You are here

  • Overview
  • Registration and Abstract
  • Agenda
  • Keynote
  • Contacts
  • Location
  • 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • The Old Mill


Krembil Research Day celebrates its 20th anniversary!

This annual event celebrates our achievements in basic and clinical research. Krembil Research Day has a strong history, with participation from researchers, clinicians, trainees and Krembil staff.  The 2020 Krembil Research Day is generously supported by Mr. Jim Leech and Ms. Deb Barrett.  We are grateful for their support.

This year, Research Day will be held on Wednesday, May 27th, at the Old Mill, located at 21 Old Mill Road.

Trainees (i.e., graduate students, postdoctoral fellows & clinical fellows) currently under the supervision of a Krembil-appointed Principal Investigator and who spend at least 50% of their time in research are invited to submit an abstract for a poster or an oral presentation.  Staff (technicians, research associates & scientific associates) are also eligible to submit a poster abstract, if the allotment of poster boards are available. Priority for poster boards will be given to trainees.This year, our elevator pitch session has been changed to 2-elevator minute pitches. Pitches must be clear, concise, carefully planned and well-practiced presentations on a trainee's research and must be delivered in two minutes or less. Trainees wishing to give an oral presentation can choose between the traditional 10-minute presentation or the two-minute pitch, however they cannot do both. Trainees delivering a pitch may also give a poster presentation.  

If you are not submitting an abstract, please register as soon as possible.  If you plan to submit an abstract, please register only when your abstract is ready as registration and abstract submission are done at the same time.  Due to space limitations, only one first author abstract per registrant can be submitted.  For more information, please see the "Registration & Abstract" tab

Please mark your calendars for May 27, 2020 and we look forward to seeing you there!

Oral and Poster Abstract Submission Deadline:  Friday, March 13, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. (no late submissions will be accepted)
Registration Closes:  Friday, May 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm.


Registration for the 2020 Krembil Research Day is now open.  You must register in advance if you wish to attend as we need to plan for seating, catering, printing of programs, etc.  The deadline to register is Friday May 8, 2020 at 4:00 pm.


Abstract submissions are due by Friday, March 13, 2020 at 4:00 pm.  No late submissions will be accepted.

Trainees (i.e., graduate students, postdoctoral fellows & clinical fellows) currently under the supervision of a Krembil-appointed Principal Investigator and who spend at least 50% of their time in research are invited to submit an abstract for a 10-minute presentation, 2-minute elevator pitch or poster presentation.  Staff (technicians, research associates & scientific associates) are welcome to submit a poster abstract, if the allotment of poster boards is available. Priority for poster boards will be given to trainees. If you wish to submit a first-authored abstract, please note that abstract submission and registration are part of the same process.  Please register only if your abstract is ready for submission.  Note: if the same abstract is submitted more than once, the last submission will be considered the final submission which will be used for the booklet and judging.

Please note that only trainees (graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical fellows) submitting first-author abstracts will be considered for an oral presentation and judged for their oral/poster presentation. Trainees who presented a 10-minute oral presentation last year, cannot present a 10-minute presentation this year. Only one member from the same lab will be selected to present an oral presentation. Prizes will be awarded for the top posters and oral presentations from the Institute. One prize will be awarded for the first place 2-minute elevator pitch.

2- Minute Elevator Pitch:

A 2-minute elevator pitch is a clear, concise message or ‘commercial’ about your research. It communicates briefly in 2-minutes what your research is about, what you are looking for and how your research benefits society. The pitch should not be longer than 2 minutes and the idea of a 2-minute elevator pitch is that you are prepared to share your research with anyone, at any time such as during an elevator ride. Your elevator pitch should be a carefully planned and well-practiced talk about your research that the general public will easily understand.

Trainees who would like to give a 2-minute elevator pitch, cannot use any slides for their pitch. Presenters for the 2-minute elevator pitches will be selected based on a lottery system.

Submission Instructions:

Abstract:  Your abstract must not exceed a maximum of 2000 characters including spaces (approximately 300 words). Please do not use special symbols, Greek characters, super-or sub-scripts as they will not be preserved in the online submission process. Only one first-authored abstract per registrant may be submitted. You must be the first and presenting author in order to be judged in the oral or poster competition.

Abstract Format:  Abstracts MUST be in a standardized format with the following subheadings: Hypothesis, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusion.

Abstract Authors:  Please type in all names using the first and middle initials followed by the author's last name. A comma should separate author names and the final name should be followed by a period.
For example:  SR Wilson, MK O'Reilly, JP Leduc, and BA Bell.

Affiliations:  Please type in all affiliations including your Krembil affiliation.  A semi-colon should separate each affiliation and the final affiliation should be followed by a period.
For example:  Division of Brain Imaging & Behaviour, Krembil Research Institute; Department of Physiology, University of Toronto.
Prizes will be awarded for the top 10-minute oral and poster presentations based on evaluation by a panel of judges.  A prize for the top three-minute elevator pitch will be awarded based on voting by all attendees.

Poster Details:
Maximum size (height x length): 3' x 6' (36" x 72") (Posterboard Size: 1 m x 2 m)
If you have any questions, please contact:



Dr. Leslie Crofford
Dr. Leslie J. Crofford, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology
Director, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology
Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Dr. Crofford is a native of Nashville, TN and a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences.  She served her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Washington University’s Barnes Hospital.  Following training in Internal Medicine, she pursed research and clinical fellowships in Molecular Genetics and Rheumatology at the National Institutes of Health.  She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1993 as Assistant Professor and rose to the rank of Professor in 2004.  She relocated to the University of Kentucky in 2004 as Gloria W. Singletary Professor of Internal Medicine, Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, and Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women’s Health.  She moved to Vanderbilt University in 2013 as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology & Immunology 

Dr. Crofford’s research is focused on understanding inflammation, pain, and stress as mediators of rheumatic diseases.  She is best known for her work to define the role of prostaglandins in inflammatory arthritis.  She has maintained active research support through the National Institutes of Health, Arthritis Foundation, and industry sources throughout her career.  More than 150 journal articles and book chapters have been published as a result of her research. 


Research Day comments and inquiries should be sent to the Krembil Directorate Office at   

The 2020 Krembil Research Day will be held at the Old Mill, located at 21 Old Mill Road - a 5 minute walk from the Old Mill subway station. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 08:00 to 16:00