Welcome Message from INF President Robert Millar

As president of the International Neuroendocrine Society, the global umbrella body of Neuroendocrine Societies, I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to everyone to participate in the 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology to be held in Toronto from 15-18 July this year.

Dr. Valerie Simonneaux, Chair of the program organizing committee, and her committee have put together an exciting and outstanding scientific program addressing the full spectrum of neuroendocrine research and covering cutting edge developments under five themes, which are reflected in the symposia and plenary lectures: reproduction, metabolism, stress, timing, and behavior.

The flavor is truly international with expert speakers from most countries in the world and it promises to be a celebration of scientific excellence in an iconic setting.

The keynote presentation is the Geoffrey Harris commemorative lecture sponsored by the International Neuroendocrine Federation. Harris is remembered as the father of Neuroendocrinology and as Geoffrey Raisman pertinently points out that “In a reductionist world …the broader picture of the whole animal and its integration with its environment can be something we take perilously for granted.” This meeting aims to recognize this in the integration of phenomenal new technologies such as gene editing in the extraordinary post genomic era in whole animal research. At this congress the outstanding scientist chosen to deliver the Harris Lecture is the discoverer of leptin, Dr. Jeffrey Friedman.

The other plenary speakers are of exceptional standing and include those proposed and sponsored by the British Society of Neuroendocrinology (Mortyn Jones Lecture; Dr. Richard Palmiter), the French Society for Neuroendocrinology (Claude Benoit Lecture; Dr. Vincent Prevot), the Japan Neuroendocrine Society (Dr. Nakazato), the Australasian Neuroendocrine Society (Dr. Alan Herbison), the Pan American Neuroendocrine Society (Dr. Pamela Mellon), and the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (Dr. Catherine Dulac and Dr. Andrea Gore). The Glenn Hatton Student Memorial Lecture (Prager-Khoutorski) is our recognition of a new investigator in the field. The inaugural Wylie Vale Memorial Public Lecture will also be delivered Dr. Michael Meaney , and a historical lecture will be delivered by Dr. Russel Reiter, a pioneer of melatonin research.

Dr. Denise Belsham, Chair of the local organizing committee, and her team have coupled the scientific with an amazing program of entertainment and a special emphasis on trainees and young scientists covered by a Young Ambassador’s Program along with young investigator prizes.

All in all, along with the two satellite meetings on Ghrelin and the Parental Brain, the event will undoubtedly be one of the best International Congresses of Neuroendocrinology and a fest of information on new discoveries and technologies with superb opportunities for renewing old friendships, forming new ones and forging collaborations.

I look forward to meeting you in Toronto in July!

Professor Robert Millar, President of the INF

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