Inaugural Edition

August 2-3 2019

A unique opportunity to discuss the most recent advances in our understanding of nociceptive neuronal circuit function

2019 Meeting

The conference will bring together scientists studying:

  • Normal and neuropathic nociceptive circuit function
  • The emotive and discriminatory dimensions of pain
  • The interface between nociception and other somatosensory modalities
  • The development and maturation of pain circuits
  • How noxious stimuli are translated into behavioural responses

Some of the techniques and concepts featured at this conference include:

  • Electrophysiological properties of nociceptive circuits
  • Molecular profiling of nociceptive neurons
  • Circuit tracing using classical and viral approaches
  • Chemogenetic and optogenetic manipulation of neural circuits
  • Molecular and genetic basis of neural circuit assembly

The conference is also an opportunity for trainees to interact with the world experts on nociceptive circuits: most submitted trainee abstracts will be presented in poster format, while a selection of them will be presented orally.

Artur Kania, IRCM
Reza Sharif Naeini, McGill University
Hélène Beaudry, QPRN


Speakers this year:

Allan Basbaum

University California San Francisco

Nicholas Betley

University of Pennsylvania

Emmanuel Bourinet

Institut de Génomique Fonctionnelle, Université de Montpellier CNRS

Yves De Koninck

CERVO, Université Laval

Maria Fitzgerald

University College London

Martyn Goulding

The Salk Institute

Brett Graham

University of Newcastle

David Hughes

University of Glasgow

Wendy Imlach

Monash University

Stephanie Koch / Maria Fitzgerald

University College London

Helen Lai

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Ariel Levine

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Wenqin Luo

University of Pennsylvania

Qiufu Ma

Harvard Medical School

Jeff Mogil

McGill University

Andrew Todd

University of Glasgow

Carole Torsney

University of Edinburgh

Fan Wang

Duke University

Ulrich Zeilhofer

University of Zurich

Arnab Barik / Alex Chesler

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Seungwon Choi / David Ginty

Harvard Medical School

Ana Reynders / Aziz Moqrich


Mark Hoon




Complementary lodging is offered to "Invited speakers" and one of their trainees.

For other participants, here is a list of hotels located close to IRCM, where the conference will be held:

Hôtel 10 - Delta Montréal - Omni - Hotel Zéro 1 - Travelodge


Continental breakfast and lunch are provided to all participants on August 2-3. All participants will be invited to a wine and cheese networking event on the night of August 2nd and a Banquet dinner on August 3rd.

Montreal is full of restaurants that will offer you an unparalleled gourmet experience.

What to do

Hop from one festival to the next, from homegrown tastes to exotic flavours, from the trails of Mount Royal to the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal. Get inspiration from our lists to live the full Montréal experience.

Do not hesitate to extend your stay to fully enjoy all the beautiful things that the splendid city of Montreal offers you!


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