Neuroscience Retreats

2015 Rockefeller University Neuroscience Retreat

UPDATED May 21, 2015

Wave Hill
A public garden & cultural center
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue (main entrance)
Riverdale, Bronx, NY 10471-2899
Monday, May 18, 2015

This year's neuroscience retreat will be held as a one-day event on Monday, May 18, 2015 at Wave Hill in Riverdale in the Bronx, New York from 9:30am-9pm. Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.

The goal of the retreat is to provide an informal atmosphere to foster scientific and social interactions among the Rockefeller neuroscience community.

2015 Rockefeller University Neuroscience Retreat Event Photos

Photos from the event can be viewed HERE.

The registration system for this event can be accessed HERE. Please register as early as possible because this event is very popular and fills quickly. We maintain a waiting list once the limit of 150 registered attendees has been reached. The registration system will ask you if you want a seat on the bus going to or returning from Wave Hill. Parking is limited, and you must sign up for a spot if you plan to drive your own car. 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 1, 2015 to cancel your participation. Cancellations without an explanation, such as medical or family emergency, sent to us after May 1 will result in a $300 charge to your personal or laboratory account.

Faculty talks will be given by Mary Beth Hatten, who studies the developmental wiring of neural circuits using the cerebellum as a model, and Tim Ryan, who studies the molecular basis of synaptic transmission in the mammalian brain. Our plenary speaker will be Massimo Scanziani, an HHMI Investigator at UCSD who studies the balance of excitation and inhibition in cortical circuits.

Six short talks by students and postdocs will be selected from submitted abstracts. The deadline for abstract submissions is April 1, 2015, and you will be notified by April 15, 2015 if your abstract has been selected for a short talk. We will not be having a poster session this year.

8:30 Bus Departure from The Rockefeller University
9:30-10:00 Arrival, Check-in, and Continental Breakfast
10:00-10:20 Short Talk 1: Aakanksha Singhvi (Research Associate/Shaham Lab): "Glial Cues and Neuronal cGMP Together Regulate Sensory Neuron Receptive Ending Shape and Function"
10:20-10:40 Short Talk 2: Daibhid O Maoileidigh (Postdoctoral Associate/Hudspeth Lab): "A Hair Bundle’s Function can be Controlled by its Mechanical Load"
10:40-11:00 Short Talk 3: Anmo Kim (Postdoctoral Associate/Maimon Lab): "Visual Efference Copy in Flying Drosophila"
11:00-11:20 Coffee Break/Free Time
11:20-12:05 Faculty Talk 1: Tim Ryan: "The Biology of Axonal and Synaptic Power Supplies"
12:05-12:25 Short Talk 4: Erica Korb (Postdoctoral Fellow/Allis Lab): "The Role of Brd4 in Transcriptional Regulation, Memory Consolidation, and Seizure Susceptibility"
12:30-2:30 Buffet lunch/Free time/Self-guided Garden Tours
2:30-2:50 Short Talk 5: Raphael Cohn (Graduate Fellow/Ruta Lab): "Circuit Mechanisms for Flexible Sensory Processing in Drosophila"
2:50-3:10 Short Talk 6: Alicia Guemez Gamboa (Postdoctoral Associate/Gleeson Lab): "PCDH12 is Mutated in a Human Brain Wiring Syndrome and Mediates Axonal Self-Repulsion in a Cofilin-Dependent Fashion"
3:10-3:55 Faculty Talk 2: Mary Beth Hatten: "Changes in Chromatin Remodeling Genes During Circuit Formation in Developing CNS"
4:00-4:30 Coffee Break/Free Time
4:30-5:30 Plenary Talk: Massimo Scanziani (UCSD): "Cortical Circuits of Vision"
5:30-6:30 Cocktail Reception/Free Time/Self-Guided Garden Tours
6:30-8:30 Seated Dinner
9:00 Departure

Wave Hill will be closed to the public on this day, but the grounds are open for self-guided tours. There will be garden docents posted around the property who can answer any questions you may have.

The University will provide round-trip bus transportation, leaving from the 66th Street and York Avenue gate at 8:30AM on Monday, May 18, 2015. The buses will be lined up along the driveway by Founders Hall and/or along York Avenue near the 66th Street gate and we will start loading at 8:15am. Buses will depart as soon as they are full. The last bus will be held for departure until 8:45am to accommodate latecomers and parents who are dropping children off at the Child and Family Center or local schools. We will be departing Wave Hill at 9PM the same day and return to the Rockefeller campus. Travel time is approximately 30 - 45 minutes, depending on traffic.

For those who wish to drive or take public transportation, please find directions here. Wave Hill is easily accessible by Metro North, and MTA trains and buses. There is limited parking on-site at Wave Hill if you plan to drive your personal car. You need to register for a parking space and will be turned away if your name is not on the parking list.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Neuroscience Retreat Coordinator, Linda Hanssler

This event is made possible by generous support from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior, a program of the Leon Levy Foundation, and President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.

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