The MRM Symposium brings together basic researchers, clinicians and trainees within McGill Regenerative Medicine community.
Seize this opportunity to share your work, discover the most innovative research in regenerative medicine at McGill, build new collaborations or network for job opportunities.

May 31, 2024

McIntyre Medical Sciences Building
Palmer Amphitheatre, 6th floor.

Free for all MRM Members and their trainees

Registration is 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


Poster Presentation Guidelines           Trainee Short Talks Guidelines 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Peter Zandstra

Director and Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories
The University of British Columbia

Learn more

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
Katie Cockburn
 9:10 – 9:25 MRM Director’s Welcome
Terry Hébert


Session I

9:30 Session I: Regenerative Medicine – Ethics, Policy, and Clinical Translation
9:30 – 10:00 Ma’n Zawati
Associate Professor,
Department of Human Genetics, McGill University
Research Director, Centre of Genomics and Policy

The Charter for Regenerative Medicine

10:00 – 10:15 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Sydney Joy
PhD Candidate in the Colmegna and Martin Labs,
Division of Experimental Medicine, McGill University

Therapeutic Modulation of Interstitial Lung Disease in the Bleomycin-Minipump mouse model: Nintedanib vs. Human Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stromal Cells

10:15 – 10:30 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Etienne Billard
Postdoctoral Researcher in the Hébert Lab,
Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, McGill University

Beyond Hallucinations: Novel Approaches to Neuronal Repair

10:30 – 10:45 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Alycia Noë
Research Assistant,
Centre of Genomics and Policy, McGill University

The role of the clinician and race-disparate concerns for CAR-T therapies


Poster Session 1

10:45 Coffee break & Poster session
10:45 – 11:30 Poster Session 1


Session II

11:30 Session II: Regenerative Medicine – Bioengineering
11:30 – 12:00 Darcy Wagner
Associate Professor,
Departments of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, McGill University

Bioengineering approaches for respiratory regenerative medicine

12:00 – 12:15 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Alexandrine Dussault
Master Candidate in the Rosenzweig Lab,
Departments of Surgery and Surgical and Interventional Sciences, McGill University

3D-printed scaffolds for ligament repair: the effects of materials and cyclical strain on human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal cells differentiation

12:15 – 12:30 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Andrew Dayton
Undergraduate student in the Melichar Lab,
Department of Microbiology & Immunology, McGill University

Breaking the cycle: structural characterization of potent antibody bound to malaria transmission-blocking vaccine candidate informs next-generation vaccine design

12:30 – 12:45 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Justin Matta
Master Candidate in the Harvey Lab,
Department of Surgical and Interventional Sciences, McGill University

Targeting Bone Defect Repair with a Novel and Biodegradable Borophene-doped Monetite Implant


12:45 Lunch break 
12:45 – 1:45 Lunch and network


Session III

1:45 Session III: Stem Cells – Fundamental Mechanisms
   1:45 – 2:15 Guy Sauvageau
Department of Medicine, Université de Montréal

Stem Cell rejuvenation – from the lab to the clinic

   2:15 – 2:30 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Varsha Durgempudi
PhD Candidate in the Philip Lab,
Department of Surgical and Interventional Sciences, McGill University

Soluble CD109 serves as a crucial modulator of EGFR signaling in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma

   2:30 – 2:45 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Soeren Huettner
Postdoctoral Researcher in the Crist Lab,
Department of Human Genetics, McGill University

CTCF is required for Limb Muscle Development

   2:45 – 3:00 MRM Trainee Short Talk – Iram Fatima Siddiqui
PhD Candidate in the Reinhardt Lab,
Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, McGill University

Investigating the role of fibrillin-1 in adipose tissue homeostasis using bone marrow and adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells


Poster Session 2

3:00 Coffee break & Poster session
3:00 – 3:45 Poster Session 2


Session VI

3:45 Session IV: Keynote
   3:50 – 4:50 Peter Zandstra
Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories
University of British Columbia 

Engineering Lymphoid Development for Off-the-shelf Cellular Immunotherapies

The Keynote Lecture is sponsored by the Stem Cell Network

   4:50 – 5:15 Poster and Oral Presentation Award Ceremony

Sponsored by Morphocell Technologies

   5:15 – 5:20 Closing Remarks
Katie Cockburn
   5:20 – 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
January 10, 2024

Abstract Submission Deadline
March 15, 2024, by 11:59 PM

Notification of Selected Abstracts
April 30, 2024

Registration deadline
May 3, 2024


Poster Presentation GuidelinesTrainee Short Talks Guidelines 




Katie Cockburn
Chair of the MRM Scientific Programming Committee

Marine Christin
MRM Program Manager

Organizing Committee

  • Katie Cockburn (Chair) – Biochemistry
  • Natasha Chang – Biochemistry
  • Marine Christin – MRM Program Manager
  • Sidhanth Jayprakash – Postdoctoral Fellow, Allen Lab, ICM
  • Matt Kinsella – Bioengineering
  • Anastasia Nijnik – Physiology
  • Ciriaco Piccirillo – Microbiology & Immunology
  • Derek Rosenzweig – Surgery
  • Sabra Rostami – Postdoctoral Fellow, Moraes Lab, Chemical Engineering
  • Molly Shen – Research Assistant, Juncker Lab, Biomedical Engineering
  • Stephanie Sultan – Ph.D. Candidate, Laneuville Lab, Experimental Medicine
  • Akshaya Upadhyay – Ph.D. Candidate, Tran Lab, Dentistry




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