Glia in Health and Disease - USA

External Event - 16th to 20th Jul 2020

Abstract Deadline: May 1, 2020


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

We are pleased to announce the eighth 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 Thursday, July 16, and will conclude with lunch on Monday, July 20, 2020.

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:

Glial Development & Plasticity

Shai Shaham, Rockefeller University

Yukiko Gotoh, University of Tokyo, Japan

Glial-Neuron Interactions in Glial Maturation

Sergiu Pasca, Stanford University

Benjamin Deneen, Baylor College of Medicine

Glial Regulation of Neuronal Function

Vassilis Pachnis, Medical Research Council, London, United Kingdom

Christian Klämbt, University of Muenster, Germany

Glial Responses in Injury, Disease, and Repair

Elly Hol, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands

Alison Lloyd, University College London, United Kingdom

Glial-Vasculature Interactions

Brian MacVicar, University of British Columbia, Canada

Jessica Filosa, Augusta University

Myelination in Neuronal Circuit Development and Plasticity

Kelly Monk, Vollum Institute

Ragnhildur Thóra Káradóttir, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Glial-Glial Interactions

Dorothy Schafer, University of Massachusetts

Anna Molofsky, University of California, San Francisco

Glial Control of Circuits & Behavior

Misha Ahrens, Janelia Research Campus

Dwight Bergles, Johns Hopkins University

Panel Discussion: Careers in Glial Biology

Nicola Allen, Salk Institute

Patrizia Casaccia, The City University of New York

Harald Sontheimer, Virginia Tech

Hui-Hsin Tsai, Biogen

Ragnhildur Thóra Káradóttir, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


The format of the meeting will include eight 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.

Of particular note for trainees, the keynote session will be composed of exclusively trainee (graduate student and postdoc) talks in order to highlight the many important advances made by trainees to our field. This session also serves 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 (below) as soon as decisions have been made. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs.

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