Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Connectivity (Virtual)
September 8 - 11, 2020
Abstract Deadline: July 8, 2020


Catherine Collins, University of Michigan
Rüdiger Klein, Max-Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Germany
Kang Shen, Stanford University
Yimin Zou, University of California San Diego

The 12th meeting on Molecular Mechanisms of Neuronal Connectivity is going fully virtual and will now commence with a 10:00 am morning session (US EDT) on Tuesday, September 8th and the meeting will end with an afternoon session (Eastern Daylight Time) on Friday, September 11th.


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.


Day Time (EDT Session # Session Name
Tuesday 10:00 am 1 Cell Biology of Axon and Dendrite Targeting I
Tuesday 2:00 pm 2 Structural Principles in Circuit Wiring
Tuesday 4:15 pm                
Special Lecture: John Ngai
BRAIN 2.0: The Next Phase of the NIH BRAIN Initiative
Wednesday 10:00 am         3 Synapse Targeting, Development & Plasticity
Wednesday 2:00 pm 4 Circuit Plasticity
Thursday 10:00 am 5 Regeneration and Injury Response
Thursday 2:00 pm 6 Glial Control of Neuronal Circuitry
Thursday 3:30 pm 7 Cell Biology of Axon and Dendrite Targeting II
Friday 10:00 am 8 Programs in Circuit Wiring
Friday 2:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Cori Bargmann
Friday 3:00 pm         9 Applications of New Technologies
Throughout the Meeting 
Virtual Poster Session

Special Lecture:
John Ngai, NIH Brain Initiative

Keynote Speaker:
Cori Bargmann, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative


Axon Targeting
Axon Regeneration 
Synapse Assembly
Synaptic Specificity in Neural Circuits
Glial Control of Neuronal Circuitry
Neuronal Repair
Neuronal Circuitry Underlying Behavior
Neuronal Plasticity

Speakers and Session Chairs:

Nicola Allen, The Salk Institute for Biological Science
Thomas Biederer, Tufts University School of Medicine
Valerie Castellani, University of Lyon, France
Matthew Dalva, Thomas Jefferson  University
Alyson Fournier, McGill University, Canada
Lisa Goodrich, Harvard Medical School
Michael Granato, University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine
Brock Grill, The Scripps Research Institute - Florida
Artur Kania, McGill University, Canada
Conor Liston, Weill Cornell Medicine
Rob Meijers, EMBL, Germany
Anna Victoria Molofsky, University of California, San Francisco
Beatriz Rico, Kings College London, UK
Dietmar Schmucker, VIB, KU Leuven, Belgium
Elena Seiradake, Oxford University, UK
Bing Ye, University of Michigan
Hongkui Zeng, Allen Institute for Brain Science

The format of the meeting will include seven oral sessions consisting of talks from each of the invited session chairs, as well as short talks and three poster sessions, primarily chosen from openly submitted abstracts.  All speakers and chairs are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire meeting. The organizers will decide the suitability of each abstract for oral or poster presentation, but please specify if you prefer a poster. Status of abstracts will be posted on our web site 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 government and industry to partially support undergraduates, masters students, graduate students and postdocs. Apply in writing to Val Pakaluk stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlneurocon. 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 may be supported in part by funds provided by:


Virtual Package: $285
Virtual Student Package: $175 (Undergrads, masters students & graduate students)
Virtual Corporate Rate: $425

Lab Group Discounts (not departmental or institutional discounts)

Labs registering 4 people: 20% discount off applicable fees
Labs registering 5 people: 25% discount off applicable fees
Labs registering 6 people: 30% discount off applicable fees

To be eligible for lab group discounts, please submit a list of lab members planning to attend in advance of registration to Val Pakaluk to establish appropriate discounted fees. Please include a link to your lab web page for verification purposes. Prior payments will be included in the group discount calculation.  

IBRO/International Brain Research Organization are generously supporting the participation of a limited number of individuals from US/Canadian Minority Serving Institutions (check eligibility): $25
Limit: 65 attendees / limit per institution: 5 (contact Val Pakaluk  to confirm eligibility/availability prior to registering) 

Reduced Pricing for Individuals from US/Canadian Minority Serving Institutions (check eligibility): $50

Virtual Attendance packages include registration, access to online Zoom-based oral sessions, access to the digital posters, a dedicated Slack channel, Meet-the-Speaker small group discussion, and access to the video archive on the Leading Strand for ~six weeks following the meeting.

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~50 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~20 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~100 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Digital program in PDF format
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Twitter for meeting news & general comments

We hope to 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.