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Welcome to the 2018 Krembil Research Day website. 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.  This year, Research Day will be held on Wednesday, May 23rd, at the Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre located at 89 Chestnut Street in downtown Toronto.

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. We are also offering an additional category for oral presentations for trainees: three-minute elevator pitches!  Elevator pitches are clear, concise, carefully planned and well-practiced presentations on a trainee's research and must be delivered in three minutes or less. Trainees wishing to give an oral presentation can choose between the traditional 10-minute presentation or the three-minute elevator pitch, however they cannot do both. Trainees giving an elevator pitch may also give a poster presentation.  Principal Investigators, undergraduate students and summer students are not eligible to submit an abstract.

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 abstract per registrant can be submitted.  For more information, please see the "Registration & Abstract" tab

Please mark your calendars for May 23rd, 2018 and we look forward to seeing you there!

Oral and Poster Abstract Submission Deadline:  Monday, March 19, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. (no late submissions will be accepted)

Registration Closes:  Monday, May 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm.
Online registration is mandatory for all presenters and general attendees.

Registration for the 2018 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 Monday May 7, 2018 at 4:00 pm.

Abstract submissions are due by Monday, March 19, 2018 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, there-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 processPlease 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. Prizes will be awarded for the top posters and oral presentations from the Institute. One prize will be awarded for the first place elevator pitch.

Elevator Pitch:

A 3-minute elevator pitch is a clear, concise and carefully planned brief message or ‘commercial’ about your research. It communicates briefly in 3-minutes what your research is about, what you are looking for and how your research benefits society. The pitch should not be longer than 3 minutes and the idea of an elevator pitch is that you are prepared to share your research with anyone, at any time. Your elevator pitch should be a carefully planned and well-practiced pitch about your research that the general public will easily understand, in the time it would take to ride up an elevator.

Trainees who would like to give a 3-minute elevator pitch, cannot use any slides for their pitch. A single image (e.g. stained cells) behind for visual focus is permitted, but no text, data, etc. is allowed on the image.

The 3-minute elevator pitch is great practice for entering the Three-Minute Thesis competition as well as your future interactions with media and potential donors. The following links will help in preparing for the 3-minute elevator pitch: 

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 Genetics and Development, 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:

Please click the following link to view the agenda:  Agenda for Krembil Research Day - May 23, 2018.pdf

Dr. Samer Hattar, Ph.D.
Chief and Senior Investigator
Section on Light and Circadian Rhythms (SLCR)
National Institutes of Mental Health
John Edward Porter Neuroscience Research Center
Bethesda, MD

I was born in Amman, Jordan to a Jordanian father and a Lebanese mother. Raised in a Christian family, I planned on becoming a catholic priest. I studied at Terra Sancta High School, a Catholic high school in Amman, from 1978-1988. l fell in love with biology when introduced to Mendel's pea plant experiments. This passion inspired me to pursue a career in science. I attended Yarmouk University in Irbid for my undergraduate studies, where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. I was the top of my class and was honored by meeting Hassan Bin Talal, the prince of Jordan. After graduating from Yarmouk in 1991, I studied for a master's degree in biochemistry at the American University of Beirut in Beirut. I began my graduate studies in biochemistry in 1993 at the University of Houston where I specialized in circadian regulation of a transcription factor in Aplysia. I then completed my postdoctoral fellowship at the Solomon Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where I made discoveries on ipRGCs, the ganglion cell photoreceptors in the retina. In 2004, I established an independent laboratory in the Department of Biology at Johns Hopkins University and received tenure in 2011. In 2017, I moved to the National Institute of Mental Health and established the section on light and circadian rhythms.


The 2018 Krembil Research Day will be held at the Chestnut Residence & Conference Centre, located at 89 Chestnut St - a 7 minute walk from PMH/TGH/MaRS. 

Oral and poster presentations will take place in the Colony Ballroom on the 2nd floor; reception with Dr. Samer Hattar will take place in the centre colony grand ballroom, on the 2nd floor.


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

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - 08:00 to 16:00