SFN 2021

50th Annual Society for Neuroscience's Annual Meeting

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Health and Safety

We look forward to welcoming attendees to the in-person experience in Chicago November 13-16 for SfN’s 50th Annual Meeting. The health and safety of attendees, presenters, exhibitors, staff, and the local community is a priority for SfN.

Neuroscience 2021 Vaccination Requirement

With rising Delta Covid transmission rates and to ensure the safest possible in-person Neuroscience 2021 gathering, COVID-19 vaccinations will be required to attend the in-person portion of Neuroscience 2021. Prior to the annual meeting, be prepared to upload documented proof that full vaccination was completed at least 14 days prior to arriving on-site in Chicago. No one will be admitted to Neuroscience 2021 without proof of full vaccination; specific instructions for providing proof will follow. There will be no exceptions to the vaccination requirement to attend Neuroscience 2021 and no refunds will be issued for unvaccinated individuals.

Neuroscience 2021 Mask Requirement

With the rising Delta Covid transmission rates and to ensure the safest possible in-person Neuroscience 2021 gathering, masks will be required during the in-person portion of the annual meeting in Chicago. Masks are required except in the following limited circumstances: 1. When actively eating or drinking, 2. When presenting at a lecture or panel, or 3. When seated in a meeting of 35 or fewer people. Masks will be required at all times on the poster and exhibit floor. Any person who does not adhere to the mask policy will be asked to leave the Convention Center and may be denied readmission to the meeting. As SfN continues to track the rate of Covid transmission and public health guidance, this policy may be updated accordingly.

Welcome to the SFN 2021

Celebrate 50 years of SFN at the 2021 annual meeting in Chicago! Each year, scientists from around the world congregate to discover new ideas, share their research and experience the best the field has to offer. Join us at SFN 2021 in Chicago.SFN Neuroscience 2021 will be starting on 13 Nov and finishing on 16 Nov 2021. It will be an outstanding Medical, Research & Development and Science Meeting at the McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois.

Over the meetings of SFN Neuroscience 2021, you are going to have the latest updates and exact info concerning Health, Science, Neurology, Research and Neuroscience fields. SFN Neuroscience 2021 is organized annually. This year around 40000 industry leaders, and professionals are coming together in McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois for SFN Neuroscience 2021. Society for Neuroscience is the association of SFN Neuroscience 2021.

 

Get ready for Chicago, Illinois!

This expansive annual programme will be held in the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois USA. Connect with your colleagues for an unmatched educational experience featuring exceptional sessions from leading Neurology experts. Educational sessions, training courses, presentations, lectures, and exhibition will be held for the attendees of the convention. Participants will also get an opportunity to form new connections and meet new peers for mutual learning and growth. This congress centre has also played host to the annual meeting on multiple occasions, and repeat visitors will be familiar with its bright, open spaces, generous meeting rooms and superb location.

Hotel accommodations are now available at our website. For individual hotel booking best resource is our website. Hotels in close proximity to the venue are available to book directly at special rates. You just have to fill out the housing form, check for available options, and choose the hotel available and the one you like from the list, book directly by online secure payments. This will give delegates access to the best locations at favorable rates, and we strongly recommended booking your hotel through our website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Chicago, Illinois!

Venue: McCormick Place

Address: 2201 Fort Dearborn Dr, Chicago, IL 60616, USA

Sessions and Events

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    Plan to Attend Neuroscience 2021

    One meeting, two experiences: Neuroscience 2021 is back as a hybrid with opportunities to present virtually and in-person! The Annual Meeting Focus Group, led by the Program Committee Chairs, has reimagined virtual poster sessions, and we’re excited to celebrate SfN's 50th anniversary meeting with our most inclusive experience to date.

    Neuroscience 2021 will take place Nov 8 -11 virtually, and Nov 13-16 at McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois.

    Beginning the Neuroscience 2021 experience, “Preview Days” take place November 3–7 with the release of all poster, symposia, and minisymposia presentations. With five days to virtually explore the annual meeting’s scientific content, attendees can explore sessions at their own pace and can leave questions for speakers and poster presenters to answer.

    In-Person Only Events

    These events, which consist of Professional Development Workshops, Meet-the-Expert sessions, and certain networking events, will only be taking place in-person in Chicago on November 13-16, 2021.

    Professional Development Workshops

    Increasing Public Support for Your Research and Advancing Your Career Through Effective Science Writing

    Organizer: Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, PhD

    Date & Time: Saturday, November 13, 2021, 3–5 p.m. CST

    Location: Room S401

    This workshop will instruct participants how to write clearly and effectively in a way that articulates the importance of one’s research and places it in the greater context of increasing scientific knowledge and improving public health. Presenters will also provide tips and case examples that demonstrate effective strategies for communicating about controversial or politically-charged topics.

    Inclusion in Higher Education — Designing Training Environments to Serve All Students

    Organizer: Taralyn Tan, PhD

    Date & Time: Monday, November 15, 2021, 3–5 p.m. CST

    Location: Room S401

    This workshop combines short talks and breakout discussions to highlight multiple facets of inclusive educational practices: pedagogy, institutional policies, mentoring, academic programming, and student initiatives. Faculty, administrators, and trainees will leave this workshop armed with knowledge of evidence-based best practices to promote inclusion and equipped with resources and new professional connections to facilitate implementation of those practices at their home institutions.

    Combating Burnout Through Self Care — A Necessary Investment in Your Well-Being

    Organizers: Ericka Boone, PhD; Marguerite Matthews, PhD; Emily Sparks

    Date & Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 3–5 p.m. CST

    Location: Room S401

    As scientists, it’s easy to be consumed with completing our training, advancing our careers, and balancing life at home. The constant grind can be exhausting and lead to burnout. It’s important to engage in deliberate activities and attitudes to improve mental, emotional, and physical wellness to live productive and fulfilling lives. This workshop will highlight the value of self-care and provide strategies to help manage burnout, identify early warning signs, and promote "intentional living."

8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois

Meet-the-Expert Series

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    Meet-the-Expert Series

    Building Things in Brains — Chemistry Construction Projects for Analysis and Discovery in Neural Systems

    Panelist: Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD

    Theme I – Techniques

    Date & Time: Saturday, November 13, 2021, 1–2 p.m. CST

    Location: Room S401

    Over the past seven years, an in situ chemical synthesis approach to biological systems has emerged in which functional materials are assembled within tissues such as the brain — either constructed throughout the intact tissue (hydrogel-tissue chemistry/HTC), or genetically targeted to certain cell types (genetically-targeted chemical assembly/GTCA). Resulting hybrid materials are endowed with diverse capabilities, including the anchoring and labeling of RNA and proteins, in situ sequencing, transparency, reversible size changes, and electrical insulation or conduction. Dr. Deisseroth will discuss the principles and practice of this new way of interacting with biological systems.

    Studying Both Sexes in a World Built Around the Male Brain

    Panelist: Rebecca Shansky, PhD

    Theme G — Motivation and Emotion

    Date & Time: Sunday, November 14, 2021, 11 a.m.–noon CST

    Location: Room S401

    Dr. Shansky’s research investigates sexual dimorphism in fear circuitry using rodent models. Her lab integrates sophisticated behavioral analyses with high-resolution fluorescent microscopy to identify sex-specific patterns of fear expression, learning, and structural plasticity. She will discuss the challenges and surprises she’s encountered as a sex differences-focused behavioral neuroscientist, as well as her current advocacy for sex equity in animal research.

    Learning to Watch and Listen — A Harmonious Life as a Developmental Neuroscientist and Educator

    Panelist: Lisa V. Goodrich, PhD

    Theme A — Development

    Date & Time: Monday, November 15, 2021, 11 a.m.–noon CST

    Location: Room S401

    It is hard to say what is more rewarding – discovering new information or training others to make their own discoveries. Academic scientists have the privilege of doing both. Work in the Goodrich laboratory examines how neurons in the eye and ear become specialized for their unique functions. Dr. Goodrich will discuss her own development as a neuroscientist and an educator, highlighting key decision points and lessons learned that have helped her to find harmony and satisfaction at work and in life.

    Finding Simplicity in Complexity

    Panelist: Dani Bassett, PhD

    Theme H — Cognition

    Date & Time: Monday, November 15, 2021, 1–2 p.m. CST

    Location: Room S401

    Biological systems in general – and nervous systems in particular – are strikingly complex. For centuries, scientists have made progress by isolating and characterizing individual units of these systems. However, the units are not enough to explain the system; we need a language in which to encode the intricate patterns of unit-to-unit interactions. Network science provides this type of language, embracing greater complexity while distilling the simple rules of biological architecture and function.

    Genetic Forms of Dementia in a Unique Clinical Setting — The Story of Colombia

    Panelist: Kenneth S. Kosik, MD

    Meet-the-Clinician-Expert

    Theme C — Neurodegenerative Disorders and Injury

    Date & Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 11 a.m.–noon CST

    Location: Room S401

    Dr. Kosik will discuss international research that meshes clinical experience with molecular biology and neurogenetics. This work focuses on the largest kindred of familial Alzheimer’s disease in the world and is the basis of a drug prevention trial beginning before dementia symptoms. The research team has sequenced additional cases with early-onset dementia and uncovered numerous novel mutations. The close relationship of the researchers and families has created a strong humanist element to the project.

    What Do Astrocytes Do at Synapses, and Why Should We Care?

    Panelist: Cagla Eroglu, PhD

    Theme B — Neural Excitability, Synapses, and Glia

    Date & Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 1–2 p.m. CST

    Location: Room S401

    Studies show that astrocytes are powerful controllers of synapse formation, function, plasticity, and elimination. One human astrocyte can interact with up to two million synapses. How these glial cells evolved to gain their structure and how their structure mediates their enigmatic functions are still unknown. Dr. Eroglu’s laboratory identified many mechanisms that mediate astrocyte-neuron signaling, which control synapse formation and maturation in concert with astrocyte morphogenesis and functional specification. Dr. Eroglu will discuss these findings within her personal journey, which took her from engineering origins to become a cellular molecular neurobiologist.

    Networking Events

    NeuroJobs Career Center

    Date & Time: Saturday, November 13–Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. CST

    Location: Hall A

    The on-site NeuroJobs Career Center connects employers with a pool of well-qualified candidates seeking opportunities ranging from postdoctoral and faculty positions to neuroscience-related jobs in industry and other areas. Job seekers and employers can take advantage of private interview booths and computers for posting and applying for jobs. For prices and more information on how to set up a NeuroJobs account, visit www.SfN.org/neurojobs. On-site payment can be made by credit card only.

    Graduate School Fair

    Date & Time: Saturday, November 13, 2021, 1–3 p.m. CST

    Sunday, November 14–Tuesday, November 16, 2021, noon–2 p.m. CST

    Location: Hall A

    Prospective graduate students can meet face-to-face with student advisors, program faculty, and graduate school representatives from dozens of national and international institutions at the Graduate School Fair.

    Diversity Poster Session

    Date & Time: Saturday, November 13, 2021, 2–4 p.m. CST

    Location: Hall A

    Join a special poster session and networking event featuring participants of the Neuroscience Scholars Program (NSP), ENDURE, SPINES, and other diversity fellowship programs.

    International Fellows Poster Session

    Date & Time: Saturday, November 13, 2021, 2–4 p.m. CST

    Location: Hall A

    Meet the next generation of leading young investigators from the Latin American Training Program (LATP) and award winners selected by the International Brain Research Organization (IBRO), Japan Neuroscience Society (JNS), and the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS).

    Trainee Professional Development Awards Poster Session

    Date & Time: Saturday, November 13, 2021, 2–4 p.m. CST

    Location: Hall A

    This poster session and networking event will honor award-winning posters from undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

    Celebration of Women in Neuroscience Discussion Session

    Date & Time: Sunday, November 14, 2021, 2–3 p.m. CST

    Location: Room S401

    This on-site discussion session will focus on questions and topics generated by this year’s annual Celebration of Women in Neuroscience Session, which will be held during the virtual portion of the meeting

    SfN Members’ Business Meeting

    Date & Time: Monday, November 15, 2021, 2:30–3:15 p.m. CST

    Location: TBD

    Join us at the Members' Business Meeting! Take advantage of this opportunity to share your thoughts and suggestions with the Society's leadership, learn more about SfN's latest accomplishments and how to get involved in SfN committees, and enjoy light refreshments while networking with your peers.

8:00 AM - 9:30 PM

McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois

Saturday, 13 November 2021

8:00 AM

Time

     9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST

    NeuroJobs Career Center

     11 a.m.–1 p.m. CST

    Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society — Life of a Neuron
    Lecturer: Sandro Kereselidze

      1–2 p.m. CST

    Meet-the-Expert Session — Building Things in Brains — Chemistry Construction Projects for Analysis and Discovery in Neural Systems 
    Speaker: Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD

     1–3 p.m. CST

    Symposia/Minisymposia

     1–3 p.m. CST

    Graduate School Fair

     2–3 p.m. CST

    Special Lecture — Learning From Prediction Error
    Lecturer: Reza Shadmehr, PhD

     2–4 p.m. CST

    Diversity Poster Session

     2–4 p.m. CST

    International Fellows Poster Session

     2–4 p.m. CST

    Trainee Professional Development Awards Poster Session

     3–4:30 p.m. CST

    Storytelling Session — Oh Sh*t — Great Scientists Tell Stories About Their Greatest Failures 50th
    Chair: Megan Hagenauer, PhD

     3–5 p.m. CST

    Symposia/Minisymposia

     3–5 p.m. CST

    Professional Development Workshop — Increasing Public Support for Your Research and Advancing Your Career Through Effective Science Writing
    Moderator: Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, PhD 

     3:30–4:30 p.m. CST

    Special Lecture — The Short and Long of Inhibition
    Lecturer: Hannah Monyer, MD

     5:15–6:30 p.m. CST

    Presidential Special Lecture — Spinal Cord Gateways to Restore Neurological Functions
    Lecturer: Gregoire Courtine, PhD

8:00 AM - 8:45 PM

McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois

Sunday, 14 November 2021

8:00 AM

Time

    9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CST 

    Posters

     9:30–10:30 a.m. CST

    Special Lecture — The Mysteries of Sleep — Toward the Molecular Substrate for "Sleepiness"
    Lecturer: Masashi Yanagisawa, MD, PhD

     9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST

    Exhibits

     9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST

    NeuroJobs Career Center             

     10 a.m.–noon CST

    Symposia/Minisymposia 

     11 a.m.–noon CST

    Special Lecture — Itchy and Scratchy — Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Acute and Chronic Itch
    Lecturer: Diana Bautista, PhD

     11 a.m.–noon CST

    Meet-the-Expert Session — Studying Both Sexes in a World Built Around the Male Brain 
    Speaker: Rebecca Shansky, PhD 

     Noon–2 p.m. CST 

    Graduate School Fair

     12:30–1:30 p.m. CST 

    Special Lecture — Brain Mechanisms Underlying the Vulnerability for Compulsive Drug Use
    Lecturer: Veronica Alvarez, PhD

     1–3 p.m. CST 

    Symposia/Minisymposia 

     1:30–5 p.m. CST

    Posters 

     2–3 p.m. CST 

    Celebration of Women in Neuroscience Discussion Session 50th
    Moderator: Diane Lipscombe, PhD

     3:30–5 p.m. CST

    Dual Perspectives — Can Artificial Intelligence (AI) Provide a Theoretical Framework For Understanding the Brain or Is It Too Far Removed From Physiology To Be Useful?
    Moderator: Anthony Zador, MD, PhD

     5:15–6:30 p.m. CST

    Presidential Special Lecture — Integration of Mind and Metabolism
    Lecturer: Dana Small, PhD 

8:00 AM - 8:45 PM

McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois

Monday, 15 November 2021

8:00 AM

Time

    9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CST

    Posters

     9:30–10:30 a.m. CST

    David Kopf Neuroethics Lecture — The Law and Neuroprosthetics
    Lecturer: Jennifer Chandler, JD, LLM 

     9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST

    Exhibits

     9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST

    NeuroJobs Career Center

     10 a.m.–noon CST

    Symposia/Minisymposia

     11 a.m.–noon CST

    Special Lecture — Proteins, Synapses, and Memory — Local Translation of mRNAs in Neurons
    Lecturer: Erin Schuman, PhD 

     11 a.m.–noon CST

    Meet-the-Expert Session — Learning to Watch and Listen: A Harmonious Life as a Developmental Neuroscientist and Educator 
    Speaker: Lisa Goodrich, PhD 

     11 a.m.–noon CST 

    Then and Now Panel — What Makes a Model Nervous System? 50th
    Chair: TBD 

     Noon–2 p.m. CST

    Graduate School Fair

     1–2 p.m. CST 

    Meet-the-Expert Session — Finding Simplicity in Complexity
    Speaker: Dani Bassett, PhD 

     1–3 p.m. CST 

    Symposia/Minisymposia 

     1:30–5 p.m. CST 

    Posters 

      2–3 p.m. CST 

    Special Lecture — Neuronal Mechanisms of Value-Based Decision-Making — A Brain-Machine Interface Approach
    Lecturer: Joni Wallis, PhD

      2:30–3:15 p.m. CST 

    SfN Members' Business Meeting

      3–5 p.m. CST 

    Professional Development Workshop — Inclusion in Higher Education: Designing Training Environments to Serve All Students
    Moderator: Taralyn Tan, PhD 

      3:30–4:30 p.m. CST 

    Albert and Ellen Grass Lecture — From the Neuroscience of Individual Variability to Climate Change
    Lecturer: Eve Marder, PhD

      3:30–5 p.m. CST 

    Symposia/Minisymposia 

      5:15–6:30 p.m. CST 

    Presidential Special Lecture — From Development to Repair — How Growth Factors and Stem Cells Build the Brain
    Lecturer: Freda Miller, PhD 

8:00 AM - 11:30 PM

McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

8:00 AM

Time

    9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CST 

    Posters

     9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST 

    Exhibits

     9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. CST 

    NeuroJobs Career Center

     10 a.m.–noon CST

    Symposia/Minisymposia 

     11 a.m.–noon CST 

    Special Lecture — Stress Contagion, Shadows, and Synaptic Imprinting
    Lecturer: Jaideep Bains, PhD

     11 a.m.–noon CST 

    Meet-the-Clinician-Expert Session — Genetic Forms of Dementia in a Unique Clinical Setting: The Story of Colombia 
    Speaker: Kenneth Kosik, MD

     Noon–2 p.m. CST

    Graduate School Fair

     1–2 p.m. CST

    Meet-the-Expert Session — What Do Astrocytes Do at Synapses and Why Should We Care? 
    Speaker: Cagla Eroglu, PhD 

     1–3 p.m. CST 

    Symposia/Minisymposia

     1:30–5 p.m. CST 

    Posters

     3–5 p.m. CST 

    Professional Development Workshop — Combating Burnout Through Self Care: A Necessary Investment in Your Well-Being
    Moderator: Ericka Boone, PhD; Marguerite Matthews, PhD; Emily Sparks

     3:30–5 p.m. CST 

    Symposia/Minisymposia

8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

McCormick Place Convention Center, in Chicago, Illinois

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