Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Connectivity
September 13 - 17, 2022
Abstract Deadline: July 15, 2022


Catherine Collins, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Rüdiger Klein, Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany
Kang Shen, Stanford University
Yimin Zou, University of California San Diego

Call for Applications: TCCI Writing Fellowship - application deadline August 26, 2022

COVID-19: All participants planning to attend in-person will be required to provide documentary proof of full vaccination AND first booster (when eligible) with an FDA or EMA approved vaccine. Additional safety measures will be in line with current NY and federal guidelines. For more information, see COVID-19 Policies and Protocols.

You are cordially invited to participate in the 13th meeting on Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Connectivity to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

The meeting will begin with dinner and the first session on the evening of Tuesday September 13 and will conclude after lunch on Saturday, September 17, 2022. 

The specific goals of this conference are to bring together a diverse group of scientists studying various molecular, cellular and genetic aspects of cell migration, axon guidance, synaptogenesis, and developmental plasticity of neural connectivity. This meeting is intended to provide a format for the exchange of ideas and information, to discuss the latest research findings and technical advances, and to facilitate the intellectual unification of research in this field.

Keynote Speakers:

Silvia Arber, Biozentrum & Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Michael Greenberg, Harvard University Medical School
Alex Kolodkin, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


Neuronal and Glial Development
Axon Targeting
Axon Regeneration
Synapse Assembly
Synaptic Specificity in Neural Circuits
Glial Control of Neuronal Circuitry
Neuronal Repair
Neuronal Circuitry Underlying Behavior
Neuronal Plasticity

Speakers and Session Chairs:
Deanna Benson,
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Frank Bradke,
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Germany
Nils Brose,
Max-Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine, Germany
Josie Clowney,
University of Michigan
Daniel Colon-Ramos,
Yale University School of Medicine
Stephanie Gupton,
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Ellie Heckscher,
University of Chicago
E. Yvonne Jones,
University of Oxford, UK
Michael Lin, Stanford University
Engin Ozkan, University of Chicago
Alvaro Sagasti, University of California, Los Angeles
Tomomi Shimogori,
RIKEN Center for Brain Science, Japan
Binhai Zheng,
University of California, San Diego

The format of the meeting will include eight oral sessions and two poster sessions. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from submitted abstracts. For this reason, abstracts from accomplished junior and senior investigators are warmly invited. The organizers will select abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site (below) as soon as decisions have been made. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs.

Unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

Financial Aid: Please apply in writing via email to Val Pakaluk if you require financial support; preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

Social Media: The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlneurocon. 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.

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health


In-Person Fees
Academic/Media Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,655 
Academic/Media Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1,555
Academic Shared Room Package: $1,415
Academic/Media No-Housing Package: $1,055
Student Package*: $1,315
Student No-Housing Package: $955
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $2,115
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,515

*Student Housing is default double occupancy. Please enquire about availability and fees to upgrade to private room.

NOTE: We cannot guarantee housing will be on campus

Room packages close 2 weeks before the meeting start date

Rules for Virtual Participation: Virtual participation will include access to the oral sessions via Zoom, access to the digital poster sessions and access to the Slack discussion channel, and the Leading Strand video archive.

Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should firstly request financial aid (see above). Permission to present your talk or poster virtually will be given only in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you think you are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to present in person, please provide a justification in writing via email to Val Pakaluk.

Non-presenting participants: We plan to broaden access to the conference by allowing certain categories of non-presenting participants to attend virtually at reduced fees. Categories include: 
1. Individuals from low & middle income countries; 
2. Individuals from non-LMIC countries in Asia, Australasia, Africa or South America; 
3. Individuals from US & Canadian minority serving institutions; 
4. Individuals with a demonstrable financial barrier; 
5. Individuals with family obligations or other special circumstances. 
For categories 4 & 5 above, please provide a justification via email to Val Pakaluk.

Late Fee (Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 8, 2022)
Late Academic Virtual Package: $395
Late Student Virtual Package: $280
Late Corporate Virtual Package: $535