SRGC 2021
8th Annual conference

November 11 - 13

Skin Research Group of Canada

8th Annual Conference

will be held at

Le Westin Montreal, Quebec


November 11- 13, 2021

This year, the SRGС will hold a joint meeting with the Dermatology Update Fall Conference in a hybrid format (Virtual and onsite sessions).

President's message

Dear Colleagues and Friends,


It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the 8th Annual Skin Research Group of Canada (SRGC) Conference. The SRGC annual meeting is the premier national conference focused on skin research in Canada and has been held since 2014 after its inception in 2013. The SRGC conference represents a great platform and a highlight for skin researchers in Canada to come together to advance skin science, promote collaboration, interact with skin disease patients and support the next generation of skin scientists.


The SRGC 2021 conference is held in a hybrid format of in-person and virtual. We have a greater than usual attendance this year. The continued growth of our meeting is an indication of its high quality and impact. This year’s meeting is co-chaired by Dr. Jeff Biernaskie from the University of Calgary and Dr. Josh Vorstenbosch of McGill University. We will have more than 140 attendees including researchers, clinicians and trainees from across Canada and a few international participants. The organizers have recruited a roster of distinguished thought leaders as keynote speakers, including Dr. Michael Longaker of Stanford University, Dr. Robert Gniadecki from the University of Alberta, and Dr. Sarvesh Logsetty, University of Manitoba. 


The SRGC conference was established primarily as a liaison to bridge the gaps in basic and clinical skin research. A major focus of the conference is to encourage and motivate the next generation of young Canadian skin scientists by giving them the opportunity to showcase their research, as well as to interact with leading scientists in the field. Promising young basic- and clinician-scientists are recognized by providing best presentation awards, travel awards, and other engagement awards.


The objectives and anticipated impact of the conference is:

  • To improve the skin health of Canadians by stimulating knowledge exchange

  • To facilitate the interaction of basic- and clinician-scientists

  • To enhance the interaction between scientists and skin patient groups and industry partners.


Again, welcome to SRGC 2021. I hope you will find the meeting to be both stimulating and rewarding. Thank you.


President, Skin Research Group of Canada

Anie Philip, Ph.D.

Professor, McGill University

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Welcome message from SRGC2021 Co-chairs

On behalf of the Scientific Organizing Committee, we would like to welcome you to the 2021 Skin Research Group of Canada Annual Scientific Meeting. As in years past, SRGC2021 will serve to showcase the very best in Canadian basic science, translational and clinical skin research.


We are particularly excited about this year’s conference.  The quality of abstracts across the wound healing & regeneration, clinical skin research, inflammatory skin diseases, skin cancer, and basic science domains impressed all the reviewers, leaving us confident that SRGC2021 will be our best yet. 


We think that the breadth of our content will appeal to basic scientists, clinicians, and industry partners alike.  And that by bringing together skin researchers from across Canada, we hope to further promote multi-disciplinary discussion and forging of new collaborations that will ultimately propel Canadian skin research even further forward. 


This year SRGC2021 will be strategically held in parallel with DermUpdate, which will provide attendees with additional opportunities to learn about recent advances in understanding pathogenesis or novel therapeutics related to psoriasis, eczema, acne, skin cancer, autoimmune diseases, wound healing and many other topics. 


Along with presentations from outstanding faculty and trainees from across Canada, we have an incredible slate of invited keynote speakers who will provide state-of-the-art lectures in pertaining to different aspects of skin disease and innovative therapeutics.


We are extremely fortunate to have Dr. Michael Longaker from Stanford University, who will share his pioneering work into fibroblast biology and the influence of tissue biomechanics in determining wound healing outcomes.  Dr. Robert Gniadecki from the University of Alberta will share new insights from his laboratory into the origins of cutaneous lymphoma. Dr. Sarvesh Logsetty from the University of Manitoba will discuss emerging innovations in clinical management of burn injury.  Our final keynote lecture will be delivered by an SRGC founding member and a tireless advocate for interdisciplinary and translational skin research, Dr. Anie Philip of McGill University.


Again, we are very excited about this year’s program.  SRGC 2021 will be offered in a hybrid format; both in-person at the Le Westin Hotel in Montreal and virtually in order to maximize our engagement across the skin research community.  We look forward to sharing our programming with you as we celebrate cutting-edge skin research here in Canada.



SRGC2021 Scientific Organizing Committee Co-chairs


Jeff Biernaskie, PhD

University of Calgary


Joshua Vorstenbosch, MD PhD FRSCS

McGill University



Michael T. Longaker

MD, MBA, DSc (hon) FACS

Sarvesh Logsetty


Robert Gniadecki

MD, PhD, DMSci


Thank you to all our sponsors for their support.


SRGC 2021 

Registration is now closed!

 No onsite registration available.




Nov 11 - 13, 2021


Le Westin, Montreal


Travel Awards

We are pleased to announce that all selected oral abstract presenters, traveling from outside Montréal region will be awarded a travel bursary to attend the conference.