July 31 - August 2, 2018

Pittsburgh, PA


The Conference Picture:


Link to full size picture: 6th Annual iGluRetreat Photo

This year the Retreat is organized by Maria Kurnikova at Carnegie Mellon University and Jon Johnson at the University of Pittsburgh


The Ionotropic Glutamate Receptor Retreat (iGluRetreat) is an annual event that brings together researchers studying all aspects of glutamate receptor structure, function and regulation. The Retreat is an excellent forum in which to learn about the latest research in the field, to exchange ideas, and to present your current research to an interested and knowledgeable audience. The conference cost is kept low, and we strongly encourage attendance and presentation by students and postdocs. This year we will have an outstanding array of speakers and two poster sessions. 

The Retreat will begin with a Welcome Dinner in the evening on July 31, 2018, and will conclude in the afternoon on 2 August. 


Current Conference Program in PDF format


Presentations and Abstracts


List of Registered Participants


Please pay the registration fee of $100 by a credit card at your earliest convenience. Follow the link provided below. The payment page will generate a receipt for you sent by email.

  Follow this LINK to Registration Payment 

Everyone who attends the Retreat will be required to pay a registration fee of $100 by the start of the Retreat via a credit card, cash or check (onsite if you have not done so in advance). If you require any other arrangement please send an email to Jon.


The Food questionnaire is now closed. Please contact Jon Johnson with questions/requests.

The link also has a short questionnaire on whether you plan to attend the Welcome Reception and Dinner (Tue, 31 July, 7 pm) and/or the Retreat Banquet (Wed, 1 August, 7 pm) so we can make dinner arrangements, and whether you have dietary restrictions. You can respond to questionnaire without making a payment.



Registering does not commit you to attend or pay the registration fee, but will keep you on the conference email list.

Please fill in the registration form at this link

To register you only need to provide your name, affiliation, email address and presentation preference. Please do not chose a presentation preference "talk" if you are undecided about attendance.

The registration site will remain available until 31 July. Registration will also be possible on the first day of the Retreat.

Please submit your presentation title and abstract (not required) using this form

We will chose a number of contributed talks from participants who indicated so. Registrants chosen to give talks will be notified in early July.  While abstracts are not required all submitted abstracts will be posted along with the talk and poster titles. Having an abstract improves visibility of your work and presentation.

UPDATE: We have now chosen all oral presentaion and will send and post the conference program soon. All new presentation submissions will be accepted as posters. Poster titles and abstracts will also be posted to the web-site for everyone's convenience.


All conference events will be held a the Frick Fine Arts Building (650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260) in Oakland, the Pittsburgh neighborhood where the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University campuses are located. 


We have made arrangements with two conveniently-located options for accommodations:

  • Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center  located 0.4 miles from the Retreat venue. Hotel rooms with one king or two queen beds are available at a group rate for Retreat participants of $125/night. Reservations can be made at https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/groups/hr/iglur-retreat. Parking is available at the hotel for an additional fee. Reservations must be made by 10 July.
  • Family House University Place  located 0.5 miles from the Retreat venue. Rooms with 2 single beds, a toilet and shower are $68/night. Do not try to reserve a room online. For reservations, either: (a) call (412) 647-7777 (8 am – 4 pm weekdays), ask for Beth or Jason, or (b) email Beth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Either way, say you are an iGluR Retreat participant. When first arriving, one must check in by 8 pm. Parking is available nearby at Soldiers and Sailors Parking Garage at their normal rates. Note, the garage is locked from midnight to 6 am. Reservations must be made by 1 July.

       Number of rooms at each location is limited, especially at Family House (a good deal at $68/night), where reservations should be made as soon as possible.



More retreat Information will be COMING SOON!

A collection of the web pages from the previous retreats is maintained by Derek Bowie at the McGill University in Montreal: follow this Link to Former Retreats with Example Programs