Poster, Panel, Short Course Topics, and  Travel Fellow are now CLOSED for submissions for the 2024 Winter Conference on Brain Research.

Diversity in Science

The Winter Conference on Brain Research supports diversity in science — to make science careers accessible to people of all backgrounds, enhance participation of diverse populations in clinical studies, bring various research questions into the scientific community, and, on a practical level, enable WCBR to continue competing successfully for the NIH R13 Grant that supports travel fellows. WCBR recognizes that diversity takes many forms: race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, professional seniority, type of home institution, scientific background, financial background (e.g. qualified for federal grants in college), educational background (e.g. first generation college students or high school experiences absent of Advanced Placement, Honors, or International Baccalaureate programs), etc. The Winter Conference on Brain Research also supports diversity in scientific approach and encourages submissions that report work with multiple levels of analysis and basic, clinical, and translational research approaches.

Photography and Videography Policy

Winter Brain 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.

Scientific Session Descriptions

A panel should provide an informative introduction to a specialized area for a diverse audience of neuroscientists. This format should consist of four formal presentations of about 20-25 minutes/speaker on a common topic. Speakers should be experts in the topic; skilled and committed to giving an overview of the subject. Organizers are particularly encouraged to include qualified minority scientists and young investigators in their sessions. Panels permit a session chair (organizer) and up to four speakers (one of whom can be the chair). If the session chair intends to make more than brief introductory remarks, only three additional participants should be included. Speaker order should be indicated in the proposal abstract and it is critical that this order be adhered to. Provide time for discussion from members of the audience.

September 8, 2023: Chairs: create panel and add/invite presenters
September 15, 2023: Presenters: Submit presentation title and complete your disclosures
September 15, 2023: Chairs: enter overall abstract and finalize/submit the panel.

Space will be available for posters, and this format provides another opportunity for scientists to attend Winter Brain. Posters are displayed in daily sessions with a special evening poster session for the highest ranked poster abstracts by junior investigators. Presenters of these posters may be eligible for awards given at the banquet – please plan to attend the banquet. The maximum size of the poster board is 4′ tall by 8′ wide. If accepted, please prepare accordingly.


Poster Awards – Eligibility

Eligible scientist must be within 10 years since receipt of Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent advanced degree, or be in a program leading to such a degree.

  • Extensions of this time limit will be considered for candidates with special circumstances (e.g. a documented leave-of-absence to care for family members, etc).
  • Previous winners of Poster Awards are eligible for an award in subsequent years, but will not receive more than one free registration.

What the Poster Award provides:

  • Poster Award Winners will receive a Certificate of Recognition from the Winter Brain
  • Winners receive one free registration to a future Winter Brain meeting (valid for 3 years)
  • Note that there is a cap on one free registration for a poster award, and two free registrations for any combination of Travel Fellowships and Poster Awards

A person will be able to submit up to two panels and/or two posters (maximum four abstracts). A person submitting a poster must be the presenter of that poster, but there is no limit on the number of posters for which he or she is a contributing author.

Abstracts should include the full title and full author/presenter names and affiliations. Please be sure all special characters display correctly in the file, and refrain from using ALL CAPS or all lowercase letters. Abstract bodies should not exceed 2,000 characters (including spaces).

Questions? Please contact Winter Brain (