Important notice – Regarding COVID-19 (March 13, 2020)

In light of the recent evolution of the COVID-19 situation, we are compelled to postpone the 2020 MRM Symposium to a later date still to be determined. We will communicate the new date through our website and social media.


Keynote Speakers

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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Dr. Alexander Gregorieff

Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
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Me. Erika Kleiderman

LL.B, M.A., Academic Associate, Centre of Genomics and Policy (CGP), McGill University

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Registration & Opening

8:00 Registration & Opening
8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 8:40 Opening Remarks
Dr. Natasha Chang
8:40 – 9:00 Introduction to the MRM
Dr. Michel L. Tremblay


Session I

9:00 Session I – Moderators: Dr. Marine Christin & Ms. Alicia Reyes
9:00 – 9:35 PI TED Talks
Dr. Thomas Durcan – Applying patient-derived stem cells towards modelling disorders of a brain on a dish
Dr. Jonathan Kimmelman – Title TBD
Dr. Yojiro Yamanaka – Title TBD
9:35 – 9:50 Trainee Short Talks
TBD – Selected from abstracts
9:50 – 10:15 Coffee Break


Session II

10:15 Session II – Moderators: Dr. Christopher Moraes & Ms. Molly Shen
10:15 – 10:50 PI TED Talks
Dr. Anastasia Nijnik – Regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Function and Blood Cell Development by Histone Deubiquitinases MYSM1 and BAP1
Dr. Inés Colmegna – Stem and Progenitor Cells in Human Autoimmunity
Dr. Carl Ernst – Title TBD
10:50 – 11:05 Trainee Short Talks
TBD – Selected from abstracts
11:05 – 11:40 MRM Keynote
Me. Erika Kleiderman, CGP
The cell & gene therapy revolution: Ethics, law & societal issues


Lunch Break – Poster Sessions

11:45 Lunch Break – Poster Sessions
11:45 – 12:30 Poster Session 1 – Sponsored by the Stem Cell Network
12:30 – 1:00 Lunch & Networking
1:00 – 1:45 Poster Session 2 – Sponsored by the Stem Cell Network


Session III

1:45 Session III – Moderators: Dr. Derek Rosenzweig & Ms. Anne-Marie Tremblay
1:45 – 2:20 MRM Keynote
Dr. Alexander Gregorieff, RI-MUHC
A fountain of youth: Yap-meditated stem plasticity and regeneration
2:20 – 2:55 MRM Internal Funding Awardees
Dr. Jo Anne Stratton – Using iPSCs to model ependymal cells
Dr. Terry Hébert – Using iPSCs to model neurodevelopmental effects of GNB1 mutations
2:55 – 3:10 Trainee Short Talks
TBD – Selected from abstracts
3:10 – 3:35  Coffee Break


Session IV

3:35 Session IV – Moderators: Dr. Anastasia Nijnik & Ms. Yun Hsiao Lin
3:35 – 4:35 Keynote Lecture
Dr. John Dick, UHN Research, Toronto
What makes a stem cell a stem cell: lessons from the blood
4:35 – 4:50 Poster and Oral Presentation Award Ceremony
4:50 – 5:00 Closing Remarks
Dr. Natasha Chang
5:00 – 6:30  Networking Reception – Wine & Cheese



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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

Abstract Submission Deadline

Notification of Selected Abstracts


Dr. Natasha Chang
Chair of the MRM Scientific Programming Committee

Dr. Marine Christin
MRM Coordinator


Organizing Committee

  • Dr. Natasha Chang (Chair) – Biochemistry
  • Dr. Marine Christin – MRM Coordinator
  • Ms. Yun Hsiao Lin – Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Anastasia Nijnik’s Lab, Physiology
  • Dr. Christopher Moraes – Chemical Engineering
  • Dr. Anastasia Nijnik – Physiology
  • Ms. Alicia Reyes – Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Luc Mongeau’s Lab, Biological and Biomedical Engineering
  • Dr. Derek Rosenzweig – Surgery
  • Ms. Molly Shen – Master Candidate in Dr. David Junker’s Lab, Biomedical Engineering
  • Ms. Anne-Marie Tremblay – Ph.D. Candidate in Dr. Imed Gallouzi’s Lab, Biochemistry




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