2021 Annual Conference

Dear colleague,

We are happy to announce that the 64th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) will be held virtually on June 14-17, 2021. The conference will focus on Protein Homeostasis, and it is with pleasure that we invite you to participate, based on your research in this field. We encourage the trainees in your laboratory to participate as well.

The conference will bring together a growing network of researchers working in the field of protein homeostasis in Canada. The organization of this meeting is built on our first successful PRinCE (Proteostasis Researchers in Canada, Eh) symposium that was held in June 2019 in Toronto. In addition to expanding the network, we will continue the tradition of timely and relevant CSMB conferences.

The conference will address various topics relevant to normal protein function and protein defects, such as protein folding, protein trafficking, protein degradation, phase separation, as well as neurodegenerative and infectious diseases. We expect to have up to 50 short talks by participating PIs, and there will be two virtual poster sessions for more presentations including those by trainees. Speakers will be chosen from submitted abstracts.

For more information and registration beginning January 15, 2021: https://event.fourwaves.com/csmb-prince-2021/pages

Check out the meeting YouTube channel

Conference sessions will cover the following topics:

  • Protein Phase Separation
  • Protein Misfolding Diseases
  • Chaperones & Protein Folding
  • Protein Aggregation
  • Quality Control & Stress Signaling
  • Proteostasis: New Directions
  • Protein Degradation: UPS & Autophagy
  • Proteostasis & Viral Infections

Invited speakers include Canadian and internationally renowned scientists:

  • Dr David Ron, University of Cambridge (Keynote)
  • Dr Ivan Đikić, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Dr Julie Forman-Kay, University of Toronto
  • Dr Judith Frydman, Stanford University
  • Dr Kalle Gehring, McGill University
  • Dr Sabine Gilch, University of Calgary
  • Dr Gergely Lukacs, McGill University
  • Dr Claude Perreault, University of Montreal
  • Dr Elizabeth Meiering, University of Waterloo
  • Dr Rina Rosenzweig, Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Dr Peter St George-Hyslop, University of Toronto
  • Dr Nobuhiko Tokuriki, University of British Columbia

We are also delighted that Dr Mona Nemer, the Chief Science Advisor of Canada, will participate in a panel discussion on the Future of Science in Canada. Dr Nemer will discuss science policy, COVID19 and other subjects of interests to the next generation of scientists and society.

We are extremely enthusiastic about this scientific meeting and we hope to see you in June 2021.

Website: https://event.fourwaves.com/csmb-prince-2021/pages
Contact e-mail: csmb2021@ualberta.ca

Best regards,


Dr El Bachir Affar (Chair of committee), Département de Médicine, Université de Montréal

Dr Janice Braun, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of Calgary

Dr Cordula Enenkel, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Dr Walid A. Houry, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto

Dr Paul LaPointe, Department of Cell Biology, University of Alberta

Dr Thibault Mayor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia, mayor@mail.ubc.ca

Dr Sue-Ann Mok, Department of Biochemistry, University of Alberta

Dr Jason C. Young, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University