Join us for the NIH Toolbox® Assessments Conference

Registration and call for abstracts now open!


Targeting all investigators, clinicians, and industry partners with requirements for neurological and behavioral assessment.

This includes the general research community, extramural investigators, clinicians, NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) investigators, NIH Extramural Research Program staff, NIH leadership, other federal agencies (e.g., FDA, CDC, DoD, VA).


April 8, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
April 9, 2024 | 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


The NIH Toolbox® Assessments Conference will be held in person with an option for remote viewing of select sessions

National Institutes of Health
Natcher Conference Center
45 Center Drive
Building 45
Bethesda, MD  20894

Live videocast will be available for remote viewing of plenary sessions.

Purpose and background

On April 8 and 9, 2024, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research, the National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) will host an in-person conference, with live videocast for remote viewing of select sessions, to highlight and share advancements and features of four affiliated measurement systems/measures: the NIH Toolbox®, the Infant and Toddler Toolbox (Baby Toolbox)Mobile Toolbox, and MyCog

The purpose of this conference is to bring together the NIH community, extramural investigators, clinicians, and other stakeholders to learn about neurological and behavioral measures and measurement systems supported through NIH funding including recent updates, improvements, and adaptations. 

The conference will include:

  • Perspectives from NIH leadership, current users, and early adopters on the importance of well-validated, psychometrically sound measures for use across a wide variety of research studies, clinical trials, and clinical and educational settings. 
  • Presentation of updates, improvements, and adaptations to NIH Toolbox® using emerging technologies to expand the reach of the measurement system to a wider range of age groups, for use in tracking change, and to monitor treatment response for neurodegenerative disease.
  • Launch of several new measurement systems and measures that build off the NIH Toolbox® framework and which offer rigorous assessment of a wide range of neurological and behavioral functions in infants and toddlers; of cognition in adults via self-administration; and of detection of cognitive impairment in the primary care provider setting. 
  • Demonstrations of all four measurement systems and measures, including new and existing features and instruction on how to access them.
  • Discussion of lessons learned, best practices, and a future vision to keep these tools dynamic and relevant for end-users from multiple disciplines.

Abstract submission

Complete the abstract submission form and email it to [email protected] by 5 p.m., ET on January 12, 2024.

The conference organizers will accept presentations that have been published or accepted elsewhere.

Travel awards: The organizers of the conference intend to make up to 10 travel awards to graduate students, medical students, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents/fellows, and early career investigators/clinicians* who submit abstracts (see Call for Abstracts) . Awards will cover travel (domestic travel costs only) and lodging for the conference.

*Early career investigators/clinicians refers to individuals who have completed their terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years and who have not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award.


Register for this workshop


Agenda details coming soon.

Contact information

Please contact [email protected] for questions you may have about the conference.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the meeting organizer listed under Contact information. Please make your request no later than 2 weeks before the event.