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THE 2015 INTEGRATIVE CENTER FOR LEARNING & MEMORY DISTINGUISHED LECTURE
April 28th, 2015. 4pm. Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium
Picower Professor of Biology and Neuroscience at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Director, RIKEN Brain Science Institute; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute presents:
"Memory Engram Cells have Come of Age"
This special lecture is given each year by a leading figure in the learning and memory field. It is not simply a "latest-research-findings" lecture, but an in-depth discussion on the scientific process illustrated by the major findings of leading figures in the field.
Host, Alcino J. Silva, PhD, is director of the ICLM, professory of neurobiology, psychiatry & biobehavioral sciences, and psychology at UCLA. He holds the BRI's Eleanor I. Leslie Term Chair in Pioneering Brain Research.
THE 23rd ANNUAL SAMUEL EIDUSON STUDENT LECTURE
May 19th, 2015. 4pm. Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium
Neelroop N. Parikshak, from the laboratory of Daniel Geschwind, MD, PhD presents:
“Insights into the Molecular Underpinnings of Autism from the Analysis of Gene Expression in Human Brain”
Neel is a fifth year graduate student in the NSIDP and a seventh year student in the MSTP. He obtained a double major in mathematics and biochemistry/cell biology from Rice University.
Currently, Neel applies high-throughput genomic technologies and bioinformatics to questions at the interface of human genetics and neurobiology. He has completed work that identifies how risk genes for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are likely to affect normal human brain development. This work integrates genetic evidence, transcriptomics, and additional gene regulatory data to identify common molecular pathways that are susceptible to alterations in autism risk genes during brain development. More recently, Neel has been applying similar methods to understand the altered transcriptome in ASD brain. Finally, he has been involved in working collaboratively with other labs to understand the epigenetic changes that occur in ASD brain by combining epigenetic analyses with transcriptomics.
Neel has authored 7 papers since joining the Geschwind lab in 2010.
The Samuel Eiduson Student Lecture Award recognizes an outstanding graduate student in the neurosciences who has done especially commendable work during dissertation research. Dr. Eiduson served as chair of the NSIDP from its inception in 1972 until 1985. He was an exceptional educator and mentor, instrumental in advancing the careers of many UCLA neuroscientists and graduates.
Host, Felix Schweizer, PhD, is professor of neurobiology, chair of the Interdepartmental Graduate Program for Neuroscience, and assistant director for graduate education at the BRI.
14th ANNUAL INTEGRATIVE CENTER FOR LEARNING & MEMORY SYMPOSIUM
June 1st, 2015. 8:30am -- 5:30pm. Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium
This symposium is a yearly meeting primarily for Southern California laboratories interested in plasticity and learning. It is designed to promote collaborations and interactions between the many outstanding laboratories working in this field in Southern California. It is also a valuable resource for students and post-doctoral fellows interested since it provides an opportunity for them to be exposed to the breath and richness of our learning and memory community.
Everyone is invited, and attendance is free. No registration required.
More details to come.