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This meeting took place in 2020

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MEETING CANCELLED: Neurocircuitry of Social Behavior (L4)

Organizer(s) Hee-Sup Shin, Larry Young, Hailan Hu and Carmen Sandi
May 10—13, 2020
Daejeon Convention Center • Daejeon, South Korea
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Jan 9, 2020
Abstract Deadline: Feb 11, 2020
Scholarship Deadline: Jan 9, 2020
Discounted Registration Deadline: Mar 10, 2020

Developed in collaboration with the Institute for Basic Science, IBS

Summary of Meeting:
Many psychiatric disorders are characterized by impairments in social cognition and behavior. There is a critical need to understand the neural circuits underlying social behavior so that we may develop new treatments for social impairments. This Symposium will focus on neural processes regulating normative social behaviors.Traditionally social neuroscientists have not analyzed social processes at a circuit level, while other neuroscientists delving into the circuitry of social processes have not attended meetings organized by social neuroscientists. We aim to bring together a “Dream Team” of researchers to bridge this gap. Specific Aims of this Symposium: 1. Assemble the pioneers and rising stars of several fields who have broad interests in and have made innovative contributions to social neuroscience. 2. Address the key questions in social neuroscience from a neural circuit perspective. (social recognition, social decision making, social bonding and nurturing, aggression, social stress and empathy) 3. Discuss standardization of experimental conditions for diverse behavioral paradigms optimized for circuit studies. 4. Attract young scientists from broad perspectives to social neuroscience. Through this conference some participants will be encouraged to incorporate advanced technologies to their study of social neuroscience, while others will broaden their scope to include social behavior in their research program. While there are other conferences on the topics of social neuroscience, or neural circuits and behavior, no other meeting combines both topics and draws its speakers from such a diverse background. Many of these speakers are pioneers in other areas of neuroscience who are now making ground breaking discoveries related to how and why we interact socially. Consequently, this meeting will bring about a paradigm shift in the traditional social neuroscience field and initiate discussions between much broader communities than has taken place thus far.

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Scholarship / Award Information


Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic institute at the start of the meeting for which you are applying. Note: a graduate student is defined as a student who is studying for a higher degree at an academic institution. A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with a Ph.D., M.D., or DVM degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue their desired career path, and is within 6 years of these degrees.

Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g. the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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