BWH Neuroscience Day


Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 12:00pm to 6:00pm


We invite members of the BWH neuroscience community to join us for a virtual symposium on Wednesday, September 29th. The symposium, sponsored by the BWH Department of Neurology and the Brigham Research Institute, will feature a keynote address by Dr. Walter J. Koroshetz, Director of National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the National Institutes of Health.

As part of Neuroscience Day, we will collect and share short, pre-recorded “lightning talks” from any researchers in the neuroscience community that would like to share their work. Please see below for more details on how to submit your talk, eligibility for monetary prizes, and where talks can be viewed.


12:00 - 1:00 PM
Keynote Address: Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., Director of NINDS Updates from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

2:30 - 2:45 PM
Announcement of Lightning Talk Prize Winners (winning videos will be shown)

2:45 - 4:30 PM
BWH Faculty Talks

  • Laura Cox, PhD: Bacteria on the Brain: How the Microbiome Contributes to Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Abby Olsen, MD, PhD: A Drosophila Model for Identification of Glial Modifiers of Neuronal Alpha Synuclein Toxicity
  • Lei Liu, PhD: Blood Biomarkers in the Rational Assessment of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Ellen Bubrick, MD: Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Epilepsy
  • Ulf Dettmer, PhD: Disrupting and Correcting Cellular Alpha-synuclein Homeostasis

4:30 - 6:00 PM
Panel Discussion

Funding of Neuroscience: Basic, Translational and Clinical Research

Moderators: Tracy Young-Pearse, PhD (BWH) and Will Renthal, MD, PhD (BWH)

Panel members: Walter J. Koroshetz, MD (NIH), Al Sandrock, MD (Biogen), Kristin Garrity (BWH), Vijay Kuchroo, DVM, PhD (BWH), Dennis Selkoe, MD (BWH)


Call for Lightning Talks

To promote vibrant scientific discussions and connect researchers within our neuroscience community, faculty at any rank and all non-faculty researchers are invited to submit a lightning talk to share their work. Non-faculty researchers are eligible for $500 prizes which will be awarded to top presentations based upon scientific merit, clarity and creativity, and winning presentations will be shown on Neuroscience Day during the virtual sessions.

Additional Information:

  • Lightning talks in any area of basic, clinical, translational research related to neuroscience are welcome
  • Previously presented research is acceptable for lightning talks
  • Pre-recorded lightning talk videos must be submitted here by 9/20:
  • The site also has tips and tricks for recording your talk
  • Lightning talk presentations can be no longer than 2 minutes (likely 3 slides or less)
  • All presentations will be available for viewing by our BWH community

Are you confused about how to relay your scientific message in just 2 minutes? Examples of lightning talks from the BWH Connors Center can be viewed here:

Talks are accepted from 09/3/2021 to 09/20/2021 11:00 PM