Issue Information


Andrew Holmes, Bethesda, MD, USA



Wim E. Crusio, Talence, France


Cathy Barr, Toronto, ON, Canada

Christine van Broeckhoven, Antwerp, Belgium

Josh Dubnau, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA

Mary-Anne Enoch, Bethesda, MD, USA

Daniel Goldowitz, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Robert Hitzemann, Portland, OR, USA

Abraham Palmer, Chicago, IL, USA

Catharine H. Rankin, Vancouver, BC, Canada

David P. Wolfer, Zürich, Switzerland


Enrico Alleva, Rome, Italy

Laura Almasy, San Antonio, TX, USA

Steven de Belle, Las Vegas, NV, USA

Elisabeth B. Binder, Atlanta, GA, USA

Floyd Bloom, La Jolla, CA, USA

Dorret I. Boomsma, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Maja Bucan, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Margit Burmeister, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

John Carlson, New Haven, CT, USA

Avshalom Caspi, Durham, NC, USA

Alon Chen, Rehovot, Israel

Elissa Chesler, Bar Harbor, ME, USA

Silvana Chiavegatto, São Paulo, Brazil

Françoise Clerget-Darpoux, Paris, France

Rui M. Costa, Lisbon, Portugal

John Crabbe, Portland, OR, USA

Jacqueline Crawley, Bethesda, MD, USA

John F. Cryan, Cork, Ireland

Jeffrey W. Dalley, Cambridge, UK

Danielle M. Dick, Richmond, VA, USA

Mara Dierssen, Barcelona, Spain

Wayne Frankel, Bar Harbor, ME, USA

Robert T. Gerlai, Mississauga, ON, Canada

Greg Gibson, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

David Goldman, Bethesda, MD, USA

Seth Grant, Cambridge, UK

Su Guo, San Francisco, CA, USA

Ahmad Hariri, Durham, NC, USA

Thomas Johnson, Boulder, CO, USA

Byron C. Jones, State College, PA, USA

Fred van Leuven, Leuven, Belgium

Ming D. Li, Charlottesville, VA, USA

Hans-Peter Lipp, Zürich, Switzerland

Trudy F. C. Mackay, Raleigh, NC, USA

Terry McGuire, Piscataway, NJ, USA

Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg, Heidelberg, Germany

Michael Miles, Richmond, VA, USA

Ikue Mori, Nagoya, Japan

Mikhail V. Pletnikov, Baltimore, MD, USA

Gene Robinson, Urbana, IL, USA

Hee-Sup Shin, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Alcino Silva, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Marla B. Sokolowski, Toronto, ON, Canada

Joseph S. Takahashi, Dallas TX, USA

Douglas Wahlsten, Windsor, ON, Canada

Robert Williams, Memphis, TN, USA

Aims & Scope

Genes, Brain and Behavior publishes behavioral and neural genetics in its broadest sense, defined as any article addressing problems in behavior or neuroscience using genetic research strategies. The emphasis is on the analysis of the behavioral and neural phenotypes under consideration, the unifying theme being the genetic approach as a tool to increase our understanding of these phenotypes.

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Determining how specific genes define neuronal phenotypes, shape circuit connectivity and regulate circuit function is essential for understanding how the brain processes information, directs behavior and adapts to changing environments. Large-scale initiatives to map gene expression and connectivity in the mouse brain, together with advanced techniques in molecular genetics, allow increasingly detailed exploration of the genetic basis of nervous system function at the level of specific circuit connections. For accompanying article, see Soden, M. E., Gore, B. B. & Zweifel, L. S. (2014) Defining functional gene-circuit interfaces in the mouse nervous system. Genes, Brain Behav 13, 2-12.


IBANGS, the International Behavioural and Neural Genetics Society, founded in 1996, works to promote the field of neuro- behavioural genetics. IBANGS organises regular meetings to promote excellence in research on behavioural and neural genetics. It is a young and rapidly growing society with members in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. We not only welcome established scientists but also students and any other persons interested in the field of behavioural neurogenetics.

IBANGS is a founding member of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS). IBANGS holds its own independent meetings in Europe and the USA in alternate years.

Executive Committee

President:       Abraham A. Palmer, Chicago, IL, USA

Past-President:  Josh Dubnau, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, USA

President-Elect:  Lisa M. Tarantino, Chapel Hill, NC, USA

Secretary:       Heather Hain, Montvale, NJ, USA

Treasurer:       David P. Wolfer, Zürich, Switzerland

Member-at-large: Justin S. Rhodes, Urbana, IL, USA

Member-at-large: Mark Rutledge-Gorman, Portland, OR, USA

Member-at-large: Maria Luisa Scattoni, Rome, Italy

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