(on the SfN Hotel Shuttle Route)

Program Director:
Peter Gerhardstein, Binghamtom University-SUNY

Conference Coordinator:
Julie Campbell, Illinois State University

Perinatal Pre-Conference Symposium Program Director:

International Perinatal Brain and Behavior Network (IPBBN)
Marion van den Heuvel, Tilburg University

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 Important Dates:

April 1, 2021: Symposium Submission Proposals Deadline (online submission form coming soon)

May 1, 2021: Notification to be made to Accepted Symposium Chairs

June 1, 2021: Abstract Submission Deadline (online submission form coming soon)

June 1, 2021: ISDP Prestigious Awards Nominations/Applications Deadline (online submission forms coming soon)

July 1, 2021: Notification to be made to Accepted Abstract Presenters

July  1, 2021: ISDP Student & Early-Career Member Travel Award Applications Deadline

July 10, 2021: Notification to be made to Accepted Travel Award Winners

July 15, 2021: Early Registration Deadline

October 1, 2021: Hotel Reservation Deadline (or sooner if the room block is filled)

October 10, 2021: Regular Registration Deadline

November 10 – 12, 2021, ISDP 2021 in Chicago!

New to the ISDP Annual Meetings? Want to check out the 2020 Virtual Meeting content? 

Coming soon, open access to ISDP 2020 Virtual Meeting for all ISDP Members, as well as any student in developmental psychobiology (if you are not a member, please contact Joan Oefner for an access code ([email protected])!

Final Program Abstracts           Final Program Schedule

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Doing better – a panel discussion on how best to improve scientific practices with respect to inclusivity and equality

In this live panel, three members of the society board: Dima Amso, Natalie Brito, and Bridget Callaghan facilitated a discussion on diversity and social justice in academia, the laboratory, and the ‘work-from-home’ environment. First, they discussed why it is valuable to increase diversity in the lab, and the ways in which we, as researchers, can become better engaged with the communities we serve. Second, they discussed the critical issues of best practices in science, as they pertain to generalizability of data across cultures and populations, and the limitations of what can be inferred about the human condition when scientists sample from only white or WEIRD, middle class populations of infants/children/teens and parents. Coming from a place of active learning, they solicited questions from the audience, and crowdsource ideas for  plans to address systemic racism/discrimination within our society, universities, and lab cultures.

Highlights from the Symposium Sessions:

Please click on the Symposium Titles Below for full details:

Columbia University in the City of New York Sponsored Symposium:

Young Investigator Symposium: 

  • PERINATAL SYMPOSIUM: COVID-19 IN CLINIC AND RESEARCH, Session Chair: Dr. Marion van den Heuvel, Tilburg University, Netherlands; Panelists: Jasmine Hect, University of Pittsburgh, United States; Mr. Abdul Ibrahim, University of Cape Town, South Africa; Ms. Rebecca Lipschutz, University of Houston, United States; Dr. Tomoki Arichi, King’s College London, United Kingdom; Prof. Seon Deoni, Brown University, United States; Dr. Elif Duman, Bogazici University, Turkey; Prof. Dani Dumitriu, Columbia University, United States

ISDP STUDENT & POSTDOC MEMBER ABSTRACT AWARDS, thanks to our sponsors & virtual exhibitors:

Thank you to all of our sponsors, who have generously supported ISDP Student & Postdoc Member Travel Awards as well as selected Symposium Speaker’s travel.  Funding for these awards was generously provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)John Wiley and Sons Publishing, (publishers of the ISDP’s official journal, Developmental Psychobiology, the Division of Developmental Neuroscience in Psychiatry at Columbia University,  MagstimEGI, Brain Vision, LLC, The Trust Insurance Programs, ANT Neuro, Zero to Three and the members of the ISDP. Thanks to all our generous sponsors and exhibitors!

Thanks to our Confirmed 2020 Sponsors:


After careful consideration, the ISDP board has decided to make our 2020 meeting completely virtual. This difficult decision is based upon uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 risks related to holding an in-person gathering of any size in Washington DC/Bethesda. We are moving ahead with a virtual meeting so that we can share our science. We have learned a lot from other colleagues who have prepared virtual conferences and are working on creating a meeting that will allow for interactions and discussion, which is the hallmark of ISDP. Please note the reduced registration fees, and FREE ISDP Student/Postdoc member registration for first author abstract presenters with accepted abstracts , ISDP Student/Postdoc Members only.

We look forward to your virtual participation and to the day we can meet up again safely in person!

We have been examining various ways of making the meeting an interactive and engaging virtual meeting. Our goal is to make the Virtual Meeting at least as interactive as our in person meetings have been, with the content from the sessions becoming available a week in advance so people can plan their participation and discussing them even before, during and after the actual dates. We can keep the content alive and moving even after the meeting, and most importantly, expand access to the content to more people, those who are very far away, or have other reasons that keep them from attending the in person meeting annually.

We hope you are planning on joining us virtually at ISDP 2020. 


May 1, 2020 Symposium Proposal Submission Deadline
August 15, 2020 Student/Postdoc Travel Award Application Deadline
August 15, 2020 Abstract Submission Deadline
August 31, 2020 Abstract Acceptance Notification
August 31, 2020 Abstract Award Notification
September 15, 2020 Early-Bird Registration Deadline

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 – 12:30 – 3:30 PM
Perinatal Pre-Conference Symposium
Sponsored by the International Perinatal Brain and Behavior Network (IPBBN)

All are welcome, included in ISDP 2020 registration.
Contact: Marion van den Heuvel, Tilburg University E-mail