Neurobiology of Drosophila
October 5 - 8, 2021 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: July 16, 2021
Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 30, 2021 are subject to late fees


Adrian Rothenfluh, University of Utah
Jill Wildonger, University of California, San Diego

We are pleased to announce the nineteenth biennial Neurobiology of Drosophila meeting, which will continue the bi-annual tradition of providing a forum for presentation of the most exciting and cutting-edge research currently ongoing in the field of neuroscience using the Drosophila model. With sessions ranging from synaptic transmission and neuronal development all the way to higher brain function and disease modeling, the program will provide broad coverage of the field from molecular to systems neuroscience. In addition, sessions focusing on technological innovations will supplement the program, allowing for dissemination of new methods that are revolutionizing neuroscience research. The meeting will be held virtually, beginning late morning ET on Tuesday, October 5, and ending late afternoon EST on Friday, October 8, 2021.

Day Time (ET Session # Session Name
Tuesday 9:15 am - 9:30 am
Welcome and Introductions
Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 1 Circuit Formation and Function
Tuesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm        Poster Session*
Tuesday 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Professional Development Session
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 2 (Re)generation of Neurons and Glia
Wednesday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 Sensory Integration and Behavior
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Wednesday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 4 Technological Innovations
Wednesday 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Elkins Memorial Lecture
Thursday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 5 Neuroscience & Evolution in Non-melanogaster Insects
Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Thursday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 6 Neurological Disease and Injury
Thursday 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Seymour Benzer Lecture
Friday 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 7 Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Poster Session*
Friday 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm        
Professional Development Session
Friday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 8 Neur-omics
*Virtual Poster Session will be available for viewing throughout the meeting

On-demand recordings of the daily Zoom sessions will be made available for 48 hours starting the following day, followed by longer-term access to the Leading Strand archive the week after the meeting.

Daily Schedule

City "Morning" Oral Session Poster Session "Afternoon" Oral Session
Los Angeles 6:30 am - 9:30 am 10:00 am - 11:00 am 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
New York 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
London 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Berlin 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tokyo 10:30 pm - 1:30 am 2:00 am - 3:00 am 3:30 am - 6:30 am

Topics & Discussion Leaders:
  • Circuit Formation and Function
    Andrew Seeds,
    University of Puerto Rico

  • (Re)Generation of Neurons and Glia
    Minoree Kohwi,
    Columbia University

  • Sensory Integration and Behavior
    Katherine Nagel,
    New York University

  • Technological Innovations
    Matthieu Louis,
    University of Santa Barbara

  • Neuroscience and Evolution in non-melanogaster Insects
    Olena Riabinina,
    Durham University, UK

  • Neurological Disease and Injury
    Thomas Lloyd,
    Johns Hopkins University

  • Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity
    Robert Carrillo,
    University of Chicago

  • Neur-omics
    Amanda Crocker,
    Middlebury College

Keynote Benzer Lecture:
Leslie Vosshall, Rockefeller University

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.

Nominate your student(s) for the 2021 Elkins Memorial Lecture Award - Graduate students working in any area of Drosophila neurobiology are eligible. Suitable candidates should be nominated by their thesis advisor on the basis of work that was carried out or completed since the last Cold Spring Harbor meeting in October 2019. The nomination letter outlining the qualifications of the candidate and the significance of the research, a C.V. and PDFs of relevant reprints or manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Dr. J. Troy Littleton by July 16, 2021.

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshldros. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

Support provided by: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH

Late Pricing: (registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 30, 2021)
Late Virtual Academic Package: $395
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $280
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $535

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~48 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~24 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~150 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events~
Meet-the-Speakers & Editors
Icebreaker, "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format