Neurobiology of Drosophila

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

05 October 2021


Registration Deadline

08 October 2021

Neurobiology of Drosophila

October 5 - 8/9, 2021

Abstract Deadline: July 16, 2021


Adrian Rothenfluh, University of Utah

Jill Wildonger, University of Wisconsin-Madison

We are pleased to announce the nineteenth biennial Neurobiology of Drosophila meeting, which will continue the bi-annual tradition of providing a forum for presentation of the most exciting and cutting-edge research currently ongoing in the field of neuroscience using the Drosophila model. With sessions ranging from synaptic transmission and neuronal development all the way to higher brain function and disease modeling, the program will provide broad coverage of the field from molecular to systems neuroscience. In addition, sessions focusing on technological innovations will supplement the program, allowing for dissemination of new methods that are revolutionizing neuroscience research.

Because of uncertainties around COVID19 and the possible development of effective vaccines, we are being flexible and considering two options:

1) In-person meeting beginning Tuesday evening, October 5 and ending with lunch on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

(We appreciate that due to vaccine availability and travel restrictions/concerns some participants may need to attend the in-person meeting virtually)

2) Virtual meeting, beginning Tuesday morning, October 5, and ending Friday afternoon, October 8, 2021.

The decision about meeting format will be made no later than June 18, 2021.

Topics & Discussion Leaders:

  • Circuit Formation and Function
  • Andrew Seeds, University of Puerto Rico

  • (Re)Generation of Neurons and Glia
  • Minoree Kohwi, Columbia University

  • Sensory Integration and Behavior
  • Katherine Nagel, New York University

  • Technological Innovations
  • Matthieu Louis, University of Santa Barbara

  • Neuroscience and Evolution in non-melanogaster Insects
  • Olena Riabinina, Durham University, UK

  • Neurological Disease and Injury
  • Thomas Lloyd, Johns Hopkins University

  • Synaptic Transmission and Plasticity
  • Robert Carrillo, University of Chicago

  • Neur-omics
  • Amanda Crocker, Middlebury College

Keynote Benzer Lecture:

Leslie Vosshall, Rockefeller University

Please bring this notice to the attention of any of your colleagues who may be interested in participating in the meeting.

All abstracts must be submitted by the abstract deadline. Late registrations may be accepted after the abstract deadline if the meeting is not oversubscribed. In the event of over-subscription, every effort will be made to ensure that all groups who wish to participate will be represented. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Please apply in writing via email to Catie Carr and state your financial needs; preference will be given to those who submit abstracts.

Nominate your student(s) for the 2019 Elkins Memorial Lecture Award - Graduate students working in any area of Drosophila neurobiology are eligible. Suitable candidates should be nominated by their thesis advisor on the basis of work that was carried out or completed since the last Cold Spring Harbor meeting in October 2017. The nomination letter outlining the qualifications of the candidate and the significance of the research, a C.V. and PDFs of relevant reprints or manuscripts should be submitted electronically to Dr. J. Troy Littleton by July 12, 2019.

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshldros. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

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Deposit/Virtual Fees:

Virtual Academic Package: $295

Virtual Graduate/PhD Student Package: $180

Virtual Corporate Package: $435

In-Person Fees

Academic Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,655

Academic Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1,555

Academic Shared Room Package: $1,415

Academic No-Housing Package: $1,055

Student Package*: $1,315

Student No-Housing Package: $955

Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $2,115

Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,515

*Student Housing is default double occupancy. Please enquire about availability and fees to upgrade to private room.

If registering on or before June 18, please ONLY pay the appropriate Virtual Package fee, If the meeting can be held in-person we will invoice you for the balance of fees due.

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.