COVID-19 and postponement of COSC 2020 conference


Dear Colleagues and trainees


The Montreal committee for COSC 2020 has been monitoring recent developments in the coronavirus situation, the directives from the Quebec and Canadian Governments, the strong recommendations against travel, and increasing border closures worldwide. In the best interests of health for all concerned, it is inevitable that we have decided to postpone our COSC 2020 meeting. The meeting will be held sometime in 2021. We will send an update with new dates after the coronavirus situation is resolved. 


Registration fees that have been paid will be refunded. 


If you have booked accommodation and travel, please remember to cancel your bookings.


Thankyou for your understanding and we hope to see everyone at COSC 2021 in Montreal next spring/summer. In the meantime, please stay healthy.


Diana, Kostas, Gaby, Ann, Volker and Charles





Below the info on the meeting as originally planned:



On behalf of the Local Organising Committee (LOC), we welcome you to our vibrant, cosmopolitan city for the 11th meeting of the Canadian Oxidative Stress Consortium (COSC 2020). Our meeting will be held on 13 – 15 May 2020 at the Jewish General Hospital (Block Amphitheatre B-106), a McGill University Teaching Hospital.



Conference Goals

COSC aims to advance research and education on the role of oxidative stress in health and disease. The Montreal LOC, with input from several members of the COSC Executive, have put together an outstanding scientific program that brings together leading Canadian and international researchers in the field of oxidative stress. 


COSC 2020 will include the following symposia:

•    Oxidative Stress in Cancer 
•    Role of Oxidative Stress in Aging and Mitochondrial Disease         
•    Oxidative Stress in Health, Nutrition and Disease 
•    Redox Regulation of Immune Responses – Links with Antibiotic Resistance
•    Iron Metabolism and Oxidative stress (dedicated to Dr Prem Ponka)
•    Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Diseases 
•    Redox Control of Cell Signaling 
•    Oxidative Stress Response Networks -  Genomic and Proteomic Approaches
•    Oxidative Stress and Neurodegeneration 
•    Oxidative Stress, Toxicology and the Environment

Plus three plenary lectures from:  
Dr Helmut Sies, Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany. Dr Sies, who established the concept of “oxidative stress” in 1985, is an opinion leader in redox biology, oxidants, antioxidants and micronutrients. His lecture is sponsored by SFREE. 
Dr Marcus Conrad, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Developmental Genetics, Neuherberg, Germany. Dr Conrad is an expert in redox-regulated cell-death signalling and his current focus is ferroptosis. 
Dr Sharon Campbell, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. Dr Campbell is an expert in G-protein signaling and activation by redox modification.


COSC 2020 will feature two Trainee Symposia for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, who will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Trainees are encouraged to hone their skills at delivering effective oral presentations and at discussing their research through poster presentations. Awards for the best oral and poster presentation plus travel awards will be presented at the Conference Banquet on Friday 15 May 2020. The biannual COSC meeting provides outstanding networking opportunities for trainees as well as many occasions to informally discuss their research with top experts in the field. These activities help develop the next generation of world-class scientists. 
Commercial exhibits and technical workshops will be an integral part of COSC-2020. 
























Montreal attractions

Montreal is the world’s second largest francophone city after Paris, and is a mosaic of distinct ethnic communities and cultures. The city is alive with activities both day and night, and is well-known for its architecture, art galleries, museums, festivals, boutiques, haute couture, markets, cafés and fine dining from around the world. Popular tourist attractions include Vieux Montréal with its cobbled streets, historic Marché Bonsecours with its boutique shops and galleries, Notre Dame Basilica, Pointe-à-Callière Museum of Archeology, Montreal Science Centre, the activities at the Old Port of Montréal, St Joseph’s Oratory, Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Mont Royal Park, Space for Life (Jardin botanique, Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium), the Olympic Park and Stadium, Île Ste Hélène and Parc Jean-Drapeau, La Ronde Amusement Park, Quartier des Spectacles, Lachine Canal National Historic Site, the Lachine Rapids, the Underground City and Jean Talon and Atwater Markets.


We personally look forward to meeting you all at COSC 2020.
Diana Averill-Bates, PhD
COSC 2020 Chair
Université du Québec à Montréal  


Kostas Pantopoulos, PhD 
COSC 2020 Co-chair 
Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research/Jewish General Hospital

McGill University


Montreal local organising committee: 
Ann English (Concordia), Volker Blank (LDI), Charles Ramassamy (INRS-IAF)

May 13-15 2020

Jewish General Hospital
3755 Chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine
Montréal, Québec
Canada, H3T 1E2

January 10, 2020 00:00 EST to May 15, 2020 23:00 EDT
January 10, 2020 00:00 EST to March 31, 2020 00:00 EDT
January 10, 2020 00:00 EST to March 31, 2020 00:00 EDT
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