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.

2020 Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday October 1 – Friday October 2, 2020

Trout Lodge, Potosi, MO

Keynote Speakers

Marisela Morales, PhD

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/NIH


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. 

Retreat Archives

To review speakers at previous Neuroscience Retreats including the 2019 retreat, visit the Retreat Archives

Call for Abstracts – Stay tuned for the call in Summer 2020!

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 multiple programs).  

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. 

Congratulations to the 2019 Thach Award winners, Yang Shi and Tamara Markovic!

Registration – Stay tuned for the call in Summer 2020!

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

Stay tuned as we request your designs for the t-shirt competition, and then open up the voting!

The winning design will be available for purchase at the retreat.

Short sleeve: $5
Long sleeve: $10

Cash/check preferred, but other options available.


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.


Shashank Anand
Saul Bello Rojas
Karl Friedrichsen
Jenna Krizan
Sabin Nettles
Chas Pfeifer
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

Questions or concerns?

Please contact Carmen Horn or Laura Williams.

Save the date!

2021 Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday September 30 – Friday October 1, 2021

Trout Lodge, Potosi, MO