MAR 11, 2020

Neuroscience 2020

LabRoots is excited to present the 8th Annual Neuroscience Virtual Conference, to be broadcasted live on March 11, 2020.  This distinguished, online-only, event is free to attend and will once again bring together the neuroscience community to discuss and present the newest advances in understanding the human brain, neuropsychiatric disorders, and behavorial processes as it relates to the brain function. 

The theme for this years event is Brain Function: In Health and In Disease and will include the following tracks and topics:

NIH BRAIN Initiative: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Neuroscience

  • Cell Type Diversity
  • Tool Development
  • Advancing Human Neuroscience
  • Training and Diversity
  • Understanding Circuits and Behavior

Understanding the Scourge of Neurodegenerative Diseases and Dementia

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Neuroprotective agents and their role in ND

Behavioral and Psychiatric Disorders

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression

Our virtual conference allows you to participate in a global setting with no travel or cost to you. The event will remain open 6 months from the date of the live event.  The webinars will be available for unlimited on-demand viewing.  This virtual conference also offers increased reach for the global microbiology community with a high degree of interaction through live-streaming video and chat sessions.

Like the 2019 conference, this event will be produced on our robust platform, allowing you to watch, learn and connect seamlessly across all desktop or mobile devices. Equipped with gamification and point system, you can now move around the entire event, earning points for a chance to win one of LabRoots' most popular T-shirts.

Call for Posters — Virtual poster sessions offer the opportunity to present data to a global audience via a PDF poster and video summary and discuss results with interested colleagues through email. Plan now to have your poster included in the Neuroscience 2020 Virtual Event. Submission is free. Submit your abstract here.

Continuing Education
LabRoots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this event, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit per presentation for a maximum of 40 credits.

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              Virtual poster sessions offer the opportunity to present data to a global audience via a PDF poster and video summary, and discuss results with interested colleagues through email. Posters should be submitted as a PowerPoint file. Presentations should incorporate illustrative materials such as tables, graphs, photographs, and large-print text. This content is not peer-reviewed. Submission is free.



              Enter the following information to this Submission Form:

              • Poster Title
              • Your Name
              • Your Institution
              • Your Email
              • Abstract describing the poster


              All submitted abstracts will be reviewed and decisions regarding acceptance will be made as abstracts are received. You will be notified within one week of receipt about acceptance. Further details and registration materials will be provided at that time. You do not have to be present in order to have a poster displayed. Only those abstracts approved by LabRoots may display posters at this event.

              If accepted, you will also have the opportunity to record a 3-5 minute summary video for each poster. LabRoots will work with each individual to create these videos. Video links and email contact information will be included on each poster displayed.

              Questions? Email

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              The speakers below have been approved for CME, CE, or CEU credits. To redeem your credits, locate the presentation you watched and click on the CME/CE/CEU buttons for further direction. For more general information regarding continuing education, the processes to receive credits, and the accreditation bodies, Click here


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