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Each year, the CERMO-FC community comes together for a unique day of sharing knowledge, innovations, and successes. The annual symposium is therefore an exceptional opportunity for researchers, students and research professionals who are members of CERMO-FC to better understand the diversity of our expertise and our research interests and thus pave the way for new collaborations.

During this day, we are pleased to welcome an external researcher during a plenary conference in order to discover the latest innovations in his field.

The next generation in the field of orphan diseases is always the heart of the event. In fact, the emphasis is on the presentations offered to student members of CERMO-FC. About ten oral presentations and sixty poster or video presentations are offered to participants, also enriching the CVs of our students, and the visibility of the research of our member researchers.

Hope to see many of you there!

Credit: Pascal Chhay

2021 Edition

November 22, 2021

Chaufferie, Coeur des sciences UQAM


Virtual poster session

It is with great pleasure that CERMO-FC invites you to a hybrid version of its annual conference on Monday November 22, 2021 at the Cœur des sciences of UQAM. The sanitary measures oblige us this year to offer a symposium in hybrid mode; participation in person will be by invitation and on condition of having complete proof of vaccination. Do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

The emphasis will be on presentations offered by student members of CERMO-FC. Oral presentations in person and a virtual poster session will enrich their resumes, and increase the visibility of our members’s research. The deadline for abstract submission is October 22 at 1:00 p.m.

In a plenary conference, we will have the pleasure of hearing the latest research advances from Kym Boycott, professor of pediatrics at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Boycott, Canada Research Chair in Precision Health for Rare Diseases, is a pillar of rare disease research in Canada. Her research program links clinical genomics with basic research and focuses on understanding the molecular pathogenesis of rare diseases in order to improve patient care and the well-being of families. She is also heavily involved in the Canadian networks Care for rare and Rare Diseases: Models and Mechanisms (RDMM). Learn more about the work of Dr. Boycott.

Hope to see many of you there!

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Edition 2021 - presentations Instructions

Students will be informed on November 8 of the type of presentation, oral or poster, for which they have been selected.

Oral presentation

Oral student presentations will be highlighted. We are pleased to invite 15 students to present their research work in person.

Only power point or PDF formats will be accepted.
Please send your presentations to before midnight November 19.

* Classic presentation:
8 students will present their research work for a period of 10 minutes. There will then be a 3-minute question period.

* Flash presentation:
7 students selected for a poster presentation will have the opportunity to further highlight their work with a 3-minute flash presentation. There will be no question period. Invite participants to join you at your virtual poster during the poster session (11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.).

Poster presentation

The poster session is completely virtual. You will present your research work in individual virtual rooms. Participants will therefore be able to communicate directly with the student presenting their subject. However, keep in mind that the audience may choose to see only your poster/slides without entering the individual room to chat.

Add your visual support online to your initial submission form (abstract submission). We invite you to check the information entered in your form (in particular the order of the authors). Please submit your poster/slides before midnight November 19. Indeed, all poster/slides will be visible to participants from Friday afternoon. A delay in uploading your visual material could reduce the visibility of your project.

Visual material as “Poster” type:
• Image format (jpeg, png or gif);
• Maximum of 30 MB;
• Landscape format is ideal, but portrait format will work too.

Visual material  as “Slides” type:
• A Powerpoint format (.ppt, .pptx);
• Maximum of 10 MB;
• Can have audio, but this increases the file size.
The audience can view only your visual aid without entering the individual room to discuss. We therefore advise you to reduce the number of slides used to 5, in order to not lose their attention.

Dates to remember

October 22: Abstract submission deadline
November 8: Result of the type of presentation awarded (oral, short communication or poster)
November 19: Deadline for sending your visual support
November 22: CERMO-FC conference

Previous symposium

2020 edition - Second symposium

November 23, 2020 in virtual format

+ 200 registered participants

Pr Bernard Brais of McGill University

11 student conferences

+ 60 research projects in videos

Find out more about the 2020 Symposium

2019 edition - First symposium

May 17, 2019 at the Montreal SAT

+ 160 participants

Pr Jacques P. Tremblay from the CHUQ Research Center

10 student conferences

+ 60 research projects per poster

Find out more about the 2019 Symposium

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