IBNS 2023 Travel Awards


We are pleased to announce the recipients (listed alphabetically) for the IBNS Travel Awards for the 2023 meeting in Niagara Falls, Canada.  Award winners will receive an award certificate, free registration to the 2023 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
Olamide Adebiyi, Western University, Canada
Rochele Castelo-Branco, Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), Brazil
Kyna Conn, Monash University, Australia
Lea Decarie-Spain, University of Southern California, United States
Barbara Dotto Fontana, Wayne State University, United States
Graduate Awards

Chantal Aaron, Tufts University, United States
Lauren Bellfy, Pennsylvania State University, United States
Alyson Blount, University of Maryland BC, United States
Chloe Chernoff, University of British Columbia, Canada
Livia Di Crescenzo, KU Leuven, Belgium
Alexandra Ng, Boston College, United States
María Fernanda López-Gutiérrez, Instituto de Neurobiologia UNAM, Mexico
Xavier Maddern, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia
Diána Pejtsik, Institute of Experimental Medicine, Hungary
Joel Raymond, The University of Sydney, Australia
Leah Truckenbrod, The University of Texas at Austin/DMS, United States
Maya Williams, Aix Marseille Université, France
Rebecca Wilson, University of California - Davis, United States
Anna Yotova, Goethe University Hospital, Germany
Mudi Zhao, University of British Columbia, Canada

Undergraduate Awards

Tarannum Yumi Munir, University of California, San Diego, United States
Timothy Philbeck, University of Mary Washington, United States



The trainee travel awards are an integral part of the IBNS annual meeting, allowing qualifying student/postdoc members to attend and present their research. 100% of the donations are applied to the travel awards which help reduce the cost of attendance for the awardees. Awards are given annually, require attendance and presentation of research at the meeting and are highly competitive.  IBNS is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible. No goods or services will be provided for this gift. Please consult your tax advisor regarding specific questions about your deductions.

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Congratulations to the travel awardees and thank you to the Education and Training Committee for their thoughtful and diligent review of the 96 applications! 


IBNS Education and Training Committee:

Sofiya Hupalo, Chair, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA 2023
Matthew McMurray, Co-Chair, Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA 2024
Matt Hale, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia 2023
Kyle Ploense, Cayuga Biotech Inc., Mount Vernon, NY, USA 2024
Abha Rajbhandari, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY, USA 2024
Wendy Wilson, Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND, USA 2024
Molly Kent, Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, VA, USA 2024
Laura Been, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, USA 2024
Fiona Hollis, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, SC, USA 2025
Stacey Rizzo, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 2025
Sharon Furtak, California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, CA, USA 2025
Jeremy McIntyre, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA 2025