2023 has been an incredible year at IBRO, full of remarkable moments and several accomplishments! IBRO kept committed to providing diverse, equal, and inclusive access to funding and training opportunities for the global neuroscience community, and none of this would had been possible without the dedication and hard work of the IBRO team.

Endorsing the message of IBRO’s President, Tracy L. Bale, IBRO’s Secretary General and the representatives of IBRO committees reflect on the impact of their initiatives in 2023 and express their heartfelt wishes for the coming year.

As we bid farewell to this year, let’s celebrate our achievements, learn from setbacks, and gear up for the exciting journey that awaits us in the NEW YEAR. Here’s to a year lived in good health and full of successful neuroscience adventures with IBRO as we stride confidently into the future together!

Sung Jin Jeong, PhD - IBRO Secretary General

“In 2023, APRC thrived, fostering solidarity through impactful initiatives. We co-hosted the IBRO Grant Application Webinar and supported six neuroscience schools, exemplifying our success. The diverse funding for Brain Awareness Week events, fellowships, and travel grants have profoundly supported regional scientists. Enabling Asian-Pacific neuroscientists to attend the IBRO 2023 World Congress in Granada added to our achievements. Collaborating with various local neuroscience societies and FAONS was pivotal in these triumphs. In 2024, Yukiko Goda (Japan) will lead APRC, succeeding Pike-See Cheah (Malaysia). Acknowledging Tadashi Isa (Japan) and Bronwyn Kivell’s (New Zealand) dedication, we warmly welcome Sukumal Chongthammakun (Thailand), Jana Vukovic (Australia), and Mouna Maroun (Israel) to IBRO-APRC. Our committee aims to expand its influence in the Asia-Pacific region, prioritizing underresourced neuroscience communities. Committed to elevating global neuroscience and enhancing regional brain awareness, IBRO-APRC continues striving for excellence and addressing diverse challenges ahead. Happy New Year! “

Pike-See Cheah, PhD - Chair of the Asia-Pacific Regional Committee

“We celebrated a year marked by growth and capacity-building in our region, which saw a significant increase in the number of applications across all categories. Inclusion, gender, and country diversity were integral to our selection process. Highlighting our achievements, we hosted the latest edition of the Seeds in Neuroscience Workshop in Lima, Peru. This event brought together experts to discuss advancements in epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease research. Additionally, at the IBRO 2023 World Congress in Granada, we collaborated with several regional committees to conduct an engaging workshop. This workshop focused on the brain sciences, addressing the unique challenges and opportunities faced by underresourced regions of the world. As we look forward to 2024, our earnest hope is to continue fostering cooperation and furthering regional progress through the advancement of neuroscience research and innovation. Our goal remains steadfast: to improve conditions for people globally through these efforts.”

Adrian Palacios, PhD - Chair of the Latin America Regional Committee

“The IBRO-ARC would like to extend its utmost gratitude to the African neuroscience community and societies for partnering with us through a highly productive year of advancing brain research in Africa. Our region enjoyed highly informative neuroscience training programs/schools, symposia and workshops as well as the rich interactions between early-career and established neuroscientists at the biennial SONA Meeting and the SANS Symposium in Johannesburg, South Africa. We were extremely excited and honored to support African neuroscientists to showcase their research at the IBRO 2023 World Congress in Granada, Spain. We look forward to a prosperous year ahead, with more enriching and inclusive opportunities.”

Rachael Dangarembizi, PhD - Member of the Africa Regional Committee

“The IBRO ECC wishes you a happy new year! Over the past year, the ECC organized several networking and scientific exchange events between our members and their scientific networks across Europe, the US, Canada, Latin America, Africa, and Asia-Pacific. In addition to being present at the Society for Neuroscience meeting, the British Neuroscience Association meeting, and the Society for Neuroscience in Africa, the ECC organized two exciting events at the IBRO World Congress 2023 by holding panel discussions on the challenges and opportunities for early career researchers and how to ensure the global benefits of neuroscience research. For 2024, the ECC has further planned an article series in collaboration with IBRO Neuroscience Reports on cellular and molecular neuroscience and systems and computational neuroscience. The ECC is also putting together a virtual seminar series, which aims to feature some of the most promising neuroscience research of the future. Finally, we were delighted to welcome six new members starting their terms in 2024.”

Srikanth Ramaswamy, PhD - Chair of the Early Career Committee

Season’s Greetings from everyone at IBRO and happy 2024!