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.  

2022 Annual Neuroscience Retreat

Thursday October 6 – Friday October 7, 2022

Trout Lodge, Potosi, MO

Schedule Highlights

Thursday, October 6

8:45a   Welcome
                Short Talks Session 1

10:15a Intro of first year grad students
               Keynote Talk I

12:00p Lunch and Table Topics,
               Sports Break

2:30p  Poster Session (odd numbers)

3:30p  Poster Session (even numbers)

4:45p  Intro of new faculty members
                Short Talks Session 2

8:00p  NeurOlympics, Party

Friday, October 7

8:00a   Breakfast; Room check out

9:30a  Short Talks Session 3
               Keynote Talk 2

12:00p Retreat conclusion

Don’t forget your cash or check to purchase a Neuroscience Retreat t-shirt!

$5 short sleeve

$10 long sleeve

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”


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 closed

Registration for the 2022 Neuroscience Retreat is at capacity!

All who registered by the deadline were confirmed to attend, you should have received a confirmation email from the ONR (“NEURO Office of Neuroscience Research” in your Inbox) on September 14. 

To 2022 Neuroscience Retreat Registrants:

  • Before you leave
    • Bring your Government ID with photo and DOB (Driver’s license, state ID, passport)
    • Bring cash or check to purchase a t-shirt (winning design announced at the retreat!)
      • Short sleeve: $5; Long sleeve: $10
    • Bring an extra layer: We’ll be outside in the evening – will be cool
  • When you arrive
    • Leave your bags in the car (we can’t get into our rooms until 3p earliest);
    • Plan to check in at the Trout Lodge front desk AND show a government issued ID (required by Trout Lodge).

If you did not register, please do not drive the distance to Potosi, MO. We’ve been informed by Trout Lodge that they will not allow walk-ins. That’s a long way to have to turn around and drive back!  

If you have questions about your registration or need to cancel, please contact Carmen Horn.


Transportation will not be provided to and from the retreat site. However, to help facilitate transportation to and from the venue (YMCA Trout lodge, Potosi MO), the Neuroscience Retreat Committee has put together a carpool sign-up sheet. On the registration form or at the link below, please indicate your interest (driver/rider) in the form and also include your contact information for easy planning.

Questions? Contact The ONR.

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.

And the winner is…Join us at the annual retreat to find out!

The winning design will be on t-shirts for sale at the Retreat – don’t forget your cash or check.

  • $5.00 for short sleeve
  • $10.00 for long sleeve

Thanks again to everyone who submitted their designs!

Questions? Contact Carmen Horn.

Call for abstracts closed

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 post docs who give short talks 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. 

For any questions about NeurOlympics, please contact any member of this subcommittee: Shashank Anand, Lili Barbar and Emma Danhash.

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
Emma Danhash
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!