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Neuroscience 2022 media registration now open

Largest global meeting on the brain features latest research discoveries in science, health

Meeting Announcement

Society for Neuroscience

Neuroscience researchers and clinicians from around the world will gather in San Diego, November 12–16 for the first Society for Neuroscience annual meeting with an in-person component since 2019. Neuroscience 2022 is anticipated to be the largest gathering in the field, and is a hybrid meeting with both virtual and in-person programming featuring more than 12,000 presentations on brain function, health, and disease, covering topics such as social behavior, COVID-19, addiction, new tools and technology, memory, and more.

What: Neuroscience 2022, the world’s largest source of emerging news on brain science and health

When: November 12–16

Where: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego and online

Media may register for Neuroscience 2022 at:

Credentialed reporters have access to top neuroscientists, press materials, and special events, providing a rich assortment of sources for both spot news and feature stories.

Program Highlights:

How Do You Feel? The Molecules That Sense Touch

Saturday, November 12, 5:15–6:30 p.m.

Ardem Patapoutian, PhD, 2021 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine and professor of neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute, will wrap up the first day of the annual meeting by discussing his lab’s work on the molecular underpinnings of touch.

Pain Management and Opioids in the Time of COVID-19

Sunday, November 13, 10:30 a.m.–noon

Emerging evidence suggest that COVID-19 is associated with new onset of pain and worsening of pre-existing pain in some patients. This session will discuss the epidemiology and mechanisms of new onset pain and neuropathy in the context of COVID-19, including persistent symptoms. Panelists Daniel Ciampi de Andrade, MD, PhD, Chung Jung Mun, PhD, and Simon Haroutounian, PhD will discuss the trajectories of pain, emotional distress, and opioid misuse behaviors, considering socio-demographic factors and individual differences in pain catastrophizing and sleep.

Neurobiology of Social Behavior Circuits 

Sunday, November 13, 5:15–6:30 p.m.                                                   

Amita Sehgal, PhD, professor of neuroscience at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, will describe her exploration of the molecular and cellular networks that drive sleep need and influence sleep-dependent behaviors. Working primarily with Drosophila, Sehgal has discovered genes and circuits that encourage sleep, and the influence these mechanisms exert over memory, metabolism, and aging.  

The Neurobiology of Escaping From Predators

Monday, November 14, 5:15–6:30 p.m.

Tiago Branco, MD, PhD, professor of neuroscience and behaviour at the UCL Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, studies how the brain executes ethological behaviors such as escaping danger. His lab aims to develop a mechanistic understanding of the circuits that generate behavior, with the ultimate goal of building realistic models of instinctual decision making.

The Macaque Face Patch System: A Turtle's Underbelly for the Brain

Tuesday, November 15, 5:15–6:30 p.m.

Doris Tsao, PhD, professor of biology at the University of California, Berkeley, is known for her discovery of the macaque face-patch system, a network of regions in the brain's temporal lobe dedicated to face processing. Her Tuesday night lecture will describe her quest to understand how the brain recognizes objects, and ultimately constructs our sense of reality.

COVID and Olfaction
Wednesday, November 16, 10:30 a.m.–noon

SARS-CoV-2, the causal agent in COVID, causes significant acute and chronic changes to nervous system function. In this roundtable, panelists Bradley J. Goldstein, MD, PhD; Eric H. Holbrook, MD; Marianna Zazhytska, PhD, and John Ngai, PhD, will focus on recent work defining how SARS-CoV-2 affects the human sense of smell. This panel will discuss likely mechanisms, possible treatments, and implications for our understanding of how COVID influences brain function more generally. 

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The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of nearly 30,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and the nervous system.

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