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The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS) encourages research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience.  The Society shall collaborate with existing public and private organizations to promote and encourage education and research in Behavioral Neuroscience and will participate and assist in the coordination of efforts or formulation of research and clinical programs. Founded in 1992, the IBNS has members from 34 countries and consists of scientists, clinicians, teachers, and others with a background and interest in the relationship between brain and behavior.


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2021 IBNS Annual Meeting Outreach in Puerto Vallarta

We study behavioral neuroscience because we wish to understand the neurobiological underpinnings of behavior.  Many of us do so because we want to understand how and when such underpinnings go awry resulting in mental health disease, and thus determine how we can target interventions.  It has become clear that early-life adversity can negatively affect neurodevelopment limiting the potential children possess and/or driving mental health conditions in adulthood.  At this year’s meeting alone, we have 6 symposia and 1 keynote lecture on the importance of developmental insults and environmental challenges across the lifespan.  Attempting to develop treatments for adults that have gone through traumatic experiences in childhood is important; however,  minimizing the impact of trauma, malnourishment etc., during childhood can also drive direct benefits and enhance resilience. 

Here’s where our IBNS community can help right now.  The people at Fundación Corazón de Niña and Casa Corazón work directly with children, providing a home for at-risk youth of Puerto Vallarta.  This organization began in 2012 to help young Mexican girls in Puerto Vallarta, and has expanded to provide >100 at-risk youth with housing, clothing, food, and education!  They need help, now more than ever, and we hope you can help.  At the meeting, we will visit the home and provide them with all the support and generosity of our IBNS family.

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Outstanding Achievement Award recipient -
Dr. Caroline Blanchard

Early Career Achievement Award recipient - 
Dr. Elizabeth Manning

Early Faculty Travel Award - 
Dr. Joseph McQuail 

2021 IBNS Fellows - 
Dr. Debra Bangasser
Dr. Amanda Kentner and 
Dr. Farida Sohrabji

IBNS 2021 Awards,


Letter from the IBNS Presidents 
April 30, 2021 

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In January, the IBNS Council unanimously agreed that we should attempt to make the 30th anniversary of our IBNS annual meetings, 2021, to be our first hybrid meeting – that is entirely online but with a small in-person component. In light of recent updates to guidelines from the American Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Americans travel to Mexico, we held an emergency Council meeting to revisit the in-person decision for Mexico. During that discussion, we talked of the potential difficulties of hosting any in-person component of the meeting, maintaining safety for all given the new guidelines. It was also noted, of course, that we are an international society and that this guidance is directed to participants residing in the USA and is not completely aligned with guidance from other U.S.-based or international agencies. Furthermore, we wish to continue our support for our Mexican colleagues planning to attend in person this year.

Unfortunately, we are not able to postpone this meeting as we did for Glasgow 2020. Hence, a majority of the Council felt it right to continue the in-person component. The council members did not make this decision lightly. All in-person events will adhere to established Covid-safety protocols, including but not limited to onsite COVID testing offered by the hotel, employing certified safety officers, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing. Moreover, we strongly encourage only those who are fully vaccinated to attend. All in-person events will be available online, and we urge anyone who has any concerns regarding in-person attendance to access our meeting online. Other societies (e.g., PRS), have successfully held hybrid meetings, and we are confident IBNS 2021 will be as successful and safe as those meetings. We know that in-person attendance is not always easy for our colleagues and so future meetings will retain online access, enabling attendance for all, and we hope 2021 will become the herald for the future of our Society.


Jared Young - IBNS President 
Jill McGaughy - IBNS President-Elect