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First International Congress on Stress Responses in Biology and Medicine

The inaugural meeting of the Society entitled the First International Congress on Stress Responses in Biology and Medicine was held at Mount St. Anne near Qu├ębec City in September of 2003. The meeting drew 357 participants from around the world and featured 40 plenary speakers, 16 workshops, and over 100 posters:

The keynote address was delivered by Professor Susan Lindquist, Director of the Whitehead Institute at MIT. Susan was honored for her pioneering studies of the regulation of the heat shock response in Drosophila and for her more recent but equally pioneering work on yeast prions. Susan is the second recipient of the CSSI Medallion, awarded to recognize both scientific accomplishment and contributions to international scientific cooperation: