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Call for Abstracts

Abstracts may be submitted on any subject related to the general area of behavioral neuroscience. PRESENTING AUTHORS MUST SUBMIT THEIR ABSTRACT USING THEIR OWN LOG IN (e.g. Advisors may not submit an abstract for a student under the advisor's account). More than one abstract may be submitted by each author.

Abstracts should be no longer than 2,500 characters including spaces and prepared as a single paragraph, single-spaced. Abstracts should NOT contain photos, tables or references. Data must be original and not previously published. Please include any funding acknowledgements.

A nonrefundable abstract fee of $50 USD is due at the time of submission. Abstracts should be submitted by March 1, 2021. Late abstracts will be considered until April 15, 2021, for posters only. After March 1, 2021, the fee is $75 USD.

Members and non-members of IBNS are invited to submit abstracts online at the following link: 2021 Abstract Form

POSTER SESSIONS.  All posters will be presented virtually through our exciting interactive online platform.  For those who feel secure in travelling we will also offer an in-person poster session with social distancing and safety protocols in place. 

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Travel Awards

IBNS has a commitment to diversity and inclusion and welcomes undergraduates, graduates and postdocs from all geographic areas and backgrounds to apply for a 2021 travel award to assist with their travel expenses for IBNS 30th Annual meeting. Travel Award Applications are due by February 1, 2021.  

Travel Award applicants are judged based on criteria specific to their level of training. In addition, travel costs will be taken into consideration in determining the final amount of the award. Travel Award recipients are required to present a poster as well as participate in a slide blitz session. Award recipients are required to attend the entire meeting. 

Click here to view the 2021 Travel Award winners.

More Information on Travel Awards

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Early Faculty Travel Award - NEW!!

Transitioning to Faculty is often the most difficult academic career transition and IBNS is here to help. We're introducing our latest Travel award, our Early Faculty Travel Award, and we encourage people within 2 years of their initial faculty appointment to apply.  The winner will not only receive funds to travel to the IBNS 2021 meeting in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (June 1st – 5th, 2021), but they will receive free registration for both that and the next meeting (held in Glasgow, UK).  If of course,  if the winner cannot attend the IBNS 2021 meeting in person, they will still receive free registration to attend virtually (for which 100% of the 2021 meeting will be available virtually, and at least part of the 2022 meeting will be available virtually).  At IBNS we strongly encourage diversity outreach in our applicants.  To encourage transparency, please see the scoring rubric for applicants.  

To apply for this travel award, please submit a description of the research you plan to conduct in your new laboratory (4500 characters max), your CV that includes a statement toward Diversity & Inclusivity, and a letter of support from a senior faculty member, preferably your Chair indicating your eligibility and their support. The form is only available to IBNS Regular Members.

Click here to submit an application for the
Early Faculty Travel Award 


Registration Fees

Please note that we have two different fee structures. Virtual is for those attending Online only.  In Person is for those planning and able to travel to Mexico.  Single day rates will NOT be available for this meeting.

Member rates are discounted.  If you would like to receive the discounted member rate, please be sure you apply for membership prior to taking the meeting registration form.  Membership applications take 2-3 business days to be approved.  IF you are unsure if you qualify for student or postdoc rates, please see the guidelines on our Membership page. 

Due to the constantly changing regulations and advisories for travel to Mexico we will be flexible with refunds and switching of the fees.  (e.g. If you plan to travel to Mexico and pay the In Person fees and then find out later you cannot travel we will transfer the payment to the Virtual registration and refund the difference.)

Registration is now open!

  Regular PostDoc Student
Virtual Member Meeting Registration 300 185 175
Virtual NON Member Meeting Registration 450 275 250
In Person Member Meeting Registration 500 325 275
In Person NON Member Meeting Registration 700 425 350


Register HERE


Preliminary Program

Preliminary Program Puerto Vallarta 2021.pdf
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Accepted Symposia for 2021

Updated November 13, 2020

Translation of Apathy-Like Behaviour, from Humans to Animals.  Chairs: Gernot Riedel, Lianne Strachan (Robinson).  Speakers: Eline Dreesen, Richard Brown, John Salamone, Andre Aleman, Frank Hezemans.

Neuroscience of Maternal Mental Illness. Chair: Jodi Pawluski. Speakers: Elseline Hoekzema, Benedetta Leuner, Joseph Lonstein, Jodi Pawluski.

Using Stress-Enhanced Fear Learning to Reveal Associative and Nonassociative Consequences of Traumatic Stress. Chairs: Michael Drew; Susan Sangha. Speakers: Abha Rajbhandari, Moriel Zelikowsky, Andrew Poulos, Michael Drew, Alessia Mastrodonato.

Contributions of the Cingulate-Retrosplenial Cortical Axis to Learning and Memory Consolidation. Chairs: Nicole Ferrara; Janine Kwapis. Speakers: Nicole Ferrara, Aaron Jasnow, Sydney Trask, Janine Kwapis.

Clinical and Experimental Assessment of Behaviors Associated with Dementia: Challenges and Solutions. Chairs: Farida Sohrabji; Gregory Bix. Speakers: Terry Quinn, Marion Buckwalter, Jerome Badaut, Aditya Panta.

Origins of Sex Differences in Behavior: The Unusual Suspects. Chairs: Debra Bangasser; Georgia Hodes. Speakers: Marianne Seney, A.J. Robison, Georgia Hodes, Debra Bangasser.

Neural Systems Regulating Responses to Stress, Threat, and Safety. Chairs: Ryan LaLumiere; Heidi Meyer. Speakers: Jason Radley, Michael Baratta, Susan Sangha, Heidi Meyer.

A New Perspective on the Role of the Insular Cortex in Cognition and Behavior Based on Pre-Clinical Research. Chairs: John Christianson; Anna Beyeler. Speakers: Yoav Livneh, Nadine Gogolla, John Christianson, Anna Beyeler.

Memory and Plasticity in Development and Maturation - Periods of Vulnerability and Opportunity. Chair: Jee Hyun Kim. Speakers: Paul Frankland, Judy Sng, Yvonne Nolan, Jee Hyun Kim.

Glial Control of Neuronal Plasticity and Behavior. Chairs: Pavel Ortinski; Jill Turner. Speakers: Kathryn Reissner, Jill Turner, Annalisa Scimemi, Pavel Ortinski.

The Role of the Environment on the Penetrance of Neuro Developmental Disorders. Chairs: Lorenzo More; Lucia Privitera. Speakers: Victorio Bambini-Junior, Carmem Gottfried, Lucia Privitera, Lorenzo More.

Hormone-Mediated Neuroplasticity Across Behaviors. Chairs: Laura Been; Liisa Galea. Speakers: Erica Glasper, Laura Been, Liisa Galea, Paul Sheppard.

Reward Seeking vs Addiction: Exploring the Phenotypes of Substance Use Disorder Using Rodent Models. Chairs: Christina Perry; Andrew Lawrence. Speakers: Bianca Jupp, Christina Perry, Nathan Marchant, Morgan James.

New Directions in Modelling Dysregulated Reward Seeking. Chairs: Robyn Brown; Morgan James. Speakers: Robyn Brown, Morgan James, Rachel Smith, Chris Dayas.

Developmental Origin of Neurocognitive Behavioral Disorders in Adolescence and Adults. Chair: Shameena Bake. Speakers: Elizabeth Byrnes, Shameena Bake, Charlis Raineki, Julie Kable.

The Rodent Medial Prefrontal Cortex and Associated Circuits in Behavior Under Variable Demands. Chair: John Howland. Speakers:  Rutsuko Ito, John Howland, Christopher Lapish, Franz Villaruel.

The Cognitive Basis of Drug Relapse: Neural Circuitry Underlying Extinction and Reinstatement of Reward-Seeking Behavior. Chair: Amelia Eisch. Speakers: Amelia Eisch, Ryan LaLumiere, Najmeh Katebi, Suzanne Nolan.

Translation Across the Lifespan: Genetic and Environmental Risk Models for Complex Disease. Chairs: Jill L. Silverman; Jonathan L. Brigman. Speakers: Stacey J. Sukoff Rizzo, Kristen D. Onos, Jonathan L. Brigman, Jill L. Silverman.

Consequences of Cancer and Cancer Treatment on the Brain and Behaviour. Chairs: Stephen Kent; Adam Walker. Speakers: Haryana Dhillon, Florence Joly, Leah Pyter, Susanna Rosi, Adam Walker.

Electronic Vapor Self-Administration Studies: A New Era for Addiction Research. Chair: Olivier George.  Speakers: Marsida Kallupi, Halle Weimar, Renata Marchette, Brandon Henderson.

The Role of Neuronal Ensembles in Learned Behaviors. Chairs: Brandon Warren; Rajtarun Madangopal.  Speakers: Brandon Warren, Ana Clara Bobadilla, Steve Ramirez, Rajtarun Madangopal.

Social Effects of Neuropeptide Oxytocin: Two Sides of a Coin.  Chairs: Rohit Menon, Inga Neumann.  Speakers: Robert Froemke, Jelena Radulovic, Rohit Menon, Brian Trainor.

How Are Memories Organized in the Brain? Insights From Studies of Higher-Order Conditioning.  Chairs: Nathan Holmes, Mihaela Iordanova.  Speakers: Arnau Busquets-Garcia, Evan Hart, Nathan Holmes, Mihaela Iordanova.

Synaptic Plasticity Underlying Obesity-Linked Motivational Changes.  Chairs: Bridget Alexandra Matikainen-Ankney, Carrie Ferrario.  Speakers: Bridget Matikainen-Ankney, Carrie Ferrario, Miriam Bocarsly, Christopher Mazzone, Lauren Seabrook.

Integrating Neurotechnology With Behaviour and Open Science Through Touchscreens.  Chairs: Julie R. Dumont, Timothy J. Bussey.  Speakers: Miguel Skirzewski Prieto, Sara Memar, Anna Radke, Jess Nithianantharajah, Sanghee Yun, Mark Brandon.

Stressed Out: Tracking the Impact of Stress Across the Lifespan.  Chairs: Sarah Baracz, Anand Gururajan.  Speakers: Staci Bilbo, Sarah Baracz, Anand Gururajan, Orna Issler.

Group Behavior Analysis in Animal Models of Human Conditions.  Chair: Ksenia Meyza.  Speakers: J. Douglas Armstrong, Nozomi Endo, Yair Shemesh, Ksenia Meyza.

Ketamine: The Good, The Bad, and The Potential Ugly.  Chairs: Linda Perrotti, Carlos Bolanos-Guzman.  Speakers: Linda Perrotti, Omar Sial, Arturo Zavala, Sergio Iniguez.

The Thalamus as a Regulator of Motivated Behaviors.  Chairs: Fabricio Do Monte, Mario Penzo.  Speakers: Jessica Barson, Douglas Engelke, Sofia Beas, Xiaoke Chen.

Neuro-Immune Crosstalk and CB2Rs in Marijuana-Cannabinoid Medicine.  Chairs: Ana Canseco-Alba, Hiroki Ishiguro.  Speakers: Ana Canseco-Alba, Hiroki Ishiguro, Syed F. Ali, Emmanuel Onaivi.

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Poster Presenters & Speakers Portal & Instructions

Please visit or click the link for all the information and instructions for IBNS 2021! 


Important Dates 

Travel Award Application Due Monday, February 1, 2021; 12 PM CST
Abstract Submission Due Monday, March 1, 2021; 12 PM CST
Award Nominations Due Monday, March 22, 2021; 12 PM CST
Late Abstract Submission Due Thursday, April 15, 2021; 12 PM CST
Meeting Dates June 1-5, 2021


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Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa

Paseo La Marina Norte 435, Marina Vallarta,
48354 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico
+52 322 226 0000

Protocols for travel to Puerto Vallarta during Covid-19 are constantly changing.  Click here for the latest updates.

The IBNS conference hotel is the beautiful Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort and Spa conveniently located near downtown Puerto Vallarta, as well as Malecon Puerto Vallarta and the Galeria Vallarta mall. All rooms and suites come with a balcony or terrace so you'll never be far from an incredible view. Amenities include cozy pillow top mattresses, Netflix availability through your flat-panel TV, complimentary robes to lounge in, 24/7 room service, six restaurants with authentic Mexican food, along with American and Japanese cuisines.  The hotel has received numerous awards/accolades including Four Diamond designation, Travelers' Choice Award and Trip Advisors' Certificate of Excellence. 

The amazing IBNS group rates for a Single or Double (Deluxe Run of House) room is $102 USD per night (European Plan - no meals included). Hotel room rates are per room per night and subject to applicable state and local taxes, currently 19%, in effect at the time of check-out.  Upgrades are available to Deluxe Run of Ocean at $165 per night or Junior Suite at $202.00 USD.

COVID UPDATE FROM MARRIOTT:   The safety and well-being of our guests are of paramount importance to us. This is why the Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & SPA is offering guests complimentary on-site COVID-19 testing. Offering includes 2 complimentary Antigen tests for guests staying 3 consecutive nights or longer at any of the following hotels & resorts. Free testing is included for up to two registered guests per room per stay, one test per person.

If you cannot complete your travel due to test-related reasons, our resorts are extending a complimentary extended stay up to 7 nights (no meals included).

*Terms and conditions: Offering applies for all available rates. Minimum 3-night stay required. No special rate code or promotional code required. Some restrictions apply; subject to change. Only valid for customers traveling to or through the United States of America upon hotel departure (returning or connecting). Guests may purchase additional on-property tests for a fee (additional tests are subject to availability). For additional information, please contact the resort directly, or call our toll-free Global Customer Engagement Centers.

Special IBNS group rates are available through this link only.  Click here to reserve your room at the IBNS group rate.


Note from the Executive Director:  

From the warm and inviting staff...
to the beautiful sunsets and the inspiring turtle release program...

this has become one of my favorite resorts. 

Read about Marriott's turtle release program here.


Program Committee 

Lisa Briand, Chair, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 2022
Gregory Carr, Co-Chair & Diversity Comm Liaison, Lieber Inst for Brain Dvlpmnt, Baltimore, MD, USA 2022
Jill McGaughy, President-Elect, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA 2021
Amanda Kentner, Diversity Committee Liaison, MCPHS University, Boston, MA, USA 2021
Cindy Barha, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2021
Yasushi Kiyokawa, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 2021
Stan Floresco, Council Liaison, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 2022
Anand Gururajan, Diversity Committee Liaison, University of Sydney, Camperdown, Australia 2023
Molly Kent, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA, USA 2023
Barry Waterhouse, Rowan University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Stratford, NJ, USA 2023
Jill Silverman, MIND Institute, UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA, USA 2023

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