Showcasing Life Sciences Research at Carleton and Beyond

Life Sciences Day 4.0: The Ottawa Opportunity

Carleton will be hosting its fourth annual Life Sciences Day on Monday, March 30, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the second level conference rooms and atrium of Richcraft Hall (formerly River Building).

This multidisciplinary event will bring together academic, government and industry sectors to build awareness of the important work encompassed by life sciences researchers at Carleton and provide a unique opportunity for attendees to network and explore partnership possibilities.

This event is free and open to the public but registration will be required as space is limited. Refreshments and a buffet lunch is included. More information about the program will be available on our website in the new year and registration will open February 2020.

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Event Program

The Life Sciences Day 4.0: The Ottawa Opportunity program will include a keynote presentation, exciting panel discussions, and innovative research presentations by Carleton faculty members and individuals from the external research community. This year’s program will focus on the following themes:

  • Cannabis Research
  • Devices and Diagnostics
  • Agriculture and Food

During the event, attendees will have the opportunity to visit several exhibitor booths in the Richcraft Atrium. Last year, exhibitors included Carleton’s Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering and Design, MacOdrum LibraryDepartment of PsychologyDepartment of HistoryREADi, and Industry and Partnership Services, as well as IEEEMitacs, and the Society for Neuroscience – Ottawa Chapter.

The event will also include a poster competition, for which over 30 students will be selected and provided with an opportunity to present their research. Throughout the day, student posters will be showcased, with cash prizes being awarded to all three groups (undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral) as judged by an external committee.

Parallel presentations by Carleton researchers will underscore the variety of Life Sciences research ongoing at Carleton across all 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. 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.

Join the conversation using #LifeSci4 on social media!

Life Sciences Day 3.0 Highlights Groundbreaking New Research

Human health doesn’t begin at birth – or even at conception. “The origins for health, development and disease trajectories occur even earlier than that,” says Kristin Connor, assistant professor in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease in Carleton University’s Department of Health Sciences. That’s because parental health before and at conception, and during the early stages of pregnancy, can influence the health and development of a fetus and then the lifelong health of that individual after birth.

Connor shared her research at the Human-Microbe Interactions session of Life Sciences Day 3.0, an all-day event that brought together academia, government and entrepreneurs to share their work.

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