Wiring the Brain
April 4 - 8, 2017
Abstract Deadline: February 6, 2017


Danielle Bassett, University of Pennsylvania
Joshua Gordon,
National Institute of Mental Health
Josh Huang,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Kevin Mitchell,
Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

We are pleased to announce the third Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Wiring the Brain, which will begin at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 4 and run through lunchtime on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Previous meetings in this series took place in Ireland in 2009 and 2011 and at CSHL in 2013 and 2015.

The main goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers from diverse fields to explore how brain connectivity is established, how genetic variation can affect these processes, how circuit and network function are affected by defects in neural development and how this can lead to psychiatric and neurological disease.

  • Neural development
  • Synapse formation and plasticity
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders – genetics and animal models
  • Sexual differentiation
  • Microcircuit structure/function/dynamics
  • Systems neuroscience
  • Human brain development/cognitive development
  • Computational and theoretical neuroscience

Keynote Speakers:

Patricia Churchland, University of California, San Diego
Karl Deisseroth, Stanford University

Discussion Leaders:

Adam Carter, New York University
Daniel Durstewitz, Central Institute of Mental Health, Germany
Guoping Feng, McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT
Raquel Gur, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Margaret McCarthy, University of Maryland, School of Medicine
Elly Nedivi, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rosalyn Moran, University of Bristol, UK
Steve Petersen, Washington University in St. Louis
Linda Richards, Queensland Brain Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia
Bernardo Sabatini, Harvard Medical School
Nenad Sestan, Yale School of Medicine
Vikaas Sohal, University of California, San Francisco
Matthew State, University of California, San Francisco
Moriah Thomason, Wayne State University
Pierre Vanderhaeghen, University of Brussels, Belgium

The format of the meeting will include seven 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. The abstracts should focus on new and unpublished data.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 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 Heather Johnson and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.

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

Partial support for this meeting generously provided by Lundbeck.


Academic Package $1,455
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1,210
Corporate Package $1,865
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $985
Corporate No-Housing Package $1,250

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