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Glia in Health & Disease

July 16, 2020

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The eighth summer conference on Glia in Health & Disease is going fully virtual and will begin late morning EST on Thursday, July 16 and end late afternoon EST on Sunday, July 19, 2020. Oral sessions will be confined to later morning and afternoon sessions EST to maximize access by participants from around the world. An outline program will be posted shortly, following further discussion with the organizers.

The proposed meeting will assemble the leaders in the field, together with junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, to discuss new, cutting-edge developments in the study of all aspects of glial biology in health and disease.

Sessions & Co-Chairs:


Glial Development & Plasticity
Shai Shaham, Rockefeller University


Glial-Neuron Interactions in Glial Maturation
Sergiu Pasca, Stanford University
Benjamin Deneen, Baylor College of Medicine


Glial Regulation of Neuronal Function
Vassilis Pachnis, Francis Crick Institute, United Kingdom
Christian Klämbt, University of Muenster, Germany


Glial Responses in Injury, Disease, and Repair
Elly Hol, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
Alison Lloyd, University College London, United Kingdom


Glial-Vasculature Interactions
Brian MacVicar, University of British Columbia, Canada
Jessica Filosa, Augusta University


Myelination in Neuronal Circuit Development and Plasticity
Kelly Monk, Vollum Institute
Ragnhildur Thóra Káradóttir, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom


Glial-Glial Interactions
Dorothy Schafer, University of Massachusetts
Anna Molofsky, University of California, San Francisco


Glial Control of Circuits & Behavior
Misha Ahrens, Janelia Research Campus
Dwight Bergles, Johns Hopkins University


The format of the meeting will include a number of virtual oral sessions and virtual poster sessions. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from submitted abstracts. For this reason, abstracts from accomplished junior and senior investigators are warmly invited.

Of particular note for trainees, we will continue the tradition started in 2019 of selecting one graduate student and one postdoctoral scholar to receive the Ben Barres Trainee Award, and to deliver a longer talk during the meeting. This serves to highlight the many important advances made by trainees to our field, and to honor the memory and contributions of Dr. Ben Barres, who advanced the field not only with his seminal discoveries but also by his tireless and selfless mentoring of and advocacy for junior scientists.

As usual at Cold Spring Harbor meetings, abstracts of both poster and platform sessions will be published in an abstract book. The abstracts should focus on new and unpublished data. The organizers will select abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs.

We have funds to provide partial scholarships for individuals who are US citizens/permanent residents from minority groups under-represented in the life sciences. Please provide justification in writing to Catie Carr and state your financial needs. Preference will be given to those applying who submit abstracts to the meeting.

All questions pertaining to registration, abstract submission, or any other matters may be directed to Catie Carr.

Partial support may be provided by: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


Virtual Attendance Package: $300
Virtual Graduate Student Package: $175

Virtual Attendance packages include registration, access to online Zoom-based oral sessions, access to the digital posters, a dedicated Slack channel and access to the video archive on the Leading Strand for ~six weeks following the meeting.


July 16
8:00 am - 5:00 pm




Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory