Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We have the pleasure to invite you to the upcoming Hans Selye Symposium
on Stress: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Implications to be held on at
the University of Quebec in Montreal, (UQAM), Montreal, PQ, Canada from
July 11 to 14, 2007.
Our aim is to organize a productive and successful meeting on stress to
celebrate the 100th anniversary of Selye birthday (1907-1982). As with
so many wondrous discoveries of science and medicine, it was by chance
that Hans Selye stumbled upon the idea of the "General Adaptation
Syndrome" and coined the term "stress" while researching
at McGill University in Montreal. Subsequently, he spent 50 years studying
the causes and consequences of stress as Director of the Institute of
Experimental Medicine and Surgery that he founded at the University of
Montreal. More than anyone else, Selye's breakthrough ideas about stress
helped to forge an entirely new medical field, which has since then blossomed.
He received the highest Canadian distinctions including being Companion
of the Order of Canada and part of the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame,
an organization dedicated to celebrate the accomplishments of Canada's
medical and health sciences heroes.
Stress is a science that continues to make major advances today as discovery
of the underlying mechanisms at the molecular levels are being unraveled.
As such, the symposium will provide prominent new insights on the biochemical
coding of stress by leaders in the field. A historical perspective of
the stress concept will be captured by the Nobel Laureate, Professor Roger
Guillemin, MD who worked a few years with Selye. The key role of corticotropin-releasing
factor (CRF) signaling pathways in stress-related alterations of endocrine,
behavioral, immune and visceral functions will be addressed by pioneer
investigators from the Salk Institute along with a number of distinguished
authorities in the field.
This global symposium aims are to bring together scientists, doctors,
and professionals, from around the world to vividly discuss emerging issues
on stress and exchange the latest information by poster or short communications
in addition of plenary lectures as outlined in the program.
We dearly look forward to seeing you in Montreal, a city of festivals,
a tradition that peaks in the summer particularly in July with the Jazz
and Fantasia film festivals.
The organizing and
Yvette Taché, Chair