Date and Location

The 2017 Annual NEALS Meeting will be held October 3 - 5, 2017 at the Opal Sands Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Meeting Update

Hurricane Irma fortunately caused minimal damage to the Opal Sands Resort and so the Annual NEALS Meeting will proceed as planned.

Registration and Schedule of Events

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 2017 Annual NEALS Meeting is now OPEN! Please join us this October for three days of training sessions, member research presentations, Consortium updates, a special science symposium (Neuroinflamation: Basic and Clinical Approaches), abstract presentations, sub-committee meetings, and networking opportunities. A tentative meeting schedule can be found here (*subject to change): SCHEDULE. Please note that this year’s event will run Tuesday through Thursday, October 3rd – 5th.

New sessions and events at this year’s meeting include a Medical Monitoring training session led by Drs. Jinsy Andrews (Columbia) and Christopher Coffey (Iowa), a welcome reception, a NEALS Member/Industry Partner Roundtable, and a luau/BBQ (be sure to bring something tropical to wear!).

The inaugural NEALS Member/Industry Partner Roundtable, chaired by Drs. Robert Brown and Melanie Leitner, will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd from 4pm – 6pm.

If you require access to the registration page or would like to RSVP for the Member/Industry Partner Roundtable, please contact Tara Lincoln, NEALS Program Director at


Opal Sands Resort

The conference hotel – the Opal Sands Resort – is now fully booked for the conference week. We’ve included two alternative recommendations below:

Sandpearl Resort
500 Mandalay Avenue
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

To make a reservation at the Sandpearl Resort, please contact Maria Koeller at or 727-674-4117 and mention the NEALS group rate.

Shephard’s Beach Resort
619 S Gulfview Blvd
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
(727) 442-5107

Shephard’s Beach Resort is located within walking distance of the Annual NEALS Meeting.


Abstract submission for the 2017 Annual NEALS Meeting is now closed.  Platform and poster presentations will be announced shortly.  Thank you to everyone who submitted and abstract for presentation consideration!

2016 abstract submissions can be viewed here.

2016 Annual Meeting Photo Gallery