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37th Annual Meeting of the North American Section

Annual Section meeting of the North American Section (May 29 - Jun 1, 2018) in Halifax, NS, CANADA.

5/29/2018 to 6/1/2018
When: 05/29/2018
Where: Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
1515 South Park Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia  B3J 2L2
Contact: Dr Susan Howlett, Meeting Organizer
(902) 494-3552

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ISHR Contact: For questions re: ISHR membershipand website issues, contact Dr. Leslie Anderson Lobaugh, Exec Sec 

The Preliminary Program is now available!!!

Meeting Organizer: Dr. Susan Howlett (Dalhousie Univ;  

Registration fee 
will not be used to cover entertainment or alcohol.
Nonmembers: ISHR Members receive a substantial registration discount ($125 discount for Regular Members, and $75 discount for Trainee members) that more than covers the annual dues for joining the ISHR-NAS (Annual dues: $110 Regular member, $55 Trainee member).  Nonmembers can join the ISHR-NAS online (click here) prior to registering at the lower member rate!
Early-Bird discount:Register before April 1, 2018, and receive a $100 discounton your registration!
Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by the early registration deadline are refunded minus a $50 cancellation fee.  Cancellation after the early registration period up to one month prior to the meeting are charged $150 cancellation fee.  There is no refund for cancellations received after one month before the meeting.

Meeting Banquet:  A Lobster Banquet and Awards Ceremony will be held at Pier 21 (1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax, NS B3H 4P7on Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 7:00-9:30 pm.  Buses to the dinner will board in front of the conference hotel (Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites) leaving at 5:45 pm.  You must pay for the banquet ($40) during the registration process.  Up to 2 Guests per registrant can attend the banquet at a cost of $80/guest. Ticket(s) will be included in your badge cover.  Ticket(s) for you and your guest(s) are required to board the bus to the banquet venue.

Hotel: Reservations are available at the conference hotel at a special ISHR group rate.  Delegates can make reservations at the conference hotel (Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites, 1515 South Park St, Halifax, NS, B3J 2L2 ) at the conference rate of CAN$169 per night (double room, single occupancy; add'l person $30) by clicking here. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis.   Please contact hotel reservations (Phone: 1-800-565-2020) for assistance with hotel reservations. 

Stay at Dalhousie:  Hotel space in Halifax is limited during the meeting.  Rooms/Suites are available at Dalhousie University at low cost.  Go to or call Charlene Lucas at 1-855-DAL-STAY or 902-494-2784 and mention ISHR for a good rate. 

Transportation:  Fixed rate limousine service is available (as a less expensive alternative to taxi service) from the airport to the conference hotel.  Both of the services below charge a flat rate of CAD$60 regardless of the number of people in the car.

Abstract(s): ABSTRACT SUBMISSION is now closed.  Abstracts not chosen for oral presentation and those submitted after March 15 will be presented at one of two poster sessions (Tues, May 29 or Wed, May 30).  Formatting instructions (300 word max) are available on the abstract submission site.  Final abstract submission deadline: April 15, 2018.

Poster Presentations:  Authors of abstracts chosen for poster presentation will receive an email message indicating which Session their poster will be displayed (either Session 1: Tuesday, May 29, 5:30-8:00 pm or Session 2: Wednesday, May 30, 12:30-2:00 and 5:30-7:00 pm).  Posters must be formatted to fit on the 4x4 ft boards provided.  Posters should be put up at least 30 min prior to the Poster Session and taken down at the end of the Poster Session.  

Young Investigator Competitions: will be held for Graduate Students & Early Postdocs and Senior Postdocs & Early Asst Professors - Deadline is March 15, 2018.

ECI Events:  There are several events at the meeting organized by/for our Early Career Investigators (ECIs).  Note that some of these events are for ECIs ONLY.  Sign up for these events online during the registration process:

  • ECI Scientific Symposium:  Abstracts submitted by ECIs will be chosen in a competitive process to be presented as oral talks in the ECI Symposium (Tues, May 29, 8:30-10:30a).   Check the box on the abstract submission site if you are an ECI and would like your abstract considered for presentation in the ECI Symposium.  All delegates are welcome to attend.
  • Career Development Panel:  Following the ECI Scientific Symposium (Tues, May 29, 10:45-11:45a), ECIs will participate in informal panel discussion of "Funding Opportunities and Strategies for a Successful Grant Submission". All delegates are welcome to attend.
  • ECI Lunch with Senior Investigators:  (ECIs ONLY) A pre-selected group of senior investigators has been invited to share lunch and informal discussion with ECIs (12-1:30p, Tues, May 29, 2018).  ECIs must sign up for this event during registration on the Attendee Selections tab (there is a $10 charge), and a ticket will be placed in your badge cover. Please bring the ticket with you for admission to the lunch.
  • ECI Social:  (ECIs ONLY) The ECIs will be meeting informally for drinks and finger foods (7:00-10:00p, Wed, May 30, 2018).  ECIs must sign up for this event during registration on the Attendee Selections tab (there is a $10 charge).  Meet your fellow ECIs and network! A ticket will be placed in your badge cover after your registration is processed.  Please bring the ticket with you for admission to the social.  Join us for a night of fun in Halifax!! 

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