Welcome to the IYNA's Blog!

Be sure to check back regularly for news from our leadership and information on exclusive opportunities for IYNA members.

New Journal Release

I am proud to announce that Season 2, Issue 4 of the IYNA Journal has been released! It is now available to read here. Also, please remember that submissions for the International Neuroethics Society Essay Competition are due by July 9th. To participate, just submit an article from your journal dashboard, and be sure to check the Submit to Neuroethics checkbox. All IYNA members aged 25 and younger are eligible to compete. For more information on the INS Essay Competition, please see their website.

Neuroethics Essay Competition

We are excited to announce a new partnership with the International Neuroethics Society (INS)! The mission of the International Neuroethics Society is to encourage and inspire research and dialogue on the responsible use of advances in brain science. More information about the INS can be found here

As a part of this partnership, IYNA members will be able to easily dual-submit neuroethics-related articles to the IYNA Journal and the INS Essay Competition. To do this, just check the "Submit to INS" box. 

For more information on the essay contest, please see the INS Website. All essays are due by July 9th.

Announcing the New IYNA Website!

I am very excited to announce the launch of the new IYNA website! After months of development, it is finally ready to go. 

Please note that re-registration is required to retain your IYNA membership. To get started:

  1. Register for an account
  2. Explore opportunities available to you on your dashboard

Here's a few of our new features: 

If you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or feature requests, let us know by filing a support ticket or emailing us at support@youthneuro.org. 

Upcoming Changes to the IYNA Website

For the past several months, our web development team has been hard at work rebuilding the IYNA website. We released a new design about a month ago, and now, we are proud to announce that the new website will be launching within the next week. Here's some information on what this means for you. 

So what's changing? 

You will now be able to use your IYNA account through the website! Update your profile, track applications, submit journal articles, and manage your contact preferences, all online.


The biggest change, however, is to our chapter system: every IYNA chapter and chapter network will now be able to create their own webpage for free, with no technical skills necessary. We've also revamped the experience of joining a chapter, with much more complete chapter directories available.

What do I need to do? 
Unfortunately, registrations from the old website do not carry over to the new one. The same applies to chapters. When the new website launches, you will need to sign up again. We've designed the process to be as easy as possible. 

Will my data be safe? 
Data privacy and protection was one of the most important factors we considered when redesigning the website. You will now be able to see every piece of data linked to your user account, as well as what it is used for, and who it is shared with. This will be accessible on your data dashboard, when the new website launches 

I have some ideas/feature requests 
Wonderful! If you have any suggestions, comments, questions, or concerns, please contact us at support@youthneuro.org.

Happy Birthday to the IYNA!

Two years ago, a group of competitors at the USA Brain Bee decided to start a network of clubs dedicated to promoting neuroscience education. At the time, none of us expected that this idea would transform into what is today: a leading force in youth neuroscience advocacy. In the past two years, we have grown to 1750 members in 70 countries, published 11 editions of the IYNA Journal (over 600 pages!), and started ambitious projects such as our MYELIN Initiative and mentorship program. 

Today, I would like to personally thank every single person who has helped make this possible. I would like to thank all 90 of our volunteers, who work hard everyday to provide opportunities to our members. Thank you to our committee heads and department directors, who actively lead and manage our programs. 

I would also like to thank Dr. Norbert Myslinski, our founder and the chair of our advisory board. In addition to bringing us together and inspiring us with the Brain Bee, Dr. Myslinski has provided us with invaluable support and advice over the past 2 years. 

Most importantly, I would like to thank you. Without our members, none of our projects or initiatives would ever be possible. If you are interested in joining our team, we have applications for positions available here

We've gone far in the past two years, and I look forward to going even further in the next two. 

A New Year With the IYNA

Throughout 2017, the IYNA grew by 1500 members in 66 countries. We launched our membership department, obtained recognition as a nonprofit, started the second season of the IYNA Journal, and began development of the IYNA Mentorship program.

IYNA Journal

Writing for the IYNA Journal is a great way to provide educational resources for others while learning more about neuroscience and improving your own writing skills. More information can be found on our journal website.



One of the best ways to get involved with the IYNA is to apply for a position. IYNA positions accommodate all skills and interests, with open spots in our MYELIN, Membership, and Outreach departments. Position descriptions and an application are available here. 


Support the IYNA

We provide access to all our programs free of charge. Please consider making a donation here to help us maintain and expand our programs. You can also support the IYNA by selecting us as your charity of choice on AmazonSmile.


Thank you for your continued membership in the IYNA! 2017 has brought a lot of great changes. Let's go even further in 2018!