Overview

When: July 13-14th, 2018

Where: Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto, Canada

What: International meeting of experts in the study of parenting, the parental brain, and broad issues of parental physical and psychological health. There will be symposia, keynote lectures, panel discussions, and poster presentations.

The meeting will be held as a satellite to the joint International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN) – Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN) meeting.  Registration for Parental Brain 2018 is being done through the International Congress of Neuroendocrinology (ICN) website: http://www.icn2018.org/.

Parental Brain Conference 2018 abstract submission has been extended until May 15th, 2018.  To be considered for the Young Investigator Symposium, though, please submit a poster abstract and register for the conference by April 23rd, 2018.  Six Young Investigators will be chosen from the pool of submitted poster abstracts to give 10-minute talks highlighting their work, in addition to presenting their posters.  Click here to submit your abstract(s): http://psychology.psy.msu.edu/ParentalBrain

Hope to see you there!

Keynote Speakers:

John A. Russell (University of Edinburgh)  – “Giving a good start to a new life via maternal brain adaptations in pregnancy”

 

 

 

Ruth Feldman (Bar-Ilan University & Yale University Medical School) – “Building a human parental brain and why it matters” 

 

 

 

Patricia Tomasi (Huffington Post Canada) – “Leveraging Social Media and Advocacy Journalism to Connect with Mothers and Families Going Through Postpartum Depression”

 

 

 

Symposia:

  • Not just the brain – parental brain interactions with the gut, immune system & placenta
    • Arpad Dobolyi (Semmelweis University); Benedetta Leuner (Ohio State University); Rosalind John (Cardiff University)
  • Threats to mothering – drugs, psychopathology, toxins, stress
    • Lane Strathearn (University of Iowa); Aya Dudin (University of Toronto); Thierry Charlier (University of Rennes); David Slattery (University of Frankfurt)
  • The genetics and epigenetics of parenthood
    • Stephen Gammie (University of Wisconsin); Danielle Stolzenberg (University of California); David Ashbrook (University of Tennessee); Michelle Arbeitman (Florida State University)
  • Other than mothers – the paternal and alloparental brain
    • James Rilling (Emory University); Johanna Bick (University of Houston); Erica Glasper (University of Maryland); William Kenkel (Indiana University)
  • The neurobiology of nurturing – parental insights inspired by Craig H. Kinsley
    • Kelly Lambert (University of Richmond); Liisa Galea (University of British Columbia); Elizabeth Byrnes (Tufts University); Jodi Pawluski (University of Rennes)

Full Program now available here – MS Word file:  Parental Brain 2018 Schedule     PDF file: Parental Brain 2018 Schedule

Parental Brain 2018 Organizing Committee:

  • Frances Champagne, University of Texas at Austin
  • Liisa Galea, University of British Columbia
  • Jodi Pawluski, University of Rennes
  • Joseph Lonstein, Michigan State University

Parental Brain 2018 Program Committee:

  • Karen Bales (USA)
  • Oliver Bosch (Germany)
  • Paula Brunton (UK)
  • Arpad Dobolyi (Hungary)
  • Liisa Galea (Canada)
  • Gabriela Gonzalez-Mariscal (Mexico)
  • Pilyoung Kim (USA)
  • Kumi Kuroda (Japan)
  • Frederic Levy (France)
  • Ming Li (USA)
  • Joseph Lonstein (USA)
  • Benjamin Nephew (USA)
  • Jodi Pawluski (France)
  • James Rilling (USA)
  • Lane Strathearn (USA)
  • Simone Vigod (Canada)
  • Aron Weller (Israel)

 

Parental Brain 2018 is very pleased to be sponsored by Biostimes Institute for Nutrition and Care – Geneva, Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, and Journal of Neuroendocrinology.

Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (Elsevier) and the Journal of Neuroendocrinology (Wiley) are publishing special issues related to the meeting.  Full details of the Journal of Neuroendocrinology Special Issue, which is open for submissions from all Parental Brain delegates, will be available soon.

Journal of Neuroendocrinology is also the official sponsor of the Parental Brain 2018 Young Investigators symposium.  Delegates selected for the Young Investigator symposium will have their registration fee refunded and will be invited to submit a review or an original research manuscript for consideration for the Journal of Neuroendocrinology Parental Brain 2018 Special Issue.

Another conference of potential interest this summer – International Society for Behavioral Neuroscience:
http://www.ibnsconnect.org/ibns-2018-annual-meeting

Contact us: Parentalbrain2018@gmail.com; Twitter – @ParentalBrain, #PB2018