Genes, Brain, and Behavior Meeting 2018

May 17-21, 2018

Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN USA


The 20th Annual Genes, Brain & Behavior Meeting will be held in Rochester, MN, May 17-21, 2018. The meeting will be held at the Mayo Civic Center, including exciting scientific lectures, research presentations, workshops, and opportunities to share your work with your fellow scientists and mentors. More information will be posted regularly in the coming weeks. Discounted lodging room rates are available at hotels near the meeting site. Click here for lodging information: Hotels

Located at 30 Civic Center Drive SE in Rochester, Minnesota, the Mayo Civic Center  lies in the heart of downtown, close to Silver Lake, bike trails, pubs, hotels, shopping, restaurants, hiking, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester Art Center, and the renowned Mayo Clinic.  For more details, please visit our Rochester site at: All About Rochester  Download the meeting flyers to post in your department and share with your colleagues: Flyer_1   Flyer_2

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Registration Fee Structure 2018 (All prices in US Dollars)  Conference Dates May 17-21  Early  Regular  Late/Onsite
Workshops, Opening Reception, Lunches and Banquet are included for each registrant  Jan 1 to March 16  After March 16 & Before 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

March 19, 2018 - Late breaking abstract submission open
April 16, 2018 - Workshop sign-up closed
April 30, 2018 - Late breaking abstracts due
April 30, 2018 - Last day for registration refunds
May 2018 - Conference dates May 17-21


Meeting Program Online 

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Program Highlights




Presidential plenary speaker: Dr. Stephen S. Brimijoin, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN. USA

Research interest: Cholinesterases as drug targets for addiction and neurological disorders Research page

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Keynote Speaker: Dr Edward A. Burton, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. USA 

Research interest: Mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration Research page

Rainer Spanagel


Distinguished Investigator Award Speaker: Dr. Rainer Spanagel, University of Heidelberg, HDB. DE 

Research interest: Neurobiology of drug addiction Research page



Young Investigator Award Speaker: Dr. Karla Kaun, Brown University, Providence, RI. USA

Research interest: Mechanisms of memory, reward, and addiction Research page



Young Investigator Award Speaker: Dr. Catherine Kaczorowski, Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME. USA

Research interest: Cognitive deficits associated with ‘normal’ aging and Alzheimer’s disease Research page



Structure and function of circuits encoding sensory stimuli
Rapid, non-genomic glucocorticoid signaling and its impact on behaviors
Circadian roles in psychiatric and neural disorders
Complex models, complex disorders
Neural Basis of Impulsivity in Addiction and Psychiatric Disorder



 Dr. Lisa Schimmenti     Dr. Eric Klee
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 Functional Validation For Neurogenetics      


Dr. Elissa Chesler Dr. Robert Williams
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Integrative Genomics 


Meeting Sponsors

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For Sponsors/Exhibitors

2018 Meeting Prospectus

Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration



Travel to Rochester 

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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