All SfN-Sponsored Socials will be held at Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. These events are open to all registered annual meeting attendees.
Breaking Barriers for Young Women in Science SocialChair: Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili
Co-Chairs: Courtney Miller
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 5. This social will provide a forum for women and individuals underrepresented in neuroscience to interact with mentors on a one-on-one basis providing the opportunity to ask questions in a relaxed environment that overcomes typical barriers to approaching and interacting with experienced colleagues. This will be a great opportunity to learn about academic and non-academic careers, gain insight into handling the challenges inherent to a career in STEM, and to grow your professional network.
Cajal Club for Neuroscience SocialChair: Carol Mason
Co-Chairs: Leah Krubitzer
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 6. This event celebrates the contribution of Santiago Ramon y Cajal to neuroscience. This event includes a reception, presentation of the 2022 Krieg Cortical Kudos, Wiley, and Brain Structure & Function awards, and a short talk. Michael Yartzev will speak on his work on freely moving groups of brains (Egyptian fruit bats) that engage in complex social behaviors. We expect a lively discussion on harnessing multiple anatomical and functional methods to study complex systems. The talk will be followed by a General Discussion during which audience participation will be encouraged.
Decision Neuroscience SocialChair: Paul Glimcher
Co-Chairs: Michael Shadlen
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 4. Over the last decade, decision neuroscience has grown to encompass almost 4% of the material presented at the annual meeting. This social will provide an opportunity for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to exchange ideas, build new collaborations, or just socialize. Whether you study perceptual decision-making with the DDM, or economic choice with a BDM, this is the place for you.
Dignity Neuroscience SocialChair: Tara White
Co-Chairs: Meghan Gonsalves
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 1. This social will connect individuals in the SfN community interested in Dignity Neuroscience, an emerging field connecting neuroscience and human rights. Topic domains include the five elemental types of universal human rights: (1) agency, autonomy and self-determination; (2) freedom from want; (3) freedom from fear; (4) uniqueness; and (5) unconditionality, including protections for vulnerable populations. Interested individuals at all levels of training are encouraged to attend!
Neuroethology SocialChair: Wolfgang Stein
Co-Chairs: Margaret Demaegd
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 3. With brief presentations, this social will celebrate Neuroethology and the role the nervous system plays in producing natural behaviors. All members of the Neuroscience community are welcome, in particular those who work on the neural basis of behavior. This social provides an opportunity to discuss new and interesting concepts, make new connections, and a way to meet friends and colleagues. Postdocs and students are particularly encouraged to drop in for socializing and networking.
NeuroWire SocialChair: Lisa Topolnik
Co-Chairs: Benedicte Amilhon
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 8. This social is intended to bring together all neuroscientists interested in brain circuit research (www.neurowire.ca). It is an opportunity for attendees to network, connect and share their experience in this exciting field of studies. It attracts a diverse cluster of attendees at different levels of career, including students, postdoctoral fellows, mid-career and senior researchers. Anyone wishing to connect, establish collaborations, or simply enjoy wiring in a fun social setting is invited to join.
The Down Syndrome SocialChair: Mara Dierssen
Co-Chairs: Eugene Yu
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 2. Down syndrome research is entering a period of significant growth. This social will bring together researchers from different career stages who are working in this important field. It will be a great opportunity for networking/sharing experiences. A brief presentation from experts will highlight exciting recent advances. If you want to discuss new and interesting concepts or are simply looking to meet friends, this social is for you. Postdoctoral fellows and students are encouraged to drop in!
Behavioral Neuroendocrinology SocialChair: Frances Champagne
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 9. This social will bring together members of SfN with an interest in the endocrine regulation of brain and behavior. Research in this area covers a broad range of topics including development, sex-differences, neural networks and systems, neuroplasticity, and clinical neuroscience. It attracts a diverse set of attendees at all career stages. This is an opportunity for this group to convene at the SfN meeting and celebrate the announcement of several awards in behavioral neuroendocrinology.
Cerebellum SocialChair: Alanna Watt
Co-Chairs: Roy Sillitoe
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 4. The Cerebellum Social brings together scientists and clinicians from all areas of neuroscience. The event will be primarily a social gathering, although it will also provide a platform to highlight accomplishments in the field, identify avenues for collaboration, and discuss opportunities for advancing cerebellar science. The goal is to continue to build the cerebellar community by fostering participation from the field at large.
Ingestive Behavior SocialChair: Derek Daniels
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 12/13. After a stimulating day of SfN presentations come and socialize with your colleagues and meet new people interested in the areas of neuroscience related to the control of eating and drinking. Whether you are an established investigator, student, or postdoc, if you are interested in the science of ingestive behavior and related areas of neuroscience, then you should join us. Plan to attend, mix, mingle, and take the opportunity to establish new connections and collaborations while relaxing at the Ingestive Behavior Social.
Marmoset SocialChair: Nicholas Priebe
Co-Chairs: James Bourne
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 3. The rapid adoption of the marmoset as an animal model in neuroscience has created a high demand for venues to facilitate interaction, exchange practical information, and form new collaborations. This social will have a panel of investigators play “Marmoset Jeopardy”, a game to survey recent research. Students will submit images of their data for panelist to identify and reveal the answers. Later the floor will be open for questions to panelists and brief announcements, followed by time to socialize.
Open Mic Social: Open-Minded Science CommunicationChair: Czarina Evangelista
Co-Chairs: Ariel Batallan Burrowes
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 1. Interested in sharing your work in a novel, creative manner? In this “open mic”, trainees are encouraged to step out of the academic box and explore different ways to communicate science. Elevator talk? Poetry? Memes? YAS QUEEN! By participating, you'll practice making science easier to digest to diverse audiences in a safe space. Come and be inspired by our talented science communicators. Let's open our minds to non-traditional science communication and connect with other sci-comm enthusiasts.
Pain, Touch, and Itch SocialChair: Cheryl Stucky
Co-Chairs: Michael Gold
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand 6. Everyone and anyone interested in somatosensation areas including pain, touch, and itch are encouraged to attend. Trainees are particularly encouraged to attend to network with colleagues at all levels, learn about opportunities, and develop collaborations. Discussions will be informal and relaxed.
The Blue Spot Special: A Locus Coeruleus SocialChair: Daniel Chandler
Co-Chairs: Rita Valentino
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 10/11. The study of the locus coeruleus is attracting new attention as a result of recently developed tools and technologies that have the power to reveal novel characteristics and functions. This social is organized to encourage networking among those new to the field and those experienced in studying this nucleus and its anatomy, physiology, and behavioral functions. There will be opportunities for networking, stimulating new collaborations, and competing in a locus coeruleus trivia game that will be moderated by a “surprise guest”.
Global Neuroscience SocialChair: Yukiko Goda
Co-Chairs: Izumi Fukunaga
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 4. Different countries have certain ways of neuroscience. Experiences in different countries will give you a new perspective in your scientific career. Since 2018, Global Neuroscience Social has focused on mixing neuroscientists from various countries and encouraging mobility for the benefit of opening new doors. PIs with their labs in non-native countries will give short presentations about their experiences and the key to success in a panel style discussion. Visit our Twitter: @GlobalNeurosci1
Psychopharmacology SocialChair: Jill McGaughy
Co-Chairs: Stan Floresco, Lisa Briand
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 8. This social will bring together experts in mind-altering substances. Your hosts will facilitate meeting others in the field, relaxing after a long day of SfNing with your favorite beverage, and strongly encourage dancing to a psychopharmacology-inspired playlist. Participate in the psychopharmacology quiz to test your knowledge and challenge your colleagues. All are welcome!
Sex Differences and Hormones on the Brain SocialChair: Catherine Pena
Co-Chairs: Aubrey Kelly
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 5. Anyone interested in sex differences or hormonal actions in the brain, come enjoy an evening of socializing and networking with your fellow neuroendocrinologists. This year's entertainment will feature a neuroendocrinology “improv” showdown between early-career and mid-career investigators. Who will be able to think on their feet best to hilariously explain never-before-seen slides? If that isn't exciting enough, this social is a great place to mingle with others in the field and is an excellent networking opportunity for trainees.
SGM Health Neuroscience Researcher SocialChair: Irene Avila
Co-Chairs: Carol Hubner
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 3. We invite you to a social for researchers and neuroscientists interested in sexual and gender minority (SGM) health-related research and workforce diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility! This event will be an excellent opportunity to network with fellow neuroscientists who share common interests in SGM health and equity. In addition, there will be a brief panel presentation that will delve into the NIH grant application process and how to navigate challenges inherent to STEM careers. NIH Program Staff will be attending. All are welcome.
Social Neuroscience SocialChair: Steve Chang
Co-Chairs: Ziv Williams
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 2. There has been an increase in research interest in studying the neural bases of social cognition. In this multi-disciplinary event, investigators studying neural mechanisms of social behaviors in different species (humans, nonhuman primates, rodents, other species) and at different levels (areas, circuits, cell types) will get together to discuss how their work informs one another. A brief panel-based discussion session will be followed by interactions among researchers.
The Confound Hour: Let's Make Some Noise! SocialChair: Megan Hagenauer
Marriott Marquis-Marriott Grand Blrm 6. Did you have an experiment that tanked this year? Now is your time to shine! Come show off your most beautiful confounds, artifacts, and noise in our rapid-fire data blitz. Afterwards, the audience will vote for the most impressive “discovery”, followed by ample time for libations and commiseration. To compete, submit two slides to the organizer: 1) What you *hoped* your experiment would reveal, 2) What you *actually* found. Young trainees as well as seasoned faculty are invited to participate.