IBNS 28th Annual Meeting

 Please join us for this must-attend event! 


June 23 - 27, 2019


Cairns Convention Centre
Cairns, Australia



For questions, please contact the IBNS Central Office

(preliminary schedule)

On this page:

Abstract Instructions Pre/Post-Conference Tours Sponsors and Exhibitors
Accommodations/Hotels Preliminary Schedule Symposia/Satellite Proposals
Important Dates Printable/Shareable Flyers Travel Awards
Keynote Speakers Program Committee Visa/Passport/Travel
Local Organizing Committee Registration Fees  


Keynote Speakers

Trevor W. Robbins, PhD
University of Cambridge

Presidential Lecture
"Neural substrates of compulsivity: Neuropsychiatric implications"
Wednesday, June 26, 8:30-9:30 am

Fiona Crawford, PhD
Roskamp Institute


Monday, June 24, 8:30-9:30 am

Carol Barnes, PhD
University of Arizona

Keynote Speaker 
"Behavioral consequences of brain aging"
Tuesday, June 25, 8:30-9:30 am

Gavan McNally
Gavan P. McNally, PhD
University of New South Wales

Keynote Speaker
"Relapse and reward: Adventures in the ventral
striatopallidal system"
Thursday, June 27, 8:30-9:30 am

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Important Dates

September 15, 2018: Symposia/Satellite Proposals Due
December 20, 2018: Travel Award Applications Due
January 15, 2019: Travel Award Notifications
February 1, 2019: Abstract Submissions Due (Poster/Oral)
February 7, 2019: Awards Nominations Due (send to Central Office)
April 1, 2019: Exhibitor Registration Deadline
April 2, 2019: Late Abstract Submissions Due
                       Late Registration begins (fees increase)
June 23 - 27, 2019: Conference Dates

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Registration Fees

Interested in registering for the IBNS 28th Annual Meeting? Click here see fees, details, and register!

No registration fees will be refunded after May 1, 2019. Refund requests prior to May 1, 2019, will be subject to a $25 processing fee. Registration fees after April 2 will increase.

One (1) banquet ticket is included with your registration. You can purchase guest banquet tickets the during registration. 

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If you're planning on attending the IBNS 28th Annual Meeting, you need to book your room in advance! There are several options with different price groups.

Click here to review all hotels offering an IBNS group rate. To assist those on a budget, we will offer a room-sharing option. 

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Abstract Instructions

Poster boards will be 2.4m x 1.2m in landscape orientation (wide), this is approximately 4 feet x 8 feet. Posters can be any size, just not larger than the board.

Click here to review Abstract instructions. Abstracts are being considered for poster presentation only and should be submitted by February 1, 2019.  The fee is $50 USD per abstract. Late abstracts will be considered until April 2.  Fee for late abstracts is $75 USD.  Payment is due at the time of submission.  

Don't forget to check the box on the abstract form to be entered into our COMPETITION for one of five special Augmented Reality posters.  Not familiar with AR? Check out the details!

Pre and Post-Conference Tours

Interested in marking off bucket-list items?

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Sponsors and Exhibitors

Interested in becoming a sponsor and/or exhibitor for IBNS 2019? Register by April 1

Thank you to Thorlabs for the generous donation for funding travel awards for students traveling from Brazil to attend the 28th IBNS Conference!

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2019 Printable/Shareable Flyers

Download these flyers to share with your colleagues and friends!

Program Committee

Farida Sohrabji, (Chair), Texas A&M University Health Science Center, Bryan, TX, USA
Elizabeth Byrnes, (Co-Chair), Tufts University, North Grafton, MA, USA
F. Scott Hall, (Council Liaison), University of Toledo Health Science Center, Toledo, OH, USA
Cindy Barha, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Corina Bondi, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Verity Brown, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
Elena Choleris, (Past Chair), University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada
Peter Kalivas, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, USA
Amanda Kentner, MCPHS University, Boston, MA, USA
Yasushi Kiyokawa, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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Local Organizing Committee - see their bios!

Stephen Kent (Chair) - La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
Bernard Balleine - University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia
Michael Bowen - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Timothy Bredy - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Femke Buisman-Pijlman - University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
Thomas Burne - University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
Deborah Hodgson - University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia
Simon Killcross - University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia
Karly Turner - University of New South Wales, Kensington, Australia
Zoltan Sarnyai - James Cook University, Townsville, Australia

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Each participant is responsible for determining the visa/passport requirements for their own travel.  Please be aware that Australia requires either a Visa or ETA (Electronic Travel Authority) from all countries.  

An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) provides authorization to travel to and enter Australia and is electronically linked to your passport.  It is for short term stays for tourism or business visitor activities such as attending a conference.  See https://www.eta.homeaffairs.gov.au/ETAS3/etas for details. The current cost is $20 AUD (approximately $14 USD) and can be easily applied for online. 

IBNS has partnered with American Airlines for 5% discount on published fares for travel from the USA to Australia.  Contact the American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1-800-433-1790 for assistance with reservations and ticket purchase OR book online at www.aa.com for AA/AE flights only.  For the IBNS discount, use the Authorization Code 6169GC.

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Travel Awards

Congratulations to the 2019 Travel Award Recipients!

Click here to view previous Travel Award winners.

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. 

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Call for Symposia/Satellite Proposals

Click here to view the accepted Symposia that will be apart of the 2019 IBNS meeting.

(preliminary schedule)


Don't forget! The official 
IBNS Satellite AS4SAN Conference
is in Newcastle, Australia
June 17 - 19, 2019



We look forward to seeing you in Cairns, Australia!