activities and events enhance communication within the
diverse neuroscience community through activities that
are essential support elements for UCLA’s research
and educational programs.
activities and events include the Joint Seminars
in Neuroscience, Annual Neuroscience
Poster Day, various Conferences and Symposia
during the year, meetings of the BRI Affinity
Groups, and a UCLA Neuroscience Reception
at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.
Seminars in Neuroscience series is subsidized by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
and cosponsored by the BRI and the Semel Institute for
Neuroscience & Human Behavior.
The Joint Seminars in Neuroscience Committee, currently
chaired by Professor Dean Buonomano, chooses the invited
lecturers, and one faculty member hosts each visitor.
Each year, the Joint Seminars in Neuroscience program
brings more than 30 leading neuroscientists to UCLA, and
more than 300 scholars have spoken in this series since
its inception in 1995. Between 150 and 250 neuroscientists
gather each Tuesday afternoon to hear these speakers,
who also meet with small groups for more focused discussions.
These seminars and their accompanying receptions provide
a weekly opportunity for faculty, postdocs, and graduate
students to convene.
addition to this flagship program, the BRI also sponsors
or cosponsors an additional 10 to 20 special lectures.
Among these, the Magoun Lecture (delivered by a distinguished
UCLA faculty member) and the Eiduson lecture (delivered
by an outstanding graduate student) attract particularly
Neuroscience Poster Day
event usually draws more than 400 people to Ackerman Union’s
Grand Ballroom—the only annual event on campus in
which the entire neuroscience community participates.
The Poster Day features over 200 posters and numerous
commercial exhibits, capped by a Distinguished Lecture.
Since its inception, the Poster Day has provided an important
opportunity for UCLA neuroscientists—especially
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows—to learn
what is going on in the community.
BRI sponsors or cosponsors conferences and symposia during
the academic year. For upcoming conferences and symposia
here. Among some of the events scheduled during the
academic are the Neural Control of Behavior
Symposium, a two day bi-annual conference, a full day GABA
Symposium, and an Annual UCLA Learning and Memory
affinity groups provide opportunities for faculty and
trainees to discuss current research in their field of
interest. Affinity group activities vary: some hold a
weekly journal club, while others have monthly meetings
or meet only informally. Currently, the BRI provides administrative
or financial support for fifteen affinity groups.
UCLA Neuroscience Reception at
the Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience
the Joint Seminars in Neuroscience, the BRI’s most
visible contribution to increasing contacts with neuroscientists
outside UCLA may well be the reception it sponsors at
the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience when
the meeting is in California. The Semel Institute has joined with the BRI to co-sponsor this
event making it a campus-wide neuroscience
event and several hundred neuroscientists attend.