Blood Brain Barrier
April 7 - 10, 2021
Abstract Deadline: January 29, 2021


Dritan Agalliu, Columbia University
Maria Lehtinen, Boston Children's Hospital
Benoit Vanhollebeke, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

We are pleased to announce the seventh Cold Spring Harbor conference on Blood Brain Barrier which will begin at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, April 7 and run through lunch on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

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.

  • Development and Maturation of CNS Barriers
  • Imaging and Function of the BBB in Health and Disease
  • Model Systems to Study CNS Barriers
  • Cell Biology of the BBB
  • Therapy and Bioherapeutic Transport Across the BBB
  • The Gut Brain Axis and Neuroimmune Interactions
Keynote Speaker:


Invited Speakers:


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.

Meeting Sponsored by:


Academic Package: $tba
Graduate/PhD Student Package: $tba
Corporate Package: $tba
Academic/Student No-Housing Package: $tba
Corporate No-Housing Package: $tba

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.