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/.

The Parental Brain Conference 2018 abstract submission deadline has passed.  Thanks to all of you who submitted abstracts.   

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 (Interdisciplinary Center, Herzlia) – “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”





  • 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); Jeffrey Meyer (University of Toronto)
  • Threats to mothering – drugs, psychopathology, toxins, stress
    • Lane Strathearn (University of Iowa); Aya Dudin (University of Toronto); Thierry Charlier (University of Rennes1); 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 Rennes1); Bob Bridges (Tufts University); Luciano Felicio (Universidade Paulista)
  • Wiley Young Investigators Symposium
    • Paula Duarte-Guterman (University of British Columbia), Zachary Grieb (Michigan State University), Sabrina Pose (Universidad de la República), Kristina Smiley (University of Otago), Sarah Winokur (University of Massachusetts),  Eva Unternahrer (University of Konstanz)

Final Program now available here – MS Word file:  PB 2018 Final Program     PDF file: PB 2018 Final Program

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  the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Sage Therapeutics, 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.

The 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:

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