Blood Brain Barrier
December 7 - 10, 2016
Abstract Deadline: September 23, 2016


Robert Bell, Pfizer, Inc
Chenghua Gu, Harvard Medical School
Stefan Liebner, Goethe University Clinic, Germany

We are pleased to announce the fifth Cold Spring Harbor conference on Blood Brain Barrier which will begin at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, December 7 and run through lunch on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

The purpose of this Cold Spring Harbor meeting is to explore and encourage new conceptual approaches and to apply novel methods to the neuroprotective physiologies of BBB structures. Our goal is pair genetic model organism biological methods with recent insights in vertebrate BBB physiology and development. We hope to create cross fertilization between fields that rarely see each other and get people thinking about how model systems can help parse the regulatory networks necessary for parsimonious BBB function.

The conference is intended to foster cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas and expertise between developmental and evolutionary biologists, vascular and BBB physiologists and disease oriented industry scientists interested in modifying or circumventing specific pathways of neuroprotection. While a number of speakers have been invited, please note that the majority of oral presentations will be drawn from openly submitted abstracts.

Tentative Topics:
  • BBB Development
  • The Functional BBB
  • Emerging BBB Model Systems
  • Molecular BBB Transport
  • The Aging and Diseased BBB
  • Functional Interactions at the Neuro-Vascular Unit

Keynote Speakers:

Britta Engelhardt, University of Bern, Switzerland
Berislav Zlokovic, Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute, Keck School of Medicine
Confirmed Session Chairs:

Session Chairs:

Christer Betsholtz, Uppsala University, Sweden
Marie Blanchette, University of California, San Diego
Andrea Brand, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Peter Carlsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Anika Hartz, University of Kentucky
Daniel Irimia, Harvard Medical School
Robyn Klein, Washington University
Alfred Nordheim, Eberhard-Karis University of Tubingen, Germany
Michelle Pizzo, University of Wisconsin
Vincent Prevot, INSERM, France
Markus Schwaninger, Lubeck University, Germany
Ian Simpson, Penn State University

Abstracts should contain interesting and exciting material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. Status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Apply in writing to Maureen Morrow stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in December 2016.


Academic Package $1,140
Graduate/PhD Student Package $955
Corporate Package $1,445
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $780
Corporate No-Housing Package $975

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese party, cocktail reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.