Registration for the 2024 Winter Conference on Brain Research is open!

 Should you have a disability and need special accommodations, please contact the WCBR Executive Office at or 615-324-2356.


The 56th Annual Winter Conference on Brain Research will be hosted January 27 – February 1, 2024 in Breckenridge, CO. Stay tuned for more information!


Everyone is welcome to attend the 2024 Winter Conference on Brain Research! You do not have to be a presenter in a panel or poster to register for the meeting. However, presenters are eligible for the discounted rate. Please review the registration types below and register based on your eligibility.

All attendees, including presenters, pay the registration fee.

Registration includes the following meals and functions: Saturday Opening Reception, Sunday – Thursday Breakfasts, Wednesday Mountain Lunch, Sunday and Tuesday Refreshment Breaks, Wednesday Special Poster Reception, and Thursday Closing Banquet.

If you are staying within the Winter Brain room block at Beaver Run you will receive a $200 discount.*

2024 Standard Registration Rates

 Student Presenter with alternative housing: $300Student Presenter with housing discount: $300

Presenter with alternative housing: $900 | Presenter with housing discount: $700

Non-Presenter with alternative housing: $1050 | Non-Presenter with housing discount: $850

Cancellation Policy
A partial refund will be honored before December 28, 2023, less a $150 service fee. No standard refunds will be issued after December 28, 2023. Substitutions are allowed at any time. For cancellations, please contact the Executive Office directly at

Exhibitor Registration
Please contact Winter Brain’s Executive Office by emailing directly if you are interested in exhibiting at the 2024 Winter Conference on Brain Research.

General Information
Guest meal tickets for those who may be accompanying you (i.e., spouse, child, or colleague) can be ordered under additional registration options.
An electronic program book will be available on the website and a smartphone application. A printed program book will not be available this year.

Housing Accommodations

Housing reservations for the 2024 Winter Conference on Brain Research – NOW OPEN! 

Should you have a disability and need special accommodations, please contact the Winter Brain Executive Office at or  615-324-2365.


Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, Breckenridge. Rates from USD93.
Winter Brain has secured a discounted sleeping room block at the Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center.

In order to receive the discounted group rate, make your reservations before Friday, December 22, 2023. After December 22, rates will increase based on the hotel’s availability.

For accommodation questions regarding Beaver Run Resort, please contact the Beaver Run Reservations team at 1-800-525-2253 and press option 2. Please identify yourself as a part of the Winter Conference on Brain Research 2024 group.


  • Hotel Stay Deposit: ​A credit card is required to be placed on file at the time the reservation is made. A 25% deposit is required to hold the reservation. Remaining charges for room, tax and fees for the entire stay is required 30 days prior to arrival.  
  • Hotel Cancellations:  For cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to arrival, the member will be charged a processing fee of Forty-Nine Dollars ($49) per reservation. If cancellation occurs less than 30 days to your arrival, full payment has been charged and the reservation is non-changeable and non-refundable. No-shows, early departures, and/or late arrivals are non-refundable. 
  • Ski lockers are available for those in buildings 1-3 at the conference center lift. Building 4 will have a locker. 
  • Check-in time: Begins at 4:00 pm 
  • Check-out time: 11:00 am  
  • Luggage storage is available through bell service for guests arriving prior to check-in time and for those involved in meetings or activities that extend past check-out time.  Photo ID is required at check-in along with a credit card or cash deposit for incidental charges. Debit cards are not recommended.
  • Extended Stays: Individuals must contact reservations directly to extend their reservation. The discounted group rates will be available to attendees wishing to extend their stay up to 3 days prior to and 3 days following the conference dates, subject to availability. Some exclusion may apply.
  • Fitness, Pools, and Hot Tubs: Beaver Run provides designated swimming pools, hot tubs, and fitness rooms for our overnight guests. Beaver Run pool regular hours are 10:00 am-10:00 pm. Hours are subject to change. Hotel room key is required for access. Building 4 features a pool and hot tub. Building 3 features an indoor/outdoor pool and 8 hot tubs.
  • Parking: Self-parking is available at a 50% discount, for a price of $18 for conference guests at all Beaver Run Resort. Valet parking is not available. Please pull in to the “15-minute” parking area to receive parking instructions from the front desk based on your building.

Should you have a disability and need special accommodations, please contact the WCBR Executive Office at or 615-324-2365.


Epic Mountain Express | Denver Airport Shuttle | EME Shuttles

Epic Mountain Express is offering Winter Brain attendees discounted shared shuttles and private transportation options to Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center. 

Book early: Demand that time of year is high so please book transportation as early as possible to avoid availability issues.  

Shared Shuttle Pricing is $98 round-trip from the Denver International Airport.

Health and Safety

Given the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, WCBR is implementing a mandatory vaccine and booster requirement for all in-person meeting attendees. Entrance to the Conference Center and all designated WCBR meeting spaces will be limited to registered scientific meeting attendees, staff, and guests. All attendees and guests must provide proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccination record and a minimum of (1) COVID-19 booster shot.

COVID-19 vaccination cards about to become artifact of the past | PBS  NewsHour

All WCBR registrants will be required to upload a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination card during registration. Those wishing to apply for a medical exemption authorized by their primary care provider may reach out to the WCBR Executive Office at to request a medical exemption form.

During registration, attendees will also be asked to sign the WCBR Waiver and Release of Liability for Communicable Disease, acknowledging that they understand the risks involved with in-person meetings.

Consistent with the commitment of The Winter Conference on Brain Research (Winter Brain) to provide a safe and productive conference experience and comply with applicable laws and regulations and is based upon guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and public health authorities, as applicable, Winter Brain has adopted the following
vaccination policy.

All attendees and guests must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for at least 14 days prior to the first date of the conference. Winter Brain strongly recommends all attendees maximize their
protection by being up to date on their vaccines, which includes getting COVID-19 boosters when eligible.

All attendees and guests will be required to attest to their vaccination status and submit a waiver of liability and assumption of risk during registration process. All attendees and guests will be required to attest that they will test for COVID-19 and follow current CDC isolation and masking guidance if exhibiting any symptoms prior to the departure for the meeting or while attending the meeting. All attendees and guests will adhere to all safety and health protocols issued by Winter Brain or any  federal, state or local authorities in place at the time of the conference.
Masks are welcome but not required. Any attendee or guest that exhibits cold-like symptoms should wear a mask to help prevent the spread of communicable disease.

Attestation of COVID Vaccination Status (Revised November 22, 2023)
Winter Brain Waiver and Release of Liability for Communicable Disease (Revised November
22, 2023)
Code of Conduct (Revised November 22, 2023)

Code of Conduct

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.

Cancellation Policy

A partial refund will be honored before December 28, 2023 less a $150 service fee. No standard refunds will be issued after December 28, 2023. Substitutions are allowed at any time. For cancellations regarding COVID-19 restrictions and limitations, please contact the Executive Office directly at

Plenary Address: Sleep to Change Your Mind

Gina Poe, Ph.D.
Eleanor Leslie Professor of Innovative Brain Research at UCLA

Gina Poe is the Eleanor Leslie Professor of Innovative Brain Research at UCLA. Her laboratory resides in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology with joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Neurobiology. Her internationally renown research investigates the role of sleep in memory consolidation, focusing on the different electrophysiological and neurochemical features characteristic of different states of consciousness and the actions of catecholamines, anesthesia, etc. on learning and unlearning. Her keynote, titled “Sleep to change your mind“, will explore the conditions of sleep-dependent neural plasticity necessary to update one’s cognitive schema. Updates are necessary during learning, when recovering from addiction or post-traumatic stress disorder, or any other condition when one changes one’s mind. She will later give a Brain Talk Town Hall engaging clinicians, basic scientists, and the public in discussion around the various functions of sleep, how sleep can go wrong in mental health disorders, and how sleep can be optimized.

Plenary: Sleep to change your mind

Brain Talk Town Hall: Optimal sleep for an optimal you