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 39th Annual SONA conference will be held at the University of Windsor from Thursday May 2 to Friday May 3, 2019.

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All the research-related events of SONA2019 will take place on May 3 at the Centre for Engineering Innovation of the University. It will provide an opportunity for neuroscientists across the southern Ontario region to hear about wonderful neuroscience research happening in the region. Students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members will present their work and network in an informal and friendly atmosphere. In addition to the research-related events, there will be a public speech on May 2 (6:00-7:00 pm) at the Faculty of Human Kinetics of the University. Please see abstract book for abstracts of talks and poster presentations as well as a program of the meeting. We have invited the following faculty members to give talks at the meeting:

Public speech given by:

Dr. Christopher Abeare, University of Windsor
"Sport-related concussion"

Keynote speaker:

Dr. Michael Salter, Sick Kids Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario
"Cells, Genes, Sex and Mechanisms in Pain"


Dr. Rob Bonin, University of Toronto
"Erasing spinal memory traces of pain"

Dr. Jeffrey Dason, University of Windsor
"A cGMP-dependent protein kinase regulates a nociceptive-like escape behaviour through a plastic sensory circuit"

Dr. Anne Simon, Western University
"Towards an understanding of the neurocircuitry underlying social spacing in Drosophila melanogaster"

Dr. Iva Zovkic, University of Toronto Mississauga
"The role of distinct H2A variants in learning and memory"

The registration fee is $25/person for undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows and $45 for faculty members. The registration fee will cover one year SONA membership as well as lunch and snacks/coffee at the SONA 2019 Meeting. The registration and abstract submission will close at 5 pm on April 20, 2019. Please be aware that there is no on-site registration at the meeting.

NOTE: Meeting registration is now closed

Abstract must be submitted by presenting authors at the time of registration. Abstracts will be reviewed by the organizing committee of SONA 2019. Abstracts and posters should be prepared in accordance with abstract guidelines and poster guidelines.

Based on submitted abstracts, four trainees will be invited to each give a 15-minute presentation. All the other abstracts will be eligible for a trainee poster competition. A total of twenty abstracts will be chosen for on-site evaluation by the organizing committee. Best Poster Presentation Awards will be given to up to eight top presenters.

All the trainees who attend SONA 2019 will be eligible for participating in a competition to receive one of the three travel grants ($500/person) for attending this year’s Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (Oct. 19-23) in Chicago. A separate application should be filled out. The deadline for the application is June 7. All applications will be evaluated by SONA councillors. The winners of the grants will be announced in late June.

For those who have never visited Windsor before, it is a medium size town that borders Detroit, Michigan. The University of Windsor is on the south bank of the Detroit River and next to the Ambassador Bridge, the bridge that connects the two cities. The main venue of SONA 2019, the Centre for Engineering Innovation, is located on the east side of the campus. There is an easy access from the building to the Engineering Parking Lot, the designated parking lot for the meeting on May 3. Parking is free on that day. Please follow the sing of “SONA2019” to find parking spots. The public speech on May 2 will be at the Faculty of Human Kinetics Building. Pay parking spots ($2.00/hour) are easily found near the building. Please find a campus map of the University of Windsor and local attractions in the Windsor-Detroit region.

For those attendees who are interested in on-campus short-term accommodation, there will be rooms available in the Canterbury College Residence at the University of Windsor. All rooms in the residence are singles with shared bathrooms in single gender residence homes. The rate is $75/night (a minimum of two-night stay is required). The residence is located between University Ave and Riverside Drive directly across the street from the Leddy Library of the University. Please see a rate summary (.pdf) for more information about room rates. Please fill out an Application Form for Short Term Stay (.doc) and contact Ms. Brenda Smith directly ( for reservation.

For those attendees who are interested in hotel accommodation, we have made an arrangement with the Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel. The hotel is close to downtown Windsor facing the Detroit River and about 6 min driving from the university. The hotel is holding 50 rooms at the rate of $129/night (breakfast buffet included) until April 12 for SONA 2019 meeting attendees. Please call the hotel (1-877-973-7829) directly and reference SONA Conference when you make a reservation.

For more information, please send a message to . We look forward to seeing you at the University of Windsor for SONA 2019!

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