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 2018 Canadian Obesity Student Meeting (COSM) Conference June 20-22, 2018


The Canadian Obesity Network is holding its 6th Canadian Obesity Student Meeting, known as COSM. The meeting will not only highlight important advances in obesity research but will also provide important opportunities for new professionals and trainees from across Canada to present findings and network with their peers.  UP TO $5,000 IN PRIZES FOR PHD, MASTERS AND UNDERGRAD ABSTRACT PRESENTERS.

The event will host 200 fellow young researchers and health professionals for three-four days of learning, networking and sharing information on all aspects of obesity. This multidisciplinary conference would be organized by the local CON-SNP chapter with guidance and support from the Canadian Obesity Network (www.obesitynetwork.ca). The presentations and discussions will range from cellular and molecular biology to childhood obesity, primary intervention, and population health. However, the primary purpose of this meeting is to enhance student growth and development. Organized by students, for students, this conference will give trainees the opportunity to showcase their work. Participants will come from across Canada, the USA and overseas. Open to 200 MSc/PhD students, young researchers, clinical fellows, clinical researchers and young health professionals in their last, or within five years of, completing their training.

FINAL Program & Poster/Oral Schedule:
Click HERE to download a copy of the COSM Program.  

Click here for the Poster Presentation Guidelines. 
Click here for the Oral Presentation Guidelines.

Travel Award Application Winners:

  • Isabella Romano
  • Carolina Archundia Herrera
  • Kelsey Ellis
  • Kerri Delaney
  • Yilina Liubaoerjijin
  • Priyanka Chopra
  • Tessa Voth
  • Arsh Randhawa

Registration has closed. If you have questions regarding registration, please e-mail us directly.

Air Canada: *COSM's Official Canadian Airline - 10% of eligible fares using promo code XJW869K1,
* The booking is to be made to the following city: London, YXU (ON)
The travel period begins Wednesday, June 13, 2018 and ends Friday, June 29, 2018. No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S. For International travel (destinations outside North America), discounts apply to all fares including Tango. However, all bookings made using the promotion code will count toward the minimum 10 passenger requirement for Meetings and Conventions events.
West Jet - 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus base fares for travel between London, Ontario and anywhere WestJet flies in North America with promo code 2AXIMWO
Porter - 10% discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from the 2018 Canadian Obesity Network Student Meeting. Promo code: CONS18 The discounted fares are available for booking from March 22, 2018 to June 25, 2018 and available for travel:

Location:                                                               Dates of Travel:

From: Anywhere in Canada or US

To: Toronto & Windsor

From: 17/06/2018

To: 22/06/2018

From: Toronto & Windsor

To: Anywhere in Canada or US

From: 20/06/2018

To: 25/06/2018

Via Rail

June 18th 2018  to  June  26th  2018
From all stations throughout the VIA system to London, Ontario and return.
Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
One complimentary stopover is allowed at no additional charge.
For travel on all fare plans in Business class, the first stopover is allowed at no additional charge, provided that this stopover takes place in Toronto, Montréal or Ottawa only.
10% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper class. "Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied."
Discount does not apply in any Escape fares and Prestige Class.
Participants must reference the event’s VIA convention discount code:  13719.
Online booking tips >> You have to log in to your profile, or create one prior to booking. On the Passenger information screen, select "Convention fare" from the “Discount Type” drop-down menu, and enter the discount code for your convention or event in the “Discount code” field. This code has been given to you by the conference organizer. The conference fare will be shown on the next page.

Modern, affordable, convenient accomodation is available on-site. Private room with private washroom $65/night. Conjoined room with shared washroom $50/night/room or $100/night for both rooms. NOTE: to book a conjoined room you MUST have a roommate who will pay for the second room. They are only sold as a pair. CLICK HERE for more information on accomodation. To book a room go to http://brescia.uwo.ca/conference/accommodation/guest-registration/ and enter "COSM2018" in the "promo code" to get the special rates. Also list your room mates name in the "name of additional person" for conjoined room bookings. 
Please note the following:  Attendees should disregard the market rate  posted and focus on selecting the type of room they want for the dates they want. No money is collected at the registration, it only holds the room. Payment is collected at check in. The University Staff will  confirm the submission request by email to the guest indicating the NEW RATE and confirming any details.

For more information contact: 

 info@obesitynetwork.ca, OR Kristen Reilly/Taniya Nagpal, CON-SNP COSM Co-chairs, con.snp@gmail.com Canadian Obesity Network  c/o 2-126 Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Research and Innovation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2E1, Tel: 780-492-8361 

Frequently asked questions:

Q: Is there a travel award this year?

A: Yes! There are up to 8 Student Travel Awards worth $500 each. CLICK HERE to apply. HURRY applications CLOSE June 1, 2018.

Q: When will registration and abstract submission open?

A: Both are open NOW. Abstract submission have been EXTENDED! Very limited spots open for orals but more for posters. ABSTRACT presenters MUST register by May 31st! To register please use the links to the left (for students and faculty). To submit and abstract please CLICK HERE.

Q: Will accomodation be available?

A: Yes modern, affordable, convenient accomodation is available on-site. (See left for more info). We HIGHLY recommend you book early as rooms are limited!

Q: Are faculty allowed to attend?

A: Yes faculty, senior researchers and interested individuals are encouraged to register and attend and show their support!

Q: Will the conference be affordable? What discounts can you offer?

A: Yes, as in previous years all efforts are being made to keep the conference as affordable and accessible as possible.  With affordability in mind we've booked affordable housing, kept registration rates low and will be giving lots of prizes for best oral and poster presentations. We also have the following travel discount codes to use (see left for more info).

Q: Do you have programs from the previous meetings?

A: Yes -please see the downloadable programs below.


Click HERE to download a copy of a previous COSM program.