Please review our most Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about this event. If you cannot find an answer, please contact the NINDS Events Team.

All sessions will take place in United States Eastern Time Zone (ET). We recommend that you verify the time of sessions in your local time zone using an online converter.
There is no formal dress code, however we encourage you to dress professionally and to be camera ready for any video chat sessions you intend to participate in.
We recommend logging in from a desktop/laptop. However, the virtual platform can be accessed via mobile or tablet device. Please ensure that you are using a device that has the Zoom application already downloaded so you will be able to access all sessions. Attendees should log in to the virtual platform prior to the start of your sessions to make sure your device is working properly.
  • Maximize your internet connection by connecting your computer with an ethernet cable directly from your internet router.
  • If you must use Wi-Fi, try to use the 5GHz network.
  • Wi-Fi works best when you are 5-8 feet from your router.
  • Give your router space to breathe by placing it in “free space.” This means not in a TV stand or behind the couch.
  • Check and tighten all cable connections, with your router and with your computer.
  • Give your router time to rest by turning it off for at least 10 seconds and restarting it. This will boost your internet speed by a few extra mbps.
  • Close out other apps on your device that are not essential to you while attending the event.
  • Disconnect other non-essential devices around your home (or office) that are connected to the internet: streaming devices, tablets, phones, video game systems, and/or smart TVs.
Once logged into the virtual platform you will see an icon with your name on the upper right-hand side of the screen. Click the dropdown and choose “Edit Profile” to update your information or add a headshot. Please note that your profile will be visible to all attendees.
No, meeting registration and virtual platform login credentials should not be transferred to maintain your privacy. Instead, please invite your colleague to register for free at https://www.brainmeeting2021.com/ and obtain access to the virtual platform.
Once you have logged into the platform, you will be in the event Lobby. Using the top navigation bar or the icons in the lobby, you can visit the different areas of the platform.
  • Check out the Full Agenda in the lobby to find details on sessions that you will want to attend.
  • Visit the Auditorium to view the session schedule and access all sessions.
  • Click Poster Hall to view posters categorized by scientific area. While you may view posters at any time, the poster presenters will be available during their scheduled poster session times (see Presenter Chat Schedule and Process) to answer any questions.
  • Visit the Exhibit Hall to learn how other organizations are advancing BRAIN science.
  • Use the Keyword Search to search content by pre-populated keywords.
  • The Networking Lounge is your place to join topic-specific chatrooms and join live discussions with assorted speakers and others (click Speaker Office Hours & Networking), as well as connect with other attendees.
  • Click Chat to open a chat panel where you can find chatrooms and direct message other attendees.
  • Don’t miss out on a chance to win prizes! Visit the Leaderboard to learn how to play our game and score bonus points by hunting for the BRAIN magnifying glass.
  • Have any questions? Stop by the Help Desk to communicate directly with Technical Support via chat.
You can create a personalized schedule by clicking the My Schedule tab in the top navigation bar. From here you can navigate to the tabs for each meeting day (June 15, 16 and 17) and choose sessions to add to your personal schedule by clicking the ‘Add to My Schedule’ button.
There are calendar links associated with each session in the Full Agenda (found in the Lobby) and in My Schedule. Click the ‘Add to Calendar’ button for mail client options. Mail client options include Outlook, Google, Yahoo, and Apple.
Yes, networking between attendees is encouraged! Click the blue Chat tab on the right-hand side of your screen from any virtual space to direct-message other attendees, video chat, and/or enter chatrooms. Alternatively, you may also click the Chat tab in the top navigation bar to be taken directly into the main Chat panel with all the afore-mentioned options.
You can initiate a Video Chat by direct messaging any attendee who is in the virtual platform. Simply click the Chat tab located on the right side of your screen and select the People tab to locate an attendee. Select the attendee’s name to direct message them and initiate a Video Chat by clicking on the camera icon in the top right hand-side of the panel that opens. Once you are in a Video Chat, you can invite others to join by sharing the Video Chat URL that appears in the top right corner of the Video Chat window.
NOTE: Live video chat has a maximum capacity of 50 participants. The first 12 participants will be able to connect using audio/video, while up to 38 additional participants will be able to connect via audio only. No video chat content (AV or text) will be retained once the video chat is complete.
To access content:
  • Click on Auditorium.
  • Click on the main screen to access presentations.
  • View the schedule by meeting day (click “+Add to My Schedule” to create your own personal schedule or “Add to Calendar” to add a session to your calendar).
  • To view a session that is playing click the “Join” button.
  • To view on demand content and previously broadcast sessions, select the “On Demand” tab.
  • For detailed information about broadcast sessions, “View the Full Agenda” from the Lobby.

NOTE: We recommend joining live sessions a few minutes before the start time as you will need to enter your name/email address for each session. You will be able to join sessions approximately 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.
While you are in a session, ask questions via the Zoom Q&A function, and/or engage with fellow attendees by opening the Session-specific Chatroom from the Chat tab located on the right of your screen in the virtual platform. Converse with participants as you watch the webinar in a separate browser window!
AAfter locating an exhibitor, click on their booth to expand the booth view. To ask questions from the booth representative, click on Chat located on the exhibit booth’s navigation bar. This will open a new tab, and you will be directed to the exhibit booth group chat with your name in the chat.
Booth Group Chat: Each exhibit booth has its own booth group chat, and it is text chat only. Booth group chats function like most chatrooms or group texts do—all attendees in the booth will be able to see this chatlog and can engage without invitation.
Direct Messages: Booth representatives can also invite attendees into a direct message. This will appear on the left-hand panel of the main group chat. Here, you can video and audio chat in addition to text chat.
Posters in the Poster Hall are conveniently sorted by scientific area, Trainee Highlight Awards, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Select any category to view a list of posters and Bookmark any that you want to come back to (find bookmarked posters in My Schedule). Click the View button next to any poster to open it. You may also submit questions for the poster presenter in the Q&A box to the right hand-side of the poster window. Poster presenters will respond to questions in the same box as they are able. To see if a poster presenter is offering opportunities for live engagement, click Presenter Chat Video Schedule and Process in the Poster Hall for a searchable schedule. Each poster listing will also show Video Chat Hours if available. Please click the Join button at the designated time to join a live chat.
Answer: Yes. All abstracts submitted by the deadline date, will be included in a digital abstract booklet. This booklet will be made public and available on-line to all meeting attendees.
The abstract book is in the Briefcase tab on the top navigation bar within the virtual platform.
Yes You can add documents provided by exhibitors to your online briefcase and then email them to yourself or share items with colleagues by simply entering their email.
From the Networking Lounge you can enter topic-specific chatrooms (such as DEI and Job Opportunities). You can also join live video chats with assorted speakers to ask them about their presentations and participate in topical networking video chats. Click on the Speaker Office Hours & Networking button to see our lineup and come back at 4:45PM each day to join a live video chat. Don’t forget to use #studyBRAIN for any social media posts!