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Neuroscience Retreats

Robin Chemers Neustein Professor
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
630 Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, New York 10591
Monday, May 8, 2017
9:30am-9pmThis year’s neuroscience retreat will be held as a one-day event at Blue Hill at Stone Barns located at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills in Westchester County, New York. Sited on the former dairy farm of the Rockefeller Family, Stone Barns is devoted to sustainable agriculture. The goal of the retreat is to provide a casual atmosphere to foster scientific and social interactions for the Rockefeller Neuroscience community.

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING
The University will provide round-trip bus transportation from campus. Four buses will arrive on campus on a staggered scheduled starting at ~ 8:00 am. The buses will be available for loading between 8:10 am and 8:30 am on the University’s main driveway inside the 66th Street gate. Each bus will depart as soon as it is filled. The last bus will be held until 8:45 am to accommodate parents who need to drop their children at the Child and Family Center.

For those who wish to drive, please find driving directions here. Free parking is available on-site.

THE PROGRAM
We are excited to announce that Dr. Sheena Josselyn, has accepted our invitation to give the plenary lecture at this year’s retreat. Dr. Josselyn is a Senior Scientist in the Neurosciences & Mental Health program at the Hospital for Sick Children, and an Professor in the departments of Psychology, Physiology and the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Toronto in Canada. She is known for her work on mechanisms of memory formation and retrieval. The retreat will also feature two new faculty members, Priya Rajasethupathy and Erich Jarvis, and seven short talks by students and postdocs. We will not be having a poster session this year.

THE SCHEDULE
8:30 Bus Departure from The Rockefeller University

9:30–10:00 Check-in and Continental Breakfast – HayBarn

10:00-11:00 Morning Session I – HayLoft

10:00-10:20 Short Talk 1: Laura Duvall
Postdoctoral Associate, Vosshall Lab
“Neuropeptide Y-like Regulation of Host-seeking in Aedes aegypti Mosquitoes”

10:20-10:40 Short Talk 2: Julien Azimzadeh
Biomedical Fellow, Hudspeth Lab
“Shedding Light on Hair Cells: Things Are Heating Up”

10:40-11:00 Short Talk 3: Georgia Rapti
Research Associate, Shaham Lab
“It Takes Two to Tango with Elegance: Glia and Pioneer Neurons Orchestrate Brain Assembly in C. elegans”

11:00-11:30 Coffee Break/Free Time – HayBarn

11:30-12:45 Morning Session II – HayLoft

11:30-12:05 Faculty Talk 1: Priya Rajasethupathy
Jonathan M. Nelson Family Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Neural Dynamics and Cognition
“Circuit Mechanisms of Top-down Memory Processing: Toward Generalization, Abstraction, and Creativity in Memory”

12:05-12:25 Short Talk 4: Sofia Axelrod
Postdoctoral Associate, Young Lab
“Blood-brain Barrier Integrity Is Required for Sleep”

12:25-12:45 Short Talk 5: Julia Sliwa
Research Associate, Freiwald Lab
“A Dedicated Network for Social Interaction Processing in the Primate Brain”

12:45-2:45 Buffet Lunch/Free Time/Guided Farm Tours – Dining Room/Terrace

2:45-4:00 Afternoon Session – HayLoft

2:45-3:05 Short Talk 6: Jonathan Green
Graduate Fellow, Maimon Lab
“How Does a Fly Know Where It Is Heading?”

3:05-3:25 Short Talk 7: Siegfried Weisenburger
Postdoctoral Associate, Vaziri Lab
“Large Volume Functional Imaging in the Mouse Brain”

3:25-4:00 Faculty Talk 2: Erich Jarvis
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Professor, Laboratory of Neurogenetics of Language
“Evolution of Brain Pathways and Genes for Vocal Learning and Spoken Language”

4:00-4:30 Coffee Break/Free Time – HayBarn

4:30-5:30 Plenary Talk: Sheena Josselyn – HayBarn
Senior Scientist, Program in Neurosciences and Mental Health, The Hospital for Sick Children
Professor, Departments of Psychology and Physiology, University of Toronto
“Making, Breaking and Linking Memories”

5:30-6:30 Cocktail Reception/Free Time – Dining Room/Terrace

6:30-8:30 Seated Dinner – HayLoft

9:00 Bus Departure from Blue Hill at Stone Barns

FREE TIME AND FARM TOURS
Farm Tours: During lunch there will be 30-minute farm tours guided by Stone Barns docents, and departing from the courtyard. Two guides will conduct the tours starting at 12:50pm, 1:20 pm, and 1:55 pm. Space is limited to 50 guests, 25 people per guide per tour, and the tours will depart as soon as filled. We recommend that those interested go on the tour first and have lunch afterwards. There will be plenty of fresh food for those returning from the tours.

Blue Hill has also generously opened their gift shop just for our group from 1:00 – 2:30pm. The store is located under the Archway you entered through this morning and has many unique items for your shopping pleasures (the jams are delicious!).

REGISTERING FOR THE RETREAT
The registration system for this event can be accessed here. Please be sure to sign up for a seat on the bus if you require transportation to/from Blue Hill at Stone Barns. 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 neuroretreat@mail.rockefeller.edu by Monday, April 15, 2017 to cancel your participation. Cancellations without an explanation, such as medical or family emergency, sent to us after April 15, 2017 will result in a $300 charge to your personal or laboratory account.

QUESTIONS
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the organizers.

This event is made possible by generous support from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior; the Kavli Neural Systems Institute; President Rick Lifton, and The Rockefeller University.

Wave Hill
A public garden & cultural center
West 249th Street and Independence Avenue (main entrance)
Riverdale, Bronx, NY 10471-2899
Monday, May 18, 2015
9:30am-9pmThis 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.

REGISTERING FOR THE RETREAT
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 neuroretreat@rockefeller.edu 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.

THE PROGRAM
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.

THE SCHEDULE
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

FREE TIME AND SELF-GUIDED GARDEN TOUR
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.

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING
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.

QUESTIONS
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.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
630 Bedford Road
Pocantico Hills, New York 10591
Monday, May 13, 2013
9:30am-9pmThis year’s neuroscience retreat will be held as a one-day event at Blue Hill at Stone Barns located at Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills in Westchester County, New York. Sited on the former dairy farm of the Rockefeller Family, Stone Barns is devoted to sustainable agriculture. The goal of the retreat is to provide a casual atmosphere to foster scientific and social interactions for the Rockefeller Neuroscience community.

REGISTERING FOR THE RETREAT
The registration system for this event can be accessed here. Please be sure to sign up for a seat on the bus if you require transportation to/from Blue Hill at Stone Barns. 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 neuroretreat@mail.rockefeller.edu by Monday, April 15, 2013 to cancel your participation. Cancellations without an explanation, such as medical or family emergency, sent to us after April 15 will result in a $300 charge to your personal or laboratory account.

THE PROGRAM
We are excited to announce that Rod MacKinnon and Vanessa Ruta will speak at the retreat and that Dr. Carla Shatz, Director of BioX at Stanford University, has accepted our invitation to give the plenary lecture at this year’s retreat. Dr. Shatz is a pioneer in the development and plasticity of the mammalian nervous system. Six short talks will be contributed by students and postdocs. We will not be having a poster session this year.

THE SCHEDULE
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: David Simon (Postdoctoral Fellow, Tessier-Lavigne Lab): “A Caspase Cascade Regulating Developmental Axon Degeneration”
10:20-10:40 Short Talk 2: Conor McMeniman (Postdoctoral Fellow, Vosshall Lab): “Impaired Multimodal Perception of Host Sensory Cues in Mosquito Carbon Dioxide Receptor Mutants”
10:40-11:00 Short Talk 3: Alina Patke (Research Associate, Young Lab): “Mutation of the Human Circadian Clock Gene Cry1 in Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder”
11:00-11:20 Coffee Break/Free Time
11:20-12:05 Faculty Talk 1: Rod MacKinnon: “Mechano-sensitive Ion Channel Gating”
12:05-12:25 Short Talk 4: Yevgeniy Sirotin (Levy Neuroscience Fellow): “Independent Representation of Intensity in Rodent Olfaction”
12:30-2:30 Buffet lunch/Free time/5 Guided Farm Tours (staggered departures during lunch)
2:30-2:50 Short Talk 5: Pinar Ayata (Visiting Fellow, Heintz Lab): “Decoding 5hmC as an Active Chromatin Mark in the Brain and Its Link to Rett Syndrome”
2:50-3:10 Short Talk 6: Steven Flavell (Postdoctoral Associate, Bargmann Lab): “Serotonin and PDF are Opposing Neuromodulators that Control a Bistable Behavior in C. elegans”
3:10-3:55 Faculty Talk 2: Vanessa Ruta: “Tracing Innate and Adaptive Olfactory Circuits in Drosophila”
4:00-4:30 Coffee Break/Free Time
4:30-5:30 Plenary Talk: Carla Shatz (Stanford University): “Surprise at the Synapse: MHC Class I, Pruning and Plasticity”
5:30-6:30 Cocktail Reception/Free Time/2 Guided Farm Tours (departing at 5:30 p.m.)
6:30-8:30 Seated Dinner
9:00 Departure

FREE TIME AND FARM ACCESS
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture will be closed to the public on this day, but the grounds are open for self-guided tours. There will be several breaks during the day for you to enjoy the surroundings. The Blue Hill gift shop will be opened up for our group during the lunch break (still to be confirmed!). 30 minute guided tours for groups of 20 participants will be available during the two hour lunch break and at the beginning of the cocktail hour. If you are interested in joining one of these tours, please be sure to sign up when you register.

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING
The University will provide round-trip bus transportation, leaving from the 66th Street and York Avenue gate at 8:30AM on Monday, May 13. The buses will be lined up 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 at the Child and Family Center or local schools. We will be departing Stone Barns at 9PM the same day and return to the Rockefeller campus. Travel time is approximately 45 – 60 minutes, depending on traffic.

For those who wish to drive, please find driving directions here. There is unlimited on-site free parking.

QUESTIONS
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Leslie Vosshall/Jill Benz

On behalf of the Neuroscience Retreat Committee:
Cori Bargmann
Torsten Wiesel
Bruce McEwen
George Reeke
Sid Strickland
Mike Young
Leslie Vosshall

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

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn, New York
Monday, May 23, 2011
9:30am-9pmNEW: Check updates below on bus departure time and on-site parking. Also please bring a valid I.D. as the bartenders may be checking ID at the bar.

This year’s neuroscience retreat will be held as a one-day event at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden located in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn, NY. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban garden known for its stunning horticultural displays and its research and educational activities in the plant sciences. The goal of the retreat is to provide a casual atmosphere to foster scientific and social interactions for the Rockefeller Neuroscience community.

REGISTERING FOR THE RETREAT
The registration system for this event can be accessed at this link. Please be sure to sign up for a seat on the bus if you require transportation to/from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

IMPORTANT: 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 neuroretreat@mail.rockefeller.edu by Friday, April 15, 2011 to cancel your participation. Cancellations without an explanation, such as medical or family emergency, sent to us after April 15 will result in a $300 charge to your personal or laboratory account.

THE PROGRAM

Seven short talks will be contributed by postdocs and neuroscience fellow Diego Laplagne. Faculty talks will be given by Torsten Wiesel, President Emeritus, and two of our newly recruited neuroscience faculty members, Daniel Kronauer and Gaby Maimon. Dr. Wiesel has been active worldwide in science since he retired from research in 1992 and will give us his perspectives on efforts to organize and develop scientific institutions. Dr. Maimon joined RU and founded the Laboratory of Integrative Brain Function in January 2011. His group will use neurophysiology and behavior to study sensory and motor processing in the fly. Dr. Kronauer will be joining the Rockefeller Community in July 2011 as Assistant Professor, Head of the Laboratory of Insect Social Evolution. We are excited to announce that Rockefeller’s new President, Dr. Marc Tessier-Lavigne, has accepted our invitation to give the evening plenary lecture at this year’s retreat. Dr. Tessier-Lavigne, a world leader in the study of brain development, will be establishing the Laboratory of Brain Development and Repair on campus this spring. He has pioneered the identification of the molecules that direct the formation of connections among nerve cells to establish neuronal circuits in the mammalian brain and spinal cord. Learn more about Dr. Tessier-Lavigne’s research here.

We will not be having a poster session this year.

THE SCHEDULE

8:30 Bus departure from Rockefeller University
9:30-10:00 Arrival, check-in, and continental breakfast
10:00-10:20 Short Talk 1: Jennifer Warner-Schmidt (Greengard Lab): “Depression and p11: From Molecules to Mood”
10:20-10:40 Short Talk 2: Diego Laplagne (Leon Levy Neuroscience Fellow): “A Study on Rat Vocal Communication, or, Why New Yorkers Should be Glad They Don’t Hear Ultrasounds”
10:40-11:00 Coffee break/Free time in the garden
11:00-11:45 Faculty Talk 1: Gaby Maimon: “Vision in Flying Fruit Flies”
11:45-12:30 Faculty Talk 2: Daniel Kronauer: “Invasion of the clones: Parthenogenetic reproduction and global spread of the ant Cerapachys biroi”
12:30-2:00 Buffet lunch/Free time in the garden
2:00-2:20 Short Talk 3: Aaron Steiner (Hudspeth Lab): “The Zebrafish Lateral Line as a Model for Hair Cell Regeneration”
2:20-2:40 Short Talk 4: Masato Yano (R. Darnell Lab): “HITS-CLIP as a Tool to Study Neural Development”
2:40-3:00 Short Talk 5: Eric Schmidt (Heintz Lab): “Using Bac-TRAP to Identify and Characterize a Neocortical Cell Population that Mediates Responses to Antidepressant Treatment”
3:00-3:40 Coffee break/Free time in the garden
3:40-4:00 Short Talk 6: Elizabeth Glater (Bargmann Lab): “The Genetic and Neuronal Basis of Food Preference Behavior in Caenorhabditis elegans
4:00-4:20 Short Talk 7: Lindy McBride (Vosshall Lab): “Evolutionary Genetic Analysis of Mosquito Preference for Human Scent”
4:20-4:50 Special Remarks: Torsten Wiesel
4:50-5:00 Break
5:00-6:30 Cocktail Reception/Free time in the garden
6:30-8:00 Buffet Dinner
8:00-9:00 Evening Talk: Marc Tessier-Lavigne: “Axon Guidance at the Midline Choice Point”
9:00 Departure

FREE TIME AND GARDEN ACCESS

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is closed to the public on this day so our group will have exclusive access to the grounds. There will be many breaks during the day for you to enjoy the surroundings.

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING

The University will provide round-trip bus transportation, leaving from the 66th Street and York Avenue gate at 8:30AM on Monday, May 23. The buses will be lined up along the Founders Hall driveway inside the 66th Street gate and we will start loading at 8:15am. Buses will depart as soon as they are full. The third bus will be held for departure until 8:45am to accommodate latecomers and parents who are dropping children at the Child and family Center. Buses will be dropping us at 1000 Washington Avenue in Brooklyn.

We will be departing the Garden at 9PM the same day. Travel time is approximately 45 – 60 minutes, depending on traffic.

There will be three buses chartered for transportation to the retreat and, based on past history, two buses chartered for return to the University that evening. If you want a seat on the bus for either direction, please indicate this on the on-line registration form. Bus cancellations should be sent to neuroretreat@mail.rockefeller.edu and must be received by April 15, 2011.

*NEW* To accommodate parents dropping children at the CFC, the third bus will be held to load after 8:30am and depart at 8:45am. The first two buses will start loading at about 8:15am and will depart at around 8:30am.

If you wish to take the public transportation, the MTA Subway will bring you to the Prospect Heights/Park Slope area of Brooklyn. The subway options are: the 2 or 3 line to Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum, the B or Q line to Prospect Park Station, or the 4 or 5 line to Franklin Avenue.

For those who wish to drive, there is unlimited paid parking on-site at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for $10 per vehicle. If you plan to drive, the cost of parking is your responsibility. Detailed directions and maps can be found here.

*NEW* If you are driving your own vehicle, please enter the BBG parking lot at 900 Washington Avenue. Even though the garden is closed to the public on this day, parking lot attendants are expecting members of our group.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us Leslie Vosshall/Jill Benz

On behalf of the Neuroscience Retreat Committee:
Cori Bargmann
Torsten Wiesel
Bruce McEwen
George Reeke
Sid Strickland
Mike Young
Leslie Vosshall

This event is made possible by generous support from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Center for Mind, Brain and Behavior and by Sir Paul Nurse and President Marc Tessier-Lavigne.





Contact Us

Laboratory of Neurogenetics and Behavior
Box No. 63
The Rockefeller University
1230 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Ms. Barbara Ghelardi
Lab Administrator

Leslie Vosshall