Announcing the 21st Annual Meeting of the

International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society

Genes, Brain and Behavior 2019

To be held at the University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. May 10th -14th, 2019

 University of Edinburgh

The 21st Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Meeting will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 10-14, 2019. The meeting will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh which was established in 1553 and boasts alumni such as Charles Darwin, Alexander Graham Bell, and Arthur Conan Doyle. The university is central to the city of Edinburgh which is Scotland's capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials. Download the meeting flyer 

Meeting itinerary


Laterality and cognition
Genetics and neurobiology of disordered eating in mice and humans 
The molecules and connected cells that drive brain development and behavior
Gene-by-environment interactions in brain function and behavior
Not just insulation: Oligodendrocyte function and myelination in behavior

Special Lecture: Dr. Carmen Sandi
Stress and Personality Affects on Brain Function and Behavior

Presidential Lecture: Dr. William Schafer
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Behaviour

Distinguished Investigator Award Lecture: Dr Seth Grant
Synapse Regulation

Young Investigator Award Lecture: Dr. Zoe Donaldson
Social Behavior


Exhibitor/Sponsor Prospectus 

Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration 


Meeting Registration and Abstract Submission 

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 Registration Fee Structure 2019 (Prices in US Dollars). Workshops, Opening Reception, Lunches and Banquet are included.



Jan 7- March 22


March 17-April 30


After April 30

Regular Member $400 $450 $500/$525
Regular Non-Member $550 $650 $700/$725
Student/PostDoc Member $250 $300 $350/$375
Student/PostDoc Non-Member $350 $400 $450/$475


Important Dates

November 30, 2018: Symposia Proposals Due
November 30, 2018: Young and Distinguished Investigator Nominations Due
January 7, 2019: Meeting registration open
January 7, 2019: Abstract submission open (Deadline March 22, 2019)
February 18, 2019: Travel Award Applications Due
May 10 - 14, 2019: Conference Dates

Tentative Schedule

May 10 - Symposia & Workshop sponsored by the Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain
May 10 - Opening reception
May 11 - Main meeting (full day)/ Poster session & Pub
May 12 - Main meeting (full day)/ Professional development workshop
May 13 - Main meeting (full day) /Poster session & Pub
May 14 - Main meeting (full day) Banquet Dinner at Dynamic Earth and Ceilidh Band & DJ//Dance
May 15 - Departures


Program Committee

Caroline Brennan, Queen Mary University
Gang Chen, Jinan University
Karl Clark (Chair), Mayo Clinic
Amy Dunn, Jackson Lab
Judy Grisel, Bucknell University
Meghan Mulligan, University of Tennessee 
Angela Ozburn, OHSU
Robert Williams, University of Tennessee


Awards Committee

Richard A. Radcliffe, University of Colorado 
Leo Schalkwyk, University of Essex
Dai Stephens, University of Sussex
Lisa Tarantino, UNC Chapel Hill (Chair)

Local Organizing Committee

Douglas Armstrong, University of Edinburgh
Seth Grant, University of Edinburgh
Allison Taylor, University of Edinburgh


Meeting Sponsors
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PHENOSYS logo Stoelting logo


ZANTICS logo Wiley logo 
IMPC logo Metris logo 
Actual Analytics Logo Lafayette Instrument Logo


Accommodations Edinburgh

Hotel locations and discount codes are provided in the Lodging Map

Lodging Map

Hostels & BBs


Travel information for Scotland 

Scotland culture and traditions

Official guide to Edinburgh

What is Ceilidh dancing?