Official Pre-Congress Satellite Symposia

All Pre-Congress Satellite Symposia will be held between Friday, July 13 (full day) and Saturday, July 14 (half day), 2018.  Tickets for the Symposium can be purchased through the ICN 2018 Registration System, which is now open.

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Ghrelin Symposium


  • Dr. Zane Andrews, Monash University, Australia
  • Dr. Alfonso Abizaid, Carleton University, Canada
  • Dr. Suzanne Dickson, Sahlgrenska Academy, Sweden
  • Dr. Jeffrey Zigman, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center,  USA

Date:  July 13 – 14, 2018 (each will be half day sessions)

Location: Pier 2 & 3, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Canada

Ticket price:  $50.00 USD 

Includes:   Access to the session, morning & afternoon tea break and lunch.

Details:  This session will focus on the novel developments in the field of ghrelin research. It will encompass both the neuroendocrine and endocrine actions of ghrelin.

Sponsors:  Journal of Neuroendocrinology (Wiley Publishers) & Bio-Rad


  • Keynote by Dr. Roy Smith
  • Two half days starting in the afternoon of the 13th to allowing for arriving registrants
  • Trainee Poster Session
  • End of Satellite Social


12:00 - 12:50 Arrival and Registration
12:55 - 13:00 Introduction
13:00 - 14:00 Plenary Roy Smith
14:00 - 14:20 Afternoon Break
14:20 - 16:20

Afternoon Session - Ghrelin and behavior

Alex Johnson
Ghrelin modulation of mesolimbic circuitry and incentive learning.

Tony Gladstone
Influence of desacyl (unacylated) ghrelin infusion on food hedonics, reward, preference and intake: a human functional neuroimaging study

Lorenzo Leggio
Developing novel medications for addictions by targeting the ghrelin system: recent clinical data

Suzanne Dickson
The ghrelin experience may not be so pleasant.

Ki Goosens
Elevated ghrelin drives maladaptations following chronic stress

Bernardo Stutz
Mechanisms of GHSR-mediated protection of Substantia nigra dopamine neurons

16:20 - 16:45 Poster Blitz
16:45 - 18:30 Poster Viewing
8:30 - 10:30

Morning Session - Regulation of the ghrelin system

Birgitte Holst
Translation of ghrelin receptor mediated signaling to in vivo function

Julien Sebag
a new essential partner of the ghrelin receptor

Daniel Kaplan
LEAP2 is an endogenous antagonist of the ghrelin receptor

Stephen Brimijion
Manipulating Ghrelin Levels by Viral Gene Transfer of Ghrelin Hydrolase for Stable Therapeutic Impact on Obesity, Anxiety, and Cancer

Maithé Tauber
Dysfunction of the ghrelin system in Prader-Willi syndrome: a therapeutic perspective

James Hougland
Ghrelin acylation by ghrelin O-acyltransferase: Unique chemistry leading to unique biological function

10:30 - 10:50 Morning Tea Break
10:50 - 12:50

Brunch Session - Ghrelin potpourri

Jeffrey Zigman
Ghrelin as a survival hormone

Jeff Davies
Stem cells in the adult brain - a role for ghrelin in hippocampal neurogenesis & learning

Scott Kanoski
Hippocampal ghrelin signaling and conditioned aspects of feeding.

Virginie Tolle
Ghrelin-derived peptides in eating disorders

Yuxiang Sun
GHSR in meta-inflammation: our quest of non-orexigenic roles of ghrelin signaling

Jenny Tong
The role of ghrelin in the regulation of insulin secretion

Closing Remarks

Lunch - Social Lunch

Parental Brain 2018: Biological and Behavioural Perspectives in Parental Health

Parental Brain 2018 Organizing Committee:

  • Frances A. Champagne, University of Texas at Austin
  • Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia
  • Joe Lonstein, Michigan State University
  • Jodi Pawluski, Université de Rennes 1

Location:  Pier 4 & 5, Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Canada

Date:  July 13 – 14, 2018 (full days)

What:  International meeting of experts in the study of parenting, the parental brain and broad issues of parental physical and psychological health.  Symposia, keynote lectures, panel discussions and trainee poster presentations.

Registration Fees:

Regular – Early Bird (until April 15th, 2018): $250.00 USD
Regular – Late (after April 15th, 2018):        $300.00 USD
Trainee* (students or post-docs):       $200.00 USD
Invited Speaker:          $200.00 USD    

*to be eligible for trainee registration a letter from the advisor with the institution affiliation and the trainee level must be sent to for approval


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