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2019 UVA Brain Symposium
Wednesday May 29 – Friday May 31, 2019
University of Virginia
Claude Moore Medical Education Building, 200 Jeanette Lancaster Way, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903


The inaugural University of Virginia Brain Symposium will be held May 29 - 31, 2019 at the Claude Moore Medical Education Building in Charlottesville, VA. The symposium will feature many national and international leaders in brain research, including both invited lecturers and UVA faculty.

A summary of the program is below, please note that all speakers and times are subject to change. 

This event is open to the University community. To register for a session or the entire symposium, please click on the Register tab and complete the webform. We hope you can attend the University's first Brain Symposium!



Wednesday May 29th, 2019

Morning - Autism

Gerald D. Fischbach, MD, Distinguished Scientist and Fellow, Simons Foundation

Micah Mazurek, PhD, Associate Professor of Education, University of Virginia

Kevin Pelphrey, PhD, Harrison Wood Professor of Neurology, University of Virginia

Afternoon - Clinical Translational

W. Jeffrey Elias, MD, Professor of Neurological Surgery, University of Virginia

Eric Minikel, PhD, and Sonia Vallabh, PhD, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Harvard Medical School

Evening Kenote

Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, Director of the NIH/NINDS


Thursday May 30th, 2019

Morning - Neurodegeneration

George Bloom, PhD, Professor and Chair of Biology, University of Virginia

David M. Holtzman, MD, Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and Chairman of Neurology, Washington University

Reisa Sperling, MD, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Director, Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital

Lunch - Round Table Discussion

Innovation in Neuroscience with Industry/Investor Perspectives

Afternoon - Neural Development

Tobias Grossmann, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Takao Hensch, PhD, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Neurology, Harvard University

Yishi Jin, PhD, Professor and Chair of Neurobiology, University of California, San Diego

Sarah Kucenas, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Virginia

Evening Keynote

Ed Boyden, PhD, Y. Eva Tan Professor of Neurotechnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Reception will be in held in the MR6 Courtyard weather permitting. Catered by Harvest Moon Catering.


Friday May 31st, 2019

Morning - Neuroimmunoloy

Li Gan, PhD, Director of the Helen and Robert Appel Alzheimer’s Disease Research Institute and the Burton P. and Judith B. Resnick Distinguished Professor in Neurodegenerative Diseases, Weill Cornell Medicine

Jony Kipnis, PhD, Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of Neuroscience, University of Virginia

John Lukens, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of Virginia

Li-Huei Tsai, PhD, Picower Professor of Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Registration and Accommodations

To register for the Brain Symposium or reigster for specific sessions please use the online registration form here.

Information to receive the group rate for the Brain Symposium at The Draftsman hotel is below:

Start date: 5/28/19
End date: 5/31/19
Last day to book: 4/26/19

The Draftsman, Autograph Collection for $159.00 per night

Valet Parking, $15 Daily

Reserve a room with the group rate for the Brain Symposium