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Meeting Begins 10:30 AM EDT June 1, 2020

2020 6th annual BRAIN Initiative Investigators Virtual Meeting

We appreciate as the world continues to wrestle with adjusting to the consequence of the coronavirus outbreak, and we at NIH continue to work diligently and thoughtfully to try to find ways to address your diverse needs. After exploring multiple options for the 2020 BRAIN Initiative® Investigators Meeting, we have determined the safest, most responsible option for the BRAIN community and all interested parties is to hold this conference as a virtual event.

We hope you will join us starting May 27, 2020 to explore on-demand content.  Meeting programming to include broadcast of scientific presentations with live Question and Answer will begin at 10:30am EDT on Monday, June 1 and extend through 6:30pm EDT on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Content will be available on-demand for 12-months following the event. To access the virtual event, remember to log in with the same email that you used to register, using your registration confirmation number as your password, or if you are an existing LabRoots user, your normal LabRoots password.

The BRAIN Initiative® Investigators Meeting will convene BRAIN Initiative awardees, staff, and leadership from the contributing federal agencies (NIH, NSF, DARPA, IARPA, and FDA), plus representatives and investigators from participating non-federal organizations, and members of the media, public, and Congress. The purpose of this open meeting is to provide a forum for discussing exciting scientific developments and potential new directions, and to identify areas for collaboration and research coordination.

Federal BRAIN awardees should refer to their agency-specific email and/or federal project/program manager for additional instructions and details regarding participation in this meeting.

The target audience for this meeting includes:

  • Federally funded and non-federally funded BRAIN Initiative investigators
  • Non-federal organizations and groups invested in the BRAIN Initiative
  • BRAIN Initiative-related investigators at large
  • Federal staff
  • Members of Congress
  • Patient and advocacy groups
  • Media and general public

 

For general questions about meeting content and scientific programming:

BrainInitiativeConferences@mail.nih.gov

For registration questions:

NINDS Events Team, Kathy Berry  kberry@infinityconferences.com


Speakers
  • Plenary Keynote: Rachel Wilson, PhD

    Martin Family Professor of Basic Research in the Field of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Plenary Keynote: Eve Marder, PhD

    Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield University Professor of Biology, Brandeis University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Plenary Keynote: Edward Chang, MD

    Bowes Biomedical Investigator and Professor of Neurological Surgery, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Plenary Keynote: Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD

    David B. Arnold Professor of Science, Harvard University, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    BIOGRAPHY

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Agenda
  • Ethics in the time of COVID: an Interactive Discussion
    Dr. Christine Grady and Dr. Scott Kim
  • JUN 03, 2020 5:30 AM HKT
    Moderator/Speaker: Rohan Verma
    Speakers: Russell Poldrack, Daniela Witten
  • Plenary Address
    JUN 02, 2020 4:30 PM EDT
    Plenary Keynote: Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD
    David B. Arnold Professor of Science, Harvard University, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Trainee Award Highlight Talks
    JUN 02, 2020 3:30 PM EDT
    Moderators: John Ngai, Walter Koroshetz
  • JUN 02, 2020 1:30 PM EDT
    Organizer(s): Yong Yao
    Speakers: Bosiljka Tasic, Sebastian Preissl, Zhuzhu Zhang, Evan Macosko, Trygve Bakken, Fenna Krienen, Eran Mukamel
  • JUN 02, 2020 1:30 PM EDT
    Organizer(s): Micheal Lin, Adam Cohen
    Speakers: Valentina Emiliani, Meng Cui, Sara Abrahamsson, Jerome Mertz, Kaspar Podgorski, Na Ji, Alipasha Vaziri
  • JUN 02, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
    Organizer(s): William Gray-Roncal, Brock Wester
    Speakers: Alyssa Wilson, Jennifer Stiso, Luis Rodriguez, Dannis Cazarez, Eva Dyer, Nuno DaCosta, Jeff Lichtman, Kristen Harris, Stephen Plaza
  • JUN 02, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
    Organizer(s): Kari Ashmont, Brooks Gross
    Speakers: Chris Abbott, Helen Mayberg, Kareem Zaghloul, Ted Satterthwaite, Jen Collinger
  • JUN 02, 2020 10:30 AM EDT
    Plenary Keynote: Edward Chang, MD
    Bowes Biomedical Investigator and Professor of Neurological Surgery, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco
    BIOGRAPHY
  • JUN 01, 2020 4:30 PM EDT
    Plenary Keynote: Eve Marder, PhD
    Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield University Professor of Biology, Brandeis University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • JUN 01, 2020 3:30 PM EDT
    Moderators: John Ngai, Michelle Jones-London
  • JUN 01, 2020 1:30 PM EDT
    Organizer(s): Phil Starr, Greg Worrell
    Speakers: Claudia Angeli, Nanthia Suthana, Michelle Armenta Salas, Harrison Walker, Winston Chiong
  • JUN 01, 2020 1:30 PM EDT
    Organizer(s): Karen David, Cynthia Moss
    Moderator: Zoe Donaldson | Speakers: Paul Katz, Angeles Salles, Andres Bendesky, Galit Pelled, Cory Miller
  • JUN 01, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
    Organizer(s): Grace M. Hwang
    Speakers: Brad Pfeiffer, Konrad P. Kording, Joseph D. Monaco, Kanaka Rajan, Xaq Pitkow, Nathaniel D. Daw
  • JUN 01, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
    Organizer(s): Loren Frank, Rahul Panat
    Moderator: Cynthia Chestek | Speakers: Xie Chong, Tim Harris, Allison Yorita, and Eric Yttri
  • JUN 01, 2020 10:30 AM EDT
    Plenary Keynote: Rachel Wilson, PhD
    Martin Family Professor of Basic Research in the Field of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    BIOGRAPHY
Speakers

  • Plenary Keynote: Rachel Wilson, PhD
    Martin Family Professor of Basic Research in the Field of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Plenary Keynote: Eve Marder, PhD
    Victor and Gwendolyn Beinfield University Professor of Biology, Brandeis University
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Plenary Keynote: Edward Chang, MD
    Bowes Biomedical Investigator and Professor of Neurological Surgery, Weill Institute for Neurosciences, University of California, San Francisco
    BIOGRAPHY
  • Plenary Keynote: Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD
    David B. Arnold Professor of Science, Harvard University, Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    BIOGRAPHY
Show Us Your Brains

Show us your Brains! Photo and Video Contest now open. CLICK HERE


Neuroscience has come a long way since the hand drawings of Ramon y Cajal, and currently innovative technology continues to capture the wonder and beauty of the brain. As the entire world is now facing a major threat from the COVID-19 pandemic, science continues to progress on many other fronts. We want to see the amazing images and videos from your research as perhaps everyone could use a little break now and then from the coronavirus news! We have received some amazing images and videos from your research! The contest is now closed for submissions but please stay tuned for the voting link.

About Us

The National Institutes of Health, including the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the nine other Institutes and Centers supporting The BRAIN Initiative®, is proud to host this free event for federally-funded BRAIN Initiative investigators and trainees, other scientists interested in the BRAIN Initiative, federal employees, non-federal organizations invested in the Initiative, patient and advocacy groups, members of Congress and their staff, the media, and the general public.

​Our Co-Hosts

Additional federal and non-federal organizations contributing to this event include:

​2020 Program Committee Members

Samantha White, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Amy Adams, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Ned Talley, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Theresa Cruz, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Amy Poremba, National Institute of Deafness and Craniofacial Disorders
Doug Kim, National Institute of Mental Health
Shumin Wang, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Olivier Berton, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Christoph Schreiner, Multi-Council Working Group, BRAIN Initiative
Khara Ramos, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Amy Bernard, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Floh Thiels, National Science Foundation 
John Ngai, Principal Investigator, BRAIN Initiative Director Designee
Tianyi Mao, Principal Investigator

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