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.  

Keynote Speakers

2022 Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday October 6 – Friday October 7, 2022

Trout Lodge, Potosi, MO

Sarah Ross, PhD

Associate Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine University of Pittsburgh

David Holtzman, MD

Barbara Burton and Reuben M. Morriss III Distinguished Professor
Department of Neurology
Washington University School of 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 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 call in summer 2022!

Students and Post Docs: You are invited to submit an abstract and identify if your abstract should be considered for a talk or a poster. A review committee will select a subset of abstracts for short talks, considering multiple criteria including scientific merit, approach, and graduate program. (We 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 post docs who give short talks on their research conducted at WashU are eligible to compete for a Tom Thach Award. 

Congratulations to the 2021 winners!

  • Ryan Raut (grad student, Raichle lab; WashU Radiology)
  • Yifan Wu (grad student, Papouin lab; WashU Neuroscience)

T-shirt Competition

Stay tuned for the call for designs in summer 2022!

Design instructions

  • The shirts can have both front and back designs.
  • Designs should be limited to 2-3 colors and should fit within a square foot. The design must include “Neuroscience Retreat” and “2022” on the front or the back.
  • 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.

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 – we’ll do our best to match you with your topic of choice. And anyone can suggest a topic!

On the registration form, you can suggest a topic, note your interest to participate and, if you’re a faculty member, sign up to lead a Table Topic discussion.


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 and Jenna Krizan.

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
Lili Barbar
Saul Bello Rojas
Karl Friedrichsen
Kayla Hannon
Martin Jarzyna
Jenna Krizan
Shelby Leverett
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!

Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday, October 12 – Friday, October 13, 2023

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

Stay tuned for additional details!