Neurodegeneration Retreat

Hosted by Stanford Pathology

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The goal of the retreat is to bring together the currently ‘loosely’ linked neurodegenerative community at Stanford. We invited colleagues from Neurology, Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Informatics Research, and Pathology to present their research.

I am excited to announce Dr. Samuel Goldman, Professor, UCSF to present his epidemiological research on gene-environment studies in Parkinson’s disease.

A special guest, Alex Flynn, will join us and talk about his personal journey with Parkinson’s disease.

We cordially invite everyone in the Stanford community to join the virtual retreat. In our virtual format, we included a poster session that will allow trainees, postdocs, and students to present their work. We will award three poster prizes at the end of the retreat!

The retreat is hosted by the Department of Pathology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, sponsored by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Molecular Devices, and supported by the Pacific Udall Center and Stanford Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.

Our scientific organizers are Vinita Ganesh Chittoor, Faria Zafar, and Birgitt Schuele.

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Registration Opens Monday, April 5th, 2021
Deadline to submit Abstract & Poster Sunday, April 25th, 2021
5:00 pm PST (CLOSED)
Abstract & Poster Preview Wednesday thru Friday, May 5th-7th, 2021
Retreat Friday, May 7th, 2021
12:00-3:45 pm

Keynote Speaker

Sam Goldman, MD, MPH

Department of Neurology, UCSF

"Of Needles and Haystacks: Searching for Gene-Environment Interaction in Parkinson's Disease"

Dr. Sam Goldman is Professor of Medicine and Neurology at the University of California, San Francisco in the Division of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and a clinician in environmental medicine at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Prior to joining UCSF, Sam was a senior research scientist for many years at the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, CA.  He also co-directed the Western States Pediatric Environmental... Click here to read more about the entire line up of guest speakers

Register for the Retreat

Whether you are presenting or just attending the reteat, please take the time to register for this event. Thank You


If presenting please submit your abstract & poster here

  • All abstracts and digital posters will be viewable to the Neurodegeneration Retreat participants during a preview session on Wednesday, May 5th up to the day of the Retreat on Friday, May 7th
  • All abstracts & posters will be reviewed at your virtual live presentation session on the day of the retreat
  • The abstract must have been created for a research project conducted at Stanford University or in collaboration with a Stanford Pathology affiliate
  • The deadline to submit your abstract & poster is: Sunday, April 25th, 5 pm PST




For general questions about the retreat please contact:

Roomana Patel
Tel: (650) 725-9352

For technical questions please contact:

Norm Cyr
Tel: (650) 724-1866