WCBR 2023 will be hosted at Snowbird Resort in Snowbird, Utah. The conference dates are January 20 – 25, 2023. Make plans to join WCBR for another great meeting next year. Registration and conference information will be available late Summer 2022.

Panel and Poster Submissions Are Open

You can now submit your scientific abstracts for panels, posters, and travel fellowship applications. WCBR offers a unique environment in which neuroscientists from many different disciplines interact in a comfortable, relaxed environment. The traditional scientific panels are scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.; this schedule allows ample time for informal discussions while riding the chair lift or engaging in other outdoor activities. In addition, there will be several mid-morning or early afternoon sessions and networking opportunities for non-skiers. 

CLICK HERE to read a letter from WCBR’s Program Chair Matthew Wanat, Ph.D., and Past Program Chair Peter Morgan, M.D., Ph.D., where they outline conference details, submission instructions, and categories. 

Panel Submissions – Chair: September 2, 2022
Panel Submissions – Presenters: September 9, 2022
Travel Fellow: September 9, 2022
Posters: October 14, 2022

Apply for a WCBR Travel Fellowship Award

WCBR selects Travel Fellowship Awardees each year to recognize outstanding science presented by young investigators. Recipients receive travel assistance to the meeting, complimentary registration, and future meeting benefits (panel awardees only). Travel Fellowship applications must accompany a panel or poster submission. 

To learn more about panel and poster Travel Fellowship awards, CLICK HERE

The deadline to submit your Travel Fellowship application is Friday, September 9, 2022.

LAST CALL: Short Course Topic Submissions Closing Soon

Short courses are included at WCBR in addition to regular panel sessions. Traditionally, two courses have been offered – one in the area of basic neuroscience (such as new techniques) and the other in the area of clinical neuroscience. These are different from regular panel sessions in that short courses are primarily aimed at a general audience of neuroscientists, not specialists in the field, and allow ample time for questions and discussion. If you would like to organize a short course, please log in to the WCBR submission website to submit a brief description of the course objectives and names of potential speakers. The deadline for short course submissions is Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Click here to submit a short course topic.

LAST CALL: Pioneer Nominations Closing Soon

WCBR is world-famous for drawing together pioneers in the field with up-and-coming junior scientists in a highly interactive environment. Starting in 2017 for the 50th WCBR, we acknowledged 8 WCBR Pioneers with awards and special scientific sessions that included the Pioneers along with junior scientists. The tradition has continued and for the conference in 2023, we plan to select 2 WCBR Pioneer Awardees. Previous winners are not eligible. We welcome nominations for the WCBR Pioneers, and encourage re-nomination of candidates who were not selected last year. Self nominations are permitted. 


Congratulations to WCBR’s 2022 Pioneers

Jacqueline F. McGinty, Ph.D.

Mark Geyer, Ph.D.

Learn about your WCBR Pioneers HERE.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR) is to provide a forum for the dissemination of all aspects of neuroscience at an annual meeting that offers cutting-edge science in formal sessions within a relaxed networking environment amenable to all. To achieve this mission, the WCBR focuses on the following three sub goals:

To exchange neuroscience research between a broad and diverse audience of neuroscientists through panels, short courses, and posters on basic, clinical, and translational findings at all levels from molecular to behavioral.

To increase diversity in neuroscience including, but not limited to, the provision of financial support for junior investigators.

To provide education in neuroscience to physicians and other healthcare professionals through continuing medical education, and to lay audiences through outreach activities.

If you have any questions, please email WCBR’s Executive Office at info@winterbrain.org or contact by telephone, 615-324-2365.

Photography and Videography Policy

WCBR does not allow photography or videography of oral presentations, slides and/or posters without permission from the presenter. At the beginning of the presentation, the presenter must either grant permission to the audience and/or include an icon on the first slide or poster signifying photos or videos are allowed.

Code of Conduct Policy

The Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR) is dedicated to providing a safe, productive and discrimination-free experience for all participants during the Annual Meeting regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, perceived disability, ancestry, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. WCBR does not tolerate discrimination or any form of harassment and is committed to enforcing this Code of Conduct Policy. CLICK HERE to continue reading WCBR’s Code of Conduct Policy.