Motor neuron researchers from around the world converged on Halifax for the 9th International Motoneuron Meeting, from June 15 to 19, 2014. The highly successful meeting attracted scientists, clinician-investigators and students with a shared research focus on motor neuron diseases, to discuss the latest findings in this rapidly evolving field.


"Hosting this conference was a great opportunity for us to showcase our teams and facilities and the uniquely integrated, collaborative mobility research we're doing here at Dalhousie," says Dr. Rob Brownstone, Canada Research Chair in Spinal Cord Circuits and chair of the conference's scientific program committee. "It really put Dalhousie on the world neuroscience map, and introduced a lot of visitors to our beautiful province. Not only was it a scientific success, it was an economic win for Nova Scotia."

The Brain Repair Centre supported the 9th International Motoneuron Meeting with a Scotiabank-BRC Research, Dissemination & Commercialization grant.

"The international meeting brought together the strongest researchers world-wide studying motor neurons, and disorders associated with them including ALS and spinal cord injury," notes Dr. Victor Rafuse, director of the Brain Repair Centre. "Everyone I spoke with was impressed with Dalhousie University’s research capacity as well as the city and surrounding countryside."

Dr. Rafuse estimates the event brought more than $200,000 into the Nova Scotia economy. "I think its success bodes well for future international scientific conferences being held on Halifax and surrounding communities," he says.

For more information, visit the conference website.

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