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Message from the Trainee committee for the 66th Annual Canadian Society for Molecular Bioscience (CSMB) 2023 meeting in Ottawa.

Join us at the 66th annual Canadian Society of Metabolic Biosciences (CSMB) conference at the University of Ottawa (May 30 – June 2, 2023)! With the theme of “Metabolic regulation of cell signaling,” this conference brings together top minds in the field to explore cutting-edge research on cellular metabolism in health and disease.

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Join us for the first CSMB Virtual Seminar – February 14, 2023 9AMPT/12PM ET

Feb 14 CSMB Virtual seminarWe invite you to the first CSMB Virtual Seminar which will take place on Tuesday February 14th, 2023 at 9am PT/12 pm ET. We will hear exciting work from Dr. Michael Downey (University of Ottawa) who will tell us about “Systems biology of polyphosphate” and trainee Laura Orofiamma (Toronto Metropolitan University) whose talk is titled “Metabolic control of clathrin-mediated endocytosis by AMPK impacts integrin traffic and cell migration”.

The goal of this seminar series is to highlight the amazing and innovative research being carried out in Canada, including the work of our trainees. This is the first seminar in our series, which will occur on the second Tuesday of every month at 9am PT/12pm ET. Please feel free to circulate the information about these seminars with you colleagues. Everyone is welcome!

To sign up for the seminar, please fill out the form here:


Cathy Cozma

CSMB Trainee Committee Member and Seminar Organizer

Dive into the world of science of the 2021 Canada Gairdner Awards laureates.

Through a partnership with the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB), the Gairdner foundation have created a series of animated videos and illustrated materials that help explain the work and research that some of our 2021 Canada Gairdner award winners have accomplished. + + +

Call for nominations – CSMB Board members and executives

The Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) is requesting nominations for their Board of Directors. The CSMB represents Canadian scientists and trainees working in the fields of Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Biology. Board Members will be asked to participate in advancing the mission of the CSMB.

The current board members of the CSMB are listed here:

Nominations are currently being solicited for:

  • 2 Board members (2 year term, renewable),
  • Secretary (open term) and the
  • Vice President (2 year term as VP, followed by a 2 year term as President, followed by a 2 year term as Past President).

The CSMB and its activities are fully run by its board members. We are seeking individuals who want to actively participate in the mandate of the CSMB. Candidates must be current CSMB members.

To be considered, please submit a CV and a brief expression of interest outlining your qualities that define you as an appropriate candidate who wants to advance the society and work to improve the environment for researchers and trainees in Canada.

Please forward your nomination package to the Chair of the CSMB Nominating committee (
Nominations are due on or before April 15, 2022.

CSMB advocacy update


On Friday, June 25, the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, in partnership with the Canadian Association for Neuroscience welcomed former Minister of Science and current Member of Parliament, Dr. Kirsty Duncan to an event on Science and Government 101. During the session, Dr. Duncan stressed the need for scientists and researchers to get involved, with a unified voice, in advocating to government on how scientific evidence matters. As said best by Dr. Duncan, “We can’t continue on two separate tracks… where science doesn’t know politics, and politics doesn’t know science”. Heeding her advice, the CSMB is planning for future engagement with government officials, especially in light of a potential Fall 2021 election.

Further details will follow once the timing of the election is clear, but we will be supporting Members with their election engagement through the preparation and sharing of template tweets and social media advice, one-page documents with election priorities, and support for Members looking to reach out to their local candidates.

In the meantime, if you were looking to engage with your local Member of Parliament over the summer and would like some support, please reach out to Kristina Proulx from Temple Scott Associates at and she will try her best to coordinate a meeting on your behalf.