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Glycinergic and GABAergic innervation of trigeminal (right) and oculomotor (left) motoneurons. Green is glycine terminals labeled by GlyT2, red is GABA terminals labeled by GAD67, and cyan is a motoneuron marker, ChAT.  

Image by Takuma Sonoda and Adel Azghadi from the laboratories of Dwayne Simmons and Scott Chandler.

 

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BRI PHYSIOLOGISTS CHALLENGE TRADITIONAL NEUROSCIENCE IN THE PAST AND PRESENT

Image: Homology model of a P2X channel, with the pore lining second transmembrane domain shown in
grey, courtesy of the Khakh laboratory. More about Dr. Khakh here.
 

Varghese John

Introducing the BRI's New Member

VARGHESE JOHN, PhD

The BRI welcomes new member Varghese John, PhD. John, an associate adjunct professor of neurology and principal investigator in the department’s new Drug Discovery and Translational Laboratory. He is also co-director of the Alzehimer’s Drug Development Network. John is an accomplished medical chemist who develops new therapeutics for neurodegenerative disorders with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Other research interests include development of new treatment approaches for traumatic brain injury, and glioblastoma multiforme. John joins UCLA from the Buck Institute for Research and Aging.

Image: John (second from left) and his drug discovery team (l to r): Jesus Campagna Barbara Jagodzinska, and Patricia Spilman.

Varghese John

In the News

NEW BLOOD TEST PROVIDES MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN DIAGNOSIS OF ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE

Dr. Liana Apostolova, BRI member and director of the neuroimaging laboratory at the Mary Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA leads a study that provides the first evidence that a simple blood test could be developed to confirm the presence of beta amyloid proteins in the brain – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease. The blood test would be safe, affordable and easy to administer in large groups or in rural areas. More here.

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SPECIAL BRAIN MAPPING CENTER CONFERENCE
"BEING IN BALANCE: THE (DIS)CONNECTED BRAIN"
FESTSCHRIFT FOR ERAN ZAIDEL, PhD
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 2015

This day-long event will celebrate the career of Eran Zaidel, Professor, Department of Psychology, UCLA. Dr. Zaidel trained and worked at Caltech with Nobel laureate Roger Sperry, investigating the role of the corpus callosum in inter-hemispheric communication and the role of right hemisphere in high-level cognitive functions. He subsequently joined the UCLA faculty where he continued research on callosal functions, trained countless scholars and scientists and taught for many years. The conference will be comprised of short talks by collaborators, former students and post-docs who have investigated the role of callosal connections in human behavior with Dr. Zaidel. The event will be hosted by Marco Iacoboni, MD, PhD. More details to come.

10:45am - 7:15pm. Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium, UCLA

JOINT SEMINARS IN NEUROSCIENCE WILL COMMENCE
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 2015

Speaker: Loren Looger, PhD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Research Campus, Ashburn, Virginia
Host: Baljit Khakh, PhD, Professor, Neurobiology and Physiology, David Geffen School of Medicine, Associate Director for Research, Brain Research Institute, UCLA
Title: Tools for Studying Neurons, Astrocyte and other Cells

Dr. Looger uses protein engineering to create tools -- including neurotransmitter detectors, improved labels for in vivo imaging, designed receptors, and rewired neural circuits -- to study the brain. His lab combines computational and evolutionary methods to create new reagents to characterize and manipulate the assembly and function of neural circuits. 

12:00pm. Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium, UCLA

 

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