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

The Retreat is organized by graduate students in different programs, and is intended to foster scientific and social interaction among students, post docs, and faculty.

2019 Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday September 26 – Friday September 27, 2019

Trout Lodge, Potosi, MO

2019 Keynote Speakers

Irene Tracey, PhD, FRCA, FMedSci

Head of the Department and Nuffield Chair in Anaesthetic Science
Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences
University of Oxford

Robert Baloh, MD, PhD

Ben Winters Chair in Regenerative Medicine
Vice Chair, Neurology Research
Director, Center for Neural Science and Medicine


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”, a poster session and NeurOlympics.

The Neuroscience Retreat is a great opportunity for all to share research findings, socialize, identify labs for rotation and otherwise engage. 

Call for Abstracts OPEN! Deadline July 30, 2019 (by 11:59pm CST)

To share research results at the Neuroscience Retreat, submit an abstract!

Students and Post Docs:  You can designate that you will present a poster, or request to be considered for a short talk. All others are welcome to present a poster.  (Those who are not selected for a short talk will automatically be added to the poster program.)  Short talks are selected by a review committee; considerations include scientific merit, approach, and graduate program (with an aim to feature different programs).  Students and post docs who give a talk or present a poster on research conducted at WashU are eligible for a Tom Thach Award (see below).

Submission deadline: by 11:59pm (CST) July 30, 2019

Submit abstract

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

Thach Award

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

T-Shirt Design – Call for Designs!

Email your designs to Jiwon Yi by Monday August 5.

  • 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 your color preference for the shirt’s fabric.

Not submitting a design? Stay tuned as we open up the voting!

At the retreat, t-shirts will be available for purchase!

Registration – stay tuned for the call this summer!

Stay tuned for the 2019 call for registration! (summer 2019)

Registration is required for all who would like to attend the Neuroscience Retreat (and abstract submission does not count as a registration).  

NOTE – Recognizing that there may be a hardship for those with small children, the Retreat Faculty Committee has agreed that registrants may request to bring children. Please note, registrants will be responsible for any associated expenses. The organizers hope that this will alleviate hardship and allow those with small children to coordinate so that they can participate at the Retreat. If you would like to request to bring small children, please 1) indicate this request on the registration form; and 2) forward additional details about your hardship to


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 typically 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 (day 1 of the Retreat).  For any questions about NeurOlympics, please contact Sabin Nettles.

Neuroscience Retreat Committee

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


Ben Acland
Saul Bello Rojas
Karl Friedrichsen
Jenna Krizan
Sabin Nettles
Zelun Wang
Jiwon Yi


Deanna Barch
Rob Gereau
Tamara Hershey
David Holtzman
Anneliese Schaefer
Paul Taghert
David Van Essen
Chuck Zorumski


Carmen Horn
Kate Ruzicka
Sally Vogt
Laura Williams

Retreat Archives

To review speakers at previous Neuroscience Retreats including the 2018 retreat, visit the Retreat Archives

Questions or concerns?

Please contact Carmen Horn or Laura Williams.