A Welcome to WCBR

Thank you for helping make the 2016 Winter Conference on Brain Research a huge success. Don’t forget to check out the photos from the Smitty Stevens Memorial Ski Race here.

We cannot wait to start celebrating WCBR’s 50th Meeting with you in Big Sky, Montana; January 28 – February 2, 2017. Save the date today! WCBR’s 50th Meeting will be packed with, education, networking opportunities, and much more. Don’t miss attending this milestone event!

All conference activities will take place in the Big Sky Resort Convention Center. Registration will open in the summer of 2016. Click here to view the property. Big Sky Resort will provide special discounted rates on lift tickets to guests lodging at Big Sky Resorts exclusively. For more information on rates and other offers, please check back in the summer of 2016.

More information regarding the entire 50th Meeting program will be available in the summer of 2016. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please click here to email WCBR’s Executive Office or you can reach them by telephone, 615-324-2365.

2016 Smitty Stevens Memorial Ski Race


The mission of the Winter Conference on Brain Research(WCBR) is to provide a forum for the dissemination of all aspects of neuroscience at an annual meeting that offers cutting-edge science in formal sessions within a relaxed networking environment amenable to all. To achieve this mission, the WCBR focuses on the following three sub goals:

  • To exchange neuroscience research between a broad and diverse audience of neuroscientists through panels, short courses, and posters on basic, clinical, and translational findings at all levels from molecular to behavioral.
  • To increase diversity in neuroscience including, but not limited to, the provision of financial support for junior investigators.
  • To provide education in neuroscience to physicians and other healthcare professionals through continuing medical education, and to lay audiences through outreach activities.

Winter Conference on Brain Research (WCBR) is cutting-edge science combined with ample networking opportunities in a snowy atmosphere. WCBR is a truly exhilarating meeting featuring broad overviews of basic and clinical findings in seminars and detailed discussions on specific issues in workshops and poster sessions.

The first "WCBR" was organized by neuroscientists from UCLA near Lake Tahoe in 1968. There were 60 attendees. Now Our meeting includes roughly 500 neuroscientists from all over the world who work in a wide variety of fields.

In the off-time during the conference, skiers and snowboarders can hit the slopes, and cross-country skiers can enjoy great trails. Snowshoe tours, snowmobiling, sleigh rides, yoga, and quiet time for planning and writing are just a few of the many additional activities that can bring together attendees.

We offer CME credits. Learning objectives will be posted once the program is finalized.

The week begins on Saturday night with an opening reception. The opening breakfast on Sunday features the Keynote speaker Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, Center for Neuroengineering, Duke University. His efforts on electrophysiology, brain-machine interfaces and robotics have already realized the goal of reanimation of paralyzed limbs. Dr. Nicholelis will share his inspirational and personal story with the attendees of WCBR and the local community in Breckenridge.

Other special events include:

  • The school outreach program, in which WCBR participants bring neuroscience to the local elementary, middle, and high schools
  • The Brain Talk, which features a talk for non-experts and area participants
  • The Mountain Lunch and Smitty Stevens Memorial (NASTAR) ski race
  • The WCBR business meeting
  • The annual banquet featuring live music, awards and some wild and crazy neuroscientist dancers

We have an especially dedicated group of volunteer officers, board of directors, and committee chairs who work throughout the year to ensure that this is a successful meeting with a broad and interesting scientific program.

Pre- and post-doctoral students and junior faculty are encouraged to apply for our travel fellowships.

Exhibitors are welcome! Come to the meeting to present equipment, supplies or books throughout the meeting. There are many opportunities to engage the WCBR attendees during afternoon breaks and scientific poster sessions.