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Image of the month

Section through a mouse brain, injected with Adenoviral vectors encoding a model antigen (influenza hemagglutinin)  and an immunostimulatory cytokine. Numerous T cells (immunolabeled for CD3, green), not normally present in the brain, line the blood vessels (laminin, pink), and invade the surrounding tissue, including white matter bundles (myelin basic protein, coffee color).

Image by Nicholas Sanderson from the Castro/Lowenstein Laboratory



Featured New Member


Pamela Kennedy, PhD, comes to the BRI from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. As a doctoral student, she studied how memory and motivational states interact to guide goal directed behavior. As a postdoctoral researcher, she investigated the molecular changes that affect how neurons communicate.

At UCLA, Dr. Kennedy plans to "research reward circuitry and memory systems, and the process through which a habit system versus an episodic system takes hold of behavior. This should shed light on how communication is altered between different parts of the brain during the process of addiction.”


In the news

Preliminary clinical trial shows great promise for new multiple sclerosis treatment

BRI member, Dr. Rhonda Voskuhl shows that combining the female hormone, estrial, with Copaxone, a medication currently used to treat multiple sclerosis, reduces the relapse rate of MS by nearly 50 percent after only one year of treatment.

Courtesy of the UCLA Newsroom


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October 7, 2014

Joint Seminars in Neuroscience
Ulrike Heberlein, PhD. Scientific Director, Janelia Farm Research Center.
Hosted by Larry Zipursky, PhD.
4:00pm - 5:00pm. Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium.

October 14, 2014
Joint Seminars in Neuroscience
Tirin Moore, PhD. Associate Professor of Neurobiology, Stanford University.
Hosted by Michele Basso, PhD.
4:00pm - 5:00pm. Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium.


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