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MHAD 11 (2020) Via Zoom

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2020 Muscle Health Awareness Day

Event Details

WHEN: Friday May 22, 2020

TIME: 9:00am - 2:30pm

VENUE: Online via Zoom

Out of necessity, the Muscle Health Research Centre will be holding MHAD11 via Zoom.  This provides us with the opportunity to continue presenting our science to colleagues in a unique format.

View MHAD11 Program and Proceedings Booklet [PDF]

Features of MHAD11:

  • 8 Great speakers
  • Abstracts and Presentations: Abstracts can be submitted as usual via the website, and all abstracts submitted on time will be published in the MHAD11 proceedings. A selection of 8 of these from both MSC and PhD categories, will be chosen for 3 min presentations (+ 2 mins for questions) via Zoom. These selected abstracts will be awarded $200 poster prizes each.
  • NEW (May 11, 2020): The organizing committee of MHAD 11 is excited to announce a new award this year provided by the American Journal of Physiology (Cell Physiology).  This award will consist of $200 (USD) to the best Oral presentation in each of the MSc and PhD categories.
  • There is no charge for attendance, but simple registration on the website is appreciated to obtain a .pdf copy of the MHAD Proceedings, to receive the ZOOM invite, and to submit an abstract.

Speaker List and Titles

This is the current list of confirmed distinguished invited speakers for this years' event:

  • Dr. Imed GallouziMcGill University, Title: The role of the RNA Binding Protein HuR in muscle function and integrity: new avenue to treat disease-induced muscle wasting.
  • DrJacob Haus, University of Michigan, Title: Enzymes for Dicarbonyl Detoxification in Skeletal Muscle are Attenuated with Obesity and Diabetes by Mechanisms of Acetylation.
  • Dr. Scot Kimball, Pennsylvania State University, Title:  Regulation of the Mechanistic Target of Rapamycin (mTOR) as a Mechanism for Modulating Protein Synthesis in Skeletal Muscle.
  • Dr. Sherry GraceYork University, Title: Knowledge Translation and Implementation Science in Cardiac Research.
  • Dr. Sunita MathurUniversity of Toronto,  Title: Sarcopenia in chronic lung disease: evaluation and relationship to health outcomes.
  • Dr. Philip J. Millar, University of Guelph, Title: Regulation of muscle sympathetic nerve activity during exercise.
  • Dr. Kimberly Dunham-Snary, Queen’s University,  Title: Mitochondrial-nuclear genetic interaction in health and disease.
  • Dr. Richard L. HughsonUniversity of Waterloo, Title: Effect of spaceflight on astronaut vascular and cardiometabolic health. Results from the Vascular Series Experiments

Learn more about our speakers by viewing their Speaker Profiles [PDF].

Event Program

The final schedule [PDF] of speakers and poster presentations for May 22 is now posted.

Registration and Abstract submission

Please fill out the Registration and Abstract form [docx]All attendees must submit this short form via email to in order to receive the ZOOM invitation to attend MHAD11.

If you are submitting an abstract, the form contains fields in which the abstract and authorship can be inserted. Completion of this form is absolutely required if you intend to submit an abstract.

Abstract submission Guidelines

All abstracts submitted by the deadline (below) will be published in the final .pdf of the MHAD11 proceedings, and sent to all registered attendees. Refer to this sample abstract [docx] for formatting purposes.

We invite abstracts from undergraduate students, Master's and PhD students, as well as Post-Doctoral Fellows on any topic related to muscle (skeletal, cardiac or smooth), exercise, health, disease, blood flow or metabolism. You may present abstracts previously used within the last 12 months at any scientific meeting, or abstracts that are to be presented at upcoming meetings. There is no word count limit for these abstracts, however, they are typically in the 300 word count range. Please do not include any figures with your abstract.

Abstract deadlines

  • To be considered for an Abstract Award and for presentation via Zoom, you must be currently enrolled in a Master's or PhD program, and your abstract must be submitted by FRIDAY MAY 15th,2020 at 12:00 NOON.
  • To be included in the MHAD11 Conference Proceedings, abstracts must be submitted by MONDAY MAY 18th, 2020 at 12:00 NOON.  Abstracts submitted after this time will not be accepted.

Abstract Zoom presentation criteria and Award

The submitted abstract selected for a Zoom presentation and Award must address each of the following:

  1. Relationship of the research to a health or disease issue, or for the mechanistic understanding of a physiological process
  2. Rationale and experimental design
  3. Clarity and ease of understanding of the written abstract
  4. Logical conclusions and description of the significance of the work for muscle or overall health

Number of abstracts to be selected for ZOOM: 4 MSc and 4 PhD student abstracts

Values of each MHAD11 Abstract Award: $200 CAD

Oral Presentation guidelines: The presentation time allotted is 3 minutes, followed by 2 minutes for questions.  Please use the following guidelines:

  1. 5 Slides maximum:
    1. Title slide and name and affiliation
    2. Introduction and rationale slide
    3. data slide #1
    4. data slide #2 (optional)
    5. Summary, interpretation, conclusions slide, including credits (optional)
  2. Rehearse your talk to stay within the 3 min period. The Chair will stop you at 3 minutes if you continue beyond your allotted time.

(NEW): American Journal of Physiology (Cell Physiology) Oral Presentation Award: These additional $200 USD Awards will be selected from each of the MSc and PhD categories based on these criteria:

  1. clarity and timing of the 3 min presentation
  2. strength and completeness of the data
  3. ability to answer short questions within the 5 min time frame