Montreal 2020


XIII International Symposium of Functional Neuroreceptor Mapping of the Living Brain

@ Centre Mont-Royal, 20th-23rd June.


We have been attentive to the latest developments on the COVID-19 worldwide. The present circumstances obliged us to postpone this meeting to a later date.
Therefore, we would like to consult the NRM community regarding possible changes in the schedule. To this end, we will send an email with the link to add your vote in the coming days.
At this point, the possible changes are:

  • Postpone the regular meeting to 30 November, 01, 02 December 2020
  • Postpone the regular meeting to 09, 10, 11 December 2020
  • Postpone the regular meeting to 2022
Furthermore, We will cancel all existing registrations and will refund all registration fees. We will also re-open the abstract webpage for those who would like to update their work.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who sent abstracts, abstracts reviewers, our sponsors and to everyone who has already registered for the meeting. We will do our best to rectify this situation.

We wish you all well and continued good health during these uncertain times,

NRM 2020 LOC

Why Attend

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Since 1997, the NRM convenes experts in the field of neuroreceptors and serves as a platform to discuss the latest breakthroughs in quantifying neuroreceptors in the human brain using Positron Emission Tomography (PET). A wide range of methodological advances are traditionally discussed, including novel brain molecular imaging agents, pharmacokinetic analysis, radio metabolites and analytical methods are traditionally discussed in this meeting. Furthermore, the NRM includes sections devoted to neuroreceptor abnormalities in neuropsychiatric and neurological conditions with particular attention to quantification of protein aggregates in neurodegenerative conditions.

Welcome message:
On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us in Montreal, Canada, for the NRM 2020 meeting from June 20 to 23. The NRM2020 will offer an exciting scientific and social program for discussing the latest research involving PET neuroreceptors. Over the three-day NRM meeting, one can expect excellent scientific sessions and social events in one of the best seasons to visit the charming Montreal.
I also would like to invite you to the PET-PK course. This is a unique opportunity to learn the basics of PET quantification from the leaders of the field. This year, this educational course will take place from June 18-20 at the Montreal Neurological Institute, one of the most prestigious institutions in neuroimaging.
We are preparing an extraordinary meeting for you. I'm looking forward to seeing you in Montreal this coming June. See you soon.

Prof. Pedro Rosa-Neto (Chair)

Key Information

Conference Dates: 20th - 23rd June, 2020
Main Conference Location: Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 Mansfield Street, Montreal.
PET Pharmacokinetics Course Dates: 18th - 20th June, 2020
PET Pharmacokinetics Course Location: Montreal Neurological Institute, 3801 Rue Université, Montréal.
Registration Fees:
All prices are quoted in Canadian dollars, per person. Federal and Provincial taxes will be added at checkout. US dollar amounts are estimates and for reference only. Payment must be made in Canadain dollars.

Early Bird (Until 14th March, 2020) Regular On-site
Students + Postdocs CA$ 600 (~US$ 455) CA$ 800 (~US$ 607) CA$ 950 (~US$ 720)
Academics CA$ 800 (~US$ 607) CA$ 900 (~US$ 683) CA$ 1250 (~US$ 948)
Industry CA$ 1300 (~US$ 986) CA$ 1300 (~US$ 986) CA$ 1500 (~US$ 1138)

Registration Link: Click here to register for NRM2020

Refund policy:
  • Full Refund: All cancellation requests on or before 1st of May, 2020
  • 50% Refund: All cancellation requests between 2nd of May, 2020 - 20th of May, 2020
  • No Refund: Any cancellation requests after 21st of May, 2020
Invitation letter for visa: The NRM2020 secretariat will provide a letter of invitation to aid obtaining a visa for entry into Canada. It is the sole responsibility of the participant to take care of any visa requirements. Participants who require an entry visa must foresee sufficient time for the visa application procedure. Participants should contact the nearest local Embassy or Consulate of Canada to determine the appropriate timing and conditions of the visa application. Details about visa requirements for Montreal, Canada can be found here.

Event Format:

  • 2 Keynote lectures
  • 60+ Oral presentations
  • 275+ posters (viewable throughout the conference)
  • 2+ Networking receptions

The following themes will be highlighted in NRM2020.

  • Imaging Neuroinflammation
  • PET/MR
  • Kinetic Analysis
  • Novel PET Imaging Agents
  • Neuropsychiatric Conditions
  • Imaging Addiction
  • Animal Neuroreceptor Imaging
  • Receptor Autoradiography
  • Largescale Neuroimaging

Abstracts and Conference Details

Abstract Submission Deadline: 19th Feb, 2020
Abstract Submission Link: Start Abstract Submission for the NRM2020

Acceptance: The members of the scientific committee will review and assess the merit of all abstract submissions. Notification of acceptance or non-acceptance will be emailed by end of February.

Abstract guidelines: Abstracts should contain at most 350 words and 2 figures and should follow the following structure: title, introduction, methods, results, conclusion. Abbreviations (of compounds, for example) must be spelled out in full at the first use. Do not use abbreviations in the title. Use only standard abbreviations. Capitalize the first letter of all trade names. For session planning purposes, please choose one of the following themes for your abstract.

  • Novel molecular imaging agents
  • Novel PK Modeling and Methods
  • Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • Imaging Methodology
  • Metabolism and Blood Flow
  • Preclinical Imaging
  • Neurotransmitter System Evaluation
  • Dementia and Neurological Disorders
  • Psychiatric Disorders and Addictions

Presentation guidelines:

  • Oral Presentation: 15 mins (10 mins presentation + 5 mins Q&A)
  • Posters: 48" x 48"

Travel Fellowships: A limited number of travel fellowships are available to student and postdoc presenting authors. The NRM2020 subcommittee will review and evaluate applications based on a scientific merit and financial need. Applications must be submitted in conjunction with an abstract.

Trainee Awards: Outstanding posters and orals presented by trainees at the NRM2020 are eligible for 2 Poster and 2 Presentation awards. During the oral or poster sessions at the NRM2020 a jury, consisting of members of the scientific committee, will select the winning posters. The choice of the jury will be based on scientific excellence and quality of the presentations.


There is a wide range of hotels around the Centre Mont-Royal. NRM2020 has also arranged discounted room blocks with McGill University Residence. Please follow the links below for more details. Please mention the Folio numbers when you are making the reservation. Please note that the reservation cut-off date is 10th May 2020 for PK Course and 12th May 2020 for NRM2020.


Montréal is the second most-populous city in Canada and occupies about three-fourths of Montreal Island (Île de Montréal), the largest of the 234 islands of the Hochelaga Archipelago on the St. Lawrence river. Montreal is the birthplace of neuroimaging in Canada and one of the most important neuroscience community worldwide. The sunny month of June and countless cultural events makes Montreal the perfect scenario for combining advances in neuroscience with festival delights.

Other events in Montreal around June, 2020:

Visit Tourism Montréal website for more information.

Weather: The temperature in Montreal during June ranges from 22 to 28 degrees centigrade, and 72 to 82 degrees in Fahrenheit.

Currency: The Canadian currency is the Canadian dollar. There are 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollar bills. Smaller coins are 5, 10, and 25 cent pieces as well as 1 and 2 dollars. Banking and credit cards are also welcome almost everywhere. Note that 1 CAN$ ~ 0.75 US$ or 0.68 Euro.

Language: There are two official languages in Canada – English and French.

Taxes: Purchases are subject to two applicable taxes in Québec: a federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% and a Québec provincial tax (TVQ) of 9.975%. A 3.5% accommodation tax is also in effect in Montreal.

Tipping: Typical tips in restaurant, taxi drivers is 15% of the bill, before taxes.

Emergency number: 911 available in English of French

Electricity: Canada operates on 110V, 60 cycle electric power. Non-North American visitors should bring a plug adapter.

Equality & diversity: The NRM2020 organizers ensure a strong commitment to equality and diversity.

Insurance and Liability: The organizers will not accept liability for individual medical, travel or personal insurance. It is highly recommended that all participants carry proper health and travel insurance.

PET Pharmacokinetics Course

The PET Pharmacokinetics Course will be held from 18th June to 20th June, 2020 at the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), in Montreal, Canada. The course will take place just prior to NRM 2020. Registration for the course will be separate from the main NRM conference.
The PET Pharmacokinetics Course has been an annual event held immediately prior to NRM and Brain-PET for more than 20 years. It is designed for anyone who would like to gain a better understanding of the principles involved in PET kinetic modeling and analysis. The course is immersive, including more than 15 lectures plus interactive discussions and hands-on computer exercises. It is appropriate for physicians, researchers with a wide range of backgrounds, including medicine, physics, chemistry, neuroscience, and pharmacology as well as for graduate students. Course students have come from academia and industry.

Registration Fees:
Academics: CAD 850 (~ USD 645) + applicable taxes
Industry: CAD 1100 (~USD 830) + applicable taxes
Price is in Canadian dollars, per person. US dollar amount is for referece only. Payment must be made in Canadain dollars.
Registration Link: Click here to register for PK Course 2020

Tentative course tutors:

  • Olivier Barret (MIRCen, CEA, France)
  • Ronald Boellaard (VU University, Netherlands)
  • Richard Carson (Yale University, USA)
  • Roger Gunn (Imperial College London, UK)
  • Robert Koeppe (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Mark Lubberink (Uppsala University, Sweden)
  • Gitte Moos Knudsen (Copenhagen University Hospital, Denmark)
  • Marc Normandin (Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Julie Price (Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, USA)
  • Mark Slifstein (Stony Brook University, USA)
  • Joerg Van de Hoff (HZDR, Germany)
  • Paolo Zanotti Fregonara (Houston Methodist Research Institute, USA)


Organizing Secretariat, NRM2020:

McGill University Research Centre for Studies in Aging | 6825 LaSalle Boulevard, Verdun, QC, Canada, H4H 1R3

NRM2020 Chair: Dr. Pedro Rosa-Neto

Local Organizing Committee

Faculty Members

  • Dr. Vesna Sossi - University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Doris Doudet - University of British Columbia
  • Dr. Peter Herscovitch - National Institute of Health
  • Dr. Jean-Paul Soucy - McGill University
  • Dr. Alan Evans - McGill University
  • Dr. Jean-Baptiste Poline - McGill University
  • Dr. Amir Shmuel - McGill University
  • Dr. Paule-Joanne Toussaint - McGill University

Non - Faculty Members

  • Tamar Tatigian
  • Silvana Aguzzi
  • Andréa Lessa Benedet
  • Sulantha Mathotaarachchi
  • Alexandra Triantafillopoulos
  • Sarah Mulcahy


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