Development and 3D Modeling of the Human Brain   
December 9 - 12, 2019
Abstract Deadline: October 14, 2019


Guo-li Ming, University of Pennsylvania - Perelman School of Medicine
Sergiu Pasca, Stanford University

We are pleased to announce the second Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory winter conference on Development and 3D Modeling of the Human Brain. The goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers from diverse fields to discuss advances in neural differentiation of pluripotent stem cells, including 3D brain organoids and assembloids, and their contribution to the understanding of human brain development, evolution and disease.

The meeting will begin on the evening of Monday, December 9, 2019, and end after lunch on Thursday December 12. Abstracts should contain new and unpublished material. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and session chairs.

  • Human Brain Development and Disease
  • Human Brain Evolution
  • Brain Models, Development and Disease I
  • Brain Models, Development and Disease II
  • Brain Models and Disease

Sally Temple, Neural Stem Cell Institute
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, University of Cambridge, UK

Invited Speakers:

Paola Arlotta, Harvard University
Helen Bateup, University of California, Berkeley
Ali Brivanlou, The Rockefeller University
Fred (Rusty) Gage, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute/MIT
Juergen Knoblich, Institute of Molecular Biology, Austria
Madeline Lancaster, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Alysson Muotri, University of California, San Diego
Alex Pollen, University of California, San Francisco
Orly Reiner, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Nenad Sestan, Yale University Medical School
Lorenz Studer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Giuseppe Testa, Human Technopole, University of Milan and European Institute of Oncology, Italy
Barbara Treutlein, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany
Li-Huei Tsai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Flora Vaccarino, Yale University
Pierre Vanderhaeghen, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, Belgium
Su-Chun Zhang, Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in the meeting.

All abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline. Late registrations may be accepted after the abstract deadline if the meeting is not oversubscribed. In the event of over-subscription, every effort will be made to ensure that all groups who wish to participate will be represented. The 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. Please apply in writing via email to Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

Social Media:

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This meeting is sponsored by:

StemCell StemCell


Academic Package: $1,220
Graduate/PhD Student Package: $1,020
Corporate Package: $1,535
Academic/Student No-Housing Package: $835
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,035

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