Millie Rincón-Cortés, Editor-in-Chief

Volume 26-1.  January/February 2022


In this Issue... 


Meeting Registration

Announcing the IBNS 2022 Accepted Symposia

The neural consequences of drug withdrawal on stress, affective, and cognitive behavior and implications for drug seeking
Chair:  Jayme McReynolds.  Co-Chair: Elizabeth West.
Speakers:  Elizabeth West, Matthew Hearing, Michael Saddoris, Jayme McReynolds

Early life experiences shape neural circuitry underlying affective behavior: Parsing the potential for risk or resilience
Chair:  Heidi Meyer.  Co-Chair: Nicole Ferrara.
Speakers:  Nicole Ferrara, Jee Hyun Kim, Gladys Shaw, Heidi Meyer

Ultrasonic Vocalizations: A Window Into the Rodent Brain?
Chair:  Jennifer Honeycutt.  
Speakers:  Jennifer Honeycutt, Elizabeth Berg, Eelke Snoeren, Markus Wöhr

Brains Circuits for Novelty and Familiarity
Chair:  Susana Mingote.  Co-Chair: Susanna Molas.
Speakers:  Sebastian Haesler, Mehran Ahmadlou, Susanna Molas, Rebecca Piskorowski

Behavioral Neurosciance of Zebrafish
Chair:  Allan Kalueff.  Co-Chair: Matthew Parker.
Speakers:  Allan Kalueff, Dr. Matt Parker, Nancy Alnassar, Courtney Hillman, Nancy Alnassar (Discussion moderator), Nancy Alnassar (Discussion moderator)

The role of orexins in rodent behavioral endophenotypes of neuropsychiatric disorders: Examining anxiety, stress, cognition, and addiction with an emphasis on sex differences and translational opportunities
Chair:  Markus Fendt.  Co-Chair: Nadine Faesel.
Speakers:  Denis Burdakov, Nadine Faesel, Laura Grafe, Morgan H. James

Taking great pain: Identifying novel factors that influence pain behavior
Chair:  Katelyn Sadler.  Co-Chair: Sydney Trask.
Speakers:  Michael Burton, Jeffrey Mogil, Katelyn Sadler, Sydney Trask

Obsessive compulsive rodents? Advances and challenges in the use of preclinical models in OCD research
Chair:  Elizabeth Manning.  Co-Chair: Eric Burguiere.
Speakers:  Christiane Schreiweis, Amy Milton, Basijn van den Boom, Elizabeth E Manning

Neural control of sexual behavior
Chair:  Bertrand Lacoste.  Co-Chair: Eelke Snoeren.
Speakers:  Robert Meisel, Bertrand Lacoste, Jocelien Olivier, Eelke Snoeren

Recent advances in the implementation and interpretation of spontaneous object recognition memory testing
Chair:  Alexander Easton.  
Speakers:  Chantal Mathis, John Gigg, James Ainge, Edyta Balcerek

Behavioral manifestations of noradrenergic dysfunction
Chair:  Barry Waterhouse.  Co-Chair: Jill McGaughy.
Speakers:  Jill McGaughy, David Weinshenker, Gary Aston-Jones, Haven Krynicki

Exploring the link between impulsivity and psychopathology
Chair:  Karly Turner.  Co-Chair: Jeffrey Dalley.
Speakers:  Catharine Winstanley, Hugh Garavan, Tommy Pattij, Karly Turner

Understanding neuronal ensembles in relevant models of reward
Chair:  Ana-Clara Bobadilla.  Co-Chair: Veronique Deroche-Gamonet.
Speakers:  Ana-Clara Bobadilla, Eisuke Koya, Eric Augier, Johannes Felsenberg

The microbiota-gut-brain axis as a modulator of brain function and behavior
Chair:  Anthony Hannan.  
Speakers:  Valerie Taylor, Nathaniel Ritz, Rochellys Diaz Heijtz, Anthony Hannan

Neurocognitive control of adaptive behaviour: Evidence from the appetitive-aversive continuum
Chair:  Shauna Parkes.  Co-Chair: Nathan Marchant.
Speakers:  Mihaela Iordanova, Philip Jean-Richard-dit-Bressel, Shauna Parkes, Nathan Marchant

Sex differences in value-based decision making: progress toward a more representative model of the human condition
Chair:  Caitlin Orsini.  Co-Chair: Jennifer Bizon.
Speakers:  Caitlin Orsini, Nicola Grissom, Bita Moghaddam, Mojdeh Faraji

Impact of early life experience on neural plasticity, epigenetics, and behavior
Chair:  Catherine Peña.  Co-Chair: Kathleen Morrison.
Speakers:  Erica Glasper, Catherine Peña, Kathleen Morrison, Autumn Ivy

Examining the role of synaptic plasticity and neuronal excitability in the formation and retrieval of different types of memory
Chair:  Sheena Josselyn.  Co-Chair: Tina Kim.
Speakers:  Sheena Josselyn, Brian Wiltgen, Lu Chen, Christina Kim

Outlining individual vulnerability to addiction by means of animal studies
Chair:  Louise Adermark.  Co-Chair: Elisabet Jerlhag.
Speakers:  Vernon Garcia-Rivas, Ana Domi, Elisabet Jerlhag, David Lovinger

Cognitive deficits following traumatic brain injury and the impacts of pharmacological and cognitive rehabilitation strategies across age, sex, and injury severity
Chair:  Rachel Navarra.  Co-Chair: Ramesh Raghupathi.
Speakers:  Rachel Navarra, Taylor McCorkle, Corina Bondi, Jonathan Lifshitz

Ultrastructural analysis of memory processes
Chair:  Kasia Radwanska.  Co-Chair: K. Peter Giese.
Speakers:  Kristen Harris, Lidia Alonso-Nanclares, Kasia Radwanska, Karl Peter Gies 

Not just a relay: Contributions of thalamic nuclei to cognition
Chair:  Hayley Fisher.  Co-Chair: Mathieu Wolff.
Speakers:  Brielle Ferguson, Sabine Kastner, Hayley Fisher, Mathieu Wolff

Crossing the Translational Valley: Measuring Neural Activity in the Behaving Rodent Brain
Chair:  Jonathan Brigman.  
Speakers:  Jayapriya Chandrasekaran, Nycole Copping, Jess Nithianantharajah, Jared Young

Transgenerational Consequences of Environmental Exposures
Chair:  Fair Vassoler.  
Speakers:  Thomas J. Gould, Fair Vassoler, Nickole Kanyuch, Chris Pierce

Neural Mechanisms Mediating Sex Differences in Motivation for Food Reward and Cocaine
Chair:  Jill B. Becker.  
Speakers:  Carrie R. Ferrario, Travis E. Brown, Caitlin Orsini, Jill B. Becker 

Interactions between the molecular circadian clock and behavior
Chair:  Janine Kwapis.  Co-Chair: Snehajyoti Chatterjee.
Speakers:  Janine Kwapis, Snehajyoti Chatterjee, Satoshi Kida, Colleen McClung

Impact of chronic exposure to cannabis on brain development
Chair:  Susanne Schmid.  Co-Chair: Mohammed Sarikahya.
Speakers:  Miriam Melis, Jibran Khokhar, Carla Cannizzaro, Steven Laviolette

Behavioural and neurobiological basis of social affective cues in social choice
Chair:  Alexis Faure.  
Speakers:  Pablo Chamero, Adam Hamed, Francesco Papaleo, Alexis Faure

Extrasynaptic Regulators of Drug Relapse:  Exploring the 3rd and 4th dimensions
Chair:  Peter Kalivas.  Co-Chair: Anna Kruyer.
Speakers:  Dimitri Rusakov, Anna Kruyer, Michelle Corkrum, Peter Kalivas

New insights into the neural circuits of threat avoidance behavior in rodents
Chair:  Maria Diehl.  Co-Chair: Anthony Burgos-Robles.
Speakers:  Maria Diehl, Anthony Burgos-Robles, Mario Penzo, Fabricio Do Monte

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Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts (Poster Only) Deadline: March 1, 2022

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 title, author, affiliations and 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 $75 will be due at the time of submission.  Late abstracts will be considered until March 1, 2022, for posters only. Members and non-members of IBNS are invited to submit abstracts.

Submit your abstract here!


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Congratulations to the IBNS Travel Awardees- Class of 2022!

The IBNS Training and Education Committee is pleased to announce the recipients (listed alphabetically) of the IBNS Travel Awards for the 2022 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.  Award winners will receive an award certificate, free registration to the 2022 meeting, participation in the mentorship program, participation in the Travel Award Blitz presentations, and attendance to all other trainee events held during the meeting.  Travel awardees will present their research orally and in a poster session. Travel awards are funded by the IBNS and its members.

Postdoctoral Awards

Lauren DePoy, University of Pittsburgh, United States
Mojdeh Faraji, University of Florida, United States
Olivia Le Moene, Linköping University, Sweden 

Graduate Awards

Arvie Abiero, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia 
Maria Carolina Barbosa da Silva, Oswaldo Cruz Institute-IOC-Fiocruz, Brazil
Jordan Carter, Medical University of South Carolina, United States
Alberto Corona, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, United States
Laisa De Siqueira Umpierrez, Macquarie University, Australia
Tiffany Dean, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, United States
Archana Durairaja, Otto-von-Guericke University, Germany
Olivia Ghosh-Swaby, Western University, Canada
Hannah Kline, Indiana University, United States
Christopher Knapp, Rowan University, United States
Amanda Leithead, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States
Melanie Lysenko-Martin, University of British Columbia, Canada
Taylor McCorkle, Drexel University, United States
Allison McDonald, Amsterdam Universities Medical Center, The Netherlands
Katherine Meckel, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, United States
Nawshaba Nawreen, University of Cincinnati, United States
Anne Pierce, The University of Colorado Boulder, United States
Gladys Shaw, Virginia Commonwealth University, United States
Momoe Sukegawa, Kyoto University, Japan
María Zanoni, Instituto de Neurociencia Cognitiva y Traslacional, Argentina

Undergraduate Awards

Janhavi Bhalerao, University of Richmond, United States
Alexandra Chapman, Randolph-Macon College, United States


IBNS Education and Training Committee:

Rachel Navarra, Chair, Rowan University School of Medicine
Sofiya Hupalo, Co-Chair, National Institutes of Health
Zackary Cope, Past-Chair, Sage Therapeutics 
Susan Sangha, Diversity Committee Liaison, Indiana University School of Medicine
Noboru Hiroi, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Karen Szumlinski, University of California Santa Barbara
Matt Hale, La Trobe University
Kyle Ploense, Cayuga Biotech Inc.
Abha Rajbhandari, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Wendy Wilson, Dickinson State University
Molly Kent, Virginia Military Institute
Matthew McMurray, Miami University
Laura Been, Haverford College

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Call for Upcoming Award Nominations- Due March 15, 2022

The IBNS is seeking nominations for the following categories:

Fellow Membership Individuals who have made substantial contributions to the society and too the field of behavioral neuroscience.

Outstanding Achievement Award The recipient of this award is chosen by the Nominations and Awards Committee for outstanding professional achievement as well as consistent and long-standing contributions to the society.

Early Faculty Travel Award The winner will receive funds to travel to the IBNS 2022 meeting in Glasgow, Scotland, UK and receive free registration for the 2022 and 2023 meetings.

Early Career Achievement Award Candidates must be within 7 years of receiving their PhD and an IBNS member in good standing. Both scientific excellence and contributions to the IBNS will be considered.

Deadline for 2022 nominations is March 15, 2022. 

More Details

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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 Early Career Researcher 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 27, 2022, March 27, 2022  or April 24, 2022 (see table below for deadlines).  Complete your application here!


Your abstract should clearly articulate your research question and approach, the interpretation of your findings and their implications, the innovativeness and impact of these findings, and should incorporate behavior.

For the diversity statement, you should describe ways in which you have made efforts or plan to make future efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, with regards to culture, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, national origin, physical or mental difference, politics, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and/or subculture, as described in the IBNS Diversity Statement.  A statement evaluated as outstanding would include specific examples (e.g., partnering organizations, collaborators, and/or applicant led-initiatives/programs) of things that have been done or being planned, as well as a clear explanation how these examples promote diversity and inclusion within the field of behavioral neuroscience.

***We will continue to host these seminars monthly leading into the 2022 IBNS Conference (June 7-11, 2022)***

Ethics and Diversity Committee
Susan Sangha, Chair
Janine Kwapis, Co-Chair
Anand Gururajan
Nicholas Everett 

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A message from the Inaugural IBNS (is) Staying Connected Speaker

Fatin Atrooz, PhD
College of Pharmacy
University of Houston

"I would like to thank the IBNS organization office for giving me the opportunity to talk about my research in the IBNS is Staying Connected seminar series. The seminar was a great opportunity to communicate my research with experts in the field of behavioral neuroscience. The preparations that led to the seminar and the organizational support during the seminar was excellent. I received valuable feedback and suggestions that enriched my research. More importantly, during the seminar, I asked for electrophysiological recording training programs or opportunities, and right after the seminar, I received an email from Dr. Susan Sangha who kindly offered to provide me with the requested training in her lab, which will make a big difference in my career."

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Congratulations to IBNS Member Dr. Nii Addy!

A long-standing IBNS member, Dr. Nii Addy, has been appointed to a named professorship and is the Albert E. Kent Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Addy is a neuroscientist whose research focuses on the neurobiology of reinforcement learning and motivational control, and how these brain processes are altered in substance use disorders, depression and anxiety. 



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Call for Guest Editors, IBNS Newsletter in 2021

We are calling for volunteers to act as guest editors for the IBNS Newsletter for the following months in 2022


Each Guest Editor is expected to provide the following:

Guest Editor Profile. Each guest editor provides a brief biographical sketch (300-500 words) and a head shot photograph to highlight the guest editor for the Newsletter

Recent Trends in Behavioral Neuroscience. These are brief summaries of recent exciting research activities in behavioral neuroscience. The number varies between 2-4 short reports (100-200 words plus citation) that the guest editor feels would be of general interest to the membership.

IBNS News. Events related to the Society, announcements, travel awards, Annual Meeting issues, etc. (depends on availability – contact IBNS Main Office)

Member News. This section reports upon and highlights significant events in the lives of members of the IBNS. This is usually provided by the Central Office, but the Guest Editor may add any member news of which they are aware. 
There are two subsections:

1) Significant Events and Milestones – this would include be named to prestigious professorships, promotions, tenure, etc.

2) Awards and Recognition – these include special types of recognition (best teacher, best young researcher, etc.) and funding for research activities, etc.

Other materials may include information on the Annual Meeting, travel information associated with the Annual Meeting (if applicable) and other news and information of interest to the IBNS membership such as items from the Ethics and Diversity Committee, IBNS Officers or members involving issues of inclusiveness, diversity and/or research and/or educational integrity/ethics, (depends on availability – contact IBNS Central Office).

Interested in Contributing to the IBNS Newsletter? Use this link!

We look forward to hearing from you and including your news in the IBNS Newsletter!

Looking for a New Employment Opportunity or Struggling to Find the Right Candidate? Meet the IBNS Career Center!

One of the biggest challenges for any international scientific society is to provide quality and informative support to its members, whether it's for a new employment opportunity or finding the right candidate for a newly opened position. The IBNS online Career Center portal ( provides the right tools for both job seekers and employers.

The IBNS Career Center portal offers all the standard operational features; such as a thorough search engine by keyword and location, as well as a free review of your resume for feedback, and a job-posting service for employers. However, what makes the IBNS Career Center stand out in terms of support is two additional quality features: resources for job seekers & access to a resume bank for employers.

In the Resources section, you have access to a number of articles with valuable tips in building a resume, job seeking, and communication. These tips come from experienced scientists in the field -- not only for searching or applying for a position, but also for the interview process. Interested in 'building your brand’ or strengthening your social media presence? You will find plenty of advice and tips to do so, which will help strengthen your image and move your career to the direction you want!

In the Resume Bank, potential employers have free access to a large bank of resumes and profiles. You can customize the filters that apply to your search and create lists of candidates that fulfill your own criteria.

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IBNS Link for Contributing to the IBNS Newsletter

We look forward to hearing from you and including your news in the IBNS Newsletter!

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