This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
Prior to the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Neurobiology of Cognition, we will host a Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Neurobiology of Cognition, geared specifically towards junior researchers at the doctorate and post-doctorate levels. This unique two-day seminar enables presentation and discussion of the latest cutting-edge science generated by trainees in a friendly and supportive academic atmosphere. Each attendee is expected to present a poster, at the very least. Talks will be selected by the GRS chair and co-chair from the submitted abstracts. The GRS enables attendees to gain a broad overview of the current state-of-the-art in the Neurobiology of Cognition field, network with their peers, and familiarize themselves with the Gordon Conference format before joining the GRC wherein senior, renowned scientists will present world-class research and discussion.
The 2020 Neurobiology of Cognition GRS will focus on "Multidisciplinary Approaches to Understanding the Neural Circuits of Cognition", transcending discipline-specific boundaries and encouraging debate on the strengths and limitations of currently-available techniques and/or methodologies. It is our intention to encourage and engage discussion on how these diverse state-of-the-art technologies can be better integrated to drive innovation in collaborative and cross-disciplinary human and non-human animal cognitive neuroscience research.
The GRS talks will be divided into two sessions following an opening keynote lecture on "Neural Circuits of Cognition and AI":
- Measuring the Neural Circuits of Cognition
This section will cover work that focuses on measuring brain activity in health and disease using neuroimaging, electrophysiology, calcium imaging and other correlational techniques in humans and laboratory animals.
- Modulating the Neural Circuits of Cognition
This section will include work that manipulates brain activity using, amongst other techniques, transcranial magnetic stimulation, pharmacological challenges, optogenetics, chemogenetics and/or permanent lesions to understand the causal role of brain circuits in cognition.
A concerted effort has been made by the chair and co-chair to organize a GRS mentorship panel for junior scientists involving conversation and discussion not only on academic career paths but also those related to industry, government, administration and entrepreneurship.
We sincerely hope you will join us in making the 2020 GRS on Neurobiology of Cognition a huge success. We will strive to uphold the principles of the Gordon Research Seminars in bringing together a talented community of junior scientists from diverse backgrounds and are committed to gender equality in the composition of our speakers. We look forward to receiving your application.
The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.
The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by April 25, 2020. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.
Gordon Research Seminars are 2-day meetings which take place on the Saturday and Sunday just prior to the start of the associated GRC. The GRS opens with a 1-hour introductory session on Saturday afternoon, followed by a poster session, dinner and a 2-hour session in the evening. Sunday morning begins with breakfast and is followed by another 2-hour session, a second poster session, and lunch. A final 1-hour session takes place just after lunch, and the associated GRC begins later that evening.