Please review our most Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this event.  If you cannot find an answer, please contact the BRAIN Initiative Meeting Assistance Team.

Registration FAQ's:

Yes, this meeting is open to the public.

No, this meeting is free to attend.

Please review your confirmation email for instructions. If you cannot find an answer, please contact the BRAIN Initiative Meeting Assistance Team.

Please contact the BRAIN Initiative Meeting Assistance Team to cancel your registration.

You should have received a confirmation email from Please check your inbox and spam folder for this email.  If you cannot find it, please contact BRAIN Initiative Meeting Assistance Team.

To protect your privacy, we do not recommend that you share your meeting registration and virtual platform login credentials. Instead, invite your colleague to register for free at

Due to overwhelming demand, registration for in-personparticipation has closed. No on-site registration will be available.

Registration for virtual participation will remain open throughout the meeting. An in-person waitlist has been activated. If you are a plenary or symposia speaker who has not registered yet but are presenting in person, pleae contact for assistance.

Abstract and Poster FAQ's:

The Symposia proposal submission deadline has passed.  Please visit the Submissions Information page for more details.

The Trainee Highlight Award (THA) abstract submission deadline has passed.  Please visit the Submissions Information page for more details.

The general abstract submission deadline is May 8th.  Please visit the Submissions Information page for more details.

All poster presenters are required to submit a virtual poster.  General abstract submitter and THA Awardees and Honorable Mentions received instructions on May 10. All poster presenters are required to present in one of the three scheduled poster sessions. If you are presenting your poster in person (traditional poster (4'x6') board), you will not need to also present virtually. If you submitted a poster and are attending in person, you will automatically be scheduled to present in person, unless you opt-out by May 22. If you choose to opt-out, you will be switched over to a virtual poster session slot. Visit the Poster Information page for more information. 

Questions regarding posters can be directed to  the BRAIN Initiative Meeting Assistance Team.  

Virtual Meeting Space FAQ's:

If you are noticing loading issues with the video, it may be due to your internet connection or the browser type that you are using.

First, check to make sure that you are on a supported browser type:
- Chrome 14 and later
- Safari 5.1 and later
- Firefox 6 and later
- Edge 40 and later

Please note that Internet Explorer is not supported. We recommend using Google Chrome when possible, as this offers the most consistent experience for the Virtual Event Space.

If you are using a supported browser type and version, we recommend checking on your internet connection. Sites like can help you to check your internet speeds and to confirm if this may be the reason behind any issues with launching or buffering.

Please try refreshing the Virtual Event Space using the 'Refresh' or 'Update Now' option from the left-hand menu. If you continue to experience issues after doing so, please reach out to Support using the Live Support option at the bottom of the menu for further assistance.

If you cannot hear video, it may be due to an audio setting on your computer. Please review the relevant steps for your PC type and check to make sure that all appropriate settings have been enabled. If you continue to experience issues after following these steps, please use the 'Live Support' button located at the bottom of the left-hand menu for further assistance.


1. Check the System Preferences

  1. Open System Preferences and click Sound.
  2. Click the Output tab and click on Internal Speakers. or Headphones (depending on what you are using)
  3. Check that Mute next to Output Volume is not muted (there should be no tick in the checkbox).
  4. Make sure that the Output Volume slider is moved to the right.

2. Check your Mac OS (you may need to upgrade)

  1. Click on the Apple icon in the top left-hand corner of your Mac and select About This Mac
  2. Check to make sure the macOS is up to date
  3. If an upgrade is needed, follow the instructions outlined on Apple’s Support page


1. Run the Audio Troubleshooter

  1. Go to Windows 10 Settings
  2. Update and Security
  3. Troubleshoot
  4. Playing Audio


2. Choose the Correct Audio Playback

  1. Click on Start to access the Sound option
  2. Open the appropriate result and click on the Playback tab
  3. On your default device, right-click and select properties
  4. On the Advanced tab, under default format, change the setting and hit the Test button
  5. If it doesn’t work, change the setting and hit Test"

Look for the Tab "Ask the Organizer "in the left hand side menu and ask your questions.

Poster Session FAQ's:

Yes! Over 600 poster presenters will share their science this year. All posters will be available for viewing online. Approximately 400 posters will be presented in person, with the rest being presented in the iPoster platform.

• Hi-resolution screen (1920x1080 pixels) or as close as possible 
• Use full-screen function if available 
• Browser: Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge (Internet Explorer is not Supported) 
• Speakers or earphones. Many Posters include videos with sound, as well as Narrations and other audio files ting.

• Adjust your screen so that you can see the buttons at the bottom of the iPoster 
• Click on a Content Box to expand 
• Click on an Image to enlarge 
• Click on the Back Button on an Poster to return to Gallery

Attendees will be able to browse by session times, topics, keywords, and search by free text. By default posters are displayed alphabetically by title.

There will be a Public Comment function which will open at the beginning of the meeting. A Comment button will be displayed below each iPoster, where you can leave comments for the presenters. Any comments left outside of the assigned poster session will be emailed to the presenter.

Some presenters have set up video sessions, where you can chat face-to-face via video. A Video Session button will be displayed below each iPoster. 

Yes, there is a Contact Author button displayed below each iPoster. This allows you to send an email directly to the author. The iPoster platform will be available to all registrants for up to one year post-conference. The comment function will be turned off at the end of the meeting.

General Event FAQ's:

The 9th Annual BRAIN Initiative will be held at the Bethesda North Marriott, 5701 Marinelli Road Rockville, MD 20852. Please visit the Travel & Lodging page for more information.

There is no formal dress code, however we encourage you to dress professionally and to be “camera-ready” for any video chat sessions you intend to participate in. 

No food will be provided at the meeting. Options for food purchases will be available. Additional information will be provided closer to the event.

The meeting will take place in United States Eastern Time Zone (EDT). We recommend that you verify the time of sessions in your local time zone using an online converter.

All registrants will receive an email announcing that the virtual event space and event app are open.

Attendees should log into the virtual platform and/or app before starting their sessions to ensure their device is working correctly. A link to the virtual event space is located on the home page

To log in via a desktop or mobile browser, enter the email that you used to register for the meeting, and then create a password. If you have used EventMobi before and have forgotten your password, there will be a prompt for you to create a new one.

Yes, all sessions will be recorded and made available as on-demand content. On-demand content and the virtual poster hall will be available for 1 year after the conference concludes.  

The deadline for submitting a request to exhibit has passed. Questions? Please contact

Yes, all abstracts submitted by the deadline, will be included in a digital abstract booklet. This booklet will be made public and available on-line to all meeting attendees. 

Yes! Whether you use a browser or the app to connect to the virtual event space, you will be able to submit questions through the Q&A box within each session.  You will also be able to use the chat feature to message other attendees. 

  • Maximize your internet connection by connecting your computer with an ethernet cable directly from your internet router. 

  • If you must use Wi-Fi, try to use the 5GHz network. 

  • Wi-Fi works best when you are 5-8 feet from your router. 

  • Give your router space to breathe by placing it in “free space.” This means not in a TV stand or behind the couch. 

  • Check and tighten all cable connections, with your router and with your computer. 

  • Give your router time to rest by turning it off for at least 10 seconds and restarting it. This will boost your internet speed by a few extra mbps. 

  • Close out other apps on your device that are not essential to you while attending the event. 

  • Disconnect other non-essential devices around your home (or office) that are connected to the internet: streaming devices, tablets, phones, video game systems, and/or smart TVs. 

The virtual event space can be accessed via browser or app using any Android or iOS mobile device or computer. Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers are supported. Registrants received a “Know Before You Go” email on June 14, announcing that the virtual event space and event app are open. The email included joining instructions. Please plan to log into the virtual platform and/or app prior to the start of your sessions to make sure your device is working properly. 

Registered participants may access the event space through the EventMobi app available in the Apple and Google Play stores. Simply download the EventMobi app then enter the meeting code BRAINMeeting2023 to launch the BRAIN Initiative Meeting app.