Programs from Past Meetings 

2018 Rochester, UNITED STATES

2017 Madrid, SPAIN

2016 Bar Harbor, UNITED STATES

2015 Uppsala, SWEDEN

2014 Chicago, UNITED STATES
2013 Leuven, BELGIUM

2012 Boulder, UNITED STATES

2011 Rome, ITALY

2010 Halifax, CANADA

2009 Dresden, GERMANY

2008 Portland, UNITED STATES

2007 Doorwerth, NETHERLANDS

2006 Vancouver, CANADA

2005 Sitges, SPAIN

2003 New Orleans, UNITED STATES

2002 Tours, FRANCE

2001 San Diego, UNITED STATES

2000 Brighton, UNITED KINGDOM

1999 Key Largo, UNITED STATES

1997 Orleans, FRANCE


IBANGS Annual Plenary Addresses and Annual Scientist Award Lectures

R13-supported Outstanding Travel Awardee Junior Investigators and Oral Presentations

Photos of Past Meetings

IBANGS Annual Plenary Addresses and Annual Scientist Award Lectures


2016 Bar Harbor, United States

Plenary Address:  Tim Tully, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President of R&D & Chief Science Officer, Dart Neuroscience LLC, San Diego, California, USA
Genetic dissection of Pavlovian memory: the psychologists got it right!

Plenary Address:  David Goldman, M.D.
Chief, Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
The genetics of addiction: The interface of genes, environment and choice

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Guoping Feng, Ph.D.
Investigator, McGovern Institute, Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Dissecting Synaptic and Circuitry Mechanisms of Autism

Young Scientist Award and Lecture: Alex Keene, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Science, Florida Atlantic University
Genetic and evolutionary dissection of the sleep-feeding conflict

2015  Uppsala, Sweden

Plenary Address:  Kerstin Lindblad-Tho
Professor in Comparative Genomics, Uppsala University, Sweden; Scientific Director of Vertebrate Genome Biology, Broad Institute, USA.
Evolution, comparative genetics and disease

Plenary Address:  Patrick Sullivan, MD
Professor of Genetics, University of North Carolina, School of Medicine, USA.
Where we are and where we need to be in psychiatric genomics

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Dai Stephens
University of Sussex Brighton, United Kingdom.

Young Scientist Award and Lecture: Yehuda Ben-Shahar
Washington University, USA.
The genetics of neuronal and behavioral homeostasis

2014 – Chicago, Illinois, USA

Plenary Address:  Laura Jean Bierut, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, USA.
How Genetic Risk for Nicotine Dependence Translates into Successful Smoking Cessation

Plenary Address:  Antonello Bonci, MD
Scientific Director, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
Optogenetic approaches to understanding synaptic plasticity and substance use disorders

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Marla Sokolowski
Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, Canada.
Gene-environment interplay and behavior

Junior Scientist Award and Lecture: Cameron Bryant
Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Genes, brain and addiction traits: Moving from discovery toward validation and mechanism

2013 – Leuven, Belgium

Plenary Address:  Scot Waddell
Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Genetics, University of Oxford, UK
Bending the not so simple mind of the fly

Plenary Address:  Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg
Central Institute of Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Heidelberg/Medical Faculty Mannheim, Germany
Neural mechanisms of genetic and environmental risk for mental disorders

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Robert Gerlai
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Alcohol, dopamine and social behaviour: The first steps towards a neurobehavioural genetic analysis

Junior Scientist Award and Lecture: Judith Homberg
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behaviour, Radboud University Medical Centre, Dept Cognitive, Neuroscience, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Serotonin transporter gene variation in rats: for better and for worse

2012 – Boulder, Colorado, USA

Plenary Address:  Marla Sokolowski
Department of Ecology and Evolutionar Biology, University of Toronto, Canada
Gene-environment interplay in behavior

Plenary Address:  Lisa Monteggia
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA
NMDA Receptor Blockade and Rapid Behavioral Antidepressant Responses

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Joe Z. Tsien
Brain and Behavior Discovery Institute and Department of Neurology, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, Georgia, USA
Genetic and Neural analyses of Dopaminergic Circuits in Habit Learning

2011 – Rome, Italy

Plenary Address:  Zoltan Molnar
Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, UK
Development of the cerebral cortex and cognitive disorders

Plenary Address:  Jonathan Flint
Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, UK
How to find quantitatitive trait genes in the mouse

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Jacqueline Crawley
Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD, USA
Mouse Models of Autism to Test Hypotheses about Causes and to Discover Effective Treatments

Junior Scientist Award and Lecture: Stephen Boehm II
Department of Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Subunit selectivity of GABAA receptor modulation of limited-access alcohol intake in a mouse model.

2010 – Halifax, Canada

Plenary Address: Mary-Anne Enoch
Laboratory of Neurogenetics, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
A multi-directional approach to the detection of genetic risk for alcohol dependence

Plenary Address: Ann-Shyn Chiang
Institute of Biotechnology and Brain Research Center, Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu Taiwan, ROC
Neural circuitry governing CO2 avoidance behavior in the Drosophila brain

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Tamara Phillips
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Portland Alcohol Research Center, Methamphetamine Abuse Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
Cool! I can breed for this!

Junior Scientist Award and Lecture: Hiroki Ishiguro
University of Yamanashi , Nakakoma, Yamanashi, Japan; IRP-NIDA NIH, Baltimore, Maryland, USA; University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan;
Analysis of NrCAM related molecular pathway underlying addiction

2009 – Dresden, Germany

Plenary Address: Eric B. Keverne
SubDepartment of Animal Behaviour, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Evolutionary coadaptation of the neuroendocrine hypothalamus and placenta in foetal programming

Plenary Address: Ralph Greenspan
The Neurosciences Institute, San Diego, California, USA
Sleep and Arousal in Drosophila

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Hans-Peter Lipp
Institute of Anatomy, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Natura enim simplex est (Isaac Newton, 1713)

Junior Scientist Award and Lecture: Abraham Palmer
Departments of Human Genetics, and Psychiatry/Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago, USA
Recombination happens: my personal journey towards unorthodoxy and self realization

2008 – Portland, Oregon, USA

Plenary Address: Alcino Silva
Departments of Neurobiology and Psychology, and the Brain Research Institute,University of California at Los Angeles, USA
Molecular and cellular cognition: from memory mechanisms to treatments

Plenary Address: Ulrike Heberlein
Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center, Program in Neuroscience, & Department of Anatomy, University of California at San Francisco, USA
Of flies and mice: what have flies taught us about drug addiction?

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: John Belknap (co-recipient) and John Crabbe (co-recipient)
Dept of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science Univ, and Portland VA Medical Center, USA
A tale of two Johns: Common environmental determinants of behavior genetics investigations

Junior Scientist Award and Lecture: Justin Rhodes
Dept of Psychology, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA
Mouse genetic differences in exercise-induced adult hippocampal neurogenesis & learning

2007 – Doorwerth, The Netherlands

Plenary Address: CP Kyriacou
Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
Natural genetic variation in circadian behaviour

Plenary Address: SDM Brown
MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit, Harwell, OX11 ORD, UK
The functional annotation of the mouse genome - the challenge of phenotyping

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Robert Williams
Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Systems genetics of brain structure and function: a jigsaw puzzle

Junior Scientist Award and Lecture: Elissa Chesler
Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Ontological discovery from genes to behavior

2006 – Vancouver, Canada

Plenary Address: Susumu Tonegawa
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms for hippocampal memory

Distinguished Scientist Award and Lecture: Douglas Wahlsten
University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Genetic heritability: an old bottle for some 21st century wine

Distinguished Scientist Award (posthumously): Lorraine Flaherty
Genomics Institute, Wadsworth Center, Albany, New York and Department of Biomedical Sciences, University at Albany, New York, USA

Junior Scientist Award and Lecture: Andrew Holmes
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, USA
The ascent of mouse: using mice to understand the causes and cures of neuropsychiatric disease

2005 – Sitges, Spain

Plenary Address: Susan Alberts
Duke University and the Institute for Primate Research at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi
Kin recognition in animals: insights about modes and mechanisms

Plenary Address: Gerald McClearn
Center for Developmental and Health Genetics at The Pennsylvania State University, USA
The genetics of behavioural aging

2003 – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Plenary Address: Christopher L. Cunningham
Portland Alcohol Research Center, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA
Genetics of rewarding and aversive effects of ethanol

2002 – Tours, France

Symposia sessions only

2001 – Tours, France

Symposia sessions only

2000 – Brighton, UK

Plenary Address: Jacqueline N. Crawley
NIMH, NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
What’s wrong with my mouse? Behavioral phenotyping strategies and applications

Plenary Address: Mario de Bono
Cambridge, UK
The genetics of food-induced social foraging in C. elegans

Plenary Address: R. Bourtchouladze
Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York, USA
Genes important for long-term memory and synaptic plasticity

Plenary Address: Peter McGuffin
London, UK
Heredity, hazards and the origins of Depressive Disorder

1999 – Key Largo, Florida, USA

Plenary Address: S. Tonegawa
Center for Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Studies on learning and memory, and activity-dependent development of the visual system with genetically engineered mice

Plenary Address: Richard J. Rose
Depts. Psychology and Medical Genetics, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA
Behavior-genetics of use and abuse of alcohol

Plenary Address: T. Tully
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York, USA
Genetic basis of memory

Plenary Address: H.-P. Lipp
Institut für Anatomie, Universität Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
Genes, brain and behavior: bottom-up and top-down approaches

1997 – Orléans, France

Symposia sessions only

IBANGS R13-supported Outstanding Travel Awardee Junior Investigators

Oral Presentations

2016 Bar Harbor, United States

2015  Uppsala, Sweden

Hnrnph1 is a quantitative trait gene for methamphetamine sensitivity.
Neema Yazdani - Boston University School of Medicine, USA.

Genetic dissection of extended amygdala circuitry linking anxiety, aversion, and behavioral arousal.
William J. Giardino - Stanford University, USA.

Validation of the candidate risk gene for neuropsychiatric disease CACNA1C using a mouse ENU mutagenesis screen.
Eleanor Hobbs - MRC Harwell, UK.

GABAB(1) receptor subunit isoforms differentially regulate stress resilience.
Olivia O'Leary - University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

2014 – Chicago, Illinois, USA

Genotypicand sex-differences in anxiety-like behavior and anxiolytic response to alcohol in High Drinking in the Dark mice.
A. M. Barkley-Levenson - Oregon Health & Science University, USA, and Portland Alcohol Research Center, VA Medical Center, USA.

Developing zebrafish methodology to model genetic and environmental modifiers of the vertebrate stress response system (SRS).
Karl J. Clark - Mayo Addiction Research Center, Mayo Clinic., Rochester,Minnesota, USA.

New neurons are not necessary for exercise to abolish conditioned place preference for cocaine.
M. L. Mustroph - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.

Genetic susceptibility to comorbid psychiatric phenotypes in a panel of mice deficient for the human type 2 diabetes gene TCF7L2.
Laura J. Sittig – University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA. 

2013 – Leuven, Belgium

Molecular basis of scouting behaviors in honey bees
Zhengzheng Liang, Neuroscience Program, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Dissociating epigenetic mechanisms of memory in the hippocampus and perirhinal cortex of rats
Krista Mitchnick, Department of Psychology, Collaborative Neuroscience Program, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada

Determining the heritability of locomotor sensitization to ethanol and its relationship to ethanol’s positive motivational effects in mice
David Linsenbardt, Indiana Alcohol Research Center and Department of Psychology, Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Rufy1 or Hnrnph1 is a likely quantitative trait gene for methamphetamine sensitivity
Camron Bryant, Laboratory of Addiction Genetics, Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Massechusetts, USA

2012 – Boulder, Colorado, USA

The role of αCaMKII autophosphorylation in the establishment of alcohol addiction
Alanna Easton, King’s College, UK

Novel age-dependent learning deficits in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease: implications for translational research
Karienn Montgomery, University of Florida, USA

Microsatellite regions upstream of the vole Avpr1a gene contribute to both individual and species differences in receptor expression
Zoe Donaldson, Columbia University, USA

Per Genes and Addiction
Stephanie Perreau-Lenz, Central Institute of Mental Health, Germany

2011 – Rome, Italy

TTC12-ANKK1-DRD2 and CHRNA5-CHRNA3-CHRNB4 influences different pathways leading to smoking behavior from adolescence to mid-adulthood
Francesca Ducci, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UNITED KINGDOM

A drosophila model for alcohol reward
Karla Kaun, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, USA

Genome-wide association study to identify variants associated with amphetamine sensitivity in humans
Amy Hart, University of Chicago, Chicago, USA

Maternal separation is associated with an altered response to stress and epigenetic alterations
Rachel Kember, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UNITED KINGDOM

2010 – Halifax, Canada

TIP39 signaling as a modulator of the effects of emotional arousal on memory performance
Laurence Coutellier, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH, USA

Genetic dissection of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system reveals a role for the CRF type-2 receptor in locomotor sensitivity to methamphetamine
William Giardino, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA

Maternal genotype moderates the relationship between recent stress and maternal behavior
Viara Mileva-Seitz, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Functional insertion of B2 SINE in Comt controls 3’ UTR length and generates widespread expression and behavioral differences among inbred strains of mice
Megan Mulligan, University of Tennessee at Memphis , USA

2009 – Dresden, Germany

The contribution of neural stem cells and their lineages to the adult hippocampus
Alyssa Picchini, Dept of Pharmacology, Columbia University, New York, USA

A role for brain insulin receptors in the locomotor stimulant response to ethanol in Drosophila melanogaster
Christopher Kliethermes, Ernest Gallo Clinic & Research Center, Univ of California, San Francisco, USA

Amygdala transcriptome hints at cellular mechanisms underlying stress- enhanced fear learning, a rat model of posttraumatic stress disorder
Igor Ponomarev, Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research, Univ of Texas at Austin, USA

Digging for the evolutionary and genetic basis of burrowing behavior in deer mice
Jesse Weber, Dept of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, USA (talk given in Symposium Session II)

2008 – Portland, Oregon, USA

A novel model for depressive and motivated behavior based on selective breeding
Roman Gersner, Dept of Neurobiology, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel

Kir3.3 (GIRK3) null mutation attenuates alcohol and pentobarbital withdrawal convulsion severity in mice
Lauren Milner, Dept of Behavioral Neuroscience, Oregon Health & Science University, and Portland VA Medical Center, USA

Confirmation of quantitative trait loci influencing methamphetamine- and opioid-induced locomotor stimulation using B6.D2 congenic strains
Camron Bryant, Dept of Human Genetics, University of Chicago, USA

miRNA regulation of gene expression underlies tolerance to alcohol
Andrzej Pietrzykowski, Dept of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts, USA

2007 – Doorwerth, The Netherlands

Expression of neuropeptide Y and somatostatin in fear conditioned mice
Anne Albrecht, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany

Genetics of basal plasma corticosterone levels in the LXS Recombinant Inbred mouse strains
Clarissa Parker, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Amygdala PKC epsilon regulates corticotrophin releasing factor, anxiety-like behavior and alcohol consumption
Heidi Lesscher, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands

Is there a genetic correlation between innate anxiety and learned fear?
Abraham Palmer, University of Chicago, USA (talk given in Symposium Session II)

2006 – Vancouver, Canada

Decreased glycine affinity at the NMDA receptor results in impaired switching behaviors in mice that are reversed by D-Serine
Viviane Labrie, Mt. Sinai Hospital and University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Short-term selected lines for fear conditioning: QTL and gene expression analysis
Christine Ponder – Columbia University, New York, USA

Localized expression of Beta2-containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in dopaminergic neurons in mice supports locomotor activating, but not rewarding effects of nicotine
Yann Mineur, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut USA

The human GABAA Receptor α2 Gene (GABRA2): findings from an alcohol endophenotype study and post-mortem brain expression analyses
Heather Haughey, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

2005 – Sitges, Spain

Resistance to ethanol intoxication in mice lacking protein kinase C delta
Doo-Sup Choi - University of California, San Francisco, USA

Identifying consistent and informative behaviours in mouse exploration tasks
Michael Galsworthy, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Mice selectively bred for high and low acute locomotor response to methamphetamine do not differ in ethanol-induced stimulation, sensitization or metabolism
Helen Kamens, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA

Serotonin N-acetyltransferase (Aanat) as a candidate gene for mouse baseline locomotor activity measured in the home cage
Lin Liu, King's College London, UK

2003 – New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Functional variation in vasopressin 1a receptor gene structure within and between vole species predicts behavior
Elizabeth Hammock, Center for Behavioral Neuroscience, Emory University, Atlanta, Georga, USA

Novelty seeking and dopamine receptor polymorphisms in adolescence
Noa Heiman, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Novelty-seeking behaviors and alcohol preference in mice lacking alpha1G T-type Ca2+ channels
Daesoo Kim, National CRI Centre for Calcium and Learning, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea

A glutamatergic basis for impaired ethanol-induced plasticity in Homer2 null mutant mice
Karen Szumlinski, Physiology and Neuroscience, Medical Univ of South Carolina, Charleston, USA