Glia in Health & Disease
August 20 - 24, 2024
Abstract Deadline: May 31, 2024


Shane Liddelow, NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Dorothy (Dori) Schafer, UMass Chan Medical School 

We are pleased to announce the tenth 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 Tuesday, August 20, and will conclude with lunch on Saturday, August 24, 2024.

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:

Building a Nervous System
Anna Molofsky, University of California, San Francisco
Aakanksha Singhvi, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Remodeling a Nervous System in Health
Won-Suk Chung, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
David Lyons, University of Edinburgh, UK 

Remodeling a Nervous System in Disease
Soyon Hong, University College London, UK
Ethan Hughes, University of Colorado

Modeling Human Glia
F Chris Bennett, University of Pennsylvania
Martin Kampmann, 
University of California, San Francisco

Glia Influence on Brain Borders and Ben Barres Prize
Maria Lehtinen, Harvard Medical School 
Special Ben Barres Prize Session: Michelle Monje, Stanford 

Workshop: Establishing Effective Mentor-Mentee Relationships to Promote an Inclusive Environment 
Lori Conlan, National Institutes of Health/Office of Intramural Training and Education

Glial control of CNS circuits
Erin Gibson, Stanford University
Michelle Olsen, Virginia Tech 

Glial Control of Peripheral Circuits
Richard Robitaille, McGill University, Canada
Cody Smith, Notre Dame

Glia in Degeneration and Regeneration 
Valeria Cavalli, Washington University in St. Louis
Jeffrey Huang, Georgetown University

Unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

Financial Aid: Please apply in writing via email to Kelley McGrath if you require financial support; preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

Social Media: The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlglia. 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 conference is supported in part by funds provided by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke of the National Institutes of Health

This meeting is sponsored by:


In-Person Fees
Academic/Media Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1775 (Subject to availability.)
Academic/Media Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1665
Academic Shared Room Package: $1515
Academic/Media No-Housing Package: $1130
Student Package*: $1410
Student No-Housing Package: $1025
Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $2270
Corporate No-Housing Package: $1625

*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 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: $340
Grad Student Virtual Package: $210

Corporate Virtual Package: $505

Late Fee (Registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on August 15, 2024)

Late Academic Virtual Package: $440
Late Student Virtual Package: $310
Late Corporate Virtual Package: $605