Neurobiology of Drosophila
October 3 - 7, 2023
Abstract Deadline: July 14, 2023


C. Andrew Frank, University of Iowa
Avital Rodal, Brandeis University

**The Neurobiology of Drosophila meeting has reached full capacity.  Any additional registrations received after 8:00 pm on July 14 will automatically be placed on a waitlist.  Admittance from the waitlist will be first come-first served based on available openings (housing packages are unavailable).  Virtual registration remains open.

We are pleased to announce the twentieth 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 3, and will conclude after lunch on Saturday, October 7. This year’s meeting will continue the bi-annual tradition of providing a forum for the 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 the dissemination of new methods that are revolutionizing neuroscience research. 

Subhabrata Sanyal, Calico Life Sciences, will lead a discussion about careers in industry for researchers who have training in Drosophila neurobiology.

Topics & Discussion Leaders:
Neurological Disease and Injury
Margaret Pearce,
St. Joseph's University

Timothy Mosca
, Thomas Jefferson University

Circuits and Behavior
Yvette Fisher,
University of California, Berkeley

Sensory Modalities
Raghu Padinjat
, National Centre for Biological Sciences-TIFR, India

Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity
Tingting Wang
, Georgetown University

Circadian Rhythms
Maria de la Paz Fernandez,
Columbia University

Technological Innovations
Annika Barber
, Rutgers University, Waksman Institute

Cell Biology of the Neuron
Ryan Insolera
, Wayne State University School of Medicine

Neuromics (Connectomics and Cell Types)
Wei-Chung Lee
, Harvard University Medical School

    Keynote Benzer Lecture:
    Marc Freeman: 
    Oregon Health & Science 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 website 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 the government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Please apply in writing via email to Kelley McGrath and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

    Nominate your student(s) for the 2023 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 2021. 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, 2023.

    Social Media:

    The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshldros. 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 meeting is sponsored in part by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

    In-Person Fees (Housing packages are no longer available)
    Academic/Media Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1705
    Academic/Media Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1600
    Academic Shared Room Package: $1455
    Academic/Media No-Housing Package: $1085
    Student Package/Double Occupancy: $1355
    Student Package/No Housing Package: $985
    Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $2180
    Corporate No-Housing Package: $1560

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

    NOTE: We cannot guarantee housing will be on campus.  

    Virtual Participation: Includes access to the oral sessions via Zoom, the digital poster gallery, the Slack discussion workspace, and the Leading Strand video archive.  If you are submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation, please plan to attend the meeting in-person.

    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 Kelley McGrath

    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 
    Kelley McGrath

    Virtual Fees
    Academic Virtual Package $325
    Grad Student Virtual Package: $200
    Corporate Virtual Package: $480

    Late Fee (Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on September 28)
    Late Academic Virtual Package: $425
    Late Student Virtual Package: $300
    Late Corporate Virtual Package: $580