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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.


  1. Discounted annual meeting registration fees 
  2. Networking and new contacts through our membership database
  3. Keep up with current IBNS and neuroscience news and events with our monthly newsletter

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Submit Your Abstract for IBNS 2022!

The abstract submission portal is now open!  Anyone who wants to present at IBNS must submit an abstract through the abstract form online.  This includes keynote speakers, symposia speakers, travel awardees and anyone else who wants to present.

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The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society is excited to continue the virtual, global seminar series for early career researchers, IBNS (is) Staying Connected.” 

Our first seminar in December 2021 was a huge success and we are eager to plan the next installment for Thursday, February 24, 2022 (5-6pm EST), hosted by Dr. Susan Sangha and Dr. Janine Kwapis. 

We will feature one speaker who is either a late-stage PhD student or a postdoctoral researcher.  The speaker will have 30 minutes to present their research, followed by 5 minutes of introspection about their own methods, data, and future directions, and finish off with a 10-15 minute Q&A.  This will provide the selected ECR with a unique opportunity to engage with the IBNS membership. If you’re interested in being a speaker, please submit a 200-word abstract of your research and a 150-word diversity statement by 11:59pm EST February 6, 2022... Read more>>>

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Letter from the IBNS President - Dr. Jill McGaughy

August 2021 

Attendance at the 2021 was our highest to date, with nearly 460 participants both in person and virtually. This year’s meeting continued to provide access to top-tier science in the symposia, poster sessions, and keynote speakers. We were spoilt for choice about the many excellent sessions. As a reminder, recordings of sessions are still available for registered attendees (You can also still register): IBNS 2021 Puerto Vallarta. This year we also expanded the program to include several new events organized by the Diversity and Ethics committee described in the update from the outgoing committee chair, Debra Bangasser, in this issue of the newsletter. I look forward to continuing our collaborations with Women in Learning (WiL) and Black in Neuro (BiN) in the 2022 meeting.

While in Puerto Vallarta, I was fortunate to visit the Fundación Corazón de Niña and Casa Corazón to give them our donation of ~$1050. This organization was founded in 2012 to work directly with the at-risk youth of Puerto Vallarta. At the time of our visit, the home had approximately 90 boys and girls from ages 1-20 years of age. The staff was very warm and welcoming, and the children were very excited to meet us. We discussed their studies and told them a bit about our work. It was wonderful to spend time with founder Melissa Canez to hear about the successes and challenges she has experienced. Thank you to all who donated! Our very own Marianne Van Wagner has provided photos of our visit.