Genes, Brain, and Behavior Meeting 2021

Main Meeting: May 12th-15th, 2021


May 10th Trainee career development 

May 11th Machine learning for social behavior analysis

Virtual format

The 22nd Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Meeting will be held May 10th-15th, 2021. The meeting will be a virtual event using a state of the art platform. The meeting will include exciting scientific lectures, research presentations, workshops, and opportunities to share your work with your fellow scientists and mentors as well as networking opportunities. The Abstract Submission deadline is March 30th, 2021. Travel Awards application deadline extended to March 15, 2021.

Tentative Itinerary

Registration Fee Structure 2021 (All prices in US Dollars)  Conference Dates May   Early  Regular  Late
  Jan 7 to March 16  After March 16 & Before April 30  After April 30
Regular Member 80 100 120
Regular Non-member 220 240 260
Student-Postdoc Member 20 40 60
Student-Postdoc Non-member 70 90 110


Program Highlights

Plenary Lectures

Hopi Hoekstra

Hopi Hoekstra, PhD. Evolution, Genetics, and Neurobiology of Mice and Molecules, Harvard University, USA.

Hitoshi Okamoto

Hitoshi Okamoto, MD, PhD. Laboratory for Neural Circuit Dynamics of Decision Making, RIKEN  Center for Brain Science, JP

Jonathan Mill

Jonathan Mill, Complex Disease Epigenetics, University of Exeter, UK.

Abe Palmer

Distinguished Investigator Award Speaker: Abraham A. Palmer, PhD. Behavioral Genetics of Mice, Rats, and Men,  University of California San Diego. USA

Ryan Logan

Early Career Achievement Award Speaker: Ryan Logan, PhD. Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, USA


  • Alternate transcript usage and RNA splicing in alcohol and substance use disorders. Chair: Amy Lasek, University of Chicago 
  • Sleep regulation and function during early developmental periods. Chair: Matthew Kayser, University of Pennsylvania
  • Neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome in mice and humans. Chair: Camron Bryant, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Neurodegenerative and Neuropsychiatric disorders. Chair: Peter Ash, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Emergent systems for genetic studies of behavior. Chairs: Yehuda Ben-Shahar, Washington University. Alex Keene, Florida Atlantic University

Awards Ceremonies
IBANGS Fellow Awards
Distinguished and Early Career Awards
Travel Awards

Trainee career development
Machine learning for social behavior analysis

For Sponsors
2021 Meeting Prospectus
Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration

Program Committee
Camron Bryant, Boston University
Karla Kaun, Brown University
Karl Clark, Mayo Clinic
Clarissa Parker, Middlebury College
Alberto Cruz-Martin, Boston University
Antonia Savarese, OHSU
Pat Nolan, MRC Harwell
Gang Chen, Nanjing University
Danila Cuomo, Texas A&M University
Rupert Overall, Center for Regenerative Therapies, Dresden
Vivek Kumar, Jackson Laboratory

Awards Committee
Richard A. Radcliffe (Chair), University of Colorado
Catherine Kaczorowski , Jackson Laboratory
Zoe Donaldson, University of Colorado

Organizing Committee
Camron Bryant, Boston University
Karla Kaun, Brown University
Clarissa Parker, Middlebury College
Alberto Cruz-Martin, Boston University
Kristin Scaplen, Bryant University

Meeting Sponsors

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