The extraordinary neuroscience images on this website are courtesy of the 2023 Photo and Video Contest.
The 2024 Show Us Your BRAINs! Photo & Video Contest will open this spring and winners will be announced at the conference.
The BRAIN Initiative® Conference, previously known as the BRAIN Initiative Meeting, convenes BRAIN Initiative awardees, staff, leadership from contributing federal and non-federal agencies, and anyone interested in neuroscience and BRAIN-funded research.
Now in its tenth year, this hybrid meeting aims to continue building the BRAIN community, provide a forum for discussing exciting scientific developments and potential new directions, and identify areas for collaboration and research coordination.
June 16, 2024: Early career researcher evening networking event
June 17 – June 18, 2024: Plenary talks, posters, symposia sessions, and more
Conference Agenda is coming soon!
The BRAIN Initiative Conference is an opportunity to foster connections with the BRAIN Initiative community, share and receive information on the impact of BRAIN-funded research, and to celebrate a major milestone—ten years of BRAIN science. Join us and learn how we’re just getting started.
- Federally funded and non-federally funded BRAIN Initiative investigators and trainees
- Non-federal organizations and groups with missions that align with that of the U.S. BRAIN Initiative
- Scientists, researchers, trainees, and clinicians interested in the BRAIN Initiative
- Federal staff
- Members of Congress
- Patient and advocacy groups
- Anyone interested in neuroscience or BRAIN-funded research
Present Your Discoveries
We value your research and innovative technologies. Attendees are encouraged to submit poster abstracts. Additionally, we will accept submissions for Scholar Spotlights, highlighting and supporting the important contributions of our trainees. Submit your abstracts for posters and the Scholar Spotlight lightening talks during registration or modify your existing registration and include your submission(s) before the deadline!
This year’s BRAIN Initiative Conference will allow attendees to visit a selection of in-person and virtual exhibit booths and learn about the scientific endeavors of our exhibitors. Stay tuned for more information. Questions? Please contact BRAINMeeting@nih.gov.
You’ll have several opportunities to make the most out of the meeting by engaging with poster presenters, exhibitors, speakers and networking with peers through this year’s new Mentor Program and the Early Career Networking Session. Whether you attend in-person or virtually, you can interact with all meeting participants using this website and the 2024 BRAIN Initiative Conference app.
Sunday, June 16, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., optional Networking Event:
BRAIN, Neuroscience, and Beyond: Building Our Early Career Community is an in-person event for trainees and early career investigators to socialize and network with one another and BRAIN Initiative staff. This special event will include peer-mentor matching and information about BRAIN Initiative funding opportunities for all career stages.
The National Institutes of Health does not sponsor or endorse the information shared or presented in the virtual environment, including any products or services. Any information presented during this event should not be recorded or published without the explicit written permission of the content owner.
The NIH recognizes that the value of conferences is enhanced when persons from diverse backgrounds and perspectives are included in all aspects of conference/ meeting planning and when attendees are assured of a safe, respectful, and inclusive environment free from discrimination, harassment, and other barriers that might prevent or inhibit one’s participation. NIH encourages the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, in the planning and implementation and, ultimately, participation in the proposed conference. Per NIH Notice of Interest in Diversity NOT-OD-20-031, we seek to nurture appropriate representation of underrepresented groups, including individuals from nationally (US) underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women as invited speakers and poster presenters in relation to their participation in the annual BRAIN Initiative Meeting. NIH is also further committed to changing the culture of science to end sexual harassment and other forms of harassment, including harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex/gender, disability, and age in NIH-funded activities. Harassment, in any form, is detrimental and presents obstacles that hinder an individual’s ability to fully participate in science. Only in safe, respectful, and inclusive environments can individuals achieve their fullest potential and support the mission of the NIH. Accordingly, this event is dedicated to providing a pleasant experience for all attendees, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion (or lack thereof). The meeting organizers will not tolerate the harassment of attendees in any form. Inappropriate language and imagery will not be accepted in any of the virtual or physical event spaces, including the presentation hall, poster hall, exhibit hall, networking lounge, public chats, and social media. Any attendees violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the event at the discretion of the meeting organizers.