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Annual Neuroscience Retreat

The annual Neuroscience Retreat is organized by graduate students across programs and departments, and intended to foster scientific and social interaction among students, post docs, and faculty in the WashU Neuroscience community.

2017 Annual Neuroscience Retreat
Thursday October 12 - Friday October 13
Trout Lodge, Potosi, MO

Keynote Speakers:


Call for Abstracts: August 15
T-shirt designs:    August 22
Registration:        September 18

The Annual Neuroscience Retreat takes place each fall and is open to students (all graduate programs), post docs and faculty engaged in Neuroscience Research.  The retreat is organized by graduate students and coordinated by the Office of Neuroscience Research.  Administrative assistance is provided by the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience, the McDonnell Center for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology, and the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences.

The Retreat program includes short talks, keynote talks, "table topics" and a poster session. The Neuroscience Retreat is a great opportunity for all to share research findings, socialize, identify labs for rotation and otherwise engage.  

Call for Registration - DEADLINE: Monday, September 18 (midnight)
Registration is required for anyone who would like to attend the Neuroscience Retreat.  Please register, even if you separately submit an abstract - thanks!

Click here to register for the Neuroscience Retreat 

Call for Abstracts - DEADLINE: Tuesday, August 15 (midnight)
Students and Post Docs are invited to submit an abstract that will be considered for a short talk or a poster.  (Alternatively, you may opt to present a poster.)  To select who will give short talks, a review committee will consider multiple criteria including scientific topic, approach, and graduate program. Student and post doc presenters at the Retreat will be eligible for a Tom Thach Award (see below).

Faculty members are invited to present a poster at the Retreat.  This is a great way to showcase your research to incoming students! 

Click here to submit an abstract

Thach Award
Grad students and post docs who present short talks or posters are eligible to compete for a Tom Thach Award. 

Click here for more information including past winners. 

t-shirt Design Competition We need your help designing t-shirts for the Annual Neuroscience Retreat!  The shirts can have both front and back designs. Designs should be limited to 2-3 colors and should fit within a square foot. Please format your submission as a 300 dpi photoshop file, and be sure to indicate what color the shirt should be.  Slight modifications may be requested after submission of your design.

Email any questions and your designs to by Tuesday, August 22.

Introduced to the Retreat in 2016, NeurOlympics is a competition of mind, strength, speed, and endurance. NeurOlympics is a neuroscience/lab/WashU themed trivia event that brings together graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members from different cohorts, fields, and departments. Teams will have 4-6 members and a faculty captain and will compete for ultimate bragging rights and lovely gold, silver, and bronze medal prizes. 

NeurOlympics will take place on Thursday evening (day 1 of the Retreat).  

For any questions about NeurOlympics, please contact Sabin Nettles.


Please keep in mind the retreat is open to faculty, post-docs and graduate students only. Due to limited room availability, we are unable to accommodate spouses and children.

Questions or concerns?

Please contact Laura Williams.


Annual Neuroscience Retreats

Speaker(s) Year Archive

Randy Buckner
Catherine Woolley

2016 Retreat Program

Amy Bastian
Richard Huganir


Retreat Program

Erika Holzbaur
Nicholas Schiff
2014 Retreat Program
William Kelley
Charles Zorumski
2013 Retreat Program
Azad Bonni
Catherine Bushnell
Gail Mandel
Tirin Moore
Julie Kauer
Olaf Sporns
John Maunsell
Indira Ramen
Miriam Goodman
Marcus Raichle
Hollis Cline
John Donoghue
Huda Akil
Jeffrey Rothstein
Pat Levitt
Gina Turrigiano
Christine Holt 2004  
David Anderson
Huda Zoghbi
Thomas Carew 2002  
Kristen Harris
Michael Stryker
Albert Aguayo
Lorna Role
Mary Kennedy
Robert Wurtz
Mary Beth Hatten
Eric Knudsen
Connie Cepko 1997  
Fred Gage 1996  
Marc Tessier-Lavigne 1995  
Marianne Bronner-Fraser
Scott Fraser
Susan Hockfield
William Newsome