Biology Graduate Research ForumWestern Science

4th Annual Biology Graduate Research Forum 2013

Presented by the Graduate Students of the Department of Biology, Western University
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mission Statement

The Biology Graduate Research Forum (BGRF) is organized by the graduate students of the Department of Biology at Western University. The primary mandate of this event is to provide a forum for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to showcase their research in biological sciences through poster and invited oral presentations. It is also the aim of this research forum to host an invited speaker who will present their current endeavours within the field of biological sciences. 
The aim of the BGRF is to bring together students within the multi-disciplinary umbrella of biological sciences to exchange novel and exciting ideas within their respective fields. It is also our hope that this annual event will foster inter-disciplinary collaborations, which would add and enhance the academic and scientific research experience of the participants here at Western.

*** Reminder *** The abstract submission deadline is September 9th, 2013.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Melissa HolmesWe are pleased to announce that this year’s plenary speaker will be Dr. Melissa Holmes from the Social Neuroscience Lab at the University of Toronto. Melissa’s lab is primarily interested in the reciprocal relationship between social interactions and plasticity in the mammalian brain. Specifically, she studies how sexually differentiated neural circuits mediate the expression of various social behaviours and, conversely, how social factors (social status, in particular) influence the structure and function of these same neural circuits. Her lab employs two model systems: naked mole-rats and Bax knockout mice.

Please see the following link to learn more about the work that she does!

http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/holmes-lab/

Photo Contest

Back by popular demand, we will again be holding the BGRF photo contest, and this year there will be additional categories. For more information, please click here.