International Behavioral Neuroscience Society

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International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
Legal statusAssociation
Purposeto encourage research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience
HeadquartersSan Antonio, TX, USA
Region served
Mikhail Pletnikov
Main organ

The International Behavioral Neuroscience Society (IBNS), was founded in 1992.[1][2] The goal of the IBNS is to "encourage research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience". Its current president is Mikhail Pletnikov. Brain Research Bulletin,[3] Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews,[4] and Physiology and Behavior[5] are official journals of the IBNS.



The IBNS mission statement is to encourage research and education in the field of behavioral neuroscience[2] by:

  • Promoting and encouraging education and research with respect to behavioral neuroscience
  • Collaborating with existing public and private organizations to promote and encourage education and research in behavioral neuroscience[6]


Each year the IBNS recognizes top scientists in the field of behavioral neuroscience with:

  • The Matthew J. Wayner-NNOXe Pharmaceuticals Award for distinguished lifetime contributions to behavioral neuroscience[7]
  • Electing individuals who have made substantial contributions to the Society and to the field of behavioral neuroscience as Fellows[6]

In addition, the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society's award for "outstanding accomplishments in support of scientific research relevant to behavioral neuroscience" is given at irregular intervals. Past recipients include Richard K. Nakamura, Deputy Director of the National Institute for Mental Health.[8]


The Society was founded in 1992 with Matthew J. Wayner as its founding president. Other past-presidents have been Paul R. Sanberg (1993), Robert D. Meyer (1994), Linda P. Spear (1995), Gerard P. Smith (1996), Michael L. Woodruff (1997), Robert L. Isaacson (1998), Laszlo Lenard (1999), Jacqueline N. Crawley (2000), John P. Bruno (2001), Mark A. Geyer (2002), Robert Blanchard (2003), C. Sue Carter (2004) Robert Adamec, (2005), Joseph Huston (2006), and Robert Gerlai (2007–2008).[9] The immediate past-president is Kelly Lambert (2009–2010) and the current president is Caroline Blanchard.[10] The society organizes annual meetings[11] and parts of the presentations at these meetings are regularly published as supplements or special issues of peer-reviewed scientific journals.[12][13][14]


  1. ^ "Fledgling Neuroscience Society Provides Sharper Focus". The Scientist. 23 November 1992. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  2. ^ a b "International Behavioral Neuroscience Society - Homepage". Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  3. ^ "Brain Research Bulletin". Archived from the original on August 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  4. ^ "Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews - Elsevier". Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  5. ^ "Physiology & Behavior - Elsevier". Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  6. ^ a b "IBNS Bylaws". Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  7. ^ "2008 IBNS Meeting Program" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-03-24.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "NIMH · Nakamura to receive prestigious IBNS Behavioral Neuroscience Award". Archived from the original on 2010-05-28. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  9. ^ "IBNS Past-Presidents". Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  10. ^ "IBNS officers". Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  11. ^ "Annual meetings". Homepage. International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. Retrieved 2009-04-21.
  12. ^ McGregor IS, Adamec R, Canteras NS, Blanchard RJ, Blanchard DC (2005). "Defensive behavior". Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 29 (8): 1121–2. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2005.05.004. PMID 16102827. S2CID 28045295.
  13. ^ Blanchard DC, Blanchard RJ, Rosen J (September 2008). "Olfaction and defense". Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews. 32 (7): 1207–8. doi:10.1016/j.neubiorev.2008.07.003. PMID 18674558. S2CID 30211345.
  14. ^ Brudzynski SM (September 2007). "Recent studies of mammalian vocalization". Behavioural Brain Research. 182 (2): 152–4. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2007.05.018. PMID 17619059. S2CID 208787326.

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