83rd Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Symposium on Quantitative Biology 

Brains & Behavior: Order & Disorder
in the Nervous System

May 30 - June 4, 2018 
Poster Abstract Deadline: April 30, 2018


David Stewart & Bruce Stillman
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is proud to partner with
the Tianqiao & Chrissy Chen Institute to bring you the 2018 Symposium.

We are pleased to host the 83rd Cold Spring Harbor Symposium which will focus on Brains & Behavior: Order & Disorder in the Nervous System. Previous Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Function & Dysfunction in the Nervous System in 1996 and Cognition in 2014 explored differing themes in brain research and the 2018 Symposium will build on these successes in exploring the tremendous recent progress in neuroscience and technologies and how these advances may be used to improve brain health and address psychiatric and neurological disorders. 

The Symposium will begin at 7:30 pm on Wednesday May 30th, and end on Sunday evening, with normal departures on Monday June 4th. The Symposium will include nine oral sessions (invited speakers only) and two poster sessions covering the latest research in diverse areas of behavioral and brain research. The annual Dorcas Cummings lecture will take place on Saturday, June 2nd. Social events throughout the Symposium provide ample opportunity for informal interactions and will include a wine-and-cheese party, a beach picnic, cocktails and banquet, and departure brunch on Monday June 4th.  

  • Cellular basis of neurodegeneration
  • Memory systems and aging
  • Neural circuit of anxiety
  • Addicted brain: circuits and treatment frontiers
  • Sleep and sleep disorders
  • Hormonal regulation and mood disorders
  • Restoring vision
  • Cortico-striatal circuits in perception and action
  • Deep brain stimulation for psychiatry
  • Computational psychiatry
  • Development of social cognition
  • Brain machine interface
  • New techniques for human brain manipulation
Invited Speakers:

David Anderson, Caltech/HHMI
Hugo Bellen, HHMI/Baylor College of Medicine
Antonello Bonci, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Edward Boyden, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kim Butts Pauly, Stanford University
Pico Caroni, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland
Anne Churchland, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Yang Dan, University of California, Berkeley
Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University
Ricardo Dolmetsch, Novartis
Frances Edwards, University College London United Kingdom
Guoping Feng, MIT
Paul Glimcher, New York University
Michel Goedert, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Joshua Gordon, National Institute of Mental Health
Seth Grant, University of Edinburgh, UK
Hailan Hu, Zhejiang University School of Medicine China
Richard Huganir, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Adam Kepecs, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Anatol Kreitzer, University of California, San Francisco
Bo Li, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Stephen Liberles, Harvard Medical School
Andres Lozano, University of Toronto Canada
Christian Luscher, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Zachary Mainen, Champalimaud Neuroscience Program Portugal
Robert Malenka, Stanford University School of Medicine
Helen Mayberg, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Steven McKnight, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Istvan Mody, UCLA School of Medicine
P. Read Montague, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Eric Nestler, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Sergiu Pasca, Stanford University
Michael Platt, University of Pennsylvania
Clifford Saper, Harvard Medical School
Akira Sawa, Johns Hopkins University
Daniela Schiller, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Amita Sehgal, University of Pennsylvania
Nirao Shah, Stanford University
Daphna Shohamy, Columbia University
Scott Small, Columbia University
Karel Svoboda, HHMI/Janelia Farm Research Campus
Beth Stevens, Childrens Hospital Boston; Harvard Medical School
Kevin Tracey, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Li-Huei Tsai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kay Tye, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Naoshige Uchida, Harvard University
Flora Vaccarino, Yale University
Linda Wilbrecht, University of California, Berkeley
Daniel Wolpert, Columbia University, The Zuckerman Institute
Mehmet Fatih Yanik, ETH Zürich Switzerland
Tony Zador, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Huda Zoghbi, Baylor College of Medicine/HHMI

Ten Tianqiao & Chrissy Chen Fellowships will be awarded to young scientists presenting their latest research at the 2018 Symposium. Award decisions will be made by CSHL and TCCI on the basis of scientific merit and approach. Young scientists (graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty) interested in applying should submit abstracts by March 31 AND send a brief one-paragraph resume/bio to Val Pakaluk. Chen Fellows will receive a stipend covering the full academic or student attendance package (see below).

CSHL's Corporate Sponsor Program provides additional limited support for students and postdocs in need of financial support. Please apply in writing via email to Val Pakaluk and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

Social Media
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Join us for the East Coast premiere of a documentary created by the Tianqiao & Chrissy Chen Institute. Recent technological advances are starting to unlock the mysteries of the human brain. This innovative film, which features leading, international experts and compelling patient stories, makes a compelling case to policy makers, philanthropic funders and the public that increased support is critical if we are to take advantage of this unparalleled opportunity to advance brain science and create a better world. Symposium screenings: May 29 & June 2; @7.00pm; Grace Auditorium, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

We hope to see you at Cold Spring Harbor in late May.

Academic Package $1,635
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1,380
Corporate Package $2,085
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $1,090
Corporate No-Housing Package $1,410

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.