CANFLY XIV - 2017 Program
The 14th Canadian Drosophila Conference
Sunday, June 25, 2017
13:00 – 19:00 Registration – pick up your name tag and other items in the foyer of the Max Bell Auditorium) (late arrivals: registration items will be left on the registration desk. Please enter your name on the sign-up sheet so that we know you have arrived).
20:00 – 23:00 Welcome Reception (Kinnear Centre, Room #103).
Location of all scientific sessions: Max Bell Building
Monday, June 26, 2017
7:00 – 9:00 Breakfast (Vistas Dining Hall)
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome by the Organizers & Conference Overview: Kirst King-Jones, Andrew Simmonds, Sarah Hughes, and Francois Bolduc.
Session I: Neurobiology, Neuropathology & Behaviour, Part I (Chair: Douglas Allan)
9:15 – 9:35 Michael Gordon. Neural circuit mechanisms for integrating taste, hunger, and nutrient detection in Drosophila.
9:35 – 9:55 Woo Jae Kim. Neural encoding for internal states of satiety and its switching mechanisms.
9:55 – 10:10 Max Stone. The SWI/SNF complex regulates Drosophila courtship memory formation.
10:10 – 10:25 Mahmoudreza Ramin. Role of molybdenum cofactor synthesis 1 (Mocs1) in control of aggression in Drosophila melanogaster.
10:25 – 11:00 Coffee break & snacks (coffee/tea available from 8:00 - 11:00)
Session II: Neurobiology, Neuropathology & Behaviour, Part II (Chair: Francois Bolduc)
11:00 – 11:20 Ann-Shyn Chiang. Long-term memory requires sequential protein synthesis in three subsets of mushroom body output neurons in Drosophila.
11:20 – 11:40 Douglas Allan. The genomic regulatory landscape of BMP-dependent synaptic growth and neurotransmission in Drosophila motoneurons.
11:40 – 12:00 Francois Bolduc. Using Drosophila to guide precision medicine for Fragile X syndrome.
12:00 – 12:20 Sarat Yenisetti. Mechanistic insights into Health Stage Specific Neuroprotective efficacy of Curcumin in Drosophila Model of Parkinson’s Disease.
12:20 – 13:30 Lunch (Vistas Dining Hall)
14:00 – 16:00 Poster Session / Coffee break & snacks (coffee/tea available from 13:00 - 16:00, snacks from 15:00- 16:00)
Poster Locations: Max Bell Room 253 and Elder Tom Crane Bear Room
▪ 14:00 - 15:00: odd numbers
▪ 15:00 - 16:00: even numbers
Session III: Development and Morphogenesis (Chair: Guy Tanentzapf)
16:00 – 16:20 Laura Nilson. Determination of EGFR signaling output by opposing gradients of BMP and JAK/STAT activity.
16:20 – 16:35 Michael Fairchild. Identification of genes required in somatic cyst cells for fertility and germline development during Drosophila spermatogenesis.
16:35 – 16:55 J. Roger Jacobs. Remodeling of the Extracellular Matrix is Required for Tubulogenesis and Growth of the Drosophila Heart.
16:55 – 17:10 Rahul Pramod Rote. Regulation Of Actomyosin Network By Homophilic Cell Adhesion Molecule Echinoid During Epithelial Morphogenesis.
17:10 – 17:25 Allison Jandura. The role of long noncoding RNAs in Drosophila melanogaster spermatogenesis.
17:25 – 17:40 Lindsay Phillips. Ventral leg fate specification by the T-box genes midline and H15.
17:40 – 17:55 Sarah Keil. Misshapen regulates cell coordination during border cell migration.
18:15 – 19:30 Dinner (Vistas Dining Hall)
19:30 – 22:30 Open Poster Session (all posters). Drinks available (Cash bar, starting 19:30)
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast (Vistas Dining Hall)
Session IV: Cell Cycle & Cell Biology – Part I (Chair: Shelagh Campbell)
8:00 – 8:20 Julie Brill. Tetraspanin CD63 as a novel regulator of secretory granule maturation.
8:20 – 8:40 Helen McNeill. Unravelling the complexity of Fat cadherins.
8:40 – 9:00 Sarah Hughes. Moesin regulates polarity maintenance and cortical remodelling during neuroblast asymmetric cell division.
9:00 – 9:20 Steve Jean. Endosomal regulation of autophagy.
9:20 – 9:30 Tony Harris. An actomyosin-Arf-GEF negative feedback loop for tissue elongation under stress.
9:30 – 10:00 Coffee break & snacks (coffee/tea available from 8:00 - 11:00)
Session V: Physiology and Metabolism, Part I (Chair: Savraj Grewal)
10:00 – 10:20 Thomas Merritt. The FLAME Project: using Flies in a Mine to understand deep underground metabolism.
10:20 – 10:40 Edward Owusu-Ansah. Regulation of Mitochondrial Complex I Biogenesis in Drosophila Skeletal Muscles.
10:40 – 11:00 Kirst King-Jones. Discovery of new players in cellular heme and iron homeostasis.
11:00 – 11:15 Matt Anderson-Baron. Investigating Connections Between Peroxisomes and Lipid Droplets.
11:15 – 11:30 Francesca Di Cara. Peroxisomes are required for the immune response to bacterial infection.
11:30 -13:00 Lunch (Vistas Dining Hall)
Session VI: Physiology and Metabolism, Part II (Chair: Kirst King-Jones)
13:00 – 13:15 Jason Millington. Regulation of sex differences in Drosophila body size.
13:15 – 13:35 Ian Dworkin. Are sex differences in size and shape the same? Insights with the Drosophila wing.
13:35 – 13:50 Lianna Wat. Sex differences in the regulation of triglyceride lipase, brummer, during starvation stress.
13:50 – 14:10 Tim Westwood. The effects of aneuploidy on organismal fitness during chronic heat stress.
14:10 – 14:25 Teresa Rzezniczak. Effects of Genetic Variation in the NADPH Enzyme Network.
Afternoon & Evening off (Dinner on your own). Enjoy a hike along the beautiful Bow River Trail (trail starts right at the Banff Centre) or visit the town of Banff – or both!
DINNER – ON YOUR OWN (Banff has many restaurant options).
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast (Vistas Dining Hall)
Session VII: Signaling, Gene Regulation and Wound Repair (Chair: Sarah Hughes)
8:00 – 8:20 David Hipfner. GRK phosphorylation of Smoothened biases the choice of downstream effectors in the Drosophila Hedgehog response.
8:20 – 8:35 Jie Zeng. Snail coordinates nutrient-dependent endoreplication with ecdysone production in the prothoracic gland.
8:35 – 8:50 Rohan Khadilkar. Occluding junctions regulate Hippo signalling to control blood cell differentiation in Drosophila.
8:50 – 9:05 Shrivani Pirahas. Ras/ERK-signalling promotes tRNA synthesis and growth via the RNA polymerase III repressor Maf1 in Drosophila.
9:05 – 9:20 Anirban Banerjee. Mapping Patterns of Phosphorylation of HOX proteins in Drosophila melanogaster.
9:20 – 9:40 Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez. Stochastic force patterns promote collective cell migration during embryonic wound repair.
9:40 – 10:15 Coffee break & snacks (coffee/tea available from 8:00 - 11:00)
Session VIII: Cell Cycle & Cell Biology – Part II (Chair: Andrew Simmonds)
10:15 – 10:35 Frieder Schöck. Filamin actin-binding and titin-binding fulfill distinct functions in Z-disc cohesion.
10:35 – 10:55 Gilles Hickson. Towards understanding how contractile rings become midbody rings during cytokinesis.
10:55 – 11:10 Reegan Willms. Cdk1 regulation of centriole disengagement during Drosophila spermatogenesis.
11:10 – 11:25 Minhee Kim. Revealing complexities in cell cycle control of the dE2F1/Rbf1 pathway.
11:25 – 11:45 Vincent Archambault. A mechanism coupling Polo activation and nuclear localization is required during mitotic entry.
11:45 – 12:05 Vanessa Auld. Differential interactions between the core SJ domain proteins, Nrx-IV and the Na/K ATPase pump, and the tricellular junction.
12:05 – 12:20 Azadeh Laffafian. The Role of Rab Proteins in Drosophila Photoreceptor Apical Vesicle Trafficking.
12:20 – 13:30 Lunch (Vistas Dining Hall)
Session IX: Disease, Infection and Immunity (Chair: Francesca Di Cara)
14:00 – 14:20 Esther Verheyen. Investigating mechanisms of signaling during tumorigenesis and development.
14:20 – 14:35 Payel Ganguly. Functionalizing human gene variants in Drosophila.
14:35 – 14:50 Simran Baath. The Biochemistry of Heterozygosity: A Study of Single Nucleotide Polymorphism in the NADPH Pathway Malic Enzyme Locus in D. melanogaster.
14:50 – 15:05 David Fast. Destruction of Gram-negative commensals by the enteric pathogen V. cholerae contributes to pathogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster.
15:05 – 15:20 Saeideh Davoodi. Elevated immune activity in the Drosophila fat body negatively affects development and metabolism.
15:20 – 15:50 Coffee break & snacks (coffee/tea available from 13:00 - 16:00)
Session X: Special Session and Business Meeting (Chair: Francois Bolduc)
➢ Feature talk on proposed changes regarding handling of genetically modified organisms:
15:50 – 16:10 Frédérique Simard. Update regarding the proposed regulatory amendments to the New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms).
➢ Feature talk on memory formation:
16:10 – 16:30 Tim Tully. Augmented Cognitive Training.
16:30 – 16:45 PI business meeting (students and postdocs are welcome to attend or proceed to posters)
16:30 – 18:30 Poster Session (all posters) / Drinks available (Cash bar)
18:30 - 19:00 Poster Removal: All Posters need to be taken down by 7 pm.
19:30 - 23:00 Dinner / Banquet (Location: Kinnear Centre, Room #103)
Thursday, June 29, 2017
7:00 – 9:30 Breakfast: on your own – your options are the Vistas Dining Hall as usual (in which case the charge would go to your hotel bill) or going into the town of Banff for more choices.
Safe travels…and thanks for coming!