2015 PNS Biennial Meeting

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

June 28 - July 2

Welcome to the next edition of the website for the 2015 PNS Biennial Meeting. This update should hopefully answer many questions.

Final plans are being made for the 2015 PNS meeting. The 2015 PNS meeting will be 5 days. Preceding the main meeting will be a 3 hour teaching course on Saturday 27 June from 1500-1800. Six excellent talks are planned by leading experts. The Opening Reception will be Saturday 27 June at 1900. The next 3.5 days from 0830 Sunday 28 June to 1200 Wednesday 1 July will be as previous PNS meetings with a mix of invited Plenary talks, Oral Presentations, 3 minute Oral Poster presentations, poster sessions and 5 Symposia. The PNS Business meeting for PNS members will be 0730-0830 Tuesday 30 June. Voting for President, Secretary-Treasurer, and Board members will occur until 1800 29 June 2015. Ballots will be in your delegate bags at Registration. The last 1.5 days from 1330 Wednesday 1 July to 1700 Thursday 2 July will be devoted to CMT presentations. 

The nearly final program can be downloaded by clicking the View the Meeting Program button. This includes the listing of accepted abstracts and their place during the meeting. Those with oral presentations of either type should have their PowerPoint slides to the AV people 24 hours in advance. We strongly discourage you using your own computer for your talk.

Oral Presentations are listed as Platform 1, 2 etc. These are 10 minute talks followed by 5 minutes of questions. 

Oral Poster Presentations are listed as Oral Poster 1, 2, etc. Abstracts selected for this will have both a 3 minute oral presentation plus a poster on the same day. Since the oral poster presentation sessions are tightly scheduled, the Chairs will be very strict and cut speakers off at 3 minutes and discussion off at 2 minutes. Oral Poster speakers must use the PNS PowerPoint template of 3 slides (attached) which will allow the important material from your abstract to be presented in 3 minutes. Those with Oral Posters should come to the front row of the Lecture Hall at the start of their session and sit in order of their talks. The pace for these sessions is fast but fun.

View and Download Oral Poster Template

Posters are listed as Posters 1, 2, etc. by day. Please put up your poster in the morning before 0830 and remove them after dinner. Posters will be portrait style and size A0 (841 mm x 1189 mm). There are some interesting cloth posters now being made which are easier to transport. We are negotiating with http://www.scienceposters.co.uk for discounts but this would have a deadline and the posters would be sent to Canada. Check back for more details.

The important date is:

Late Registration Deadline: June 15, 2015

We have reserved hotel rooms at the main Hotel, Château Mont-Sainte-Anne (CMSA), where all events will take place. The Hotel is nearly full but rooms are still available for selected nights especially Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The room rate is CN$169/night. If you do not have Hotel reservations yet, please 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/. They can also direct you to local hotels such as Auberge et Chalets Refuge du Faubourg (1910 boul des Neiges, St-Ferréol-Les-Neiges, QC tel: 418-826-2869, sans frais: 1-800-463-5752 http://www.refugedufaubourg.com/Tarifs/unite_a.htm). 

Meals at the main Hotel will offer meat or fish and a limited number of vegetarian meals. If you have other dietary issues, please contact the Hotel directly.

We are discussing with a local company shuttle buses from local hotels to CMSA but these will likely only go once in the morning and again at night. Final plans for a shuttle have not been completed. If you are far from the main hotel, please consider renting a car now as rentals close to the meeting will not be possible. If you are outside CMSA, please email your hotel and travel dates to amillen@ucsd.edu which will help us in planning. Anyone staying in Quebec City itself will need to make their own arrangements as it is 1-2 hours away.

Registration will be one rate for the entire meeting. There will be no daily rate available. Once you register you will have a box lunch and reception/dinner at CMSA as part of your registration. Breakfast will be at your own Hotel.

Travel Grants: The Board of Directors of the PNS has approved a generous number of Travel Grants. Everyone who requested a Travel Grant who does not have an alternate source of funding (see below) will receive free registration. You must officially register to receive this!  In addition, those from USA and Canada will get a travel stipend depending on their abstract selection: for those with a Poster US$250; for those with an Oral Poster US$500; and for those with an Oral Presentation US$750.  For those outside the USA and Canada, those with a Poster will receive US$250; those with an Oral Poster will receive US$750; and for those with an Oral Presentation US$1000.  Please, if you requested a Travel Grant but have other sources of funding or no longer need the Travel Grant; let us know (amillen@ucsd.edu). If you are receiving a travel grant, please bring your bank details to the meeting to save time.

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. It will be much better if you can fly all the way to Quebec City as wait times at Montreal airport until your shuttle could be up to 4 hours. To help plan, please email your flight details to amimllen@ucsd.edu so we can coordinate with the bus company. You will be notified about transport once we have this information. If we do not hear from you by 1 June 2015 (no exceptions) you will need to make your own arrangements to get to the Hotel.

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.

At the Presidential Lecture dinner (1900 Tuesday 30 June), we will announce the winner of the Alan J. Gebhart - Peripheral Nerve Society Prize for Excellence in Peripheral Nerve Research, the winner of the 3 Year Anti-MAG Neuropathy grant, and the Asbury, Dyck, Griffin, Pembroke Prizes. The Thomas Prize will be announced at dinner Thursday 2 July.

Thanks and see you in Canada: Amber Millen, 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.