2018 BMI Scientific Symposium

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

On May 17th and 18th 2018, the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology organized its first departmental scientific symposium at the Château Montebello, Quebec.

The event brought the entire BMI community together, with trainees of faculty located at Roger Guindon, OHRI, CHEO, and the Heart Institute. The goal of the event was to enhance the student experience in the department by giving them a unique opportunity to communicate their research, practice their presentation skills and interact with student colleagues and BMI professors. An added bonus was the chance to hear from Dr. Doina Precup, our distinguished keynote speaker.

The symposium attracted 172 attendees, comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, research associates, and professors.

Group Photo (taken by Cassandra Lybeck)

The scientific sessions on Thursday and Friday morning included 12 talks and discussions with the presenters. The presenters were Reyhaneh Hosseini, Ryan Clarkin, Dr. Irina Alecu, Dr. Shawn Beug, Marie-Ève Wedge, David Cai, Dr. Vera A. Tang, Jun Seok Oh, Redaet Daniel, Dr. Bruno D. Fonseca, Julia Nunes, and Andrew Sulaiman.

Scientific session

Scientific session

There were two poster sessions on Thursday with 79 posters in total being presented.

Poster session

Poster session

Finally, Dr. Doina Precup, Associate Professor from the School of Computer Science at McGill University and the head of Google DeepMind Montreal gave the keynote address. Her presentation entitled “AI, machine learning, and opportunities in medicine” was enthusiastically received and was followed by great discussions.

Presentation by Dr. Doina Precup

Comments from attendees:

“A huge thank you is in order for the fantastic people who made the BMI scientific symposium happen. It was an important opportunity to interact with the people we pass in the hallway every day and those that work in other building. BMI is stronger for it.” - BMIGSA uOttawa

Bonfire night activities

“Many thanks are due to the dedicated people who made this event possible. The fantastic setting promoted new connections, the symposium itself was a great opportunity to learn about the interesting research occurring within the BMI department and the keynote speaker was brilliant!” - Shelley Deeke, Ph.D. Student

"I highly appreciate the work accomplished by the organizing committee for the organization of the BMI Symposium. A lot of effort was put forth to bring faculty and students together through formal scientific presentations and informal outdoor activities. I hope that future symposiums will continue to grow with this year's success. Thank you, BMI!" - Kevin Mercurio, M.Sc. Student

“Many thanks for the extraordinary efforts that you had made to make this year's BMI Research Symposium such a success!! I enjoyed every presentation at the Symposium, and also enjoyed my interactions with trainees and with summer students (TMM).” - Prof. Zemin Yao


A big Thank You to all our sponsors for their kind contributions to 2018 BMI Scientific Symposium:

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa; Research and Innovation, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa; The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI); Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute; University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI); Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.; MedChemExpress LLC.

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