Amy Gleichman


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Amy Gleichman

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Synaptic ribbon and neurotransmitter vesicles within a vestibular hair cell. The image is a single section from a conical EM tomography stack (67 section). Insert: 3D reconstruction of the ribbon and vesicles from the entire stack, illustrating the vesicle array not visible from a single EM image. Scale = 150nm.

By: Ivan Lopez, Lacey Nelson, Felix Schweizer & Larry Hoffman.


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Joint Seminars in Neuroscience Lecture Series

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Neuroscience Research Building (NRB) 1st Floor Auditorium

"Infantile Amnesia: A Critical Period for Learning and Memory Development"

Cristina Alberini, Ph.D. - Center for Neural Science


Infantile amnesia, the inability of adults to recollect early episodic memories, is associated with the rapid forgetting that occurs in early development. It has been suggested that infantile amnesia is due to the underdevelopment of the infant brain, resulting in an inability to consolidate memories, or to deficits in memory retrieval. On the other hand, early-life events, especially neglect or aversive experiences, greatly impact adult behavior and may predispose individuals to various psychopathologies. Thus, it is unclear how a brain that rapidly forgets, or is not yet able to form long-term memories, can exert such a long-lasting and important influence.  I will discuss recent data from my laboratory indicating that the hippocampal memory system is highly responsive to experiences during infancy and recruits special biological mechanisms that may explain the paradox of infantile amnesia.  These results lead us to propose that infantile amnesia reflects a developmental critical period during which the learning system is learning how to learn and remember.



125th UCLA Faculty Research Lecture 

Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 3:00pm
Location: Schoenberg Auditorium
Speaker: Jack L. Feldman, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology


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