Dr. Jean-François Trempe, is a post-doctoral student at McGill University. Dr. Trempe is working in the lab of Brain Repair Program team member Dr. Ted Fon. His main area of research is on the human gene parkin, whose mutations are known to cause a familial form of Parkinson’s disease. The award enabled Dr. Trempe to attend the Keystone symposium on Ubiquitin Signaling, held in Whistler on March 18-23, 2012. By attending this conference, Dr. Trempe was made aware of several unpublished studies that will help further his own research and also received useful feedback on his work that will guide the direction of his future experiments.