May 19, 2024

9th Annual Canadian Neurometabolic Meeting

The Canadian Neurometabolic meeting, a satellite of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience, is a unique event that brings together scientists studying CNS controls of energy balance, neural cell metabolism, the impact of metabolism on brain and behavior, and the interaction between metabolism and brain disorders.

A primary goal of this meeting is to provide a valuable platform for trainees to share their latest findings and network.

This 1-day meeting features the keynote and plenary speakers below.

Invited Speakers

  • Keynote speaker: Sabrina Diano, PhD

    Keynote speaker: Sabrina Diano, PhD

    Institute of Human Nutrition | Columbia University

    Dr. Sabrina Diano is the Robert R. Williams Professor of Nutrition, Director of the Institute of Human Nutrition and Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is also an adjunct Professor at Yale University, Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology.

    Dr. Diano moved to Yale University from Italy in 1994 to pursue her interest in metabolism regulation. She received her PhD in Physiology in 1999 from the University of Naples “Federico II” in Italy for the studies conducted at Yale University, combining her expertise in neuroendocrinology and mitochondria biology to study brain regulation of energy and glucose metabolism.

    She became faculty at Yale University in 2000 and then moved to Columbia University Irving Medical Center to the direct the Institute of Human Nutrition in 2020.

    Her studies of the fundamental principles of metabolism regulation have been nationally and internationally recognized. She has been featured in the Women in Metabolism ( The “Rosies” of Cell Metabolism), was awarded the 2015 Novo Nordisk Foundation Laureate Award (declined) and was the recipient of the Helmholtz Diabetes Award in 2018.

  • Plenary speaker: Natalie Michael, PhD

    Plenary speaker: Natalie Michael, PhD

    Université Laval

    Dr. Michael completed post-doctoral training in the Metabolic Disease and Obesity Program at the Biomedicine Discovery Institute, Monash University Australia, and in the Center for Hypothalamic Research at UT Southwestern Medical Center USA, where her work focused on hypothalamic circuits and mechanisms regulating food intake, energy expenditure, and glucose homeostasis. She is now an Assistant Professor the Faculty of Pharmacy at Université Laval where her research program continues to explore the integration of metabolic status within the hypothalamus, including cross-talk between arousal promoting and metabolic neurons.

  • Plenary speaker: Paul Sabatini, PhD

    Plenary speaker: Paul Sabatini, PhD

    McGill University

    Paul Sabatini was recruited to the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre as an assistant professor summer 2021. His research focus is on defining the cells and neurocircuits that regulate body weight. This work continues his research from his postdoctoral fellowship with Martin Myers Jr at the University of Michigan on both hypothalamic and brainstem-based cells regulating appetite. Since becoming an independent investigator, Dr. Sabatini is funded by CIHR, NSERC and Pfizer. He has is also an FRQS Junior I Research Scholar and a William Dawson scholar.

  • Plenary speaker: Frank Duca, PhD

    Plenary speaker: Frank Duca, PhD

    Assistant Professor, Gastrointestinal Microbiology School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences College of Agriculture and Life Sciences University of Arizona​

    Dr. Frank Duca received his PhD from Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (now Sorbonne Université), working on the role of gastrointestinal peptides in the control of food intake. He was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, under the mentorship of Dr. Tony Lam at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, examining the role of small intestinal nutrient sensing and microbiota on regulating glucose homeostasis. Dr. Duca’s laboratory at the University of Arizona is focused on the role of the gut-brain axis in the development of obesity and diabetes. Through funding from NIH, USDA, and DoD, his lab investigates how different environmental factors, like diet and toxic exposures, impact metabolic homeostasis. The Duca lab studies how alterations in the gut microbiota can be both a factor and treatment for metabolic diseases via direct host-microbe interactions, as well as through the production of bacterially derived metabolites that can have an impact both locally in the intestine, as well as peripherally, at the liver and brain.

Many thanks to our sponsors!!!

  • Novo Nordisk
  • MUHC Foundation
  • FRQS - CMDO Network
  • Université de Montréal
  • Centre de Recherche du CHUM
  • Montreal Diabetes Research Center

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Organizing Committee:

Alfonso Abizaid, PhD - Carleton University
Thierry Alquier, PhD - Université de Montréal / CRCHUM
Stephanie Borgland, PhD - University of Calgary / Hotchkiss
Laura Corbit, PhD - University of Toronto
Stephanie Fulton, PhD - Université de Montréal / CRCHUM
Margaret Hahn, MD - University of Toronto / CAMH
Maia Kokoeva, PhD - McGill University / MUHC
Dana Small, PhD - McGill University / MUHC


Westin Bayshore Vancoucer - Bayshore Ballroom (Level 1)

1601, Bayshore Drive Vancouver, BC Canada, V6G 3E7

Registration period

February 1, 2024 - 17:00 until May 17, 2024 - 23:59

Submission period

February 3, 2024 - 12:00 until May 17, 2024 - 23:30

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