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Special Events and Optional Items

In addition to the scientific program, a variety of educational special events will be available to Meeting participants.

Opening Reception

Monday, 22 July, 6:15–8:15 pm (Free to registrants; $15 for non-registrant guests).
Palais des congrès, Room 517d.

Celebrate the SSR’s 46th Annual Meeting at the Opening Reception, immediately following the Keynote Lecture. Registrant admission is included in the registration fee.

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Fun Run Flyer

Fun Run 2013 (proceeds benefit the LEMTTF)

Wednesday, 24 July, 6:00–7:30 am (preregistrants: $30 [includes t-shirt]; on-site registrants: $15).

At 5:30 a.m., buses will board at the Palais des congrès (201 Viger Ave. entrance) to take runners and walkers to Mont Royal Park for a 4.8-km circuit through the local forest. Mont Royal is the heart of Montréal, the city’s most cherished green space. The course includes a nice mix of shallow-grade uphill and downhill stretches as well as beautiful scenery and a stunning view of Montréal.

At the finish line, refreshments will be served: Montréal’s famous handmade bagels from St-Viateur Bagel and bottled water. Buses will leave the park by 7:30 am. Please view the Fun Run flyer for additional details.

Trainee-Mentor Luncheon

Tuesday, 23 July, 11:35 am–1:00 pm ($15 for trainees only).
Palais des congrès, Room 720 (Les Jardins Restaurant and Terrace).

The Trainee-Mentor Luncheon is for trainee registrants only; participation is limited to 175 trainees. The luncheon provides Trainee participants with the opportunity to talk to an SSR scientist about careers and science during a catered lunch.

Heritage Luncheon

Thursday, 25 July, 11:35 am–1:00 pm ($25 for non-trainees; $10 for trainees).
Palais des congrès, Room 514.

The SSR Heritage Committee is hosting a luncheon and talk honoring Professor Alfred Jost, who is recognized as the father of modern fetal endocrinology and his discovery of the Mullerian inhibitor (now known as anti-Mullerian hormone [AMH] or Mullerian-inhibiting substance). The presentation will be delivered by Dr. Nathalie Josso (Institut Paris-Sud sur les Cytokines, INSERM, Clamart, France), who was a student with Dr. Jost and participated in his pioneer work.

A special invitation is extended to Trainees to attend this luncheon at a discounted rate of $10.00.

Minority Affairs/Diversity Committee Lunch Symposium

Wednesday, 24 July, 11:30 am–1:00 pm (Free—registrants only; must indicate attendance while pre-registering).
Palais des congrès, Room 519.

This year’s symposium will feature Professor Tyrone Hayes, UC Berkeley. Dr. Hayes will discuss his work on the pesticide atrazine, one of the most common environmental contaminants, which acts as an endocrine disruptor to demasculinize and feminize male gonads. Dr. Hayes has an impressive record of giving talks to a wide variety of audiences using contemporary means, such as and TED talks. He gave the 2010 E.E. Just Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology, where he delivered a paper on how the academy can become more supportive of minority scientists. The symposium will be linked with a luncheon, to encourage interaction and discussion between the attendees and Dr. Hayes.

Barbecue & Dance

Thursday, 25 July, 7:00 pm–12:30 am (Barbecue: $30 for trainee registrants; $60 for all others. Dance: open to all).
Palais des congrès, Room 710.

The menu for the barbecue includes Montreal smoked meat, Asian vermicelli, maple-smoked salmon and gravlax, hors d’ouvres, and assorted desserts. Each person will receive two drink tickets for wine, beer, or soda; a cash bar will be available for additional/other drink purchases.

Atomic–The Band will take the stage at 9:00 p.m. The dance portion of the evening is open to all attendees and does not require a ticket to attend.


White t-shirts with the SSR 2013 logo (below) will be available for $15 each in both female and unisex adult styles (small to XXL). Proceeds of t-shirt sales support the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (LEMTTF). T-shirts can be purchased during pre-registration and a limited supply will be available for purchase at the Meeting.

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