IBNS 2017 Annual Meeting


Photos (left to right): Shukkeien Gardens, Grand Prince Hotel, Itsukushima Shrine-Miyajima, Mt. Fuji 

IBNS 26th Annual Meeting
The Grand Prince Hotel
Hiroshima, Japan

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Join the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society for the 26th Annual Meeting on June 26-30, 2017.  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 Hiroshima, Japan, a vibrant city with a rich culture.

Program Highlights:




IBNS2017 FINAL Program

Know Before You Go


Presidential Lecture:  Toru Takumi, MD., PhD., RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI)

Bench to Bedside Speaker: Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD, Stony Brook University

Keynote Speaker:  Peter W. Kalivas, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina

Keynote Speaker:  Yasuo Sakuma, MD., PhD., President University of Tokyo Health Sciences

Important Dates:

October 15, 2016 Symposia/Satellite Proposals Due
January 23, 2017 Travel Award Applications Due
Mid-February Travel Award Notifications
February 21, 2017 Abstract Submissions Due (poster/oral)
March 1, 2017 Late Registration Rates Begin
March 27, 2017 Abstract Submissions Due (poster only)
May 1, 2017 Exhibitor Registration Deadline
June 12, 2017 Last Day for Registration - NO ON-SITE REGISTRATION
June 26-30, 2017 Conference Dates

Presentation Instructions:

Instructions for IBNS 2017 Poster Presentations

  • Poster Board size (usable area): Width 900mm x Height 2100mm (approximately 35.4 inches wide and 82.7 inches tall).  The boards are tall and narrow.
  • Posters will need to be attached with TAPE.  No push pins.  Tape will NOT be supplied, you will need to bring tape with you for your own poster.
  • Poster sessions will be held in the Setouchi 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 Wednesday and Thursday.  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 2017 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:  11 minutes (8 min for your presentation; 3 min for Q&A)
  • Travel Award Blitz:  6 minutes (5 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.



One of the top three most scenic spots in Japan.  Beautiful island in the Seto Inland Sea and home to the Itsukushima Shrine (see photo at the top of this page).  See their website for things to do on the Island.  http://visit-miyajima-japan.com/en/

Inexpensive and easy access. The boat picks up immediately outside of the Grand Prince Hotel. One way fare is 1850 Japanese Yen (approximately $16 USD); half price for children.  We recommend purchasing tickets early.  Leaving before noon and returning by 4:30 pm will leave you plenty of time to get ready for the Opening Reception at 5:30 pm.


Boat tickets can be picked up at the booth of the tour company in the lobby of the Grand Prince Hotel. Times in Red only apply to Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays.  Schedule below:

Prince Hotel

Miyajima Port Arrival

Cruise No.

Miyajima Port Departure

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Hiroshima Peace Park and Memorial Museum

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park (120,000 square meters), in central Hiroshima, Japan, dedicated to documenting the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in World War II. The museum was established in August 1955 and averages over one million visitors per year.
Taxi is recommended for convenience from the Grand Prince Hotel.  Cost: approximately $22
Hours:  8:30 to 18:00; Admission:  200 yen


Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Gardens

The castle is five stories tall and its grounds are surrounded by a moat. Within the castle's precincts are a shrine, some ruins and a few reconstructed buildings of the Ninomaru (second circle of defense). Originally built in 1589, it was destroyed by the atomic bomb in 1945 and rebuilt 13 years later.  The beautiful traditional Japanese gardens date back to 1620.  See photo at top of this page.
Hours: 9:00 to 18:00; Admission: 370 yen (main keep), admission to the rest of the castle grounds is free
Hours: 9:00 to 18:00; Admission:  260 yen

Sponsors and Exhibitors:

Thank you to the sponsors and exhibitors of IBNS 2017.  Please peruse their information below:

Sustaining Corporate Sponsor:




Stoelting Co.
Noldus Information Technology Inc.
Artinis Medical Systems BV
O'Hara & Co., Ltd.

Travel Awards:

IBNS sponsors many travel awards for students and post-doctoral candidates, so that they may have the opportunity to attend the annual meeting and present their research.  Travel Award applications are available to IBNS student and post-doc members through January 23, 2017 at midnight CST.  Complete the online 2017 Travel Award Application.

Call for Abstracts:

IBNS is now accepting abstracts for presentation (poster or oral) at our annual conference in Hiroshima, Japan, June 26-30, 2017.  Abstracts submitted through February 21, 2017, will be considered for posters or oral presentation, while abstracts submitted through March 27, 2017, will be considered for posters only.  Click here for additional submission information and to complete the 2017 Abstract Form online.  A nonrefundable abstract fee of $50 is due at the time of submission for abstracts submitted through February 21.  Late abstract (after February 21) fee is $75.00.

Call for Symposia/Satellite Proposals:

Symposia and Satellite Proposals will be accepted through October 15, 2016.  View the full Call for Proposals for more information.  Complete the online 2017 IBNS Symposia/Satellite Proposal form to make your submission.  View the accepted symposia HERE.


Great rates for IBNS participants.  *At the time of this post the single use room (9,720JPY) is approximately $82 US dollars and this includes breakfast and taxes!!  Please click here for full details and reservation link for the IBNS conference hotel.  


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

The registration form is available at the link 2017 Annual Meeting Registration.  Registration ends June 1.  There is NO on-site registration.

Member Rates   Non-Member Rates

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Student Member  $ 350.00  $ 425.00   Student Non-Member  $ 450.00  $ 540.00
Post-Doc Member  $ 400.00  $ 480.00   Post-Doc Non-Member  $ 540.00  $ 570.00
Regular Member  $ 500.00  $ 550.00   Regular Non-Member  $ 690.00  $ 760.00

Local Organizing Committee:

Horonary Advisor:

Professor Emeritis, Kyushu University


Yoichi UETA, LOC Chair
Department of Physiology, School of Medicine, University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Kitakyushu
Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Hiroshima University, Hiroshima
Department of Oral Physiology, Graduate School of Dental Medicine, Hokkaido University, Sapporo
Department of Integrative Physiology, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Fukuoka
Laboratory of Veterinary Ethology, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo
Hitoshi OZAWA
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Graduate School of Medicine, Nippon Medical School, Tokyo
Hiroyoshi SEI
Department of Integrative Physiology, Institute of Biomedical Science, Tokushima University Graduate School, Tokushima
Kiyofumi YAMADA
Department of Neuropsychopharmacology and Hospital Pharmacy, Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya

Program Committee:

Anthony Kline, Chair
Elena Choleris, Co-chair
Mikhail Pletnikov (Council Liaison)
Kiyofumi Yamada 2017
Wendy Adams 2017
Irina Krasnova 2017
Scott Hall 2017
Davide Amato 2017
Kim Gerecke 2017
Tiffany Donaldson 2018
Monica Bolton 2018
Julianne Jett 2018
Farida Sohrabji 2018