History of CANFLY

Over twenty five years ago the then relatively small number of laboratories in Canada that used Drosophila as a model system got together at the Kananaskis Field Station in Alberta for what was turned out to be the first Canadian Drosophila Research Conference (“CANFLY”). The consensus that emerged was that getting together face-to-face every couple of years was a great idea. That meeting also set the tone for many subsequent CANFLY conferences, including CANFLY XIV, which allows mentors and trainees alike to discuss their research either in platform or poster presentations in an open forum. There are no keynote addresses or distinguished speakers; rather, faculty members volunteer to talk and trainees are selected for a set of slots reserved for them in the program. Of course, participants from outside of Canada are also welcome, whether or not they are Canadian citizens!

Over the past two decades, the number of labs in Canada that use Drosophila as their primary research focus has grown to more than 80, working on a variety of research areas from developmental and cell biology through neurobiology and behavior to evolution. Many labs now utilize not just genetics but genomics to address research questions, and many also use Drosophila to model a variety of human diseases. Despite being spread out from coast to coast, we come together every two years to share data and ideas in an informal setting. 

Previous CANFLY Conferences:

1st (1991) Kananaskis, Alberta

2nd (1993) Lac Delage, Quebec

3rd (1995) Guelph, Ontario

4th (1997) Whistler, British Columbia

5th (1999) St. Sauveur, Quebec

6th (2001) Canmore, Alberta

7th (2003) Halifax, Nova Scotia

8th (2005) Burnaby, British Columbia

9th (2007) Montreal, Quebec

10th (2009) Jasper, Alberta

11th (2011) St. Catharines, Ontario

12th (2013) Vancouver, British Columbia

13th (2015) Montreal, Quebec

14th (2017) Banff, Alberta