Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Connectivity
September 10 - 14, 2024
Abstract Deadline: July 10, 2024


Samantha Butler, University of California Los Angeles
Colón-RamosYale University School of Medicine
Catherine Collins,
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Rüdiger Klein, Max-Planck Institute for Biological Intelligence, Germany

You are cordially invited to participate in the 14th 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 10 and will conclude after lunch on Saturday, September 14, 2024. 

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:

Catherine Dulac, Harvard University
Erin Schuman, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Germany
Larry Zipursky, University of California, Los Angeles/HHMI


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

Discussion Leaders:
Elva Diaz, University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Robin Hiesinger, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Simon Hippenmeyer, 
IST, Austria
Guillermina Lopez-Bendito, Instituto de Neurosciences, Spain
Naoko Mizuno,
Suzanne Paradis,
Brandeis University
Gentry Patrick, University of California, San Diego
Franck Polleux, Columbia University
Melanie Samuel,
Baylor College of Medicine
Oren Schuldiner,
Weizmann  Institute of Science, Israel
Cody Smith, University of Notre Dame
Mark Tuszynski,
University of California, San Diego
Pierre Vanderhaeghen,
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, Belgium
Avraham Yaron,
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Mei Zhen, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Canada

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 must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentations will be made by the organizers. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our website 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 of the National Institutes of Health


In-Person Fees
Academic/Media Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1775 (Subject to availability.)
Academic/Media Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1665
Academic Shared Room Package: $1515
Academic/Media No-Housing Package: $1130
Student Package*: $1410
Student No-Housing Package: $1025
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $2270
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1625

*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 access to the Slack discussion channel, and the Leading Strand video archive.

Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should first 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.

Virtual Fees:
Academic Virtual Package: $340
Grad Student Virtual Package: $210

Corporate Virtual Package: $505

Late Fee (Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 5, 2024)

Late Academic Virtual Package: $440
Late Student Virtual Package: $310
Late Corporate Virtual Package: $605