SONA's Annual Meeting provides a full day of research talks and posters in an informal, friendly atmosphere. The annual membership fee is $45 for faculty and $25 for trainees. The membership fee includes SONA membership, the registration fee for the annual meeting, and breakfast/lunch/coffee at the meeting.


The 38th Annual SONA conference will be held at the University of Guelph on May 4th, 2018 at the University of Guelph in Rozanski Hall.

The SONA meeting is a one-day regional meeting that provides an inexpensive opportunity for students, postdocs and faculty to present their work, to network, and to hear about all the wonderful neuroscience research happening in Southern Ontario.


Keynote: Dr. Sheena Josselyn, Sick Kids; "Making memories"

Dr. Iris Balodis, McMaster University; "Reward and Stress Processing in Gambling Disorder"

Dr. Jibran Khokhar, University of Guelph; "Substance Use and Schizophrenia: Cracking the Chicken-or-Egg Problem"

Dr. Katherine Duncan, University of Toronto; " The lingering influence of novelty shapes fundamental memory processes"

Dr. Anne Wheeler, Sick Kids; “What can MRI tell us about mild traumatic brain injury?

In addition, three trainees will be invited to each present a 15-minute talk and a total of ten abstracts will be selected for the best trainee poster competition. Eligibility for the competition will be determined based on the ten best trainee poster abstracts as judged by the organizing committee

The deadline for meeting registration and abstract submission was April 20 at 5 pm. Please be aware that there is no on-site registration. Registration includes lunch and snacks. NOTE: Registration is now closed.

Presenting authors must submit their abstract at the time of registration. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed. Please prepare abstracts and posters in accordance with these guidelines:
abstract guidelines | poster guidelines

Parking Information

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Visitor parking must be paid before arrival. There is a limited number of parking spots in an attended parking lot with on-site payment options. The larger lots do not have on-site payment, so please do plan to use pre-paid parking. A pre-paid conference parking pass can be purchased here.

Please send general questions or comments concerning the 2018 meeting to

Previous Meetings

2018, May 4 - 38th meeting - University of Guelph

2017, May 5 - 37th meeting - Brock University

2016, May 6 - 36th meeting - University of Waterloo

2015, May 1 - 35th meeting - McMaster University

2014, May 5 - 34th meeting - Western University

2013, May 13 - 33rd meeting - Wilfrid Laurier University

2012, April 30 - 32nd meeting - University of Toronto

2011, May 9 - 31st meeting - University of Guelph

2010, May 7 - 30th meeting - Brock University

  • Program

2009, May 8 - 29th meeting - McMaster University

  • Program and abstracts

2008, May 9 - 28th meeting - University of Western Ontario

2007, May 24 - 27th meeting - University of Toronto

Tentative Future Meeting Schedule

  • 2019: University of Windsor
  • 2020: University of Toronto (tentative)
  • 2021: Wilfrid Laurier University (tentative)
  • 2022: Western University (tentative)
  • 2023: McMaster University (tentative)
  • 2024: Brock University (tentative)


The Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association (SONA) is an official local chapter of the Society for Neuroscience