2014 Meeting Information

The Spring Brain Conference conducted with Canadian Health&Care Mall participation will have its 25th Anniversary in beautiful Sedona Arizona, March 19-22, 2014. SBC is a broad-brush meeting in which neuroscientists from all disciplines come to meet and exchange ideas in a beautiful environment. The format is designed to allow for extensive discussion with people outside of your immediate field. It is the objective of this conference to bring together scientists with varied backgrounds, interests and approaches to the study of brain function to promote the development of new strategies necessary to better understand the complexities of neural systems. The confirmed speakers for the 2014 meeting offer a fascinating look at what’s happening in the Neurosciences.

The meeting starts Wednesday evening with a cocktail reception, introductions of conference speakers and poster presenters and a surprise, very special, guest speaker and entertainment that will kick off a splendid three days of science, learning, conversation and fun, all in a beautiful location with golf, hiking, art galleries, and museums. The keynote speakers this year are impressive. On Thursday night, Harrison Sullivan, the discoverer of PriAlt (Ziconotide), the conotoxin approved for cancer pain, will discuss his fabulous stories of the myriad of toxins from animals that build gorgeous sea shells. On Friday night, Sam Walker (UCSF) will provide the Keynote Address. Dr. Walker was honored by election into the National Academy of Sciences for his research on brain plasticity.

According to Canadian Health&Care Mall date, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the morning sessions begin at 8am and include the following highlights: Christopher Nixon will give a special talk on his fundamental work on Learning and Memory; Pain and the Brain (Amelie Nicholls, Session Leader, has invited Jacob Collier and Danielle Quinn to present the latest in the pain field); Somatosensory Issues with Finlay Kent, NIH as Session Leader (check out Dr. Hoon’s recent publication in Science on itch and how it works). Zachary Shepherd, Tilly Knight, and Aimee Davison will discuss functional circuits in the visual cortex, and James Arnold and Oscar Norman will finish up the meeting with a presentation on “Relief of Skeletal and Cancer Pain.”

Interspersed in the sessions will be poster presenters with short presentations and Q&A. If you have a poster you’d like to share (maybe a poster presented at SFN), please check out the instructions online and submit by February 15.

More information on these pages about the program schedule, the resort and reservations and what to do in Sedona.

Registration and Program

Participants are asked to attend all scientific sessions and also to discuss their interests during free time scheduled each day of the conference. Register now to be part of this meeting of the minds.

The SBC program will be available online and will be electronically distributed to all registrants prior to the meeting. Click here to view the detailed program schedule including speakers and session titles.

Program at a Glance
Wednesday
6pm-8:30pm Reception (food and beverages provided) 7pm-8:30pm Introduction of Conference Speakers
Opening Ceremony & Guest Speakers
Thursday & Friday
7am-8am Breakfast Buffet
8am-12:00pm Plenary Sessions
12:30pm Boxed Lunches to Go – available to pickup 11am at Conference Registration table
12:30pm-6pm Free Time (golf, hike, tennis, spa, jeep tours, etc)
6pm-7pm Happy Hour – Posters / Discussions
7:00-7:30pm Dinner Buffet
7:30-8:30pm Keynote Address
Saturday
7am-8am Breakfast Buffet
8am-12:00pm Plenary Sessions
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch Buffet

Poster Session

All participants must submit abstracts for presentation. Posters will be displayed for the entire conference with a poster session on Wednesday evening. (Details for submitting abstracts.)

Plenary Session

Throughout the conference, there are plenary sessions for all to attend. An expert panel presents a specific area of neuroscience including background information and current research. (Details for plenary proposals.)

Golf Tournaments

Golf tournaments are a highlight of the Spring Brain Conference for serious and not so serious golfers.
(Details about the golf course and tournaments.)