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IBNS Past President, Robert Gerlai, has been inducted into the Royal Society of Canada as a Fellow. Click for details. Fellows of the RSC are distinguished Canadians from all branches of learning who have made remarkable contributions in the arts, the humanities and the sciences, as well as in Canadian public life.


IBNS Members Receive Science Educator Award: Christian Bravo-Rivera and Kelly Lambert

The Science Educator Award is supported by the Dana Foundation and honors two neuroscientists who have made significant contributions to educating the public about neuroscience. Click here for details.

Interesting study that came out this past week detailing a new neurocomputational model focusing on cognitive development. This study made the cover of PNAS and comes from the University of Montreal. 

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Interview with IBNS Past President, Kelly Lambert, on Driving rats, Saskatoon raccoons, and our own brains

Now behavioral check in wild mice is possible! A improved i-GONAD method to facilitate the efficient genome editing in wild mice strains

Efficient genome editing in wild strains of mice using the i-GONAD method



Corina Bondi, PhD, received the Rosalind Franklin Award from the National Neurotrauma Society

During the 39th Annual National Neurotrauma Symposium held June 2022 in Atlanta, Corina Bondi, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh (pictured, first photo;, was awarded the 2022 Rosalind Franklin Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of neurotrauma. 

Established in 2021 by Mary Ann Liebert Publishers, which publishes the Journal of Neurotrauma, it aims to recognize a female researcher who has made a notable scientific contribution to the field of neurotrauma. The recipient is selected based on the impact of their research in traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury, educational efforts such as mentoring, outreach and dissemination of neurotrauma knowledge, and significant contributions to the mission of the National Neurotrauma Society (NNS) beyond research and educational activities. Dr. Bondi was selected due to “her research contributions to our understanding of executive function impairment across sexes and age after TBI, her mentorship of 42 trainees, and outstanding service as a leader in NNS.”

After successfully completing the first year of medical school in Craiova, Romania, Corina Bondi arrived in the United States in 2000 on a John Glenn full tuition scholarship to follow her dream of acquiring an American education. She received her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Neuroscience and Physics from Muskingum University (New Concord, OH) in 2003, followed by a Doctoral degree in Pharmacology with an emphasis in Neuroscience from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) in 2009. Her post-doctoral training was conducted at the University of Pittsburgh Departments of Neuroscience (2009-2012) and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2012-2014). Corina has been faculty in the Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School since 2015. She is also the Associate Director of executive function and neuropharmacology at the Safar Center for Resuscitation Research. She has been a member of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society since 2007, where she served in a multitude of positions over the years, such as Student representative to Council, Chair of the Membership, Communications, and Education & Training committees, as well as Secretary.

Second photo, left to right: Corina Bondi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurobiology, University of Pittsburgh; Courtney Robertson, MD, Johns Hopkins University, 2021-2022 National Neurotrauma Society President.



IBNS is pleased to announce this year's Fellows who are recognized because of the substantial contributions made to the field and our society. We are deeply grateful for their continued work and dedication.

Dr. Nii Addy 
Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
Dr. Lisa Briand
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
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Dr. Tiffany Donaldson
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Dr. Jess Nithianantharajah
Prof. Dr. Markus Wöhr
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Nii Addy Hour Episode
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion on Campus & in Society w/ Stephanie Pinder-Amaker

This week, it’s a joy to welcome a guest whose passion, work, and writing encompasses so many topics at the heart of the Addy Hour. Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker joins to discuss her roles as a mental health provider and program director, and as a Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer. Our conversation spans across topics of mental health wellness, mental illness, effective and sustainable diversity, equity and inclusion practices, and strategies for navigating work-life juggling. This is truly an informative episode!

Join in to hear Dr. Pinder-Amaker share helpful perspectives on self-care, approaches for team care in our organizations, and daily steps we can use to build resilience – including practices she continues to use in her own life. We also discuss her innovative College Mental Health Program that meets, supports and engages students at various levels of mental health care in settings all over the United States. Finally, we hear about her book, co-authored with Dr. Lauren Wadsworth, entitled “Did That Just Happen?! Beyond Diversity – Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations.” So many gems and practical take-aways in this episode!!

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Debra Bangasser, an IBNS fellow and past Council member, has been appointed as the new associate director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) at Georgia State University, and will be the university’s first Distinguished Investigator with the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA).

Professor Jill L Silverman, IBNS President-Elect and Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute, and Kyle Fink, an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology, have been awarded a two-year $1.4 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to develop a new method for treating CDD using CRISPR- mediated epigenetic editing.

It is with deep regret that the Brazilian Academy of Sciences announces the death of Academic Marcus Lira Brandão, aged 70, on 7/6. Marcus was an IBNS Fellow and the local organizer for the IBNS 2007 meeting in Rio de Janeiro. He was a retired professor at the University of São Paulo (USP) and founder of the Institute of Neurosciences and Behavior (INec), a non-profit scientific society dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of neuroscience in Brazil. Brandão graduated in medicine from the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) in 1976; he studied for a master's degree (1980) and a doctorate (1981) in pharmacology at USP; he had two postdocs, one at CNRS (France, 1985) and another at UWIC (Wales/UK, 1991). He worked in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and neurobiology, studying fear and anxiety. He was a researcher at CNPq, having received several honors throughout his career, such as the CAPES-Elsevier Academic Excellence Award in 2015 and the 2017 Brazil Neuroscience Medal (SBNeC). In addition he was also a member of the Academy of Sciences of the State of São Paulo. The researcher is the author of the book Psychobiology (Atheneu-RJ), in its third edition and adopted in several undergraduate courses in medicine, psychology and biology across the country. He is one of the organizers of the book Neurobiology of Mental Illnesses (Lemos Editorial & Graphics-SP), published in five editions (1994-2000) and adopted in several postgraduate courses in neurosciences and related areas in the country. He leaves as a legacy 225 published works and more than 6660 citations.  This comment is from his students: “We are honored to have him as a great mentor and friend. Our eternal admiration and gratitude."

Professor Francisco Silveira Guimarães is awarded for his contributions in neurosciences and cannabidiol.  Prof. Guimarães, Department of Pharmacology at the Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto (FMRP) at USP, will receive the Gill Transformative Investigator 2022 Award . The award, which is offered by the Linda and Jack Gill Center for Biomolecular Science of the United States of America, is dedicated to scientists with research contributions in the field of neuroscience.