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, DPhil, FRCA, FMedSci

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

“Advanced neuroimaging of pain, analgesia and anaesthesia induced altered states of consciousness” 

Robert Baloh, MD, PhD

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

                                            “C9orf72 in neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation”


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.

Starting Schedule

Thursday, September 26

8:00 – 9:30a 
Continental Breakfast

9:45a Welcome Remarks

View full schedule.

Plans changed?
Contact Carmen Horn to cancel your overnight accommodations.

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. 

Registration CLOSED!

Questions, concerns, or need to cancel your registration? Please contact Carmen Horn.

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

T-Shirt Design

Discover and purchase the winning t-shirt at the retreat!

Short sleeve: $5
Long sleeve: $10

Cash/check preferred, but other options available.

Call for Abstracts CLOSED!

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).

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. 


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.

Mark your calendars!


Annual Neuroscience Retreat (2020)

October 1, 2020 and October 2, 2020
9:00 am
Trout Lodge (13528 State Highway AA, Potosi, MO 63664)

Annual Neuroscience Retreat (2021)

September 30, 2021 and October 1, 2021
9:00 am
Trout Lodge (13528 State Highway AA, Potosi, MO 63664)