Neurobiology of Drosophila
October 1 - 5, 2019
Abstract Deadline: July 12, 2019



Kate O'Connor-Giles, Brown University
Scott Waddell, University of Oxford, UK

We are pleased to announce the eighteenth biennial Neurobiology of Drosophila meeting, which will be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 1, and will conclude after lunch on Saturday, October 5. This year’s meeting 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.

Topics & Discussion Leaders:
  • Higher Brain Function and Behavioral Plasticity
    Karla Kaun, Brown University

  • Nervous System Development
    Gaia Tavosanis, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases

  • Sensory Systems
    Lucia Prieto-Godino, Francis Crick Institute, London, UK

  • Technological Innovations
    Kristin Branson, Janelia Research Campus

  • Regulation of Homeostatic Behaviors
    Andrew Seeds, University of Puerto Rico

  • Neurological Disease and Injury
    Cathy Collins, University of Michigan

  • Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity
    Dion Dickman, University of Southern California

  • Neuronal Cell Biology
    Jill Wildonger, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Keynote Benzer Lecture:

Michael Rosbash, Brandeis University
Michael Young, The 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 Catie Carr and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

Nominate your student(s) for the 2019 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 2017. 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 12, 2019.

Social Media:

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Support provided by:


Academic Package: $1,515
Graduate/PhD Student Package: $1,260
Corporate Package: $1,950
Academic/Student No-Housing Package: $1,025
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,310

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.