2015 PNS Biennial Meeting

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

June 28 - July 2

Welcome to the evolving website for the 2015 PNS Biennial Meeting. We apologize for the delays but it will all turn out smoothly. As many members know, Amber Millen is out on maternity leave. The PNS has a new web group. Thus, our delays.

The PNS meeting this year will be different than past meetings. For the 2015 meeting, PNS will integrate this years’ CMT meeting into the PNS meeting. In the future, we will return to our usual PNS meeting format.  The 2015 meeting will be a 5 day meeting. Preceding the main meeting will be a ½ day teaching course on Saturday 27 June.  The Opening Reception will be Saturday evening 27 June. The next 3.5 days from Sunday 28 June to noon on Wednesday 1 July will be as previous PNS meetings including CMT presentations. The last 1.5 days from after lunch on Wednesday 1 July to 5 pm on Thursday 2 July will be devoted to CMT.  A tentative program can be downloaded by clicking the View the Meeting Program button.

The important dates are:

Abstract Deadline: March 31, 2015 • Early Registration Deadline: May 15, 2015 • Late Registration Deadline: June 15, 2015

Abstracts will be reviewed and scored by the Scientific Program Committee as in the past. All abstracts will be considered together without separation between PNS and CMT. Due to popularity, there will be a large number of oral poster sessions – 3 slides/3 minute talks followed by 2 minutes of questions. Abstract acceptance will be complete before May 15, 2015.

We have reserved hotel rooms at the main Hotel, Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, where all events will take place and if needed at La Camarine (+1.800.567.3939). PNS has a hold on all rooms at Château Mont-Sainte-Anne. The room rate at both hotels is CN$169/night. For Château Mont-Sainte-Anne, either call the Hotel directly for reservations (Canada & USA: 1-800-463-4467 and Outside Canada & USA: +1-418-827-1862) or click on their link http://groups.iqrez.com/Chateaumont-ste-anne/158/.

Registration will be one rate for the entire meeting and match those of past meetings (no increase) at US$600/US$700/US$800 for Trainee/Member/Non-Member. There will be no daily rate available. The PNS Board plans a generous number of Trainee Travel grants at a fixed stipend depending on Trainee location. At a minimum, these will include registration and a travel allowance.

Most international flights will go to Montreal or Toronto. From there are flights to Quebec City. Non-stop international service to Quebec City is limited.  Please check with your airlines about details. The local organizing committee led by Colin Chalk is planning shuttle buses both from the Montreal airport and the Quebec City airport. The exact numbers and timing will depend on numbers of attendees arriving at each. To help plan, the bus ride from Montreal airport to the meeting is about 4 hours and from the Quebec City airport to the meeting is about 1 hour. The cab ride from the Quebec City airport to the hotel is about CN$100.

The official website for the City is http://www.quebecregion.com/en/.

The PNS will not sponsor CME for the meeting as the number asking for CME is small compared to the effort and cost.

Please watch for further developments of the web. We will also send out emails when there are changes.

Thanks and see you in Canada: Colin Chalk, David Cornblath, and Michael Shy


ANNOUNCEMENT from the Peripheral Nerve Society


The Board of the Peripheral Nerve Society is proud to announce that at the 2015 Meeting in Quebec City, Canada, the Alan J. Gebhart - Peripheral Nerve Society Prize for Excellence in Peripheral Nerve Research will be given for the first time. This Prize will be given to an established researcher in the field of peripheral nerve. The Awardee must be a member of the PNS in good standing for at least 2 (two) years. The amount of the Prize is US $50,000 to be used at the discretion of the Awardee.  The Board has created a Prize Committee who will select the winner. 

Applications (click here for application form) should include 1 complete set of the following materials: Completed application form, Current curriculum vitae with 10 papers most relevant to the Prize highlighted, and Letters from two colleagues either summarizing applicant's body of work including: relevant background material, research accomplishments placed in context and assessment of the direct or indirect impact of contributions to the understanding of PNS diseases Or describing the focus of the applicant's research program, the independent contributions made by the applicant in the field of peripheral nerve, and reasons why the applicant should receive the Prize. The application deadline is 1 March 2015.

The Prize will be presented at the Gala Dinner on Tuesday 30 June 2015 during the PNS 2015 meeting in Quebec City, Canada. The Awardee will give a 20 minute address during the meeting highlighting the research.