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Mission, History, and Leadership of Spring Brain Conferences:


Mission Statement:

The Spring Brain Conferences' mission is to:

  1. Facilitate communication and collaboration among scientists of diverse backgrounds and fields, by organizing a meeting that reflects research derived from multiple fields of brain science.  

  2. Advance understanding of both foundational neuroscience and advanced translational topics that cover brain health, clinical interventions, and cures.

  3. Organize outreach to the local community on topics of brain health and basic science research.

  4. Organize outreach to the local high school to disseminate understanding of scientific method, brain structure and function.


History of the Spring Brain Conferences: 1989 to the Present:

The Spring Brain Conferences were founded in 1989 and had the first meeting in March of 1990. A conference has been organized annually since then, with the exception of 2015, when the meeting took a year off to reorganize and redefine its mission. There is a link below to many past programs since 2001. A review of these programs offers testimony to the high quality and informational diversity that is a hallmark of these meetings. In fact the diversity of the program is a highlight allowing attendees to engage with material and investigators outside their usual comfort zone. The daily structure of the meeting program facilitates the mission with opportunities for discussion and collegiality during morning and evening sessions bracketing an afternoon where attendees are free to network, golf, explore the surrounding area, or simply relax. The conference also organizes outreach to the Sedona community the day before the conference and outreach to the local high school the day after. After a mandatory hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Spring Brain Conference is back in person for 2023!



​​Current Leadership:


​​Maureen W. McEnery, PhD, MAT,  Director

Associate Professor Department of Neurology and Department of Neuroscience

University Hospitals of Cleveland Medical Center

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine


Dimitrios Davalos, PhD, Program Committee Chair

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosciences

Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic


Douglas Rosene, PhD, Program Committee Member

Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Boston University

Jeff Edwards, PhD, Program Committee Member

Associate Professor, Department of Physiology & Developmental Biology

Brigham Young University

Jeff Joyce, PhD, Program Committee Member

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs

Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Florida State University College of Medicine

Aasef Shaikh, MD, PhD, Program Committee Member

Penni and Stephen Weinberg Chair in Brain Health

Vice Chair for Research, Department of Neurology

University Hospitals

Previous Spring Brain Conference Programs 2001- 2014

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