Carleton will be hosting its first ever Life Sciences Day: From Technologies to Behaviours to Policies on Friday, May 5th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the second level conference rooms and atrium of Richcraft Hall (formerly River Building). The all-new event will showcase the university’s activities to a broad audience drawn from the Carleton community, government agencies and the private sector. With a target of over 250 attendees, the university aims to bring together academic, government and industry sectors to build awareness of the important work encompassed by Life Sciences at Carleton.

Life Sciences Day will showcase Carleton’s activities in the Life Sciences in the broadest sense, providing a unique opportunity for students and researchers in Life Sciences to meet and explore partnership possibilities with the industry and government attendees. This multidisciplinary event will bring together research from multiple faculties, including the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering and Design, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Public Affairs.

Registration is required for this event.

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Event Program:

The Life Sciences Day Program will include a keynote presentation, exciting panel discussions, innovative research presentations, and program demonstrations. The event will also include a Poster Competition, providing undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students with an opportunity to present their research in the areas of:

  • Changing Contexts for Human Health: epidemiology, psychology, stress, mental health, neurosciences, policy, wellness, aboriginal health
  • Medical Technologies and Big Data: biomedical engineering and devices, medical physics, robotics, artificial intelligence/machine learning, bioinformatics
  • The Biosphere and Human Well Being: water, food, biomass, air

Throughout the day, student posters will be showcased, with cash prizes being awarded in all three groups as judged by an external committee. To submit a poster for consideration to be presented at Life Sciences Day, please complete the Life Sciences Day Poster Submission Form by Thursday, April 27, 2017.

Parallel presentations by Carleton researchers will underscore the variety of Life Sciences research ongoing at Carleton across all Faculties. Following a networking lunch and poster viewing, an exploration of industry needs and partnership potential will be explored by a panel discussion of members of the Life Sciences industry in Ontario.

A mid-afternoon reception will allow networking time to further investigate areas of potential interest among attendees. Business and industry participants will also have the opportunity to meet with students through a facilitated networking program. Industry, life science organizations and government agencies will be invited to participate in this novel event.

9:00 AM Opening Remarks
Malcolm Butler, Dean of Science
9:15 AM Keynote Speaker
“The Life Sciences Ecosystem”, Jason Field, President, Life Sciences Ontario
10:15 AM Researcher Vignettes – Concurrent Sessions
  • Changing Contexts for Human Health
    • Chair: Michel Rod, Associate Dean (Research and International), Sprott School of Business
    • Merridee Bujaki, Sprott School of Business
    • Michael Wohl, Department of Psychology
    • J. David Miller, Department of Chemistry and Canadian Health Adaptation, Innovation, and Mobilization Centre (CHAIM)
    • Nimo Bokore, School of Social Work
  • Biosphere and Human Well-being
    • Chair: M. Brklacich, Associate Dean (Research and International), Faulty of Arts and Social Science
    • Banu Ormeci, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    • Maria DeRosa, Department of Chemistry
    • Farah Hosseinian, Department of Chemistry, Food and Nutrition Program
    • Robert Slater, School of Policy and Public Administration
  • Technologies and Big Data
    • Chair: James Green, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
    • Andy Adler, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
    • Rowan Thomson, Department of Physics
    • Andrew Speirs, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
    • Chantal Trudel, School of Industrial Design
11:45 AM Lunch, Networking, and Poster Viewing
1:15 PM Industry/Private Sector Panel
  • Chair: Gail Garland, President and CEO, Ontario Bioscience Innovation Organization
  • Dane Bedward, Entrepreneur in Residence, Invest Ottawa
  • Russell Girard, SDTC
  • Sal Causi, IBM Health
  • Cameron Duff, CFIA
  • Paul Beaule, Division Head, Division of Orthopedic Surgery, Ottawa Hospital
3:00 PM Life Sciences Business Success Stories
Brief presentations by representatives of recent local life sciences company success in the region.

  • Chair: Louis Lamontagne, Entrepreneur
  • Spartan Bioscience; Design Biologics; Edge Scientific; Aerobiology Research Laboratories
4:00 PM Closing Remarks
Carleton Front Door Networking Reception and Poster-Winner Announcements

Life Sciences Experts at Carleton:

Life Sciences at Carleton University encompasses all science, in the broadest terms, related to living organisms, be it human, animal, plant or microbes. Stakeholders include biopharmaceuticals, agriculture, neuroscience, agri-food, the bio-economy, medical devices and technologies, animal health, environmental technologies and more.