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

Location: Trout Lodge (13528 State Highway AA, Potosi, MO 63664)

Save the dates!

Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday, October 12 – Friday, October 13

Stay tuned for additional details!

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.  

A big thank you to all who organized and participated in another successful Neuroscience Retreat!

Congratulations to the 2022 Thach Award Winners!

Short Talks

Zelun Wang

Williams and Apte labs
Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

“Energetic diversity of retinal ganglion cells and implications for neurodegeneration”


Keran Yang

Kepecs lab

“Context and location regulate the effects of optogenetic stimulation of the superior colliculus”

Keynote Speakers

Sarah Ross, PhD

Associate Professor
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

“The neural circuits of
itch and pain”

David Holtzman, MD

Barbara Burton and Reuben M. Morriss III Distinguished Professor
Department of Neurology
Washington University School of Medicine

“The role of ApoE and the immune response in tau-mediated neurodegeneration”

T-shirt Design competition

Congratulations to

Melvin King

Neuroscience Program;
Musiek lab, Neurology

for this year’s winning design!

NeurOlympics: Congratulations winners!

The First place team this year is The Rododexters! Congratulations to Keran Yang, Junxiao Hou, Unmukt Gupta, Heejae Choi, and Apoorva Arora!

Special mentions to 

  • Second place: Carpe Ribosomam (Sarah Koester, Jiayang Chen, Din Selmanovic, Simona Sarafinovska, Mari Gachechiladze, and Joseph Dougherty)
  • Third place: Brainiacs (Luke Long, Jacob Roeglin, Sneha Chaturvedi, Haley Jetter, Brendan Dang, and Sabrina Clemens)

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: Shashank Anand, Lili Barbar and Emma Danhash.


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. 

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.

Retreat Registration

Stay tuned for 2023 retreat registration information next summer!

Call for abstracts

Stay tuned for the 2023 Call for abstracts next summer!

Students and Post Docs: You are invited to submit an abstract and identify if your abstract should be considered for a short talk or a poster, or only a poster. A review committee will select a subset of abstracts for short talks, considering multiple criteria including scientific merit, approach, campus (Danforth or Medical) and graduate program (with an aim to feature multiple graduate programs). Abstracts that reflect more complete projects are more likely to be selected for short talks.  

Thach Award

Grad students and postdocs are eligible to compete, and winners are chosen from short talks and poster presentations at the Retreat.

Table Topics

Back by popular demand, Table Topics will happen on Thursday afternoon. Table topics are an opportunity to have a conversation about science, policy, work-life balance. On the registration form, you can suggest a topic, note your interest to participate and, if you’re a faculty member or postdoc, sign up to lead a Table Topic discussion.

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.


Jhoan Aguilar
Lili Barbar
Saul Bello Rojas
Emma Danhash
Karl Friedrichsen
Kayla Hannon
Martin Jarzyna
Jenna Krizan
Shelby Leverett
Elizaveta Mangutov
Lite Yang
Julia Pai
Zelun Wang
Robert Wong


Deanna Barch
Rob Gereau
Tamara Hershey
David Holtzman
Barani Raman
Linda Richards
Anneliese Schaefer
Jeffrey Zacks
Chuck Zorumski


Carmen Horn
Rashelle Popinski
Kate Ruzicka
Sally Vogt

Questions or concerns?

Please contact the ONR.