EBPS-CANBIND Virtual Workshop:

Behaviour to Biomarkers – Reverse Translation in 2021

5-6 March 2021 – Toronto, Canada

Organized by:

Canadian Biomarker Integration Network in Depression

European Behavioural Pharmacology Society

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Outline of the scientific program:

  • We are delighted to announce that the 2021 EBPS-CANBIND Virtual Workshop with the exciting theme of ‘Behaviour to Biomarkers: Reverse Translation in 2021.’ Featuring special plenaries by Gustavo Turecki and Sheena Josselyn plus talks by a range of other eminent researchers in this field, it will be of significant interest to both preclinical and clinical researchers, from graduate students through to investigators.
  • We will have Gustavo Turecki and Sheena Josselyn as our plenary speakers at this workshop.Gustavo Turecki – Multiomic approaches to biomarker discovery for antidepressant responseSheena Josselyn – Making Memories in Mice

Friday, March 5, 2021 (11:00 am to 5:00 pm EST)

11:00 am EST

Welcome Address

Louk Vanderschuren

11:10 AM – 12:50 PM EST

Strategies for Biomarker Discovery

Chair: Claudio Soares

Sidney Kennedy, Project Lead, Canadian Biomarker Integration Network for Depression
  Clinical Overview of Depression Biomarker field referencing CANBIND
Gayle Wittenberg, Director of Neuroscience – Johnson & Johnson
  Effects of Immunomodulatory Drugs on Anhedonia and Reward Circuitry
Evdokia Anagnostou, Project Lead, Province of Ontario Neurodevelopmental Network (POND)
  Neuroimaging and neurodevelopmental disorders: what is the biomarker for?
Faranak Farzan, Chair, Technology Innovations for Youth Mental Health, Simon Fraser Univ
  A Neuroengineering Lens into Treatment of Mental Health and Addiction

1:00 – 2:00 PM EST

Keynote Address

Chair: Jane Foster

Gustavo Turecki, Scientific Director, Douglas Research Centre
  Multiomic approaches to biomarker discovery for antidepressant response

2:00 – 3:40 PM EST

Biomarkers of Addiction and Relapse

Chair: Yavin Shaham

Christelle Baunez, Institut de Neuroscience de la Timone, CNRS, Marseille, France
  Very low frequency oscillations in the subthalamic nucleus as a predictive marker of vulnerability to addiction
Jennifer Bossert, Behavioural Neuroscience Branch, NIDA
  Reverse-Translational Models of Drug Relapse: Behavior, Pharmacology, Circuits, and Implications for Treatment
Lee Hogarth, Department of Psychology, University of Exeter
  Human drug dependence severity is marked by negative affect driven drug choice, but not habit learning or compulsivity

3:50 – 5:00 PM EST

Trainee Data Blitz

Saturday, March 6, 2021 (8:00 AM to 1:45 PM EST)

8:00 – 9:40 AM EST

Reverse Translation to novel therapeutics and mechanisms of action

Chair: Mohammed Shoaib

Tim Bussey, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology,Western University
  Bridging the translational divide in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disease: Identical cognitive touchscreen testing in mice and humans
Caroline Menard, Department of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, Université Laval
  Chronic stress induces vascular changes leading to depression vs resilience: opportunities for novel therapeutic approaches and biomarkers
Markus Heilig, Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Linkoping University
  Maybe some things do translate? The case of FAAH inhibition to potentiate fear extinction

9:50 – 11:00 AM EST

Trainee Data Blitz

11:00 AM – 12:40 PM EST

Emerging Role of the Microbiome in Mental Health

Chair: Jane Foster

John Cryan, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience, University College Cork
  Gut feelings- Microbiome and Mental Illness
Mary Kimmel, Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  Stress reactivity and the microbiota-gut-brain axis: Guide to maternal-child mental health
Jonathan Swann, University of South Hampton
  The application of metabolomics to study the biochemical language of the gut-brain axis

12:45 – 1:45 PM EST

Keynote Address:

Chair: Mohammed Shoaib

Sheena Josselyn, University of Toronto
  Making memories in mice