President (2020-2022): Tracy L. Bale, Professor of Pharmacology, University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director, Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development
Dr. Bale obtained her PhD in Neurobiology at the University of Washington and then served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Peptide Biology Laboratories at The Salk Institute with Dr. Wylie W. Vale. She later joined the University of Pennsylvania as an Assistant Professor, became a full Professor in 2013 and then moved to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2017 where she now serves as Professor of Pharmacology and Director of the Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development. For her full CV, click here.
IBRO’s mission to foster neuroscience research throughout the world is admirable. But it is also a challenging opportunity as the global landscape continues to shift. How IBRO positions itself to remain focused on action items and pushing its mission will determine the neuroscience community’s broad success. The President of IBRO is the face of this force, and it is my passion to ensure that all available funding, training, education and resources that are critical toward this mission make it into the international communities in need, and that the developing neuroscience programs largely being driven forward by existing and new initiatives receive the mentorship and guidance to ensure their success.
– Tracy Bale (2019 statement)
Secretary General Elect (2020-2024): Sung-Jin Jeong, Principal Researcher, Group Head, Research Group of Developmental Disorders and Rare Diseases, and Director, IBRO 2019 Korea Office, Korea Brain Research Institute
Dr. Jeong obtained her PhD in Molecular Biology at Seoul National University in Korea and then continued postdoctoral research there in the College of Medicine. She later became a Research Fellow working at Harvard Medical School, the Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. She moved back to Korea in 2013 to join the newly established Korea Brain Research Institute in 2013 and now serves as Principal Researcher in the Neuronal Development and Disease Department focusing on brain development and disorders. For her full CV, click here.
Advancing basic neuroscience research, education and training on a global basis is central to my work as a neuroscientist and ambassador of the field. I would also add that any success I have achieved in this respect has been due to the collaborations with others through the appreciation and sensitivity of diverse local and regional conditions. This is why I have the highest respect for IBRO’s work and have committed to its mission in many ways. Its global mandate of supporting and promoting neuroscience everywhere while accounting for real and very different local contexts, is inspiring and essential to fostering the growth of neuroscience in the future. – Sung-Jin Jeong (2019 statement)
Treasurer (2020-2022): Jerome Sanes, Professor of Neuroscience and Founding Director of the Brown University MRI Research Facility, and Associate Editor of IBRO’s flagship journal Neuroscience
Dr. Sanes obtained his PhD at the University of Rochester and did his postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of Neurophysiology at the National Institute of Mental Health with Dr. Edward V. Evarts. He also became a Special Expert and Senior Staff Fellow at the US National Institutes of Health before joining Brown University in 1991 as the Scientific Director of the former Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Disorders Unit. He has had international positions in Germany, Italy and France, and now serves as Professor of Neuroscience and Director of Brown’s MRI Research Facility and a NIGMS COBRE Center for Central Nervous System Function, which aims to facilitate the careers of junior scientists. For his full CV, click here.
It’s a challenging time for IBRO as the publishing models are rapidly changing. Since IBRO’s budget is almost entirely derived from IBRO’s publishing contract, it will need to develop creative strategies to ensure its future. I believe that I can help steer IBRO to even greater achievements in supporting world-wide science.
– Jerome Sanes (2019 statement)