2018 IBANGS Meeting, Rochester, MN, USA

The 20th Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Meeting will be held in Rochester, Minnesota, May 17-21, 2018.  The meeting will be held at the Mayo Clinic Civic Center, including exciting scientific lectures, research presentations and opportunities to share your work with your fellow scientists and mentors.  More information will be posted regularly in the coming weeks/months, so please return to this webpage for more information.

About Rochester
Money Magazine said it best, "One thing to remember about Rochester is that it has the sophistication of a larger metro area, but not the congestion or the complications." Named "Best Small City" in America by the nationally recognized magazine, Rochester merges a cosmopolitan atmosphere with Midwestern hospitality giving convention attendees a most memorable experience.

Watch a short Welcome to Rochester video for highlights of the city.


Discounted lodging room rates will be available at hotel(s) near the meeting site. For the discounted rates, please check back here for more information at a later date.

Travel to Rochester:

Located at 30 Civic Center Drive SE in Rochester, MN, the Mayo Civic Center lies along the Zumbro Riverbanks in the heart of downtown. Just minutes from hotels, shopping, restaurants and the renowned Mayo Clinic, the Center is easily accessible via major highways and offers a variety of convenient parking options.

Things to Do:


Minneapolis/St. Paul

  • Mall of America
  • Surly Brewing Company (great food and beer)
  • Twins baseball
  • MN United football (MLS soccer)

Nature Buffs

  • Parks and trails in Rochester, MN
  • Whitewater State Park (hiking, trout fishing camping)
  • Lanesboro (biking, quaint shops, root river)
  • North Shore (Duluth to Grand Portage on Lake Superior)
  • Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness


  • Spam museum in Austin, MN

Rochester Convention and Visitor's Bureau website:   http://www.rochestercvb.org/


Important Dates:

May 17-21, 2018   Conference Dates
Preliminary Schedule:  
May 17 - Breakout workshop sponsored by Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine
               Organizers: Dr. Eric Klee and Dr. Lisa Schimmenti

             - Evening Reception
May 18 - main meeting (full day) Evening Poster Session
May 19 - main meeting (full day) Evening Poster Session
May 20 - main meeting (full day) 
May 21 - main meeting (full day) Evening Banquet
May 22 - departures


Travel Stipends:

A limited number of travel stipends will be available for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty members who have held faculty rank for less than 5 years. Information on the travel award application process will be available on the Travel Awards webpage at a later date.

Symposia Proposals:

Call for Symposia Proposals IBANGS 2018

Symposia Proposal Form IBANGS 2018

Award Nominations:

Call for Award Nominations 2018

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Sponsorship options

Exhibitor registration

Contact administrator@ibangs.org for more information

Awards Committee
Yehuda Ben-Shahar (2016-2018)
Angela Ozburn (2016-2018)
Robert Williams (2016-2018)
Dai Stephens (2017-2019)
Lisa Tarantino (2017-2019)

Program Committee
Karl Clark (Chair)
Gang Chen
Judy Griesel
Iiris Hovatta
Alex Keene
Elissa Chesler
Fernando Rodriguez
Robert Williams

Local Organizing Committee
Karl Clark, Mayo Clinic 
Susannah Tye, Mayo Clinic
Doo-Sup Choi, Mayo Clinic
Stephen C. Ekker, Mayo Clinic
Stephanie Ferguson, Mayo Clinic
Marc Wolman, University of Wisconsin
Pamela McLean, Mayo Clinic- Jacksonville
Tracy Austin, Rochester Convention and Visitors Bureau