Annual Retreat

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The Hope Center Annual Retreat provides an opportunity to go off-site for a day, focus on Hope Center research, and learn more about translational Neuroscience outside Washington University: Hope Center faculty and members of their laboratories learn about the latest findings and future directions of member labs in the context of short talks and a poster session; the Hope Center Lecture features an invited speaker who leads his/her field with a research program aligned with the Hope Center mission.  The Fifth Annual Hope Center Retreat will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Danforth Plant Science Center and features Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD (Stanford) as the Hope Center Lecturer.  We also will hear from Rajesh Ranganathan, PhD, Director of the Office of Translational Research at NINDS.  Details are below and also on the Neuroscience Calendar of the Office of Neuroscience Research.

For general questions about the Annual Retreat, please contact Celeste Karch or Carlos Cruchaga.

Retreat program

Program Summary
8:00 am           Shuttle departs WUSM
8:30 am           Continental Breakfast
9:00 am           Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:05 am            Short talks
10:35 am          Break
11:00 am          Keynote Speaker:  Rajesh Ranganathan (NINDS)
12:00 pm          Lunch
1:15 pm            Keynote Speaker : Daria Mochly-Rosen (Stanford University)
2:15 pm           Short talks
3:15 pm            Break; Poster Set up
3:30 pm            Poster Session / Reception
5:45 pm            Shuttle returns to WUSM

Hope Center Awards

Graduate student and post doc presenters at the Hope Center Retreat are eligible for a Hope Center Award.  An award of $1000 each will be given to one poster presenter and one short talk presenter whose work best fulfills the mission of the Hope Center. Judging will be based on scientific merit, relevance to the Hope Center mission, and presentation at the Retreat.  Award winners are announced in the days following the Retreat, and will present their work at the Monday Noon Hope Center/Neurology seminar on June 1, 2015.

The winners of the 2015 Hope Center Award:

Sarah Petersen (Monk Lab, Developmental Biology), “GPR126 has distinct, domain-dependent functions in Schwann cell development mediated by interaction with laminin-211″

Matheus Victor (Yoo Lab, Developmental Biology), “Modeling Huntington’s Disease with striatal medium spiny neurons directly converted from patient fibroblasts”

For a list of past Hope Center Award Winners, click here.


Retreat 2014

The fifth annual Hope Center Retreat was held at the Danforth Plant Science Center on May 5, 2015.

2015 Retreat Program


For previous year's programs, click the links below.

2014 Retreat Program

2013 Retreat Program

2012 Retreat Program

2011 Retreat Program