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Neuroscience 2018 media registration now open

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

Society for Neuroscience

More than 30,000 neuroscience researchers, clinicians, and advocates from around the world will gather November 3-7 in San Diego to share the latest developments in brain research and engage with leaders in the field. Neuroscience 2018, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, will feature nearly 14,000 presentations on brain function, health, and disease, covering topics such as social behavior, the reward system, addiction, new tools and technology, and memory, among others.

What: Neuroscience 2018, the world's largest source of emerging news on brain science and health
When: November 3-7
Where: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego

Media may register for Neuroscience 2018 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:

  • Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society: "Music and the Brain"
    Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and jazz bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding, both Grammy award-winning artists, will be joined by a panel of SfN members in a discussion of the impact of music on the brain -- on our emotions and memory as well as in the creative and healing processes.

  • The dArc Matter of Synaptic Communication
    Saturday, November 3, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
    Vivian Budnik, PhD, chair of the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, will share recent advances in cell biology that have revealed new mechanisms by which synaptic partners in the nervous system communicate. These mechanisms are offering new perspectives for our understanding of synapse development and plasticity.

  • "Solitary Confinement: Psychological and Neurobiological Insights Into Isolation"
    Sunday, November 4, 1-3 p.m.
    In this Social Issues Roundtable, a neurobiologist, a psychologist, a physician, a lawyer, and an individual held in isolation for 29 years will cover the impact of chronic isolation on the brain, focusing on the extreme example of solitary confinement.

  • Neurobiology of Social Behavior Circuits
    Sunday, November 4, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
    Catherine Dulac, PhD, Higgins Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, will describe new data elucidating the identity and functioning principles of neural circuits underlying various social behaviors, with an emphasis on one of the most challenging on the planet: parental care.

  • From Nanoscale Dynamic Organization to Plasticity of Excitatory Synapses and Learning
    Monday, November 5, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
    Daniel Choquet, PhD, director of research at the French National Center for Scientific Research, will discuss new tools for studying synapse dynamic organization at the nanoscale and trafficking of neurotransmitter receptors at the synapse, explaining how they are unveiling some of the molecular mechanisms of learning in the healthy and diseased brain.

  • From Salvia Divinorum to LSD: Toward a Molecular Understanding of Psychoactive Drug Actions
    Tuesday, November 6, 5:15-6:30 p.m.
    Bryan L. Roth, MD, PhD, Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will show how research has illuminated molecular targets responsible for the actions of psychoactive drugs. Director of the NIMH Psychoactive Drug Screening Program, he will further detail how this structural insight can be applied to therapeutic drug discovery.

Media are required to register for credentials in order to access press conferences, embargoed media material, and events. View SfN's credentialing policy.


The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is an organization of nearly 36,000 basic scientists and clinicians who study the brain and the nervous system.

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