Welcome Message

Welcome to the International Congress of Neuroendocrinology 2018!

Welcome Message from the Congress Chair, Dr. Denise Belsham:

As the Chair of the Local Organizing Committee, it is with pleasure and excitement that I invite you to attend the 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on July 15-18, 2018 – the optimal time to come and experience the beauty of Canada.

This meeting is sponsored by the International Neuroendocrine Federation (INF) and will be the combined annual meeting of the following societies; the British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN), the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN), the French Society of NeuroEndocrinology (SNE), the Hypothalamic Neuroscience and Neuroendocrinology Australasia (HNNA), and the Pan-American Neuroendocrine Society (PANS).  

We truly hope that all current and potential members of the INF and SBN throughout the world will make it to Canada for this exceptional meeting in 2018. Dr. Valerie Simonneaux will Chair the Program Committee and is already busy planning the unique and diverse scientific program for ICN 2018.


  • Exceptional Plenary Sessions, with world-famous researchers.
  • Five Concurrent Symposium Sessions.
  • Poster Sessions with networking opportunities.
  • Top Research in Neuroendocrinology from around the world.
  • Opening Reception, Congress Dinner, and Trainee Events.


  • Each of these areas will be represented in the scientific program:
  • Reproductive neuroendocrinology.
  • Neuroendocrinology of metabolism/growth.
  • Neuroendocrinology of stress.
  • Neuroendocrine timing (development/aging/biological rhythms).


  • ICN 2018 will be held at the Westin Harbour Castle, a waterfront retreat in Toronto.
  • All of its guest rooms have lake views overlooking Lake Ontario.
  • Premier downtown attractions and restaurants are within a 15-minute walk.
  • Toronto is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.
  • We will facilitate sensational excursions in and around the City of Toronto.


  • Focused satellite meetings at attractive and popular destinations in Ontario, including the Muskoka Cottage Country and Niagara Falls regions.
  • The first time that the International Congress will be held in Canada.
  • Put this meeting on your calendars early and make this a “can’t miss” experience in 2018!

Denise D. Belsham,
PhD, Chair,

Local Organizing Committee
Department of Physiology, University of Toronto


Welcome Message from the Program Organizing Committee Chair, Dr. Valérie Simonneaux:

As the Chair of the Program Organizing Committee, it is my great pleasure to invite you to attend the 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology. The scientific program has been put together with the help of many members from all of the regions and societies of the International Neuroendocrine Federation.

For this ICN 2018 event, in addition to the established symposia on Metabolism, Reproduction and Stress, I have added a new theme on Timing, as this is a truly transversal concept in neuroendocrinology. Further, the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology has planned another set of symposia on Behavior.

The program aims to address the diverse levels of scientific enquiry – molecular, cellular, integrated – as well as advanced technological approaches, through the inclusion of well-recognized senior and newly emerging junior researchers, with keen attention to presenting a balanced program based on gender and nationality. Today the scientific program includes 14 plenary lectures, 88 symposia presentations, and a high number oral and poster communications are expected.

I know that this will be an excellent meeting, and I thank Dr. Denise Belsham who, together with the Local Organizing Committee, has done their best planning a highly interactive meeting in order for you to enjoy this event in a wonderful world-class city. I look forward to meeting you in Toronto!


Valérie Simonneaux
PhD, Chair,
Program Organizing Committee
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

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