Glia in Health & Disease
July 16 - 19, 2020 Virtual Meeting
Abstract Deadline: Closed


Nicola Allen, Salk Institute
David Lyons, University of Edinburgh, UK


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.


The eighth summer conference on Glia in Health & Disease is going fully virtual and will begin late morning EDT on Thursday, July 16 and end late afternoon EDT on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Oral sessions will be confined to later morning and afternoon sessions EDT to maximize access by participants from around the world.

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.

Day Time (EDT Session # Session Name
Thursday 10:00 - 11:15 am 1 Glial Development and Maturation I
Thursday 11:30 am - 12:45 pm 2 Glial Regulation of Neuronal Form and Function I
Thursday 2:00 - 4:45 pm 3 Glia in Injury, Disease, and Repair I
Friday 10:00 am - 12:45 pm 4 Glia in Injury, Disease, and Repair II
Friday 2:00 - 4:45 pm 5 Glial Regulation of Neuronal Form and Function II
Saturday 10:00 - 11:15 am 6 Glial-Vasculature Interactions
Saturday 11:30 am - 12:45 pm 7 Trainee Award
Saturday 2:00 - 4:45 pm 8 Glial Development and Maturation II
Sunday 10:00 am - 12:45 pm 9 Glial Regulation of Neuronal Form and Function III
Sunday 2:00 - 3:15 pm 10 Glial-Glial Interactions
Sunday 3:30 - 4:45 pm 11 Glia in Injury, Disease, and Repair III
Throughout Meeting Virtual Poster Session

Misha Ahrens, Janelia Research Campus
Dwight Bergles, Johns Hopkins University
Benjamin Deneen, Baylor College of Medicine
Jessica Filosa, Augusta University
Elly Hol, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Christian Klämbt, University of Muenster, Germany
Alison Lloyd, University College London, United Kingdom
Brian MacVicar, University of British Columbia, Canada
Anna Molofsky, University of California, San Francisco
Kelly Monk, Vollum Institute
Vassilis Pachnis, Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom
Sergiu Pasca, Stanford University
Dorothy Schafer, University of Massachusetts
Shai Shaham, Rockefeller University
Ragnhildur Thóra Káradóttir, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

The format of the meeting will include a number of virtual oral sessions and a virtual poster session throughout. 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.

Of particular note for trainees, we will continue the tradition started in 2019 of selecting one graduate student and one postdoctoral scholar to receive the Ben Barres Trainee Award, and to deliver a longer talk during the meeting. This serves to highlight the many important advances made by trainees to our field, and to honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Ben Barres, who advanced the field not only with his seminal discoveries but also by his tireless and selfless mentoring of and advocacy for junior scientists.

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 as soon as decisions have been made. 

All questions pertaining to registration, abstract submission, or any other matters may be directed to Catie Carr.

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.

Corporate sponsorship provided by:

Partial support to be provided by: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Late Registration Fees (registrations submitted after 4:01m EDT on Thursday July 9)

Virtual Attendance Package: $350
Virtual Graduate Student Package: $225

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

Please note that we have funds to provide partial support for individuals in need of financial aid. Please provide justification in writing to Catie Carr and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting. Individuals from labs registering with the lab group discount rates are not eligible for financial aid. 

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~60 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~20 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~300 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