Neuroscience Retreats

2009 Rockefeller University Neuroscience Retreat

UPDATED May 20, 2009

Wave Hill
A Public Garden & Cultural Center
Riverdale, The Bronx, New York
Monday, June 1, 2009

This year's neuroscience retreat will be held as a one-day event at Wave Hill in Riverdale in the Bronx. The goal of the retreat is to provide a casual atmosphere for scientific and social interactions for the Rockefeller Neuroscience community.

*NEW PHOTOS OF THE RETREAT* Thanks to all for participating in a great event on June 1st. Daniel Andor has posted a Flickr photo set of this event. The next retreat will be held in 2011!

*NEW* The registration system for this event can be accessed at this link. Please be sure to sign up for a seat on the bus or to be added to the list for an on-site parking space. Garden tours are now open to everyone and will be provided by docents stationed around the gardens.

IMPORTANT: The University is paying $300 for each registered attendee at this retreat. If you registered but are unable to attend, please send an email to by Friday May 22, 2009 to cancel your participation. Cancellations sent to us less than one week before the event will result in a $300 charge to your personal or laboratory account.


Plenary talks will be given by Paul Greengard and our newest neuroscience faculty member, Winrich Freiwald. We are excited to announce that Matthew A. Wilson, Sherman Fairchild Professor of Neuroscience and Picower Scholar at the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at M.I.T. has accepted our invitation to be the guest outside speaker at this year's retreat. Dr. Wilson has been a leader in multiunit recording technology as applied to the hippocampal place cells in rodents as well as the recapitulation of activity patterns from waking activity during sleep. The overall research interests of his lab are finding out how memories are formed and retrieved. Learn more about the work of Matt Wilson here.

Seven short talks have been selected by the committee from abstracts submitted by students and postdocs.

*NEW* By popular demand, we WILL be having a poster session this year. Please email Jill Benz by Tuesday May 26, 2009 if you will be bringing a poster. Posters will be on display throughout the day and poster presenters will be available during the cocktail hour prior to dinner.

The Garden is closed to the public on the day of our event, and there will be many breaks during the day for you to enjoy the surroundings. Wave Hill will be offering guided tours of the gardens (details below).

*NEW* You can download the Program for the retreat here.

The final schedule of events is:
10:00-10:20 Short Talk 1: Joseph Dougherty (Heintz Lab), "Translational profiling of serotonergic neurons identifies candidate genes for autism"
10:20-10:40 Short Talk 2: Dragana Rogulja (Young Lab), "A search for molecular mechanisms of sleep in Drosophila melanogaster"
11:10-11:30 Short Talk 3: Manuel Castellano-Munoz (Hudspeth Lab), "Efferent control of electrical and mechanical properties of hair cells"
11:30-12:15 Paul Greengard, Vincent Astor Professor and Head of Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, "p11: a predictor of vulnerability to depression"
2:00-2:20 Short Talk 4: Soledad Miranda-Rottman (R. Darnell Lab), "The splicing factor Nova2 regulates efferent innervation of the mouse cochlea"
2:20-2:40 Short Talk 5: Eve-Ellen Govek (Hatten Lab), "The role of RhoE (Rnd3) in cerebellar granule cell neurogenesis"
2:40-3:00 Short Talk 6: Anne Schaefer (Greengard Lab), "Neuronal loss of the epigenetic regulators GLP and G9a causes a mental retardation-like syndrome"
3:40-4:00 Short Talk 7: Manuel Zimmer (Bargmann Lab), "Neurons detect increases and decreases in oxygen levels using distinct guanylate cyclases"
4:00-4:45 Winrich Freiwald, Assistant Professor and Head of Laboratory, "Taking apart the neural machinery of face processing"
5:00-6:00 GUIDED TOURS OF WAVE HILL GROUNDS (Docents available throughout the garden to answer questions)
8:00-9:00 Plenary Talk: Matthew A. Wilson, Picower Center and M.I.T., "Hippocampal memory reactivation"
9:00 Departure

Wave Hill is closed to the public on this day and so our group will have exclusive access to the grounds. We have programmed lots of breaks so that attendees can enjoy the surroundings in between the scheduled talks. 

*NEW* There was very strong interest in the guided garden tour, so we decided to open this to everyone. The University will sponsor expert garden docents who will be stationed around the garden to answer any questions you may have. Docents will be available from 5-6pm.

The University will provide round-trip bus transportation, leaving from the 66th Street and York Avenue gate at 8:45AM on Monday June 1. Assembled on York Avenue outside the front gate. Buses will be lined up along York Avenue. We will be departing the Garden at 9PM the same day. Travel time is approximately 35 minutes. Buses will be chartered according to the number of people who sign up for bus transportation. If you want a seat on the bus, please indicate this on the on-line registration form.

If you wish to take the public transportation, both MetroNorth and the MTA Subway will bring you to the Riverdale area. Wave Hill provides free shuttle van service between the front gate and the Metro-North Railroad Riverdale station and the terminus of the #1 subway train at West 242nd Street.

*NEW* For those who wish to drive, there is limited parking on-site at Wave Hill. Detailed directions and maps can be found here. You need to be on the list for parking spaces. Drivers who show up without informing us first will be turned away and will need to find on-street parking elsewhere, which will be almost impossible to find. Do not drive to Wave Hill unless you have confirmed with us that you are on the parking list!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact: Leslie Vosshall or Jill Benz

On behalf of the Neuroscience Retreat Committee:
Cori Bargmann
Torsten Wiesel
Bruce McEwen
George Reeke
Sid Strickland
Mike Young
Leslie Vosshall

This event is made possible by generous support from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior and by President Paul Nurse.


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