The annual Neuroscience Retreat is open to all in the Washington University Neuroscience Community regardless of graduate program, department, or campus.

The Neuroscience Retreat is organized by graduate students in different programs, and is intended to foster scientific and social interaction among students, post docs, and faculty.  This year’s Retreat will be virtual.

2021 Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday September 30 – Friday October 1, 2021

Zoom conference

Keynote Speakers

Tallie Baram, PhD

University of California, Irvine

Viviana Gradinaru, PhD

California Institute of Technology


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 Neuroscience Retreat is a great opportunity for all to share research findings, socialize, identify labs for rotation and otherwise engage. Organized by graduate students and coordinated by the Office of Neuroscience Research, the Retreat program typically includes short talks, keynote talks, “table topics”, a poster session and NeurOlympics.  The 2021 Retreat program is yet to be finalized – stay tuned!

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.

Call for Abstracts

Stay tuned for the 2021 call this summer!

Students and Post Docs:  Submit an abstract to be considered for a short talk.  Abstracts are reviewed by committee with multiple selection criteria including scientific merit, approach, graduate program (with an aim to feature multiple programs) and diversity.  

Thach Award

Grad students and post docs who give short talks on their research conducted at WashU are eligible to compete for a Tom Thach Award. 

Congratulations to the 2020 winners!

  • Dana Shaw, PhD (post doc, Mokalled lab, WashU Developmental Biology)
  • Kalyan Tripathy (grad student, Neuroscience Program; Culver lab, WashU Radiology)
  • Yvan Vachez, PhD (post doc, Creed lab, WashU Anesthesiology)


Stay tuned for the call for registration this summer!

Registration is required for all who would like to attend the Neuroscience Retreat.


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. 

For any questions about NeurOlympics, please contact any member of this subcommittee: Sabin Nettles, Shashank Anand, Jenna Krizan and Allison Soung.

T-shirt Competition

Stay tuned for the call for designs in Summer 2021!

  • The shirts can have both front and back designs.
  • Designs should be limited to 2-3 colors and should fit within a square foot.
  • Format your submission as a 300 dpi photoshop file, or as vector art (SVG, Illustrator, Inkskape… whatever).
  • Indicate what color the shirt’s fabric should be.

Retreat Archives

To review speakers and programs from previous Neuroscience Retreats, visit the Retreat Archives

Neuroscience Retreat Committee

The Office of Neuroscience Research is grateful to the students, faculty, and administrators who serve on this committee.


Shashank Anand
Saul Bello Rojas
Karl Friedrichsen
Jenna Krizan
Sabin Nettles
Julia Pai
Zelun Wang
Jiwon Yi


Deanna Barch
Rob Gereau
Tamara Hershey
David Holtzman
Linda Richards
Anneliese Schaefer
David Van Essen
Chuck Zorumski


Carmen Horn
Rashelle Popinski
Kate Ruzicka
Sally Vogt

Questions or concerns?

Please contact Carmen Horn.

Save the date!

2022 Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday September 29- Friday September 30, 2022

Trout Lodge, Potosi, MO