April 29 Apr 29
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday Sat

Apply to present your work by March 12, 2023 at 11:59 PM.

Please fill out our waiver and medical information forms and submit it with your application.

You may also join us to as an audience member solely and hear insights from your peers about neuroscience, psychology, and mental health! The deadline to register is April 23, 2023, at 11:59 PM.

Please fill out our waiver and medical information forms and submit it with your application.


Stanford High School Neuroscience Virtual Forum

Have a neuroscience project you are working on that you are passionate about and want to share with a group of students across the country that have similar interest as you? 

Join our third annual Stanford High School Neuroscience Virtual Forum! 

  • If selected, you will have the opportunity to present your own work related to neuroscience, psychology, and/or mental health to a national audience. This could be research, a topic or project you learned about in school, or something you've researched for fun.
  • Maybe you designed an app, created a curriculum, or wrote a paper focusing on neuroscience. This forum will allow you to enhance your presentation skills and gain exposure to a myriad of topics in the neuroscience field.
  • Prizes will be awarded! 


Keynote Speakers

Helen Bronte-Stewart, MD, MS

Dr. Helen Bronte-Stewart is the John E Cahill Family Professor in the department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences. She is a neurologist, neurophysiologist and movement disorders specialist, who has used her training in mathematics and physics, bioengineering, neurology, movement disorders, and single unit electrophysiology in primates to develop a rigorous translational program in motor control research in human subjects with movement disorders. Dr. Bronte-Stewart is the Director of the Human Motor Control and Neuromodulation Laboratory, where she has developed computerized, quantitative measurements of motor behavior, which are being implemented in a wide range of Movement Disorders. She is also the Co-Director of the Stanford Balance Center, Her research investigates the brain’s contribution to abnormal movement in human subjects, using synchronous brain recordings and quantitative kinematics, and how these are modulated with different frequencies and patterns of neurostimulation. 

Vivek Buch, MD

Dr. Buch is a neurosurgeon with fellowship training in epilepsy, functional, and minimally invasive neurosurgery. He is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery of Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Buch has conducted extensive research. His interests include restorative network engineering for intellectual and cognitive disability, personalized network-targeting for deep brain stimulation and MRI guided focused ultrasound, and focused ultrasound-mediated delivery mechanisms for gene, stem cell, and molecular therapies. He also is developing technological innovations such as the use of holographic mixed reality and artificial intelligence for visualization and guidance to improve minimally invasive neurosurgical procedures.

Guest Neuroscientists

Maheen Adamson, PhD

Dr. Maheen Mausoof Adamson is a clinical associate professor of Neurosurgery (Affiliated) at Stanford School of Medicine, Director of Research for Women's Operational Military Exposure Network (WOMEN) at War Related Illness & Injury Study Center (WRIISC), and senior Scientist for Rehabilitation Services at VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. 

Dr. Adamson’s expertise and interests span employing translational neuroscience methodologies for diagnostic and neuromodulation treatments (such as repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS)) for frequent health problems in patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), psychiatric problems, and Alzheimer's disease. She has employed advanced structural and functional imaging modalities and biomarker assessments in Veteran, active military, and civilian populations with these health problems. She has been a leader in identifying gender differences in brain injury, particularly in the Veteran population. She currently serves as PI and Site-PI on numerous neuromodulation clinical trials and collaborates internationally for developing advanced diagnostic methods in neuroimaging, especially in underserved communities. In her position at VA Palo Alto, she is actively involved in translating research, such as non-invasive brain stimulation and other therapies, to clinical in-home use by patients using innovations such as virtual and augmented reality.

Sherry Beaudreau, PhD

Dr. Beaudreau is a licensed clinical psychologist with board certification in geropsychology. As PI of the Mental Health, Neurocognition, and Treatment in Older Adults lab, she conducts late life clinical research and mentors trainees in the Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center at VA Palo Alto. Nationally, she directs the 28-site VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. She holds appointments as Clinical Professor (Affiliated) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and as an Honorary Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. In her capacity as a VA Subject Matter Expert in Problem Solving Training, she is actively involved in clinician trainings, consultation, and development of program materials for the national roll-out of Problem Solving Therapy for Suicide Prevention.

Her overarching research aims to leverage knowledge about the cognitive profiles of older adults with psychiatric disorders or at risk for suicide to inform the development and optimization of psychiatric behavioral interventions, including Problem Solving Therapy. She is the PI of a 5-year, multi-site randomized control trial to determine the efficacy of Problem Solving Therapy for reducing suicidal ideation over and above usual care. She is a Fellow of the Behavioral and Social Sciences section for Gerontological Society of America and the division of Adult Aging and Development for American Psychological Association. Additionally, she serves on several journal editorial boards including American Psychologist, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, and Clinical Gerontologist. In the department, she co-chairs the Stanford/VA Palo Alto interdepartmental Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuroscience Grand Rounds, an interdisciplinary forum featuring national and international experts in geriatrics and is a member of the departmental Nominations and Awards committee.

Organizers and Moderators

Alister Sharp

Alister is a freshman at Stanford University. Her primary interests include psychopathology and neuropharmacology. Outside of neuroscience, she's interested in sustainability and environmental efforts, mental health advocacy, and the performing arts, primarily theatre and dance.

Riley Carolan

Riley is a freshman at Stanford University. Riley plays volleyball and does mental health advocacy work as a youth board member of SafeSpace, a nonprofit based in Menlo Park.

Georgia Hutchinson

Georgia attends Castilleja School. She is a co-lead of the Stanford Neuroscience Journal Club and is interested in neurorehabilitation and epilepsy. In her free time, Georgia enjoys rowing, surfing, and exploring new parks.

Pari Goel

Pari is a junior at Duke University studying Psychology and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She is interested in understanding how technologies can be implemented to enchance access to quality of care and increase diagnostic capabilities. In college she is involved in research at the Puffer Global Mental Health Lab, the Duke Eating Disorder Lab, and the Fuqua Business School. This summer she will be at Takeda Pharmeceuticals in the Global Medical Affairs Unit. In her free time, she loves to run and spend time with family and friends.

Kavitha Ravi

Kavitha is a junior at Castilleja School and is interested in epilepsy, neurodegenerative diseases, and neurodevelopmental disorders. She is a member of Stanford's Neuroscience Journal Club. Outside of the club, she enjoys playing classical guitar, teaching CPR and first-aid skills to students and families, and spending time with her dog.