Insect Biotech Conference

Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, IBC2020 has been cancelled!!! 

See you at IBC2021 (June 2-4, 2021)!



Andrew Donini and Jean-Paul Paluzzi, York University

Sponsored by:

Plenary speaker:

Prof. Karla Kaun, Brown University

Plenary title:  To drink or Not(ch) to drink: How alcohol molecularly influences memory circuits

Summary:  Investigating how drugs of abuse affect molecular mechanisms within reward memory circuits is key to understanding how cravings are acquired and expressed. Combining forward genetics, transcriptomic and detailed circuit mapping approaches in Drosophila, we’ve shown how alcohol influences the a highly conserved cell-signaling pathway, called Notch, to affect gene expression required for memory formation. Our work provides direct evidence that alcohol induces immediate changes in Notch signaling. This leads to gene expression changes required for neuronal plasticity in memory-encoding neurons. Activation of Notch signaling also correlates with expression of alternative transcript isoforms of key genes that regulate multiple forms of memory. This process was very dynamic, and appeared to result in different transcript isoforms of the same gene being expressed after formation of alcohol memory. This suggests that alcohol alters gene expression while memories are becoming encoded, potentially strengthening memories for alcohol. Using circuit mapping techniques, we are investigating how this molecular change can influence a dynamic shift from circuits that form memories to circuits that initiate cue-induced behavioral responses

IBC2021 Details:

IBC2021 will be held June 2-4, 2021

Hilton Garden Inn
500 York Road
Niagara on the Lake, ON

Conference costs:

Principal Investigators / Retirees - $350 (includes banquet)
Post-Doctoral Fellows, Graduate Students, and Technicians - $250 (includes banquet)
(Please note: $350 for the first attendee representing a lab if PI is absent)
Accompanying guests - $150 for the banquet only


Please register for the meeting by April 9, 2021 by completing the registration form and emailing it to Jean-Paul Paluzzi. Fees cover the cost of the registration, opening reception, banquet, breakfasts, lunches and breaks. Conference registration payment must be made upon submission of the registration form either by E-transfer (to Jean-Paul Paluzzi) or by cheque made payable to the 'Insect Biotech Conference'.

Please mail cheques by post or I.U.T.S. to:

Jean-Paul Paluzzi, Department of Biology (Lumbers 221),
York University, 4700 Keele St., Toronto, ON, M3J1P3.


We are able to accept credit card payments for individual registrations (subject to service fee of 3%).

For individual PI registration, please use the following link:

For individual trainee registration, please use the following link.
***Note that if PI is absent, trainee must register with PI registration link above or available here.)

Hotel Reservation:

The conference will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 500 York Road, Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. We have negotiated a conference rate of $139.00 plus taxes per night, single or double, which is available the night before the conference for those coming in earlier and the Friday night for those staying longer. Please note that you are responsible for making your own reservations. Make reservations directly with the hotel at 1-866-777-9877 or (905) 984-4200 mentioning the Insect Biotech Conference and booking code INB20. To receive the special conference rate, you must book your accommodations before Wednesday May 5, 2021. For more information on the hotel please go to their website (click here). For things to do in and around Niagara-on-the-Lake click here.


Château des Charmes (1025 York Rd, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON)


Please submit an abstract using the following abstract submission form (PDF format) for the oral presentations by April 16, 2021.  Please ensure to follow the specified formatting guidelines.  A sample abstract submission can be found here.

Important Dates to Remember:

Registration form:  April 9, 2021
Abstract due: April 16, 2021
Hotel Reservation: May 5, 2021. After this time the reserved rooms will be released to the public.

Tentative Meeting Schedule:

Wednesday June 2nd, 2021:

        6pm-9:30pm: Plenary lecture followed by evening social

Thursday June 3rd, 2021:

        8:30am-12:30pm: Morning Scientific Sessions

        12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

        1:30-4:30pm: Afternoon Scientific Sessions

        6pm-10pm: Conference Banquet

Friday June 4th, 2021:

        8:30am-12:30pm: Morning Scientific Sessions

        12:30-1:30pm: Lunch

        1:30-4:30pm: Afternoon Scientific Sessions

        4:30pm: Closing Remarks and End of Conference


Following past practices, there will be two types of presentations.  Standard seminar type (long shots) and short exposures for those who wish to highlight their research for exposure but not for detailed explanation (ideal for graduate students early in their research career and for those more experienced who want to highlight a new or early area of discovery). These short exposures replace the poster sessions.

Long Shots: 15 minute talks, 5 minute questions
Short Exposures: 5 minute talks, maximum 5 slides, 3 min question period.

For more information contact us by email: Andrew Donini and Jean-Paul Paluzzi

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