After multiple decades of service, Jeff Blaustein is retiring from the University of Massachusetts. On May 19, 2017 the UMass Center for Neuroendocrine Studies, with support from the College of Natural Sciences and the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, will host an all-day symposium to honor Jeff and his contributions to UMass and to the field.

Collaborators, former trainees, and friends will share new developments and reflect on Jeff's contributions. Join us for what promises to be a remarkable celebration!

We have a distinguished lineup of speakers that will highlight the festivities:

  • Tony Auger (University of Wisconsin)
  • Tracy Bale (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Gregory Ball (University of Maryland)
  • Jacques Balthazart (University of Liego, Belgium)
  • Michael Baum (Boston University)
  • Sheri Berenbaum (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Geert DeVries (Georgia State University)
  • Nancy Forger (Georgia State University)
  • Jon Levine (University of Wisconsin)
  • Shaila Mani (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • Margaret McCarthy (UMaryland School of Medicine)
  • James Pfaus (Concordia University)
  • Emilie Rissman (North Carolina State University)
  • Colin Saldanha (American University)
  • Per Sodersten (Karolinska Institute, Sweden)
  • Marc Tetel (Wellesley College)
  • Stuart Tobet (Colorado State University)
  • Kim Wallen (Emory University)
  • Diane Witt (formerly NSF)

A light breakfast, morning sessions, lunch, afternoon sessions, and a cocktail reception will be held at the Old Chapel, located at 144 Hicks Way in Amherst, MA, from 8AM - 5PM on Friday, May 19. An optional banquet (pre-registration required) will be held at the Campus Center, located at 1 Campus Center Way in Amherst, MA, from 6:30PM - 9:00PM on Friday, May 19. 

Registration Rates
Symposium registration includes a light breakfast, all morning sessions, a box lunch, all afternoon sessions, and a cocktail reception. Symposium registration does not include lodging or the conference banquet. Attendees can register for the symposium only, the banquet only, or both!

Symposium Registration
Regular Registration: $35.00
CNS Affiliate Registration: $25.00

Regular Banquet Ticket: $35.00
CNS Affiliate Banquet Ticket: $25.00

Space is limited in both the symposium and the banquet: early registration is strongly recommended. Registration will be accepted until April 28, 2017, or until space fills. Once we have reached capacity this page will be updated to accept a wait-list. 

How to Register
To register for the symposium and/or the banquet, simply click "Register Now" above! You will be prompted to create an account (or login to your account if you already have one from another event with us) and will then be brought through the registration form. During the registration process you will let us know what event(s) you would like to attend and will also select your payment method. Payment is accepted by credit/debit card using our secure online gateway, by check or by speedtype.

Registration is accepted on an individual basis, but you can register multiple attendees under one account. To register multiple attendees first complete the registration for one person. While still logged in, click "Registrations" in the toolbar at the top of the page and then click the "Create Additional Registration" button to enter the details for the next attendee. Instructions on the form will help guide you through, but please contact us if you need assistance.

Please keep in mind that space is limited and likely to fill. Registration will be accepted until Friday, April 28, or until capacity is met. 

For additional registration, campus, and/or area information please contact the Registration Office at 413-577-8102 or
For additional symposium related details please contact Dr. Luke Remage-Healey at