2013 Annual Conference

Cellular Dynamics During Development Regeneration and Cancer

June 3 – 7, 2013
White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa
Niagra-on-the-Lake, Ontario

 CSMB 2013 Conference Poster

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The 56th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) on ” Cellular dynamics during development, regeneration and cancer ” will be held June 3-7, 2013 at White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa at Niagara-on-the-Lake.

This meeting is aimed at bringing together experts in experimental model systems and advanced imaging platforms studying dynamics of cell behavior. The highly dynamic nature of cell biological processes makes essential and pervasive contributions to normal development, regeneration and cancer. This meeting will create an opportunity for discussing the technical and intellectual progress in this field and to highlight future challenges.

There will also be CSMB awards lectures and poster sessions with presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Travel awards are available for trainees, and prizes will be given for the best posters. The journal Biochemistry and Cell Biology will publish a special issue devoted to the theme of this conference, featuring review articles and papers submitted by conference participants.

The five star White Oaks Conference Resort and Spa  is located on the outskirts of Niagara-on-the Lake just off the Queen Elizabeth Way, about one hour’s drive from Toronto or Buffalo. The resort is completely non-smoking and features a superb fitness/sports club and spa. It is central to Niagara’s best wineries, golf courses, and hiking trails, and is very close to Niagara Falls with all its attractions. Sessions are held in the morning and evening, with afternoons left free to participate in other activities.


  • Super resolution imaging
  • Cell polarity and cancer
  • Cell microenvironment interaction
  • Cell polarity and development
  • Cytoskeletal dynamics migration and metastasis
  • Cell biology of neuronal development

Organizing Committee

  • Senthil Muthuswamy (Ontario Cancer Institute)
  • Laurence Pelletier (Samuel Luenfeld Research Institute)
  • Rama Khokha (Ontario Cancer Institute)
  • UliTepass (University of Toronto)
  • Calvin Roskelley (University of British Columbia)
  • Jim Fawcett (University of Dalhousie)

Session Topics & Confirmed Speakers

  • Super resolution imaging – Laurence Pelletier(Samuel Luenfeld Research Institute)
    a. Paul Maddox (IRIC, Univ of Montreal)
    b. Bo Huang (UCSF)
    c. Gary Brouhard (McGill Universitry)
  • Cell polarity and cancer – Senthil Muthuswamy (Ontario Cancer Institute) 
    a. Morag Park (McGill)
    b. Keith Mostov (UCSF)
    c. Bret Pearson (Sick Kids)
  • Cell microenvironment interaction – Rama Khokha (Ontario Cancer Institute) 
    a. Jeff Wrana (SLRI)
    b. Josephine Ursini (McGill)
    c. ZenaWerb (UCSF)
  • Cell polarity and development – UliTepass (Univ of Toronto) 
    a. David Bilder (UC Berkeley)
    b. Amy Maddox (Univ Montreal)
    c. Ben Olestein (Columbia)
  • Cytoskeletal dynamics migration and metastasis – Cal Roskelley (U British Columbia)
    a. Val Weaver (UCSF)
    b. Andy Ewald (Johns Hopkins)
    c. Gregory Emery (University of Montreal)
  • Cell biology of neuronal development – Jim Fawcett (Univ Dalhousie)
    a. ShernazBamji (UBC)
    b. David Solecki (St Jude)
    c. Brian Ciruna (Sick Kids)