Thank you everyone for this amazing meeting!!!

Next year meeting will be in Detroit, Michigan, USA.


Poster winners:

1- poster#18 Brian S. Muntear (iPad and leather case)

2- poster#59 Martin Audet (iPad)

3- poster#69 Ryan Martn ($250)


From left to right; Lesley Anson (JGP), Ryan Martin, Martin Audet, and Brian Muntears supervisor (Kirill A. Martemyanov).


Trainee Symposium presenters and our award winners Drs. Brian Kobilka (John MacDonald Award)

and Michel Bouvier (Hyman Niznik Award).


You are invited to the 18th annual GPCR Retreat that will be held jointly with Great Lakes GPCR Retreat and Club des Récepteurs à Sept Domaines Transmembranaires du Québec. This year’s meeting will take place on the 19th–21th of October, 2017, at the Westin Ottawa coinciding with the 150th celebration of Canadian Confederation in Ottawa.


    The meeting is the oldest of its kind focused on the pharmacology, biochemistry, structural biology and developmental biology of G protein-coupled receptors, and this year’s retreat is expected to attract 200-225 researchers and trainees.


    The meeting will be launched on Thursday with a Trainee Symposium providing an outstanding opportunity for our trainees to present their research to world leaders followed by the Hyman Niznik lecture by Michel Bouvier.

   On Friday we will host the ISN symposium on GPCR Neurochemistry, the GPCR Biosensors, the GPCR Signaling in the cardiovascular system and the GPCR & Pain symposiums.

   Saturday will house the GPCR Structure & Function Symposium followed by the Hubert Van Tol Symposium on Animal Models/Physiology and finally the John F Macdonald Lecture presented by Brian Kobilka (2012 Nobel Laureate).


    The weekend of science is an intense and interactive experience, and an excellent training environment for students and post-doctoral fellows.


On behalf of the organizers, we welcome you to Ottawa for this outstanding meeting!

Registration and submission of abstracts will begin in March 2017.

The early registrants will take advantage of discounted registration fees and will have the best choice of accommodations. We look forward to welcoming you in Ottawa in October 2017.

Sincerely, the local organizing committee:

Paul Albert, Ph.D., University of Ottawa
Stephen Ferguson, Ph.D., University of Ottawa

Patrick Giguere, Ph.D., University of Ottawa

Mario Tiberi, Ph.D., University of Ottawa

Meeting history

    This unique International meeting is comprised of invited speakers that are experts in the field of G protein-coupled receptor signaling from across North America, Europe, and Asia. This meeting is run as a joint meeting with The Great Lakes GPCR Retreat founded by Dr. Stephen Ferguson and the Club des Récepteurs à Sept Domaines Transmembranaires du Québec founded by Dr. Richard Leduc.  The meeting attracts interest from more than 200 participants, 1/3 faculty, 2/3 students and postdoctoral fellows in academic and industrial laboratories from across Canada, the United States, and now Europe and Asia.  This meeting has received phenomenal support from the best researchers in the GPCR field and outstanding support from the pharmaceutical industry. The GPCR Retreat not only serves as a forum for the dissemination of scientific information but also provides an outstanding venue to showcase the excellence of Canadian science beyond our borders. The meeting is now a yearly International event that circulates between Quebec, Ontario and the United States.


Poster Size

Please prepare posters no larger than 36'' (height) X 48'' (width). (Horizontale)



Approximatively 300-350 words.


Conference Venue / Lodging Information


The Westin Ottawa  

Rideau Centre, 11 Colonel By Drive,

Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4


Located on the Rideau Canal adjacent to Rideau Centre Shopping Mall and the Shaw Centre, The Westin Ottawa offers direct access to all the allures of Canada’s capital city, from its thriving businesses to its many cultural diversions. With 44,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference facilities and a 24-hour Business Centre, you'll discover effortless productivity during your stay. Our WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio, squash court, and indoor saltwater pool ensure you’ll stay fit, too. Refreshing and bright, our 496 guest rooms and suites bring modern design and technology to your fingertips. Contemporary furnishings, environmentally friendly features, and stunning views create a space that leaves you feeling instantly soothed.


No more special rate rooms are available.

Reservation, Room Guarantee/Cancellation Procedures, 

Room Rate: 259.00$ (single/double occupancy) + $40 per extra person
A block of rooms has been reserved for retreat participants at 259$/night, plus prevailing taxes (currently 16%). This rate is valid for occupancy of up to four guests per room. The official room block includes a few rooms for early arrivals (beginning Wednesday, October 18), with peak nights from Thursday through Friday, October
19-21, 2017.

Group rate available until September 18, 2017.  Subject to availability.

After this date, any rooms that have not been reserved will be released for general sale.


Phone reservations:  Call the hotel directly at 1-888-627-8528 . To ensure our group rate, be sure to indicate that you are with “Great Lakes GPCR Retreat


Guests are responsible for making their own reservations and guaranteeing them with credit card. Cancellation policy : If you cancel between 02/01/2017 and 4:00 PM hotel time on 10/19/2017, there will be no forfeiture amount. If you cancel after 4:00 PM hotel time on 10/19/2017, the forfeiture amount will be a 1 night stay.


General Information
Check-in time is after 3:00 PM. Check-out time is prior to 12:00 noon. Self parking available for $25/day. Complimentary WiFi.


Transportation information


There is no shuttle from the airport to The Westin Ottawa. 

For information on transportation from the airport go here: Transportation

To use public transportation, click here to plan your trip and use the travel planner from OC Transpo. You will have to walk about 5 minutes to get to the hotel from the last bus stop.

The overall ride is about 35 minutes (bus or taxi).


Transportation discount

10% off the best available fare.

Participants must use VIA rail Promotion code: 13499

10% off the best available fare in Economy Flex, Economy Latitude, Premium Economy and Business. Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.

Participants must use Air Canada Promotion code: CGU9W9C1

October 19-21 2017

Westin Hotel
11 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada, K1N 9H4

March 1, 2017 11:00 EST to October 17, 2017 03:00 EDT
January 6, 2017 16:00 EST to September 19, 2017 08:00 EDT
January 6, 2017 16:57 EST to October 18, 2017 17:00 EDT
Poster - consider for oral (Trainee Symposium)
January 6, 2017 08:00 EST to September 19, 2017 08:00 EDT
Contact organizers