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PCRC 2021: Archived Webinars


7th Annual PERFORM Centre Research Conference

May 10 - 13, 2021

Archive of of this year's conference webinars

This archive will remain in place only until June 30, 2021.

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Monday, May 10, 2021

  • Opening remarks from Concordia President Graham Carr and PERFORM Scientific Director Habib Benali.
  • Metabolism, Obesity, Nutrition - MON lab from the Cell to the Whole Body - Dr Sylvia Santosa
  • Will adding long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids to the diet of a 'new moms' help her baby’s immune system develop? - Dr Catherine Jane Field
  • The effects of age and age of obesity onset on adipocyte size and adipose tissue fibrosis - Laurent Turner
  • Roundtable / Q&A
  • Personalized fNIRS to monitor and reconstruct brain activity in realistic lifestyle conditions - Dr Christophe Grova
  • Clinical translation of diffuse optical methods - Dr Maria Angela Franceschini
  • Student research: Cardiovascular fitness does not influence relationships among sex, cortical thickness and overweight in aging - Brittany Intzandt
  • Roundtable / Q&A

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

  • Children, Teens, Sleep, and School - Dr Mary A. Carskadon
  • A Randomized Pilot Trial of Exercise Training Versus Relaxation for the Treatment of Chronic Insomnia in Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Effects on Insomnia Severity and Cardiorespiratory Fitness - Amanda Cammalleri
  • Roundtable / Q&A
  • Sexual dimorphism in clock gene function in the striatum - Dr Shimon Amir
  • Circadian Rhythms and Sleep: Implications for Neurologic and Metabolic Health - Dr Phyllis C. Zee
  • Multimodal assessment of sleep state misperception in insomnia disorder - Antonia Maltezos
  • Roundtable / Q&A


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

  • Quantifying connectivity: Applications across the lifespan - Dr Christopher Steele
  • Age Differences in Motor and 'Non-Motor' Brain Regions Correlate with Motor Function - Dr Rachael Seidler
  • Effect of hearing ability and cognitive-motor dual-task performance on executive function training in healthy middle-aged and older adults - Rachel Downey
  • Roundtable / Q&A


  • Targeted executive function training to improve mobility and cognition in older adults - Dr Karen Li
  • Dr Verghese's presentation "Beyond the medicine cabinet: Non-pharmacological approaches to treat cognitive-motor disorders" is not included in the recording as it contains unpublished work and the results are not yet final
  • Presentation of Student Awards
  • Closing remarks


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Rock Your Talk

A Zoom workshop aimed to help attendees develop effective presentation skills. Colleen Aynn brings a unique actor’s perspective to communicating with an audience. Effective communication starts with self-awareness, authenticity and passion for the message. The key is learning how to convey these elements in a manner that connects and resonates with the audience.


PERFORM Multidisciplinary Research

Join us to learn about the multidisciplinary research taking place at the PERFORM Centre from Concordia’s top scientists. The student scientific event subcommittee conducted individual interviews with several PERFORM researchers to learn about their research and academic journey. The interviews will be streamed during the event and will be followed by Q&A session with the researchers to answer any question you may have. We are looking forward to having you!


  • Dr Sylvia Santosa
  • Dr Jean-Philippe Gouin
  • Dr Maryse Fortin
  • Dr Lisa Kakinami

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