Society for Neuroscience Contest

SFN November 2021 Results:
Our Winners!
1st: Ying He
Her presentation

2nd: Ya-Yu Hu
Her presentation

3rd: Mercè Izquierdo Serra
Her presentation

Other finalists:
Cindy Cohen-Katz
Maximiliano Zuluaga-Forero
Michael Datko
Veronica Lubera
Sarasa Tohyama
Hao-Ruei Mei
Zhen Wang

The Migraine Science Collaborative is hosting a satellite event on
November 10th, 2021, 4:30 - 5:30 CT during the upcoming Society for Neuroscience virtual conference. 

The Migraine Satellite event will feature a friendly competition among select abstract presenters.  Hosted by the Migraine Science Collaborative (MSC), this event welcomes research students from within and beyond the migraine community.  We think that many research labs are making discoveries that may have more significance than they are aware for the complex disease of migraine, including the following areas of interest:

  • trigeminal system
  • special sensory systems (ocular, auditory, vestibular and others)
  • autonomic system
  • chronic pain
  • neural excitability, synapses, ion channelopathies, mitochondrial function
  • glial cells and other neuroimmunology
  • neuroinflammation and central sensitization
  • genetics 
  • hormones
  • mood disorders
  • Circadian rhythm and sleep 
  • microbiome and brain-gut connections
  • cardiovascular and stroke
  • epilepsy
  • autoimmune disorders 

To be eligible, submit your migraine-related poster abstract by November 7, 2021. Additionally, you must include answers to the following three questions:

  1. How does your study help to understand how the sensory, or other neurological systems, function or malfunction? 
  2. What is the significance of your research as it relates to migraine disease?
  3. Can you explain if and what clinical implications your research might have for patients with migraine disease and/or any of its comorbidities?  

Members of the Association of Migraine Disorders’ Research Advisory Committee will review all applicants and select 8 finalists to present at the virtual, live event on November 10th, 2021, 4:30 - 5:30 CT. All abstracts will be acknowledged on the MSC website.  

Three winners will be chosen.

  •  First place - $1000
  •  Second place - $500 
  •  Third place - $250 



  1. The competition is open to undergraduate, masters, PhD students, and postdoc researchers. 
  2. Applicants must have received acceptance of their poster abstracts at the SfN Neuroscience 2021 event.
  3. Applicants must be members of the Migraine Science Collaborative (MSC). Membership in the MSC is free. Please register at - only those registered ahead of the submission will be entered into the competition.
  4. Collaborative poster presentations are acceptable; (only one cash prize per winning presentation) Include all collaborators that contributed to the body of work in the author section. 
  5. Consent to record this event is necessary prior to the poster competition.
To apply,  please complete the Google form and include your abstract via this form by Sunday, November 7, 2021, Midnight ET.