Claude Roy
Professor of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Anti-leukemia cell therapy : From concept to clinical trial

10:10 – 10:25 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Li Li
Ph.D. Candidate in the Haglund Lab,
Department of Surgery, McGill University

o-Vanillin modulates cell phenotype and extracellular vesicles of human mesenchymal stem cells and intervertebral disc cells

10:25 – 10:40 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Dania Shaban
Ph.D. Candidate in the Nijnik Lab,
Department of Physiology, McGill University

Characterizing the effects of the loss of MYSM1 catalytic activity on tumor cell physiology and antitumor immunity

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break

Session II

11:00 Session II: Regenerative Medicine – Bioengineering
11:00 – 11:40 Jianyu Li
Assistant Professor,
Department of Mechanical Engineering, McGill University

Innovation and translation of tough bioadhesive technologies

11:40 – 11:55 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Thulaj Meharwade
Ph.D. Candidate in the Malleshaiah Lab,
Stem Cells and Cell Reprogramming Research Unit, IRCM

Nacc1: The Jedi of stem cell fate regulation

11:55 – 12:10 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Jonathan Brassard
Ph.D. Candidate in the Hoesli Lab,
Department of Biological & Biomedical Engineering, McGill University

Engineering a vascularized bioartificial pancreas for stem cell-derived islet maturation

Lunch & Poster Sessions

12:15 Lunch break & Poster sessions
12:15 – 1:00 Poster Session 1
1:15 – 2:00 Poster Session 2

Session III

2:00 Session III: Stem Cells – Fundamental Mechanisms
   2:00 – 2:40 Claudia Kleinman
Associate Professor,
Department of Human Genetics, McGill University

Cell fate specification and oncogenic vulnerability: a paradox of necessity

   2:40 – 2:55 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Sarah Lépine
Ph.D. Candidate in the Early Drug Discovery Unit (EDDU),
Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, the Neuro, McGill University

Synaptic dysfunction and altered transcriptome in human iPSC-derived motor neurons with ALS-associated mutations in TARDBP/TDP-43

   2:55 – 3:10

MRM Trainee Short Talk – Korin Sahinyan
Ph.D. Candidate in the Soleimani Lab,
Department of Human Genetics, LDI, McGill University

Chromatin regulation by REST/NRSF is required for skeletal muscle integrity

   3:10 – 3:30 Coffee Break

Session VI

3:30 Session IV: Keynote
   3:30 – 4:30 John Dick
Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Toronto

What makes a stem cell a stem cell and why does it go bad with age

The Keynote Lecture is sponsored by the Stem Cell Network.

   4:30 – 4:45 Poster and Oral Presentation Award Ceremony
   4:45 – 4:55 Closing Remarks
Natasha Chang
   5:00 – 6:30 Networking – Wine & Cheese

Important dates

Registration is free and open to all MRM members and their trainees. Contact us to verify your status or to become a member.

Registration Opening Date
December 1, 2022

Abstract Submission Deadline
March 1, 2023

Notification of Selected Abstracts
April 12, 2023

Registration deadline
April 21, 2023


Poster Presentation Guidelines Trainee Short Talks Guidelines



Natasha Chang
Chair of the MRM Scientific Programming Committee

Marine Christin
MRM Program Manager

Organizing Committee

  • Natasha Chang (Chair) – Biochemistry
  • Marine Christin – MRM Program Manager
  • Matt Kinsella – Bioengineering
  • Christopher Moraes – Chemical Engineering
  • Anastasia Nijnik – Physiology
  • Alicia Reyes – Ph.D. Candidate, Mongeau Lab, Biological and Biomedical Engineering
  • Derek Rosenzweig – Surgery
  • Molly Shen – Master Candidate, Junker Lab, Biomedical Engineering
  • Akshaya Upadhyay – Ph.D. Candidate, Tran Lab, Dentistry




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