Neurodegenerative Diseases: Biology & Therapeutics
December 4 - 7, 2024
Abstract Deadline: September 13, 2024


Aaron Gitler, Stanford University
Scott Small,
Columbia University
Li-Huei Tsai,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Stacie Weninger, F-Prime Biomedical Research Initiative

You are cordially invited to participate in the thirteenth meeting on Neurodegenerative Diseases to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The meeting will begin with dinner and the first session on the evening of Wednesday, December 4, 2024, and will conclude with lunch on Saturday, December 7.

A primary goal of the meeting is to provide a forum where medical scientists from academia can interact with scientists from the biopharmaceutical industry, thus forging a community of academic and industry researchers who recognize that they have much to learn from each other. Rational drug discovery for neurodegenerative diseases has begun to yield compounds and treatments that are now entering clinical settings. For human studies utilizing these compounds and treatments to be maximally informative, it is crucial that scientists from academia and industry meet regularly to exchange data and ideas.

This meeting will consist of six to seven oral sessions plus one poster session. The aim is to populate half of each oral session with speakers from academia and the other half from industry; speakers will be invited as well as selected from submitted abstracts.

  • Convergent and Divergent Pathways in Neurodegeneration
  • Glial Biology in Neurodegeneration
  • Diverse Therapeutic Strategies
  • ApoE and Lipid Metabolism
  • Cell Biology of Neurodegeneration
  • Protein Homeostasis

Keynote Speaker:
Feng Zhang, Broad Institute and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Session Chairs:
Isaac Chiu, Harvard Medical School
Bart De Strooper, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, Belgium
David Holtzman, Washington University in St. Louis
Maria Lehtinen, Boston Children’s Hospital
Cath Mummery, University College London
Beth Stevens, Harvard Medical School
Hideyuki Okano, Keio University 

Invited Speakers:
Ed Boyden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Bob Datta, Harvard University
Cagla Eroglu, Duke University
Ukpong Eyo, University of Virginia
Christian Haass, DZNE
Aimee Jackson, Atalanta Therapeutics
Xin Jin, Scripps Research Institute
Lance Johnson, University of Kentucky
Evan Macosko, Broad Institute
Leonard Petrucelli, Mayo Clinic
Benjamin Ryskeldi-Falcon, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
Sjors Scheres, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology
David Sulzer, Columbia University
Sabina Tahirovic, DZNE
Henrik Zetterberg, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentations will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. The status of abstracts (i.e., talk or poster) will be posted as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. Please bring this announcement to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in the meeting.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission, or any other matters should be directed to Jessica Palma

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is eager to have as many young people as possible attend this meeting. As such, we have some funds set aside to partially support students and postdocs. Please register and apply in writing to Jessica Palma stating your eligibility and need for financial support. Preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory at the start of December 2024.

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health

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


In-Person Fees
Academic/Media Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1415 (Subject to availability.)
Academic/Media Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1330
Academic Shared Room Package: $1220
Academic/Media No-Housing Package: $930
Student Package*: $1125
Student No-Housing Package: $835
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1825
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1340

*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 package reservations 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 Jessica Palma

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 Jessica Palma

Late Fees (registrations submitted after 5:00 pm ET on November 26, 2024)

Academic Virtual Package: $395
Student Virtual Package: $275
Corporate Virtual Package: $535

Reduced Pricing for Individuals from US/Canadian Minority Serving Institutions (check eligibility): $25

Reduced Pricing for Individuals from Low & Middle Income Countries (check eligibility): $25