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Join the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society for the 27th Annual Meeting on June 27 - July 2, 2018.  Hear from the best in our various fields of study, network with scientists and researchers from all over the world, present your work and visit the beautiful Boca Raton on South Florida's sparkling coast.  The meeting will be held at the Boca Raton Resort and a special group rate for IBNS attendees will be offered.

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Program Highlights:


Program Schedule

Preliminary Program (Note: Program is not final and subject to change)

Because members have asked for it, this year's Awards Banquet will have a theme!


2018 Keynote Speakers (L-R):

  • Tracy L. Bale, Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA. Parental stress and epigenetic programming of neurodevelopment.
  • Jill B. Becker, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Sex differences in motivation and addiction.
  • Gregory J. Quirk, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Puerto Rico, USA. Avoiding danger at all costs. (Presidential Lecture)
  • Cheryl Sisk, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA. Pubertal maturation of male social behavior: Multi-tasking by testosterone.

In addition to our Keynote Speakers, there will be 28 Special Symposia, two poster sessions, workshops, networking events and student activities. View details for the ACCEPTED SYMPOSIA.

Presentation Instructions:

Instructions for IBNS 2018 Poster Presentations

  • Poster Board size (usable area): Width 8 feet x Height 4 feet. The boards are wide. 
  • Posters will need to be attached with push pins.  
  • Poster sessions will be held in the Camino Hall.  Please plan to display your poster during the lunch break 11:30-13:30 (11:30-1:30 pm) or afternoon break 15:30-16:00 (3:30-4:00 pm) on the day of your poster session.  All posters should be displayed no later than 16:00 (4:00 pm).
  • Poster presentation time is from 18:30-20:30 (6:30-8:30 pm) on Friday and Saturday.  Please check your presentation date and poster number on the final program.
  • Poster presenters are required to be present in front of their poster during the poster session.
  • Please remove your poster promptly at 8:30 p.m. Posters left behind will be discarded.

Instructions for IBNS 2018 Oral Presentations

Time Allocation

  • Plenary/Keynote Speaker: 60 minutes (50 min for your presentation, 10 min for Q&A)
  • Symposium Speaker: 30 minutes (25 min for your presentation, 5 min for Q&A)  Note:  Some symposia have more/less speakers and the time has been adjusted accordingly.  See program for exact times.
  • Oral Sessions:  15 minutes (10 min for your presentation; 5 min for Q&A)
  • Travel Award Blitz:  5 minutes (4 min for your presentation; 1 min for Q&A)  Note:  A five slide maximum is recommended. Your final slide should contain your poster title and numerical location so that additional questions and discussion can take place during the poster session. 

Data Submission  

  • Oral presentations should be presented by PC and Projector only.
  • Please submit your presentation on a flash drive (USB) to the Chairperson of your session at least one hour before your session in the room where your presentation takes place.  Your presentation will be pre-loaded to the conference laptop.  Switching laptops between each talk will disrupt the schedule and is strongly discouraged. 
  • However, do bring your own PC if your presentation includes video data to avoid possible incompatibility with the system environment.
  • For Mac users, please be sure to bring your own machine, adapter cables, and/or conversion plugs (i.e. for D-sub 15 pin).
  • Please arrive at least 20 min prior to your presentation.
  • It is the duty of the Chairperson to stop a speaker who is going over his/her time limit. This is necessary to keep our very tight schedule on time.

Important Dates:

October 22, 2017 Symposia/Satellite Proposals Due
January 22, 2018 Travel Award Applications Due
February 15, 2018 Call for Awards Nominations Deadline 
Mid-February Travel Award Notifications
February 26, 2018 Abstract Submissions Due (poster/oral)
March 15, 2018 Late Registration Rates Begin
March 26, 2018 Abstract Submissions Due (poster only)
April 30, 2018 Last day for cancelled registration refunds (minus $25 service fee).
May 1, 2018 Exhibitor Registration Deadline
June 1, 2018 Last Day for Registration - NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION
June 27 - July 2, 2018 Conference Dates


Travel Awards:

IBNS sponsors many Travel Awards for students and postdoctoral candidates, so they may have the opportunity to attend the annual meeting and present their research.  Travel Award applications are available to IBNS student and postdoc members through January 22, 2018 at midnight CST.   Click here to access additional information and application form.

Student and Postdoc Travel Awards will be available for the 2018 IBNS Annual Meeting, to be held at the Boca Raton Resort, Boca Raton, Florida, USA, June 27 - July 2, 2018. Undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students are eligible to apply if they are members of IBNS. (Post-docs must be within 7 years of receiving their Ph.D. and do not have a regular full time position.)  Login/password will be required to submit an application. New to IBNS? Please allow 4-6 business days for your membership application to be approved. Women, minorities, and international members are encouraged to apply.

Travel Award applicants will be 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 will be required to present a poster as well as participate in a slide blitz session. Award recipients will be required to attend the entire meeting.

Would you like to help support our next generation of behavioral neuroscientists? 

In addition to the travel awards, IBNS will be providing $5,000 to assist students and postdocs from Puerto Rico in attending the annual IBNS meeting.  We greatly appreciate Plexon in pledging $3,000 towards this endeavor!

2018 Travel Award recipients:

Postdoctoral Travel Awards
Fernando Caravaggio, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Patricia B. de la Tremblaye, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Jessica Deslauriers, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA
Maria Diehl, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR, USA
Anand Gururajan, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland
Joshua Haight, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Graduate Student Travel Awards
Hector Bravo-Rivera, University of Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, USA
Chelsea Brown, UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Caitlin Burgdorf, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, USA
Courtney Bryce, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Nicholas Everett, Macquarie University, Marsfield, NSW, Australia
Niveen Fulcher, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada
Lina Fernanda Gonzalez Martinez, University of Texas, Austin, TX, USA
Caesar Miguel Hernandez, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Sofiya Hupalo, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
Rukhshona Kayumova, Philipps University, Marburg Germany
Brittany Kuhn, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Jennifer Martin, State University of New York, Buffalo, NY USA
Solianne Martinez-Jimenez, Universidad Central del Caribe, Bayamon, PR, USA
Laura Mendez, University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, PR, USA
Kelly Moench, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Shin Park, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA
Jacqueline Quigley, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Melissa Rivera-Lopez, University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR, USA
Luan Tonelli, Philipps University, Marburg Germany
Margarida Trigo, University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
Katie E. Yoest, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Undergraduate Student Travel Awards
Dmitry S. Kovalev, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, USA
Ben Tsang, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON, Canada


Call for Awards:
We are soliciting nominations for the following awards to be given at the upcoming 2018 annual meeting.

Career Achievement Award
Candidate is chosen by the Nominations and Awards Committee for outstanding professional achievement in his/her field. The individual chosen for this award will receive recognition at the IBNS annual meeting, including a plaque, and may be asked to give a short talk.

Early Career Award
Candidate is within seven years of receiving the Ph.D. and a member of the society in good standing. There will be one award worth $500 plus a waiver for the upcoming meeting's registration fees. Further, the winner will receive a 30-minute time slot in the program for award presentation and a short talk. The nomination can be through an IBNS member or via self-nomination.

Please e-mail your nominations to the IBNS Central Office by February 15, 2018.

Call for Abstracts:

IBNS will accept abstracts for presentation (poster or oral) at our annual conference in Boca Raton, FL, USA, June 27 - July 2, 2018.  Abstracts submitted through February 26, 2018, will be considered for posters or oral presentation, while abstracts submitted through March 26, 2018, (midnight CDT) will be considered for posters only.  For abstracts submitted through February 26, a non-refundable abstract fee of $50 is due at the time of submission.  Late abstract (after February 26) fee is $75.00.  Click here for abstract submission form.

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


Address: 501 East Camino Real

Boca Raton, FL, USA 33432
Telephone: 561.447.3000
Click here to access detailed information about the hotel, discounted IBNS rates and reservation form.  NOTE:  If you receive a phone call to help you book your hotel room, it is a scam, not IBNS.  It is unfortunate that thieves are finding conferences and targeting attendees in a room piracy scam. Please ONLY book your hotel room by clicking the link above.


Join IBNS now for best rates! (Note:  You must have an active IBNS membership before completing the registration form in order to receive the discounted member rates.  The membership approval process takes 2-3 business days.

Member Early - prior to March 15  $ 550 Non-Member Early - prior to March 15  $ 790
Member - after March 15  $ 600 Non-Member - after March 15  $ 740
Postdoc Early - prior to March 15  $ 425 Postdoc Non-Member Early - prior to March 15  $ 555
Postdoc Member - after March 15  $ 475 Postdoc Non-Member - after March 15  $ 605
Student Early - prior to March 15  $ 375 Student Non-Member Early - prior to March 15  $ 475
Student Member - after March 15  $ 425 Student Non-Member - after March 15  $ 525

Click here for meeting registration form.  Registration ends June 1.  There is NO on-site registration.


Make the most of your attendance by reading through our list of FAQs prior to the meeting. 

If you have any questions that aren't answered here, please contact the IBNS Central Office by email: [email protected] or telephone: 830-796-9393. Also, keep checking the website for updates.

Sponsors and Exhibitors:

Interested in becoming a sponsor and/or exhibitor for IBNS 2018?  Review our 2018 Exhibitor-Sponsor Prospectus and check back to this site in the coming months for Exhibitor Registration information.  Contact the IBNS Central Office at [email protected] for more information.

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Thank you to Plexon and ThorLabs for their generous donations ($3000 and $2000) for funding travel awards for students and postdocs traveling from Puerto Rico to attend the IBNS annual meeting. 


Local Organizing Committee: 

F. Scott Hall (Council Liaison)
Carmen Maldonado-Vlaar (Chair)
Arlene Martinez
Carlos Bolanos
Yancy Ferrer-Acosta
Dinah Ramos-Ortolaza 

Program Committee:

Elena Choleris, Chair
Farida Sohrabji, Co-Chair
Anthony Kline, Past-Chair
F. Scott Hall (Council Liaison)
Tiffany Donaldson
Monica Bolton
Julianne Jett
Jill McGaughy
Verity Brown
Christie Pizzamenti
Corina Bondi
Kelly Lambert
Mumeko Tsuda
Peter Kalivas
Cindy Barha