Glia in Health & Disease
July 21 - 25, 2016
Abstract Deadline: May 6, 2016


Marc Freeman, HHMI/University of Massachusetts Medical School
Kelly Monk, Washington University

We are pleased to announce the Sixth summer conference on Glia in Health & Disease, which will be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, and will conclude with lunch on Monday, July 25, 2016. The proposed meeting will assemble the leaders in the field, together with junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, to discuss new, cutting-edge developments in the study of all aspects of glial biology in health and disease.

Sessions & Co-Chairs:

Neural circuit assembly and plasticity
Nicola Allen, Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Dori Schafer, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Control of network activity and behavior
Richard Robitaille, University of Montreal, Canada
Dwight Bergles, Johns Hopkins University

Peripheral nerve assembly and repair
Peter Brophy, University of Edinburgh, UK
Sarah Kucenas, University of Virginia

Ensheathment and support of neurons
M. Laura Feltri, SUNY, Buffalo
Steve Scherer, University of Pennsylvania

Astrocyte cell fate, morphogenesis, and function
Erik Ullian, University of California, San Francisco
Harald Sontheimer, The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

CNS myelination, disease, and repair
Mikael Simons, Max Planck Institute for Experimental Medicine, Germany
Adeline Vanderver, Children's National Health System

Reactive microglia and astrocytes
Anna Victoria Molofsky, University of California, San Francisco
Michael Sofroniew, University of California, Los Angeles

Communication across the blood-brain barrier
Christian Klambt, University of Muenster, Germany
Richard Daneman, University of California, San Diego

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. For the first time, and of particular note for trainees, one session will be composed of exclusively trainee (graduate student and postdoc) talks in order to highlight the many important advances made by trainees to our field. As usual at Cold Spring Harbor meetings, abstracts of both poster and platform sessions will be published in an abstract book. The abstracts should focus on new and unpublished data. 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.

We hope to see you at Cold Spring Harbor in July.

Partial support provided by:
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Multiple Sclerosis Society


Academic Package $1,425
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1,185
Corporate Package $1,835
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $965
Corporate No-Housing Package $1,230

We have funds to provide partial scholarships for individuals who are US citizens/permanent residents from minority groups under-represented in the life sciences. Please provide justification in writing to Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission or any other matters may be directed to Val Pakaluk