2018 IBNS Highlights



"The IBNS 27th Annual Meeting stood out positively from other conferences I have attended...
the conference app was easy and fun to use...the size and flow of the meeting was perfect...
[and] the calibre of research presented at the meeting was incredibly high."
- Fernando Caravaggio, PhD, IBNS Postdoctoral Fellow


Catching up with old friends and making new ones at the 2018 Opening Reception



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"Attending the IBNS meeting allowed me to familiarize myself with the cutting-edge research
conducted in laboratories around the world...the experience is tremendous..."
- Dmitry Kovalev, 2018 Undergraduate Travel Awardee


Educational Monkey Jungle Tour

A fun opportunity to hear about DuMond Conservancy history and on-going research


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"I have attended just about every IBNS meeting since its inception...Most of my students who have attended IBNS meetings have gone on to professional careers in either medicine or neuroscience, 
and their career decisions were influenced by their positive IBNS experience."
- Kelly Lambert, PhD, IBNS Fellow


Researchers and scientists, from all over the world, come to IBNS for invaluable opportunities  





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"Attending IBNS has allowed me to network with some of the most well-known researchers in my field, and that is an invaluable experience. Being surrounded by such incredible minds and working
side-by-side to achieve similar goals is a wonderful thing... I am never disappointed by the symposia...
and there is always a wide variety of topics to choose from."

- Samantha Scarola, 2017 and 2018 Undergraduate Best Poster Awardee









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Grab your sunglasses because IBNS is going 'down under' in 2019!




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"IBNS is a wonderful venue for undergraduates to present their research. It's a welcoming, friendly society, where [undergraduates] get to talk and network with researchers in their field."
- Kim Gerecke, PhD, IBNS Fellow



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"I have yet to find a society that is as trainee-focused
or allows more networking with lead scientists than IBNS."
- Julianne Jett, PhD



2018 IBNS Awards Banquet
The final event ending with great memories: awards, costume contest, and fun at the photo booth


 Photography by Marianne Van Wagner

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"IBNS is a great way to meet new people and foster new connections."
- Ben Tsang, 2018 Undergraduate Travel Awardee 


We will see you next year 'down under!'


2018 IBNS Awardees

Early Career Award recipient:

Cindy Barha, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Career Achievement Award recipient:

Kelly Lambert, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA, USA

Fellow Award recipients:

Jonathan Brigman, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, USA
Jodi Pawluski, University of Rennes, Rennes, France
Jill Silverman, University of California Davis, Elk Grove, CA, USA

Best Poster Award recipients:

Postdoctoral Best Poster Award
Joshua Haight, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA 

Graduate Student Best Poster Award
Christina Gobin, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL, USA 

Undergraduate Student Best Poster Award
Samantha Scarola, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA, USA 

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

Best Tweet Competition Winner 

Anand Gururajan, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Photo Competition Winner 

Robert Gerlai, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, ON, Canada

Miami Vice Costume Competition Winners

Stephen Kent, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Stan Floresco, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Best Video Competition Winner 

Leah Truckenbrod, University of Florida, Gainsville, FL , USA 

Keynote Speakers: 

Tracy L. Bale, University 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 (Presidential Lecture), University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, Puerto Rico, USA. Avoiding danger at all costs. 
Cheryl Sisk, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA. Pubertal maturation of male social behavior: Multi-tasking by testosterone.  

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 

Conference Hotel

501 East Camino Real 

Boca Raton, FL, USA 33432
Telephone: 561.447.3000