Genes, Brain and Behavior 2023
University of Galway
Galway, Ireland
May 22-25, 2023

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2023! Our 24th year of hosting outstanding scientists working in the field of behavioral neural genetics. We are excited to welcome you in lovely Galway for the Annual Genes, Brain and Behavior Meeting. 

Galway is situated on the West Coast of Ireland. The medieval city dating from 1124, is a vibrant cultural center with pubs, music, modern art and the breathtaking scenery of the Wild Atlantic WayThe Annual Meeting will be held  in the Human Biology Building at the University of Galway, located in the heart of Galway City. 



The venue for all oral presentation and poster sessions is the Human Biology Building (HBB; 11 on Campus Map). Other venues in use during the meeting include PC suite AMB-G035 in the School of Psychology (4 on Campus Map), The View, Aras na MacLeinn (10 on Campus Map), Sult Bar (D on Campus Map) and An Bhialann Restaurant (A on Campus Map). Goldcrest Village (16 on Campus Map) is a 15 minute walk from the HBB. The Dean Hotel is in the city centre and is a 20 minute walk from the HBB. For the Banquet, there will be a free bus from Goldcrest Village to the Dean Hotel leaving at 7:15pm sharp on Thursday 25 May.


Accommodations,Travel, FAQs

Poster Dimensions
Posters should be portrait no more than 841mm (w) x 1189 mm (h) or 33.1 inches (w) x 46.8 inches (h).   


Meeting Registration Dates and Pricing

After May 8th
Regular Member $550.00
Student/Postdoc Member $400.00
Regular Non Member $700.00
Student/Postdoc Non Member $500.00

 Galway Campus Accommodations

Note: Childcare bursaries are available to support delegates to the meeting. If you are interested to apply, please email Anna [[email protected]] for an application form and apply by Wednesday March 1st, 2023.

Meeting Actions
November 7th, 2022: Call for Symposia Proposals/ Deadline December 20th, 2022
November 8th, 2022: Call for Investigator Award Nominations/ Deadline December 20th, 2022
January 7th, 2023: Abstract Submission Opens/ Deadline February 22nd, 2023
January 7th, 2023: Call for Travel Award Applications/ Deadline February 22nd, 2023
May 22-25th 2023: Conference Dates

Plenary Speakers

Presidential Speaker
Dr. Nwanaji-Enwerem, Emory University, Epigenetics of Behavior

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Eilis Dowd, University of Galway, Parkinson's Disease

Distinguished Investigator Awardee
Catharine Rankin, University of British Columbia, Learning, Habituation

Early Career Achievement Awardee
Sandra Sanchez-Roige, University of California San Diego, Addiction, Impulsivity


Selected Symposia

Investigating convergent biological mechanisms across neuropsychiatric disorder. Organizer, ChangHui Pak, UMASS Amherst.

Investigating genetic relationships in psychiatry: a circadian and sleep timing focusOrganizers, Laura Fahey and Lorna Lopez, Maynooth Univ.

The role of inflammation in psychosis. Organizers, Declan McKernan and Gary Donohoe, Univ of Galway.

Genes, circuits and environment in chronic pain. Organizers, Michelle Roche, Univ of Galway.

Impact of environmental exposures across species and lifespan: untangling complex regulation of genes and behavior.  Organizers, Kristin Hamre and Megan Mulligan, UTHSC


Educational Workshop:
Functional interpretation of GWAS data, led by Derek Morris
Trainee Career and Mentoring Workshop, led by IBANGS Education and Training Committee

Local Organizing Committee
Ethan Brennan
Dara Cannon
Gary Donohoe
Declan McKernan
Derek Morris (Chair)
Michelle Roche

Exhibitors and Sponsors
Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus
Venue Images
Floor Plan
Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration

Meeting Sponsors

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