IBNS 29th Annual Meeting 

WHEN: June 2 - June 6, 2020
WHERE: Glasgow, Scotland

Social: # IBNS #IBNSconnect #IBNS2020 



Message from IBNS President, Jared Young.  May 10, 2020.  

IBNS 2020 Update - Offering Online Poster Sessions

To IBNS Members and Colleagues:

IBNS 2020 may have been cancelled, but we still want to see your research.  We know of the disappointment at not getting to present your research to our Society and receive the feedback and networking you deserve!  Therefore, we at IBNS are pleased to announce the creation of a subcommittee pledged to creating a mechanism wherein you can present your submitted abstracts to all members for feedback and discussion.  Heading this subcommittee is Dr. Julianne Jett, with help from Past Presidents Scott Hall and Steve Kent, as well as major contributors from the Program, Education & Training, Ethics & Diversity, and Membership & Communications committees in Fair Vassoler, Jill McGaughy, Gregory Carr, Daphne Ling, Donald McEachron, Elizabeth Byrnes, Sarah Baracz, Marianne Van Wagner, and myself.  Get your posters ready, be prepared to take people through them, and interact with your fellow IBNS scientists in early June!  There may even be a social event after, in lieu of our usual banquet.  We hope you are keeping well, and you find this opportunity a valuable goal, certainly we look forward to seeing you!


Dr. Jared Young
University of California at San Diego
San Diego, CA, USA


Covid-19 Message from IBNS President, Jared Young.  March 18, 2020. 

IBNS 2020 Update

To IBNS Members and Colleagues:

Yes, IBNS 2020 in Glasgow will have to be cancelled.  For the sake of your health, world health, and to end the stress of uncertainty, we are going to cancel the 2020 meeting in Glasgow, but don’t think this is the end, we will still go to Glasgow but in 2022!  A 2-year delay sure, but the chance to see you all in my home city, we cannot pass that up!  It may be a different kind of world by then, but I still look forward to welcoming you there with all my Scottish heart!

We know this news is disappointing to all of you that have put in so much effort for this meeting, with an outstanding lineup of keynote speakers, symposia, diversity celebrations, outings, and of course the banquet Outlander style!  We will bring it all back for 2022.  The details are hazy of course, but we will get you them as we figure them out, we just wanted you to know the news ASAP so that you can start organizing.  For example, we will be refunding all fees, registrations etc. as soon as we can. We will reach out soon with details!

It is with a very heavy heart I write this, but also with pride at the level of support you have poured out and how everyone has pulled together during this tumultuous time.  We will still be having our 30th Anniversary meeting in Puerto Vallarta in June 2021, with Keynotes already lined up, so those of you missing us, start thinking of what to put together for that celebration – you have the time!



IBNS Preliminary Program
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About Glasgow

Scotland’s most accessible destination, Glasgow has three international airports with direct flights from over 110 counties.  From museums to music, art to architecture, scenery to shopping; find out why Glasgow was named one of the Top 10 'Best Cities in the World' in 2019. For more about our host city visit https://peoplemakeglasgow.com today.

Meeting Venue: Caledonian University 
Located in the heart of the energetic and historic city of Glasgow


Quick Links:

Presidential Welcome Program Committee Registration
Invited Speakers Local Organizing Committee Exhibitor/Sponsor Info
Important Dates Travel Awards Hotel
Call for Proposals Abstract Submission Tours


Presidential Welcome

I am delighted for the opportunity to be in this position, ushering in our next meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, in June 2020!  Given that I am Scottish born and raised, it is wonderful to be able to go back to Scotland with you all, this Society that has felt like family over the years.  If you have never been to Scotland, jump at the chance – it is a beautiful, friendly country, go see the Highlands, probably the most beautiful part of the world that I have ever seen.  With Edinburgh only a 45 min train ride from the location, you will get to see and experience many of the best parts of Scotland while basking in the excellence in science.  Get your colleagues together and submit your symposia, travel award applications, and simply posters to come to this magical country.

Incidentally, I have received questions on whether it may be felt to be cultural appropriation were any non-Scots to rent a kilt at any point (e.g., the banquet…).  First of all, we Scots are happy to share our culture with the world.  A kilt is one of the most comfortable things to wear; I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to try one (males, females, and all in-between) – when else will you get the chance?  That point convinced many friends and family members at my partner and my wedding in 2014 (see picture), wherein numerous Americans, Mexicans, French, German, and others all took advantage of the opportunity.  So, come to Scotland for the science, stay for the amazing whiskies and opportunities for fun!

Stay tuned for hints and tips for things to see and do while in Scotland. Looking forward to seeing you there, so get those symposia proposals in by October 1st 2019!


Jared W. Young, IBNS President
Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego

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Invited Speakers

Presidential Lecture:  Dissecting prefrontal-subcortical interplay guiding decision making

Stan B. Floresco, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, Investigator at the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Keynote Lecture:  A cross-species approach to empathy and harm aversion

Christian Keysers, Ph.D.
Department Head, Social Brain Lab, Netherlands Institute for Neurosciences and Professor for Social Neuroscience, University of Amsterdam, Dept. Psychology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Bench-to-Bedside Lecture:  Taking Neurogenesis Out of the Lab and Into the World with MAP TRAIN MY BRAINTM

Tracey J. Shors, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor, Director of Graduate Studies & Vice Chair, Department of Psychology,
Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA

Keynote Lecture:  Understanding links between gene and brain dysfunction in psychiatric illness

Elizabeth Tunbridge, D.Phil.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford, and Supernumerary Fellow, University College Oxford, England, UK 

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Important Dates

October 1, 2019 Symposia Proposals Due  (Form opens Aug. 16, 2019)
December 6, 2019 Travel Award Applications Due  (Form opens Oct. 1, 2019)
January 17, 2020 Travel Award Notifications
February 1, 2020 Fellows, Outstanding Achievement Award and Early Career Award nominations due
Click here for details on these awards and the nomination process.
February 3, 2020 Abstract Submissions Due (Form opens Oct. 1, 2019)
February 3, 2020 Early Discounted Registration Ends (Form opens Oct. 1, 2019)
February 28, 2020 Final date to submit an Abstract Due EXTENDED to Feb. 28
March 13, 2020 Exhibitor Registration Deadline
May 1, 2020 Late Registration Begins (added $50 late fee)
May 1, 2020 Last day for cancelled registration refunds (minus $25 service fee)
June 2-6, 2020 Conference Dates

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Abstract Submission

The IBNS Program Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for the 2020 Annual Meeting. Review the requirements and make your online submission using the 2020 Abstract Form.  Abstracts may be submitted on any subject related to the general area of behavioral neuroscience.  Abstracts should be submitted by February 3, 2020. Late abstracts will be considered until February 14, 2020, EXTENDED to February 28.

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The IBNS Conference hotel will be the Radisson Blu, located at 301 Argyle St, Glasgow, G2 8DL, UK. T: +44 (0)141 204 3333

Details regarding the hotel can be found on the hotel website.  The IBNS final event (Awards Banquet) will be held at this hotel (Radisson Blu) on Saturday, June 6.

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

£148.50 Single

£159.50 Twin/Double

Breakfast and VAT (rate 20%) are included in the rate.  Cancellations can be made up to 48 hours prior to arrival without penalty. Cancellations of all or any room nights after the 48-hour deadline will incur 100% charges.

Children under 12 stay free in parent's room in existing bedding.  Rollaway beds can be provided for children.  1 rollaway bed per room.  Rollaway beds are free for under 5’s and £15 per night for children over 5 years old.

Valet parking costs £20 for 24 hours.

Click here to reserve your room at the IBNS group rate

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Travel Awards

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. 

Submit your 2020 Travel Award Application TODAY! One must be a current member of IBNS in order to be considered.  Notifications of Travel Awards will be made in early January, so that travel awardees may register for the meeting at the lowest discounted rate.

There are three categories for travel awards: Undergraduate, Graduate and Post-Doc. (Note: Post-Docs must be within 7 years of their PhD and do not have regular full time position.) 

Please prepare the following for completion of the the application, (1) Abstract for the meeting with the applicant as the first author, (2) A one page personal statement describing your goals in behavioral neuroscience and how attending the IBNS meeting will enrich your training.  You will also need to attach the following in pdf format with the title of the PDF file being your last name followed by your first name (e.g. Doe_Jane.PDF), (1) Support letter from your advisor, program director or chair which includes a description of the role you played in the research being presented, (2) Curriculum vita.  Be sure that you have your PDF file (support letter and CV) prepared before starting this application.

Click here to view previous Travel Award winners.

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Registration for the IBNS 2020 Annual Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, is now open at Early Bird rates for members and non-members.  Note that members receive discounted registration rates, so consider Membership in IBNS, if you plan to attend.  Please review the 2020 Meeting Registration webpage for more information and for a link to the registration form. The last day for cancelled registration refunds (minus $25 service fee) is May 1, 2020.

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Exhibitor/Sponsor Information

Interested in providing information about your product or service to the attendees of IBNS 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland?  Review our Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus and choose your level of sponsorship and/or register as an exhibitor through our online Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration form.  If you have any questions, please email the IBNS Central Office.  We appreciate your support!

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Call for Proposals (DEADLINE HAS PASSED)

Please click here to view the accepted IBNS special symposia for the 2020 meeting.

We are pleased to announce that the IBNS Program Committee is now accepting proposals to develop an exciting program for the 2020 Annual Meeting. Review the Call for Proposals and make your online submission using the 2020 IBNS Symposia Proposal Form.

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Program Committee

Elizabeth Byrnes, Chair, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA, USA 2021
Lisa Briand, Co-Chair
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 2022
Farida Sohrabji, Past Chair, Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Bryan, TX, USA 2020
Corina Bondi, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2020
Jill McGaughy, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, USA 2020
Kelly Lambert, University of Richmond, Rockville, VA, USA 2020
Mumeko Tsuda, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD 2020
F. Scott Hall, Council Liaison, University of Toledo Health Science Center, Toledo, OH, USA 2020
Cindy Barha, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada 2020
Gregory Carr, Diversity Committee Liaison, Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Baltimore, MD, USA 2022
Stan Floresco, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada 2022
Peter Kalivas, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA 2020
Amanda Kentner, Diversity Committee Liaison, MCPHS University, Boston, MA, USA 2021
Yasushi Kiyokawa, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan 2021
Jodi Pawluski, University of Rennes, Rennes, France 2022
Markus Wohr, Council Liaison, Philipps-University of Marburg, Marburg, Germany 2022

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Local Organizing Committee

Jared Young, IBNS President & Council Liaison, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, USA 2021
Gernot Riedel, Chair,  University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK 2020
Tommy Patti, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands 2020
Bill Deakin, University of Manchester, Manchester, England, UK 2020
Hugh Marston, Eli Lilly, Windlesham, UK 2020
Ciaran Fitzpatrick, BMC - Springer, London, England, UK 2020
Emma Robinson, University of Bristol, Bristol, England, UK 2020
Jill Fowler, University of Edinburgh, Scotland 2020
Jodi Pawluski, University of Rennes, France 2020

Keith Matthews, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK 2020
David Tait, University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, Scotland, UK
Trevor Robbins, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England, UK 2020
Richard Morris, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2020
Peter Uhlhaas, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK 2020
Catriona Marston, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK 2020
Ros Langston, University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland, UK 2020
David Slattery, Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany 2020
Ksenia Meyza, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Warsaw, Poland 2020

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Stay tuned! More details to come...