Congratulations to WCBR’s 2022 Pioneers

Jacqueline F. McGinty, Ph.D.

Mark Geyer, Ph.D.

Learn about your WCBR Pioneers HERE.

Letter from WCBR’s Conference Chair

As you know, the novel coronavirus pandemic forced the WCBR Executive Committee and Board of Directors to contemplate various options regarding the January 2021 meeting. As COVID-19 continues to affect communities around the world, we listened to your survey responses and agreed with the majority of you that our best path forward is to cancel the 2021 meeting in Snowbird, Utah. Neither an in-person nor a virtual meeting will be held.

The general consensus from our surveys and discussions is that the WCBR thrives as a face-to-face meeting where the sharing of science is as important during casual conversations outside of the formal components of the meeting as it is during the scheduled panel and poster sessions. It seems clear that a virtual WCBR, even at a break-even cost for the organization, would not be well-received among the majority of attendees. Moreover, the continued threat of spreading COVID-19 is real, and it is critical that we do our part to prevent this from occurring. Thus, the decision to cancel the in-person meeting is consistent with institutional travel guidelines and personal deliberations about health risks.

Please know that this has been an incredibly difficult decision for the Board of Directors. WCBR is a not-for-profit organization that depends heavily on its annual conference to sustain its financial well-being, but we do have reserve funds to sustain us through this challenge. WCBR remains committed to its mission to provide a forum for the dissemination of cutting-edge neuroscience at an annual meeting offering formal sessions within a relaxed networking environment amenable to all. We will freeze the status of elected Board members as well as the complimentary registrations for last year’s award winners. Poster and panel proposals already submitted for 2021 can be held and resubmitted for you in advance of the 2022 meeting deadlines. An announcement about this year’s Pioneer Awardees is forthcoming! Thank you for your patience as we navigate this uncharted territory together.

Keep WCBR in your future plans for sharing your science and advancing your career. We look forward to meeting again at Snowmass, Colorado in 2022 and will be ready to make the meeting as informative and energizing as ever.

Sincerely yours,
Kyle Frantz, WCBR Conference Chair
On behalf of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors

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.

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 or contact by telephone, 615-324-2365.