Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics

NBG Annual Retreat

The Neurobehavioral Genetics (NBG) Annual Retreat is an all-day event that the Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics typically hosts annually off-site in order to promote cohesiveness in the Training Program for Neurobehavioral Genetics and foster interactions between participating trainees and faculty. The retreat attracts over 70 faculty and trainees combined.

The first retreat was hosted on January 23, 2007 and continues to be a key component of the training program.

While the retreat centers on research presentations by trainees, it also includes an organized discussion of issues relating to the ethical conduct of science. In recent years, distinguished guest speakers have been invited to provide a research talk and interact extensively with the trainees throughout the day.

Past retreats were hosted at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica. Trainees showcased a very impressive set of talks on their current work, ranging from miniscope technology for genetically engineered mice to data mining of electronic health records.

Past Retreats

Year Keynote Speaker Topic Agenda
Alicia Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit
Harvard Medical School
“The Critical Importance of Diversity in Genomics for Elucidating the Heritable Basis of Psychiatric Disorders”
Anna Molofsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
UC San Francisco
“Innate immune mechanisms regulating brain development and plasticity”

Daniel Benjamin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of (Research) Economics
Center for Economic and Social Research
Department of Economics
University of Southern California

“Polygenic Scores and the Future of Social-Science Genetics”


Jonathan Pritchard, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Biology and Genetics
Stanford University

“The genetic architecture of human complex traits: from polygenic to omnigenic”


Gene Robinson, Ph.D.
Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Swanlund Chair, Center for Advanced Study
Professor, Departments of Entomology and Neuroscience
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

“Me to We: Using Honey Bees to Find the Genetic Roots of Social Life””


Benjamin Neale, Ph.D.
Assistant in Genetics, Analytic and Translational Genetics Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Associate Member, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research and Program in Medical and Population Genetics
Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

"Developments in the methods of analysis of genetic data”


Jonathan Flint, M.D.
Michael Davys Professor of Neuroscience
Head of the Psychiatric Genetics Group at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics
University of Oxford

"The genetic basis of major depression”


Jay Shendure, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Genome Sciences
University of Washington

“Next generation human genetics”


Kenneth S. Kosik, M.D.
Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research, MCDB
Co-Director, Neuroscience Research Institute
UC Santa Barbara

“A Gene Crucible in Antioquia Colombia”




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